Flying Tonight Mid April (Week 16)

The following is a list of the 15 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 16, 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
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 849
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 704
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 382
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 288
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 223
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 210
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 176
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 135
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 131
Muslin Moth Diaphora mendica 72.022 2063 121
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 93
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 93
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 70
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 58
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 53

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Least Black Arches Nola confusalis 74.004 2078 46
Lunar Marbled Brown Drymonia ruficornis 71.011 2015 43
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 38
Scorched Carpet Ligdia adustata 70.208 1888 37
V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata 70.142 1858 36
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 34
Frosted Green Polyploca ridens 65.015 1660 30
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 27
Streamer Anticlea derivata 70.067 1747 26
Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula 71.017 2007 23
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 22
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 21
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 70.051 1724 21
Waved Umber Menophra abruptaria 70.257 1936 20
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 71.018 2006 19
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 19
Chocolate-tip Clostera curtula 71.027 2019 19
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 18
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 17
Oak-tree Pug Eupithecia dodoneata 70.157 1853 15
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 15
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 15
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 14
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 14
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 70.239 1919 14
Small White Wave Asthena albulata 70.111 1875 13
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 70.094 1759 12
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 11
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 11
Pale Prominent Pterostoma palpina 71.02 2011 10
Great Prominent Peridea anceps 71.016 2005 10
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 10
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 9
Light Feathered Rustic Agrotis cinerea 73.316 2084 9
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 8
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 8
Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria 65.005 1648 8
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 8
Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae 72.031 2069 7
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 7
Pebble Prominent Notodonta ziczac 71.013 2003 7
Nutmeg Anarta trifolii 73.255 2145 6
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 6
Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata 70.183 1834 6
Chamomile Shark Cucullia chamomillae 73.053 2214 6
White Ermine Spilosoma lubricipeda 72.02 2060 6
Mullein Cucullia verbasci 73.058 2221 6
Barred Hook-tip Watsonalla cultraria 65.003 1647 5
Narrow-winged Pug Eupithecia nanata 70.168 1846 5
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 5
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 5
Northern Drab Orthosia opima 73.248 2184 5
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 5
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 5
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 4
Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti 73.246 2185 4
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 4
Pale Tussock Calliteara pudibunda 72.015 2028 4
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 4
Lunar Thorn Selenia lunularia 70.238 1918 4
White-pinion Spotted Lomographa bimaculata 70.279 1957 4
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 71.012 2000 3
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 3
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 3.002 17 3
Common White Wave Cabera pusaria 70.277 1955 3
Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria 65.002 1646 3
Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula 71.005 1997 3
Rustic Shoulder-knot Apamea sordens 73.158 2334 3
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 3
Dog’s Tooth Lacanobia suasa 73.266 2159 3
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 3
Puss Moth Cerura vinula 71.003 1995 3
Mottled Pug Eupithecia exiguata 70.184 1819 3
Lychnis Hadena bicruris 73.281 2173 3
Ochreous Pug Eupithecia indigata 70.171 1844 2
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 2
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.1 1776 2
Dew Moth Setina irrorella 72.05 2036 2
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 2
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 70.207 1887 2
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 2
Lime Hawk-moth Mimas tiliae 69.001 1979 2
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 2
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 70.061 1738 2
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 2
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 2
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata 70.103 1750 2
Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa 73.243 2183 2
Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosata 70.222 1902 2
Foxglove Pug Eupithecia pulchellata 70.151 1817 2
Broad-barred White Hecatera bicolorata 73.279 2164 2
Peacock Moth Macaria notata 70.211 1889 2
Scarce Prominent Odontosia carmelita 71.023 2010 1
Common Heath Ematurga atomaria 70.275 1952 1
Toadflax Brocade Calophasia lunula 73.059 2223 1
Emperor Moth Saturnia pavonia 68.001 1643 1
White-marked Cerastis leucographa 73.337 2140 1
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 1
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 1
Sharp-angled Peacock Macaria alternata 70.212 1890 1
Reed Dagger Simyra albovenosa 73.035 2290 1
Poplar Kitten Furcula bifida 71.007 1998 1
Alder Kitten Furcula bicuspis 71.006 1996 1
Fan-foot Herminia tarsipennalis 72.053 2489 1
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 1
Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata 70.182 1832 1
Grey Birch Aethalura punctulata 70.274 1951 1
Dark / Grey Dagger Acronicta tridens/psi 73.0381 2284x 1
Pine Hawk-moth Sphinx pinastri 69.007 1978 1
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 1
Lobster Moth Stauropus fagi 71.009 1999 1
Peppered Moth Biston betularia 70.252 1931 1
Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata 70.039 1718 1
Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria 72.067 2470 1
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 1
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 1
White-line Snout Schrankia taenialis 72.062 2482 1
Black-spotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginosa 73.196 2259a 1
Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi 69.003 1981 1
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 1
Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina 71.021 2008 1
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 70.278 1956 1
Dwarf Pug Eupithecia tantillaria 70.162 1857 1
Birch Mocha Cyclophora albipunctata 70.032 1677 1
Small Chocolate-tip Clostera pigra 71.028 2017 1