Flying Tonight Early August (Week 32)

The following is a list of the 100 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 32, early August, with the most common first.  A list of other species recorded in smaller numbers is included at the end. This data is taken from the county moth recorders database and has not been fully verified. For more information about each species please visit UK Moths website.

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Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17 Distribution map & phenology, click to see larger images
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 3215
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 2664
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 2153
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 1385
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 1267
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 1182
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 1123
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 1106
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 1061
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 948
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 72.044 2044 815
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria 73.096 2381 653
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 635
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 620
White-line Dart Euxoa tritici 73.313 2081 591
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 568
Common Footman Eilema lurideola 72.045 2050 558
Jersey Tiger Euplagia quadripunctaria 72.03 2067 545
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 481
Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina 73.216 2318 480
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 472
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 450
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 415
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 73.131 2353 390
Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata 72.035 2037 372
Dusky Sallow Eremobia ochroleuca 73.12 2352 322
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 289
Scarce Footman Eilema complana 72.046 2047 287
Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata 70.011 1708 277
Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata 70.013 1702 270
Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura 73.109 2303 265
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 264
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 262
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 261
Clay Mythimna ferrago 73.298 2193 260
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 73.293 2198 256
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 241
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 231
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 71.017 2007 206
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 206
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 204
Black Arches Lymantria monacha 72.01 2033 198
Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula 73.172 2341 193
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 171
Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria 70.241 1921 163
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 162
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 2361 155
Yellow-tail Euproctis similis 72.013 2030 151
Lackey Malacosoma neustria 66.003 1634 147
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 70.051 1724 145
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 140
Fiery Clearwing Pyropteron chrysidiformis 52.015 384 139
Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa 73.171 2342 139
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 70.061 1738 134
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 132
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 73.064 2299 130
Marbled Green Nyctobrya muralis 73.085 2295 130
Garden Tiger Arctia caja 72.026 2057 127
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata 70.059 1742 126
Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica 73.084 2293 125
Double Kidney Ipimorpha retusa 73.212 2311 124
Tree-lichen Beauty Cryphia algae 73.082 2292 120
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 118
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 117
Dark / Grey Dagger Acronicta tridens/psi 73.0381 2284x 114
Magpie Abraxas grossulariata 70.205 1884 112
Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 69.003 1981 111
Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta 73.346 2112 107
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 70.235 1914 94
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 70.207 1887 94
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 94
Six-Spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae 54.008 169 92
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 71.012 2000 92
Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana 74.011 2418 90
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 1961 90
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 70.234 1913 89
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina 3.001 15 88
Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata 70.045 1732 87
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 86
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina 71.02 2011 83
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 83
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 82
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 80
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 71.013 2003 79
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 2477 75
Grass Eggar Lasiocampa trifolii 66.006 1636 74
Gold Spot Plusia festucae 73.022 2439 73
Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea 72.012 2029 73
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 71.018 2006 72
Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata 70.128 1784 69
Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea 73.294 2197 67
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 67
Straw Belle Aspitates gilvaria 70.293 1967 67
Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 73.062 2297 66
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 70.278 1956 66
Nutmeg Anarta trifolii 73.255 2145 66
Peppered Moth Biston betularia 70.252 1931 65
July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata 70.074 1777 64
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 64

Other species recorded in this week in smaller numbers (unverified data):

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae 73.27 2155 63
Satin Wave Idaea subsericeata 70.009 1709 63
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides 65.009 1653 61
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 60
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 73.361 2128 60
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 60
Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria 65.005 1648 59
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 56
Brown-line Bright-eye Mythimna conigera 73.29 2192 55
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 53
Ear Moth agg Amphipoea oculea agg. 73.1281 2360x 53
Blood-vein Timandra comae 70.029 1682 51
Peacock Moth Macaria notata 70.211 1889 50
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 50
Buff Footman Eilema depressa 72.043 2049 50
Mullein Wave Scopula marginepunctata 70.023 1689 48
Langmaid’s Yellow Underwing Noctua janthina 73.347 2110a 47
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 47
Grass Emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata 70.297 1665 45
Fern Horisme tersata 70.127 1782 45
Drinker Euthrix potatoria 66.01 1640 44
Chalk Carpet Scotopteryx bipunctaria 70.043 1731 44
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor 69.016 1991 43
Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata 70.126 1781 40
Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula 71.005 1997 40
Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata 70.187 1838 37
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 73.334 2123 37
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia 73.002 2449 37
Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria 70.305 1669 36
Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata 70.218 1894 36
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 35
Archer’s Dart Agrotis vestigialis 73.322 2085 35
Gypsy moth Lymantria dispar 72.011 2034 34
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria 70.243 1922 34
Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata 70.212 1890 34
Flame Axylia putris 73.328 2098 33
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae 72.031 2069 33
Oak Eggar Lasiocampa quercus 66.007 1637 32
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 32
Fen Wainscot Arenostola phragmitidis 73.137 2377 32
Dusky Hook-tip Drepana curvatula 65.004 1649 32
Lychnis Hadena bicruris 73.281 2173 31
Reed Dagger Simyra albovenosa 73.035 2290 29
Campion Sideridis rivularis 73.276 2166 29
Hoary Footman Eilema caniola 72.047 2045 28
Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria 65.002 1646 28
Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata 73.358 2133 28
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 70.094 1759 27
Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifaciata 70.134 1804 26
True Lover’s Knot Lycophotia porphyrea 73.338 2118 25
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 25
Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa 70.006 1705 25
Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata 73.279 2164 24
Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata 70.148 1812 24
Dog’s Tooth Lacanobia suasa 73.266 2159 23
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 71.021 2008 22
Red-tipped Clearwing Synanthedon formicaeformis 52.008 380 22
Webb’s Wainscot Globia sparganii 73.151 2373 21
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata 70.265 1941 21
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 21
Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata 70.179 1830 20
Red-belted Clearwing Synanthedon myopaeformis 52.011 379 20
Small Wainscot Denticucullus pygmina 73.144 2350 20
Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria 70.024 1690 20
Fan-foot Herminia tarsipennalis 72.053 2489 20
Poplar Grey Subacronicta megacephala 73.046 2278 20
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 19
Rest Harrow Aplasta ononaria 70.296 1664 19
Toadflax Brocade Calophasia lunula 73.059 2223 19
Pigmy Footman Eilema pygmaeola 72.048 2046 19
Common White Wave Cabera pusaria 70.277 1955 18
Light Arches Apamea lithoxylaea 73.163 2322 18
Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata 70.087 1752 17
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 17
Sycamore Acronicta aceris 73.039 2279 16
Plumed Fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis 72.057 2488a 16
Galium Carpet Epirrhoe galiata 70.063 1740 16
Scalloped Hook-tip Falcaria lacertinaria 65.001 1645 15
Svensson’s Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera 73.063 2298 15
Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria 70.302 1673 15
Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis 73.254 2176 15
Common Lutestring Ochropacha duplaris 65.013 1657 14
Twin-spotted Wainscot Lenisa geminipuncta 73.139 2370 13
Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata 70.193 1868 13
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala 71.025 1994 13
Uncertain/Rustic agg Hoplodrina alsines/blanda 73.0961 2381x 13
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 73.32 2088 13
Copper Underwing agg. Amphipyra pyramidea agg. 73.0631 2297x 13
Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata 70.182 1832 12
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 12
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 70.239 1919 12
Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg. 73.1731 2337x 12
Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata 70.053 1722 12
Satin Lutestring Tetheella fluctuosa 65.012 1656 11
Small Rivulet Perizoma alchemillata 70.133 1803 11
Bordered Pug Eupithecia succenturiata 70.188 1839 11
Sussex Emerald Thalera fimbrialis 70.304 1672 11
Crescent Helotropha leucostigma 73.119 2368 11
Star-wort Cucullia asteris 73.055 2217 10
Peach Blossom Thyatira batis 65.008 1652 10
Waved Black Parascotia fuliginaria 72.066 2475 10
Kent Black Arches Meganola albula 74.002 2076 10
Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata 70.28 1958 10
Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida 71.007 1998 10
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata 70.052 1725 9
Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata 70.15 1816 9
Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri 69.006 1976 9
Dark Spinach Pelurga comitata 70.069 1749 9
Lunar-spotted Pinion Cosmia pyralina 73.217 2319 9
Small Rufous Coenobia rufa 73.142 2379 9
Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria 72.067 2470 9
Large Emerald Geometra papilionaria 70.299 1666 9
Waved Carpet Hydrelia sylvata 70.113 1877 9
Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa 73.154 2330 9
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 73.092 2387 9
Shears Hada plebeja 73.273 2147 9
Olive Ipimorpha subtusa 73.213 2312 8
Small Scallop Idaea emarginata 70.015 1712 8
Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria 70.227 1907 8
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 7
Bordered Sallow Pyrrhia umbra 73.07 2399 7
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia 70.294 1968 7
August Thorn Ennomos quercinaria 70.233 1912 7
Haworth’s Pug Eupithecia haworthiata 70.146 1813 7
Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua 73.087 2385 7
Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis 72.055 2492 7
Ghost Moth Hepialus humuli 3.005 14 7
Plain Pug Eupithecia simpliciata 70.166 1842 7
Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 72.017 2026 7
Dingy Shell Euchoeca nebulata 70.112 1874 7
Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata 70.039 1718 7
Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia 70.238 1918 7
Maple Prominent Ptilodon cucullina 71.022 2009 7
Slender Pug Eupithecia tenuiata 70.147 1811 7
Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella 74.003 2077 7
Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata 70.19 1837 6
Minor Shoulder-knot Brachylomia viminalis 73.22 2225 6
Splendid Brocade Lacanobia splendens 73.268 2160a 6
White Satin Leucoma salicis 72.009 2031 6
Scarce Silver-lines Bena bicolorana 74.007 2421 5
Chevron Eulithis testata 70.09 1755 5
Annulet Charissa obscurata 70.287 1964 5
Phoenix Eulithis prunata 70.089 1754 5
Dark Umber Philereme transversata 70.119 1792 5
Cream Wave Scopula floslactata 70.027 1693 5
Channel Islands Pug Eupithecia ultimaria 70.152 1855a 5
Poplar Lutestring Tethea or 65.011 1655 5
Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis 70.268 1944 4
Small White Wave Asthena albulata 70.111 1875 4
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 71.027 2019 4
Oak Processionary Thaumetopoea processionea 71.001 2022 4
Raspberry Clearwing Pennisetia hylaeiformis 52.001 369a 4
Pine Hawk-moth Sphinx pinastri 69.007 1978 4
Festoon Apoda limacodes 53.001 173 4
White Spot Hadena albimacula 73.284 2172 4
Scarce Chocolate-tip Clostera anachoreta 71.029 2018 4
Brown-veined Wainscot Archanara dissoluta 73.141 2371 4
Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula 73.176 2340 4
Tawny-barred Angle Macaria liturata 70.214 1893 4
Birch Mocha Cyclophora albipunctata 70.032 1677 3
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 70.183 1834 3
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis 72.061 2484 3
Freyer’s Pug Eupithecia intricata 70.176 1827 3
Crescent Striped Apamea oblonga 73.161 2325 3
Small Dotted Buff Photedes minima 73.147 2345 3
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.1 1776 3
Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata 69.002 1980 3
White-banded Carpet Spargania luctuata 70.073 1786 3
Gem Nycterosea obstipata 70.047 1720 3
Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae 73.136 2369 3
Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina 73.16 2335 3
Yarrow Pug Eupithecia millefoliata 70.186 1841 3
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 70.257 1936 3
L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album 73.3 2202 3
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Leucania comma 73.301 2205 3
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata 70.151 1817 2
Sallow Cirrhia icteritia 73.182 2274 2
Ni Moth Trichoplusia ni 73.003 2432 2
Narrow-winged Pug Eupithecia nanata 70.168 1846 2
Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea 73.28 2165 2
Leopard Moth Zeuzera pyrina 50.002 161 2
Dingy Shears Apterogenum ypsillon 73.222 2314 2
Silky Wainscot Chilodes maritima 73.1 2391 2
Shark Cucullia umbratica 73.052 2216 2
Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata 70.012 1711 2
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 2
Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 73.101 2380 2
Green Pug Pasiphila rectangulata 70.144 1860 2
Grass Rivulet Perizoma albulata 70.137 1807 2
Lesser Cream Wave Scopula immutata 70.025 1692 2
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 2
Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina 73.264 2158 2
Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia 70.037 1681 2
Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago 73.121 2364 2
Large Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata 70.055 1726 2
Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis 73.169 2343 2
Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis 73.252 2177 2
Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata 70.062 1739 2
Currant Clearwing Synanthedon tipuliformis 52.013 373 2
Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera 73.074 2403 2
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 1716 2
Mocha Cyclophora annularia 70.031 1676 2
Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata 70.184 1819 2
Pimpinel Pug Eupithecia pimpinellata 70.165 1845 2
Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 72.015 2028 2
White Colon Sideridis turbida 73.275 2152 1
Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata 73.156 2326 1
Speckled Yellow Pseudopanthera macularia 70.229 1909 1
Striped Wainscot Mythimna pudorina 73.289 2196 1
Gold Swift Phymatopus hecta 3.004 16 1
Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans 73.314 2082 1
Purple Clay Diarsia brunnea 73.332 2122 1
Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 70.054 1727 1
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 72.078 2452 1
Rivulet Perizoma affinitata 70.132 1802 1
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 1
Broken-barred Carpet Electrophaes corylata 70.086 1773 1
Brown Rustic Rusina ferruginea 73.102 2302 1
Juniper Pug Eupithecia pusillata 70.158 1854 1
Scarce Tissue Hydria cervinalis 70.122 1788 1
Bird’s Wing Dypterygia scabriuscula 73.105 2301 1
White-pinion Spotted Lomographa bimaculata 70.279 1957 1
Lesser Common Rustic Mesapamea didyma 73.17 2343a 1
Dark Crimson Underwing Catocala sponsa 72.081 2455 1
Rosy Wave Scopula emutaria 70.028 1691 1
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia 68.001 1643 1
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra 72.041 2051 1
Mallow Larentia clavaria 70.07 1745 1
Small Chocolate-tip Clostera pigra 71.028 2017 1
Dusky Marbled Brown Gluphisia crenata 71.026 2016 1
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 1
Porter’s Rustic Athetis hospes 73.104 2392a 1
Double Lobed Lateroligia ophiogramma 73.168 2336 1
Golden-rod Pug Eupithecia virgaureata 70.161 1851 1
Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata 70.192 1867 1
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 72.02 2060 1
Plain Wave Idaea straminata 70.018 1715 1
Dotted Fan-foot Macrochilo cribrumalis 72.052 2493 1
Triple-spotted Pug Eupithecia trisignaria 70.175 1826 1
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa 73.134 2375 1
Sandhill Rustic Luperina nickerlii 73.132 2354 1
Mullein Cucullia verbasci 73.058 2221 1
Common Heath Ematurga atomaria 70.275 1952 1
Angle-barred Pug Eupithecia innotata 70.169 1848 1
Twin-spot Carpet Mesotype didymata 70.131 1809 1
Wormwood Cucullia absinthii 73.05 2211 1
Beautiful Brocade Lacanobia contigua 73.265 2156 1
Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae 54.009 171 1
Old Lady Mormo maura 73.107 2300 1
Great Brocade Eurois occulta 73.35 2137 1
Miller Acronicta leporina 73.04 2280 1
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 3.002 17 1
Scallop Shell Hydria undulata 70.121 1789 1
Lace Border Scopula ornata 70.021 1687 1