Flying Tonight Early October (Week 40)

The following is a list of the 70 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 40, early October, 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
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 2270 16625
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 10904
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 7947
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 3777
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 2232 3087
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 2879
Feathered Ranunculus Polymixis lichenea 73.235 2255 2796
Feathered Brindle Aporophyla australis 73.23 2230 2402
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 2267 1700
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 1246
L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album 73.3 2202 1238
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 1010
Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa 73.365 2117 787
Sallow Cirrhia icteritia 73.182 2274 600
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 534
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 533
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa 73.134 2375 453
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 445
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 2477 435
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 431
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 2273 422
Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 73.206 2240 407
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 367
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.18 2272 347
Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lutulenta 73.231 2231 318
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 309
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 305
Mallow Larentia clavaria 70.07 1745 217
Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta 73.237 2252 216
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 213
Delicate Mythimna vitellina 73.295 2195 209
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 2361 208
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 73.131 2353 207
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 204
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 199
Oak Lutestring Cymatophorina diluta 65.014 1658 186
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 178
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 174
Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago 73.121 2364 168
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 1961 153
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 2263 123
Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita 73.225 2248 121
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 104
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 103
Dusky-lemon Sallow Cirrhia gilvago 73.183 2275 102
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 70.235 1914 102
Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 73.062 2297 98
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 94
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 92
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 1716 91
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 91
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 91
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 80
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 73.334 2123 79
Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura 73.187 2266 76
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 2262 75
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 71
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 66
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 65
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra 72.041 2051 62
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 70.234 1913 60
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 59
Clancy’s Rustic Caradrina kadenii 73.093 2387a 59
Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli 69.004 1972 56
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 52
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 44
Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago 73.219 2269 43
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 73.068 2245 42
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia 70.294 1968 41
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 73.064 2299 40

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 40
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 38
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 35
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 35
Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 72.017 2026 34
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 33
Gem Nycterosea obstipata 70.047 1720 33
Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona 73.344 2108 32
Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria 70.227 1907 31
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.19 2264 29
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 2247 24
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 22
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini 72.076 2451 21
Orange Sallow Tiliacea citrago 73.179 2271 21
Gold Spot Plusia festucae 73.022 2439 20
Streak Chesias legatella 70.195 1864 20
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 72.078 2452 20
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 19
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia 73.002 2449 19
Blood-vein Timandra comae 70.029 1682 19
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 1923 17
Svensson’s Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera 73.063 2298 17
Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae 73.136 2369 15
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 15
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 15
Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata 70.193 1868 15
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 70.061 1738 14
Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites 73.008 2428 13
Splendid Brocade Lacanobia splendens 73.268 2160a 13
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria 73.096 2381 13
Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis 73.252 2177 13
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 12
Yellow-tail Euproctis similis 72.013 2030 12
Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica 73.084 2293 12
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis 72.061 2484 11
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 11
Pale-lemon Sallow Cirrhia ocellaris 73.184 2276 11
Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola 73.188 2265 10
Fisher’s Estuarine Moth Gortyna borelii 73.122 2365 10
Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata 70.012 1711 9
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 73.092 2387 9
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata 70.059 1742 8
Nutmeg Anarta trifolii 73.255 2145 8
Small Wainscot Denticucullus pygmina 73.144 2350 8
Copper Underwing agg. Amphipyra pyramidea agg. 73.0631 2297x 7
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata 70.265 1941 7
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 7
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 7
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 7
Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata 73.358 2133 7
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.1 1776 6
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 73.32 2088 6
Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata 72.035 2037 6
Bordered Sallow Pyrrhia umbra 73.07 2399 6
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 5
Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata 70.192 1867 5
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 5
Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea 72.012 2029 5
Campion Sideridis rivularis 73.276 2166 5
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 5
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 72.044 2044 5
Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata 70.128 1784 5
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 4
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 4
White-speck Mythimna unipuncta 73.296 2203 4
Hoary Footman Eilema caniola 72.047 2045 4
Plumed Fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis 72.057 2488a 4
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 4
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 4
Figure of Eight Diloba caeruleocephala 73.033 2020 3
Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana 74.008 2422 3
Mullein Wave Scopula marginepunctata 70.023 1689 3
Dewick’s Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa 73.01 2436 3
Grass Emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata 70.297 1665 3
Clay Mythimna ferrago 73.298 2193 3
Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea 73.294 2197 3
Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata 70.013 1702 3
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina 3.001 15 3
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 3
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Leucania comma 73.301 2205 3
Scarce Footman Eilema complana 72.046 2047 2
Marbled Green Nyctobrya muralis 73.085 2295 2
Flame Axylia putris 73.328 2098 2
Four-dotted Footman Cybosia mesomella 72.038 2040 2
Webb’s Wainscot Globia sparganii 73.151 2373 2
Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura 73.109 2303 2
Death’s-head Hawk-moth Acherontia atropos 69.005 1973 2
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 2
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 2
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 73.361 2128 2
Marsh Mallow Moth Hydraecia osseola 73.125 2363 2
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 2
Radford’s Flame Shoulder Ochropleura leucogaster 73.33 2102a 2
Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria 70.024 1690 2
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 2
Reed Dagger Simyra albovenosa 73.035 2290 2
Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 69.003 1981 2
Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula 72.069 2473 2
Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria 65.002 1646 2
Drinker Euthrix potatoria 66.01 1640 2
Barred Red Hylaea fasciaria 70.284 1962 2
Kent Black Arches Meganola albula 74.002 2076 2
Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata 70.109 1797 2
Uncertain/Rustic agg Hoplodrina alsines/blanda 73.0961 2381x 1
Barred Straw Gandaritis pyraliata 70.093 1758 1
Viper’s Bugloss Hadena irregularis 73.287 2168 1
Galium Carpet Epirrhoe galiata 70.063 1740 1
Alder Moth Acronicta alni 73.036 2281 1
Star-wort Cucullia asteris 73.055 2217 1
Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara 73.114 2305 1
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 1
Old Lady Mormo maura 73.107 2300 1
Large Thorn Ennomos autumnaria 70.232 1911 1
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 1
November Moth agg Epirrita dilutata agg. 70.1071 1795x 1
Pale Stigma Mesogona acetosellae 73.185 2141 1
Plain Wave Idaea straminata 70.018 1715 1
August Thorn Ennomos quercinaria 70.233 1912 1
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria 70.243 1922 1
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae 72.031 2069 1
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 1
Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata 70.039 1718 1
Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella 74.003 2077 1
Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg. 73.1731 2337x 1
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 1
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 73.293 2198 1
Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 73.101 2380 1
Sombre Brocade Dichonioxa tenebrosa 73.227 2248b 1
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 1
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 1
Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia 70.037 1681 1
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 1
Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata 70.011 1708 1