Flying Tonight Late October (Week 43)

The following is a list of the 40 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 43, late October, 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
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 1493
November Moth agg Epirrita dilutata agg. 70.1071 1795x 1056
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa 73.134 2375 958
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 2232 813
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 2270 791
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 791
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 617
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 2267 477
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 2263 434
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 73.068 2245 432
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 417
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.19 2264 370
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 327
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 299
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 270
Feathered Ranunculus Polymixis lichenea 73.235 2255 264
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 250
Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 73.206 2240 222
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 192
L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album 73.3 2202 168
Mallow Larentia clavaria 70.07 1745 150
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 146
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 1923 139
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 2262 136
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 2247 130
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.18 2272 130
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 126
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 110
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 98
Sallow Cirrhia icteritia 73.182 2274 97
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 1716 95
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 93
Feathered Brindle Aporophyla australis 73.23 2230 90
Gem Nycterosea obstipata 70.047 1720 81
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 2273 78
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 76
Streak Chesias legatella 70.195 1864 65
Delicate Mythimna vitellina 73.295 2195 60
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 58
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 57
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 54
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 50

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 36
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 36
Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa 73.365 2117 36
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 2477 28
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 28
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 27
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 24
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 23
Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lutulenta 73.231 2231 23
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 22
Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita 73.225 2248 22
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 2361 17
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 16
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 15
Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula 73.223 2246a 12
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 11
Clancy’s Rustic Caradrina kadenii 73.093 2387a 11
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 10
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 10
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 10
Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata 70.109 1797 7
Blood-vein Timandra comae 70.029 1682 6
Dusky-lemon Sallow Cirrhia gilvago 73.183 2275 6
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 1961 6
Poplar Lutestring Tethea or 65.011 1655 6
Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura 73.187 2266 6
Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata 72.035 2037 6
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 5
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 5
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Leucania comma 73.301 2205 5
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 5
December Moth Poecilocampa populi 66.001 1631 4
Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites 73.008 2428 4
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 4
Festoon Apoda limacodes 53.001 173 4
Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli 69.004 1972 4
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 72.078 2452 4
Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua 73.087 2385 4
Light Arches Apamea lithoxylaea 73.163 2322 4
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra 72.041 2051 4
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 3
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 73.064 2299 3
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis 72.061 2484 3
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 73.131 2353 3
Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 72.017 2026 3
Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta 73.237 2252 3
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 73.092 2387 3
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 3
White-speck Mythimna unipuncta 73.296 2203 3
Svensson’s Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera 73.063 2298 3
Figure of Eight Diloba caeruleocephala 73.033 2020 3
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 70.234 1913 3
Autumn Green Carpet Chloroclysta miata 70.096 1761 3
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 3
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 2
Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae 73.136 2369 2
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 70.235 1914 2
Green Silver-lines Pseudoips prasinana 74.008 2422 2
Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona 73.344 2108 2
Dark Umber Philereme transversata 70.119 1792 2
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini 72.076 2451 2
Plumed Fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis 72.057 2488a 2
Small Marbled Eublemma parva 72.073 2408 2
Red Sword-grass Xylena vetusta 73.209 2241 2
Sprawler Asteroscopus sphinx 73.065 2227 2
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 2
Cream-bordered Green Pea Earias clorana 74.011 2418 2
Blair’s Mocha Cyclophora puppillaria 70.033 1678 2
Pale-lemon Sallow Cirrhia ocellaris 73.184 2276 2
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 2
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 2
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 1
Gold Spot Plusia festucae 73.022 2439 1
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 1
Lead-coloured Pug Eupithecia plumbeolata 70.153 1814 1
Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago 73.219 2269 1
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria 70.254 1933 1
Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago 73.121 2364 1
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 1
Bordered Sallow Pyrrhia umbra 73.07 2399 1
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 1
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 1
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 1
Crimson Speckled Utetheisa pulchella 72.034 2054 1
Buff Footman Eilema depressa 72.043 2049 1
Sword-grass Xylena exsoleta 73.208 2242 1
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 1
Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata 70.105 1800 1
Death’s-head Hawk-moth Acherontia atropos 69.005 1973 1
Garden Tiger Arctia caja 72.026 2057 1
Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 73.062 2297 1
Orange Sallow Tiliacea citrago 73.179 2271 1
Radford’s Flame Shoulder Ochropleura leucogaster 73.33 2102a 1
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 1
Dewick’s Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa 73.01 2436 1
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 1
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 1
Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola 73.188 2265 1