Flying Tonight Mid March (Week 11)

The following is a list of the 20 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 11, mid 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
Small Quaker Orthosia cruda 73.245 2182 8005
Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi 73.244 2187 6846
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 73.249 2190 4305
Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta 73.242 2188 1164
Oak Beauty Biston strataria 70.251 1930 664
Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda 73.25 2189 540
Early Grey Xylocampa areola 73.069 2243 500
March Moth Alsophila aescularia 70.245 1663 388
Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis 65.016 1659 382
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 321
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria 70.255 1934 272
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 231
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 145
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 117
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 105
Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata 70.156 1852 99
Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa 73.336 2139 92
Shoulder-stripe Earophila badiata 70.066 1746 63
Small Brindled Beauty Apocheima hispidaria 70.246 1925 63
Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria 70.247 1926 48

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 42
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 38
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 37
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 72.044 2044 21
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 20
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 20
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 18
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 18
Mottled Grey Colostygia multistrigaria 70.101 1775 17
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 15
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria 70.248 1927 15
Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias 70.203 1661 14
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 14
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 12
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 12
Brown-line Bright-eye Mythimna conigera 73.29 2192 12
Early Moth Theria primaria 70.282 1960 12
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 12
Lead-coloured Drab Orthosia populeti 73.246 2185 11
Pine Beauty Panolis flammea 73.241 2179 10
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata 70.202 1881 10
Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea 73.294 2197 9
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 9
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 9
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 9
Langmaid’s Yellow Underwing Noctua janthina 73.347 2110a 9
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 73.293 2198 9
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 9
Spring Usher Agriopis leucophaearia 70.253 1932 7
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 7
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria 73.096 2381 6
Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina 73.216 2318 6
Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica 73.084 2293 6
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 6
Barred Tooth-striped Trichopteryx polycommata 70.201 1880 6
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 6
Black Arches Lymantria monacha 72.01 2033 5
Powdered Quaker Orthosia gracilis 73.247 2186 4
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 4
Nut-tree Tussock Colocasia coryli 73.032 2425 3
Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius 71.012 2000 3
Common White Wave Cabera pusaria 70.277 1955 3
Dusky Sallow Eremobia ochroleuca 73.12 2352 3
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor 69.016 1991 3
Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata 70.011 1708 3
Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata 72.035 2037 3
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 3
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 3
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 2361 3
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 3
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 3
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata 70.207 1887 3
Maple Pug Eupithecia inturbata 70.148 1812 3
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 3
Blossom Underwing Orthosia miniosa 73.243 2183 2
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 2
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 2
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 1