Flying Tonight Early October (Week 41)

The following is a list of the 60 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 41, 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 8050
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 6565
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 3271
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 2232 2083
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 1915
Feathered Ranunculus Polymixis lichenea 73.235 2255 1769
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 2267 1388
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 1368
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 937
L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album 73.3 2202 782
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa 73.134 2375 728
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 638
Feathered Brindle Aporophyla australis 73.23 2230 616
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.18 2272 516
Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 73.206 2240 470
Sallow Cirrhia icteritia 73.182 2274 456
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 406
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 308
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 2273 279
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 268
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 267
Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lutulenta 73.231 2231 265
Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa 73.365 2117 246
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 73.068 2245 240
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 2263 234
Mallow Larentia clavaria 70.07 1745 216
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 207
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 191
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 186
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 181
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 177
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 169
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 146
Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta 73.237 2252 132
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 2477 121
Delicate Mythimna vitellina 73.295 2195 108
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 2361 107
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 104
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.19 2264 101
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 86
Dusky-lemon Sallow Cirrhia gilvago 73.183 2275 85
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 84
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 2247 81
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 1716 76
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 74
Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita 73.225 2248 74
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 2262 72
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 69
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 1961 64
Clancy’s Rustic Caradrina kadenii 73.093 2387a 61
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 58
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 55
Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago 73.121 2364 50
November Moth agg Epirrita dilutata agg. 70.1071 1795x 46
Streak Chesias legatella 70.195 1864 44
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 43
Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura 73.187 2266 43
Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 73.062 2297 42
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 40
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 38

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 37
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 73.131 2353 36
Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli 69.004 1972 35
Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona 73.344 2108 27
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 1923 26
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 25
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 24
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 24
Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 72.017 2026 20
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 73.334 2123 20
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 20
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 18
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra 72.041 2051 16
Gem Nycterosea obstipata 70.047 1720 16
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 72.078 2452 15
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 70.234 1913 14
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 13
Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria 70.227 1907 12
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini 72.076 2451 12
Pale-lemon Sallow Cirrhia ocellaris 73.184 2276 12
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 70.235 1914 12
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 12
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 11
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 11
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 11
Orange Sallow Tiliacea citrago 73.179 2271 10
Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites 73.008 2428 10
Plumed Fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis 72.057 2488a 9
Blood-vein Timandra comae 70.029 1682 9
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 9
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia 70.294 1968 8
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria 73.096 2381 7
Splendid Brocade Lacanobia splendens 73.268 2160a 7
Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata 70.193 1868 6
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 6
Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago 73.219 2269 6
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 73.092 2387 6
Svensson’s Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera 73.063 2298 6
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 5
Webb’s Wainscot Globia sparganii 73.151 2373 5
Oak Lutestring Cymatophorina diluta 65.014 1658 5
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 5
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 5
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 5
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 5
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 4
Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola 73.188 2265 4
Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata 70.192 1867 4
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 73.064 2299 4
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria 70.254 1933 4
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 4
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia 73.002 2449 4
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis 72.061 2484 4
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 4
Mullein Wave Scopula marginepunctata 70.023 1689 3
Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata 70.013 1702 3
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 3
Buff Footman Eilema depressa 72.043 2049 3
Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua 73.087 2385 3
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 3
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 3
Channel Islands Pug Eupithecia ultimaria 70.152 1855a 3
Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria 65.002 1646 2
Fisher’s Estuarine Moth Gortyna borelii 73.122 2365 2
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 70.061 1738 2
Dewick’s Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa 73.01 2436 2
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 2
Copper Underwing agg. Amphipyra pyramidea agg. 73.0631 2297x 2
Grass Emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata 70.297 1665 2
Kent Black Arches Meganola albula 74.002 2076 2
Fen Wainscot Arenostola phragmitidis 73.137 2377 2
Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata 73.358 2133 2
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 2
Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria 70.024 1690 2
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 2
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 2
Gold Spot Plusia festucae 73.022 2439 2
Blue-bordered Carpet Plemyria rubiginata 70.084 1766 2
Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata 70.053 1722 1
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 1
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 1
Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula 72.069 2473 1
Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 73.101 2380 1
Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina 73.216 2318 1
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 1
Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata 70.045 1732 1
Hoary Footman Eilema caniola 72.047 2045 1
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 1
Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata 70.187 1838 1
Black Arches Lymantria monacha 72.01 2033 1
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 70.278 1956 1
Plumed Prominent Ptilophora plumigera 71.024 2013 1
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 1
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 73.32 2088 1
Dark Marbled Carpet Dysstroma citrata 70.098 1762 1
Brown-line Bright-eye Mythimna conigera 73.29 2192 1
Scarce Footman Eilema complana 72.046 2047 1
December Moth Poecilocampa populi 66.001 1631 1
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria 70.243 1922 1
Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis 73.252 2177 1
Figure of Eight Diloba caeruleocephala 73.033 2020 1
Small Ranunculus Hecatera dysodea 73.28 2165 1
Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata 70.012 1711 1
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina 3.001 15 1
Figure of Eighty Tethea ocularis 65.01 1654 1
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 73.293 2198 1
Flame Axylia putris 73.328 2098 1
Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta 73.346 2112 1
Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae 73.136 2369 1
Cosmopolitan Leucania loreyi 73.304 2208 1
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 72.044 2044 1
Sprawler Asteroscopus sphinx 73.065 2227 1
Northern Rustic Standfussiana lucernea 73.341 2104 1
Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata 69.002 1980 1
Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula 73.223 2246a 1
Campion Sideridis rivularis 73.276 2166 1
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 1
Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata 73.156 2326 1
Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata 72.035 2037 1
Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata 70.218 1894 1