Flying Tonight Late May (Week 22)

The following is a list of the 100 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 22, late May, 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
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 5611
Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica 73.101 2380 3120
Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg. 73.1731 2337x 1819
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 3.002 17 1788
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 1781
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 1656
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae 72.031 2069 1449
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 1319
Light Feathered Rustic Agrotis cinerea 73.316 2084 1312
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 1306
Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 73.158 2334 972
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 895
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 72.02 2060 853
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 73.334 2123 780
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 661
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Leucania comma 73.301 2205 636
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.1 1776 609
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 1961 580
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 572
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 554
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 70.183 1834 550
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 521
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 518
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 504
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 485
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 471
Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum 73.263 2157 437
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica 73.333 2120 410
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 380
Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 72.015 2028 375
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 371
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 348
Shears Hada plebeja 73.273 2147 347
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia 70.294 1968 340
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 70.207 1887 327
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 311
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 297
Peppered Moth Biston betularia 70.252 1931 288
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 286
Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula 73.176 2340 281
Speckled Yellow Pseudopanthera macularia 70.229 1909 267
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 267
Small Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila porcellus 69.017 1992 265
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 221
Flame Axylia putris 73.328 2098 214
Cream-spot Tiger Arctia villica 72.027 2058 213
Orange Footman Eilema sororcula 72.049 2043 211
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 70.051 1724 204
Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 69.003 1981 201
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 73.092 2387 193
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 2477 185
Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata 70.184 1819 185
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 183
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 173
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 70.061 1738 165
Grass Rivulet Perizoma albulata 70.137 1807 164
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 70.257 1936 156
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 155
Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata 70.054 1727 153
Satin Wave Idaea subsericeata 70.009 1709 150
Pale Oak Beauty Hypomecis punctinalis 70.268 1944 136
Buff-tip Phalera bucephala 71.025 1994 132
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 126
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis 74.004 2078 123
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 71.013 2003 118
Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata 70.28 1958 118
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata 70.151 1817 113
Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata 73.279 2164 104
Green Pug Pasiphila rectangulata 70.144 1860 102
Freyer’s Pug Eupithecia intricata 70.176 1827 101
Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata 70.012 1711 95
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 95
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 71.017 2007 93
Grass Emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata 70.297 1665 89
Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosata 70.222 1902 89
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina 71.02 2011 86
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 70.278 1956 84
Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria 65.005 1648 82
Common White Wave Cabera pusaria 70.277 1955 79
Scalloped Hazel Odontopera bidentata 70.24 1920 79
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 77
Poplar Grey Subacronicta megacephala 73.046 2278 76
Scorched Wing Plagodis dolabraria 70.224 1904 75
Blood-vein Timandra comae 70.029 1682 73
Shaded Pug Eupithecia subumbrata 70.189 1840 72
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 72
Figure of Eighty Tethea ocularis 65.01 1654 70
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 70
Peacock Moth Macaria notata 70.211 1889 67
May Highflyer Hydriomena impluviata 70.075 1778 66
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 65
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata 70.059 1742 65
Mullein Wave Scopula marginepunctata 70.023 1689 63
Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria 65.002 1646 61
Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata 69.002 1980 60
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 60
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 57
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 55
Cream Wave Scopula floslactata 70.027 1693 55
Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana 74.011 2418 54

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 52
Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi 66.008 1638 50
Marbled Brown Drymonia dodonaea 71.01 2014 49
Toadflax Brocade Calophasia lunula 73.059 2223 49
White Spot Hadena albimacula 73.284 2172 49
White-pinion Spotted Lomographa bimaculata 70.279 1957 49
Dark / Grey Dagger Acronicta tridens/psi 73.0381 2284x 48
Common Heath Ematurga atomaria 70.275 1952 48
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 47
Large Nutmeg Apamea anceps 73.157 2333 47
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 70.157 1853 47
Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa 73.154 2330 46
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 71.012 2000 45
Nutmeg Anarta trifolii 73.255 2145 45
Dog’s Tooth Lacanobia suasa 73.266 2159 45
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 70.094 1759 44
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 42
Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata 70.087 1752 41
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 40
Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata 70.192 1867 39
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor 69.016 1991 39
Small Clouded Brindle Apamea unanimis 73.159 2331 39
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 38
Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata 70.19 1837 38
Burnet Companion Euclidia glyphica 72.083 2463 38
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 71.027 2019 37
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia 73.002 2449 36
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 36
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 36
Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata 70.265 1941 36
Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata 70.212 1890 35
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 73.32 2088 35
Broken-barred Carpet Electrophaes corylata 70.086 1773 35
Small Fan-foot Herminia grisealis 72.055 2492 34
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria 73.096 2381 34
Campion Sideridis rivularis 73.276 2166 33
Peach Blossom Thyatira batis 65.008 1652 33
Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae 69.001 1979 32
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 32
Brindled White-spot Parectropis similaria 70.273 1950 32
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 32
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 71.018 2006 31
Lychnis Hadena bicruris 73.281 2173 31
Small Seraphim Pterapherapteryx sexalata 70.199 1882 31
Brown Rustic Rusina ferruginea 73.102 2302 31
L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album 73.3 2202 30
Bordered Sallow Pyrrhia umbra 73.07 2399 29
Shark Cucullia umbratica 73.052 2216 29
Sandy Carpet Perizoma flavofasciata 70.138 1808 29
Satin Lutestring Tetheella fluctuosa 65.012 1656 29
Fern Horisme tersata 70.127 1782 27
Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri 69.006 1976 27
Scalloped Hook-tip Falcaria lacertinaria 65.001 1645 26
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 25
Alder Moth Acronicta alni 73.036 2281 24
Mullein Cucullia verbasci 73.058 2221 23
Rivulet Perizoma affinitata 70.132 1802 22
Puss Moth Cerura vinula 71.003 1995 22
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 22
Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana 74.008 2422 22
Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata 70.126 1781 21
Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi 71.009 1999 21
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 21
Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata 73.156 2326 20
Gold Spot Plusia festucae 73.022 2439 20
Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria 72.067 2470 20
Seraphim Lobophora halterata 70.198 1879 20
Mother Shipton Euclidia mi 72.084 2462 19
Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata 70.128 1784 18
Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata 70.053 1722 18
White Colon Sideridis turbida 73.275 2152 17
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 71.021 2008 17
Light Arches Apamea lithoxylaea 73.163 2322 17
Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria 70.302 1673 17
Common Footman Eilema lurideola 72.045 2050 17
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 17
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 17
Obscure Wainscot Leucania obsoleta 73.302 2204 16
Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae 73.053 2214 16
Broom Moth Ceramica pisi 73.271 2163 15
Bird’s Wing Dypterygia scabriuscula 73.105 2301 15
Netted Pug Eupithecia venosata 70.155 1823 14
Common Lutestring Ochropacha duplaris 65.013 1657 14
Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata 70.085 1765 14
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 14
Small White Wave Asthena albulata 70.111 1875 14
Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata 70.182 1832 13
Lead-coloured Pug Eupithecia plumbeolata 70.153 1814 13
Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata 70.218 1894 13
Grey Birch Aethalura punctulata 70.274 1951 13
Sycamore Acronicta aceris 73.039 2279 13
Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata 70.193 1868 12
Splendid Brocade Lacanobia splendens 73.268 2160a 12
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 11
Four-spotted Tyta luctuosa 73.031 2465 11
Marbled White Spot Deltote pygarga 73.024 2410 11
Marbled Coronet Hadena confusa 73.283 2171 11
Miller Acronicta leporina 73.04 2280 11
Alder Kitten Furcula bicuspis 71.006 1996 11
Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata 70.011 1708 10
Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara 73.114 2305 10
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 10
Tawny-barred Angle Macaria liturata 70.214 1893 10
Square Spot Paradarisa consonaria 70.272 1949 10
Galium Carpet Epirrhoe galiata 70.063 1740 9
Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida 71.007 1998 9
Dew Moth Setina irrorella 72.05 2036 9
Angle-barred Pug Eupithecia innotata 70.169 1848 9
Poplar Lutestring Tethea or 65.011 1655 9
Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata 70.179 1830 9
Buff Footman Eilema depressa 72.043 2049 9
Map-winged Swift Korscheltellus fusconebulosa 3.003 18 9
Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata 70.039 1718 9
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata 70.052 1725 8
Gold Swift Phymatopus hecta 3.004 16 8
Reed Dagger Simyra albovenosa 73.035 2290 8
Slender Pug Eupithecia tenuiata 70.147 1811 8
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 8
Birch Mocha Cyclophora albipunctata 70.032 1677 8
Haworth’s Pug Eupithecia haworthiata 70.146 1813 8
Little Emerald Jodis lactearia 70.303 1674 8
Lesser Cream Wave Scopula immutata 70.025 1692 7
Channel Islands Pug Eupithecia ultimaria 70.152 1855a 7
Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula 71.005 1997 7
Lace Border Scopula ornata 70.021 1687 7
Sand Dart Agrotis ripae 73.323 2093 7
Bordered White Bupalus piniaria 70.276 1954 7
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 73.361 2128 7
Dwarf Pug Eupithecia tantillaria 70.162 1857 7
Dark Tussock Dicallomera fascelina 72.016 2027 7
Common Fan-foot Pechipogo strigilata 72.056 2488 7
Ghost Moth Hepialus humuli 3.005 14 6
July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata 70.074 1777 6
Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia 70.238 1918 6
Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia 70.037 1681 6
Pine Hawk-moth Sphinx pinastri 69.007 1978 6
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 6
Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina 73.016 2442 6
Great Prominent Peridea anceps 71.016 2005 6
Pinion-spotted Pug Eupithecia insigniata 70.174 1820 6
Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina 73.264 2158 6
Maple Prominent Ptilodon cucullina 71.022 2009 6
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 70.103 1750 5
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 5
Common Emerald Hemithea aestivaria 70.305 1669 5
Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa 70.006 1705 5
Magpie Abraxas grossulariata 70.205 1884 5
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 5
Double Lobed Lateroligia ophiogramma 73.168 2336 5
Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua 73.087 2385 5
Clouded Brindle Apamea epomidion 73.155 2327 5
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 4
Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula 72.069 2473 4
Dingy Shell Euchoeca nebulata 70.112 1874 4
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 4
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis 72.061 2484 4
Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula 73.172 2341 4
Water Ermine Spilosoma urticae 72.021 2062 4
Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera 73.074 2403 4
Green Arches Anaplectoides prasina 73.352 2138 4
Ochreous Pug Eupithecia indigata 70.171 1844 4
Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata 70.062 1739 4
Drab Looper Minoa murinata 70.117 1878 4
Barred Umber Plagodis pulveraria 70.223 1903 4
Large Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe quadrifasiata 70.055 1726 3
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 72.044 2044 3
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 3
Grey Arches Polia nebulosa 73.261 2150 3
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 73.064 2299 3
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 3
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides 65.009 1653 3
Small Yellow Wave Hydrelia flammeolaria 70.114 1876 3
Varied Coronet Hadena compta 73.282 2170 3
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 3
Dusky Hook-tip Drepana curvatula 65.004 1649 3
Star-wort Cucullia asteris 73.055 2217 3
Scarce Merveille du Jour Moma alpium 73.034 2277 3
Streamer Anticlea derivata 70.067 1747 3
Small Engrailed Ectropis crepuscularia 70.271 1948 3
Clay Mythimna ferrago 73.298 2193 3
Rosy Wave Scopula emutaria 70.028 1691 3
Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata 70.15 1816 3
Small Chocolate-tip Clostera pigra 71.028 2017 3
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 73.293 2198 3
Larch Pug Eupithecia lariciata 70.163 1856 2
Barred Red Hylaea fasciaria 70.284 1962 2
Scarce Chocolate-tip Clostera anachoreta 71.029 2018 2
Narrow-winged Pug Eupithecia nanata 70.168 1846 2
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 2
Concolorous Photedes extrema 73.149 2347 2
Scarce Footman Eilema complana 72.046 2047 2
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia 68.001 1643 2
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 2
Barred Hook-tip Watsonalla cultraria 65.003 1647 2
Garden Tiger Arctia caja 72.026 2057 2
Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria 70.241 1921 2
Festoon Apoda limacodes 53.001 173 2
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 2
Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria 70.024 1690 2
Black-veined Moth Siona lineata 70.291 1966 2
Reddish Light Arches Apamea sublustris 73.164 2323 2
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 2
Mathew’s Wainscot Mythimna favicolor 73.292 2200 2
Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea 72.012 2029 2
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 2
Clancy’s Rustic Caradrina kadenii 73.093 2387a 1
Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella 74.003 2077 1
Waved Carpet Hydrelia sylvata 70.113 1877 1
Small Rivulet Perizoma alchemillata 70.133 1803 1
Rest Harrow Aplasta ononaria 70.296 1664 1
Blackneck Lygephila pastinum 72.063 2466 1
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 1
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina 3.001 15 1
Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata 70.148 1812 1
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 1
Red-necked Footman Atolmis rubricollis 72.042 2039 1
Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa 73.171 2342 1
Silky Wainscot Chilodes maritima 73.1 2391 1
Fiery Clearwing Pyropteron chrysidiformis 52.015 384 1
Drinker Euthrix potatoria 66.01 1640 1
Fan-foot Herminia tarsipennalis 72.053 2489 1
Silver Barred Deltote bankiana 73.027 2413 1
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis 71.011 2015 1
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 1
Blue-bordered Carpet Plemyria rubiginata 70.084 1766 1
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 1
True Lover’s Knot Lycophotia porphyrea 73.338 2118 1
White-banded Carpet Spargania luctuata 70.073 1786 1
Mocha Cyclophora annularia 70.031 1676 1
Muslin Footman Nudaria mundana 72.036 2038 1
Bordered Pug Eupithecia succenturiata 70.188 1839 1
Dark Marbled Carpet Dysstroma citrata 70.098 1762 1
Uncertain/Rustic agg Hoplodrina alsines/blanda 73.0961 2381x 1
Sloe Pug Pasiphila chloerata 70.143 1859 1
Rosy Marbled Elaphria venustula 73.091 2396 1
Plain Pug Eupithecia simpliciata 70.166 1842 1
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 1
Blotched Emerald Comibaena bajularia 70.3 1667 1
Small Marbled Eublemma parva 72.073 2408 1
Six-Spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae 54.008 169 1