Flying Tonight January (Weeks 1 – 4)

The following is a list of the 8 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in weeks 1 – 4, January, 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
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 209
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 105
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 87
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 75
Early Moth Theria primaria 70.282 1960 66
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 60
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 70.253 1932 46
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 43

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 19
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 15
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 15
December Moth Poecilocampa populi 66.001 1631 13
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 12
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 8
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 8
Common Footman Eilema lurideola 72.045 2050 7
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 73.32 2088 7
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 6
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 5
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 5
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 5
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria 73.096 2381 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 3
Magpie Abraxas grossulariata 70.205 1884 3
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 3
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 3
Black-spotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginosa 73.196 2259a 3
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 3
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 2
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala 71.025 1994 2
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria 70.254 1933 2
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 2
Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri 69.006 1976 2
Tissue Triphosa dubitata 70.123 1790 2
Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata 70.105 1800 2
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 2
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.19 2264 2
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 2
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 2
Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg. 73.1731 2337x 1
Festoon Apoda limacodes 53.001 173 1
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 1
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 1
Flame Axylia putris 73.328 2098 1
Clancy’s Rustic Caradrina kadenii 73.093 2387a 1
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 70.257 1936 1
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 1
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 1
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 1
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 1
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 1
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 1
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 1
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 1
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 1
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 72.02 2060 1
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 3.002 17 1
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 1
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 1
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 1
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