Flying Tonight Late March (Week 13)

The following is a list of the 25 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 13, 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
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 7292
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 6065
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 5795
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 2223
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 929
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 597
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 488
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 475
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 405
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 399
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 253
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 241
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 201
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 175
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 105
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 84
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 79
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 70
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 63
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 61
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 70.239 1919 51
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 45
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 41
Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti 73.246 2185 41
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 36

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 34
Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias 70.203 1661 31
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 30
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 30
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 27
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 24
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 23
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 23
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 21
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 70.103 1750 15
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 14
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 12
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 12
Early Moth Theria primaria 70.282 1960 12
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 12
Streamer Anticlea derivata 70.067 1747 11
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 10
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 8
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 7
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 70.157 1853 7
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis 71.011 2015 7
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 6
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 4
Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria 70.246 1925 4
Northern Drab Orthosia opima 73.248 2184 4
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 4
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 4
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 2262 3
Barred Tooth-striped Trichopteryx polycommata 70.201 1880 3
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 3
Twin-spotted Wainscot Lenisa geminipuncta 73.139 2370 2
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 2
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 2
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 2
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 70.183 1834 2
Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa 73.243 2183 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 2
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 70.253 1932 2
Mottled Grey Colostygia multistrigaria 70.101 1775 2
Frosted Green Polyploca ridens 65.015 1660 2
Light Orange Underwing Boudinotiana notha 70.204 1662 2
White-marked Cerastis leucographa 73.337 2140 1
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia 68.001 1643 1
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 1
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 1
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 71.027 2019 1
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Leucania comma 73.301 2205 1
Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata 70.126 1781 1
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 73.361 2128 1
Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata 70.053 1722 1
Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae 73.053 2214 1