Flying Tonight February (Weeks 5 – 8)

The following is a list of the 100 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in weeks 5 – 8, February, 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
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 753
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 70.253 1932 430
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 350
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 314
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 264
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 164
Early Moth Theria primaria 70.282 1960 159
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 126
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 121
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 94
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 87
Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria 70.246 1925 72

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 34
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 29
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 15
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 12
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 10
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 9
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 8
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 7
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 7
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 6
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 5
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 5
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 5
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 5
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 4
Black-spotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginosa 73.196 2259a 4
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 4
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 3
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 2
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 2
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 2
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 2
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 2
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria 70.254 1933 2
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 2
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 1
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 1
Magpie Abraxas grossulariata 70.205 1884 1
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 1
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 1
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