Flying Tonight Early March (Week 9)

The following is a list of the 15 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 9, early March, 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 Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 615
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 350
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 268
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 265
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 212
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 152
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 129
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 109
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 70.253 1932 108
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 82
Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria 70.246 1925 75
Early Moth Theria primaria 70.282 1960 64
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 59
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 58
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 41

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 33
Langmaid’s Yellow Underwing Noctua janthina 73.347 2110a 28
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 26
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 26
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 24
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 20
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 18
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 11
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 9
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 8
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 5
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 4
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 4
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 4
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 4
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 3
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 3
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 3
Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi 66.008 1638 2
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 2
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 2
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 2
Black-spotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginosa 73.196 2259a 2
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 2
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 1
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 1
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 1
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 1
Twin-spot Carpet Mesotype didymata 70.131 1809 1
Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias 70.203 1661 1
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 1
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 2263 1
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 1
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 1