Flying Tonight Late March (Week 12)

The following is a list of the 20 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 12, late 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
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 6611
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 5295
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 3884
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 1124
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 552
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 368
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 294
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 281
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 250
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 238
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 144
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 121
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 109
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 96
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 83
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 74
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 74
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 62
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 58
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 40

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti 73.246 2185 26
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 20
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 19
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 19
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 18
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 18
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 14
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 12
Barred Tooth-striped Trichopteryx polycommata 70.201 1880 11
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 11
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 9
Early Moth Theria primaria 70.282 1960 8
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 8
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 8
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 8
Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria 70.246 1925 6
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 70.103 1750 6
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 6
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 4
Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias 70.203 1661 4
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 4
Mottled Grey Colostygia multistrigaria 70.101 1775 3
Brown-line Bright-eye Mythimna conigera 73.29 2192 3
Black-spotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginosa 73.196 2259a 2
Barred Umber Plagodis pulveraria 70.223 1903 2
Red-headed Chestnut Conistra erythrocephala 73.198 2261 2
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 2
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.19 2264 2
Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata 70.184 1819 2
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 1
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 73.361 2128 1
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 70.253 1932 1
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 1