Flying Tonight Mid April (Week 15)

The following is a list of the 15 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 15, mid April, 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 1167
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 1091
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 418
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 313
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 305
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 201
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 190
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 83
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 82
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 82
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis 71.011 2015 62
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 58
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 54
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 51
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 50

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 45
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 40
Streamer Anticlea derivata 70.067 1747 38
Frosted Green Polyploca ridens 65.015 1660 37
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis 74.004 2078 31
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 29
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 28
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 26
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 24
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 23
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 23
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 23
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 21
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 70.103 1750 19
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 16
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 14
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 14
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 70.157 1853 13
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 12
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 71.027 2019 12
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 11
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 11
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 11
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 71.013 2003 11
Great Prominent Peridea anceps 71.016 2005 10
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina 71.02 2011 9
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 71.018 2006 9
Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti 73.246 2185 9
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 70.239 1919 9
Light Orange Underwing Boudinotiana notha 70.204 1662 9
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 8
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 8
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 8
Mullein Cucullia verbasci 73.058 2221 8
Small White Wave Asthena albulata 70.111 1875 7
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 70.051 1724 7
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 71.017 2007 6
Northern Drab Orthosia opima 73.248 2184 6
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 6
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 70.257 1936 6
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 5
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 5
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 5
Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae 73.053 2214 5
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 5
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 4
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 4
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 71.021 2008 4
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 3
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 3
Peppered Moth Biston betularia 70.252 1931 3
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 3
Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias 70.203 1661 3
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 3
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 70.207 1887 3
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 2
Toadflax Brocade Calophasia lunula 73.059 2223 2
Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia 70.238 1918 2
Dew Moth Setina irrorella 72.05 2036 2
Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata 70.039 1718 2
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 2
Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 72.015 2028 2
Scalloped Hook-tip Falcaria lacertinaria 65.001 1645 2
Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata 70.182 1832 2
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 70.094 1759 2
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 72.02 2060 2
Small Waved Umber Horisme vitalbata 70.126 1781 2
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia 68.001 1643 2
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 2
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 2
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae 72.031 2069 2
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 2
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 71.012 2000 1
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 1
Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata 69.002 1980 1
Scarce Prominent Odontosia carmelita 71.023 2010 1
Dog’s Tooth Lacanobia suasa 73.266 2159 1
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 1
Reed Dagger Simyra albovenosa 73.035 2290 1
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 1
Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa 73.243 2183 1
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 70.183 1834 1
Light Feathered Rustic Agrotis cinerea 73.316 2084 1
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 1
Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea 72.012 2029 1
Mocha Cyclophora annularia 70.031 1676 1
Peacock Moth Macaria notata 70.211 1889 1
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 1
Rivulet Perizoma affinitata 70.132 1802 1
Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida 71.007 1998 1
Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 73.158 2334 1
Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae 69.001 1979 1
White-pinion Spotted Lomographa bimaculata 70.279 1957 1
Ochreous Pug Eupithecia indigata 70.171 1844 1
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 1
Barred Tooth-striped Trichopteryx polycommata 70.201 1880 1
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 1
Puss Moth Cerura vinula 71.003 1995 1