Flying Tonight Mid October (Week 42)

The following is a list of the 50 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 42, mid 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 3174
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 2270 2759
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 2232 1504
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 1206
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa 73.134 2375 906
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 823
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 732
Feathered Ranunculus Polymixis lichenea 73.235 2255 707
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 2267 676
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 539
L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album 73.3 2202 403
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 73.068 2245 395
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 387
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.18 2272 375
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 2263 368
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 368
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 346
Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 73.206 2240 334
Mallow Larentia clavaria 70.07 1745 300
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 250
November Moth agg Epirrita dilutata agg. 70.1071 1795x 250
Sallow Cirrhia icteritia 73.182 2274 231
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 213
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 212
Feathered Brindle Aporophyla australis 73.23 2230 212
Yellow-line Quaker Agrochola macilenta 73.19 2264 208
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 174
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 2273 173
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 147
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 131
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 131
Merveille du Jour Griposia aprilina 73.224 2247 130
Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lutulenta 73.231 2231 105
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 1716 98
Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa 73.365 2117 89
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 83
Satellite Eupsilia transversa 73.21 2256 82
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 81
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 80
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 80
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 1923 78
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 2262 77
Streak Chesias legatella 70.195 1864 72
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 70
Delicate Mythimna vitellina 73.295 2195 59
Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta 73.237 2252 53
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 46
Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita 73.225 2248 45
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 40
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 2361 39

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Dusky-lemon Sallow Cirrhia gilvago 73.183 2275 39
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 2477 38
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 33
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 31
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 28
Gem Nycterosea obstipata 70.047 1720 26
Grey Shoulder-knot Lithophane ornitopus 73.202 2237 24
Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 72.017 2026 23
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 22
Clancy’s Rustic Caradrina kadenii 73.093 2387a 20
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 18
Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona 73.344 2108 17
Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura 73.187 2266 17
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 15
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra 72.041 2051 14
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 14
Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli 69.004 1972 12
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 12
Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 73.062 2297 11
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 10
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 72.078 2452 9
Blood-vein Timandra comae 70.029 1682 9
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 9
Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago 73.121 2364 8
Dotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginea 73.197 2260 8
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 7
Oak Rustic Dryobota labecula 73.223 2246a 7
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Leucania comma 73.301 2205 7
Gold Spot Plusia festucae 73.022 2439 6
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 73.131 2353 6
Autumnal Moth Epirrita autumnata 70.109 1797 6
Marbled White Spot Deltote pygarga 73.024 2410 6
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 73.092 2387 6
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini 72.076 2451 6
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 5
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia 70.294 1968 5
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 70.234 1913 5
Pale-lemon Sallow Cirrhia ocellaris 73.184 2276 5
Scarce Umber Agriopis aurantiaria 70.254 1933 5
Plumed Fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis 72.057 2488a 4
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 1961 4
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 4
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 70.235 1914 4
Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria 70.227 1907 4
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 4
Orange Sallow Tiliacea citrago 73.179 2271 4
Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata 70.012 1711 3
Cosmopolitan Leucania loreyi 73.304 2208 3
Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata 72.035 2037 3
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 72.044 2044 3
Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua 73.087 2385 3
Silver-striped Hawk-moth Hippotion celerio 69.018 1993 2
White-speck Mythimna unipuncta 73.296 2203 2
Blair’s Mocha Cyclophora puppillaria 70.033 1678 2
Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera 73.074 2403 2
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 73.334 2123 2
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 2
Small Marbled Eublemma parva 72.073 2408 2
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 73.064 2299 2
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 2
Figure of Eight Diloba caeruleocephala 73.033 2020 2
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 2
Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata 70.19 1837 2
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 73.32 2088 2
Buff Footman Eilema depressa 72.043 2049 2
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 2
Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae 73.136 2369 1
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 1
Flame Brocade Trigonophora flammea 73.229 2251 1
Red Sword-grass Xylena vetusta 73.209 2241 1
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 1
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia 73.002 2449 1
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina 3.001 15 1
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 1
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 1
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 1
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 1
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata 70.052 1725 1
December Moth Poecilocampa populi 66.001 1631 1
Black-spotted Chestnut Conistra rubiginosa 73.196 2259a 1
Scarce Footman Eilema complana 72.046 2047 1
Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata 70.218 1894 1
Barred Rivulet Perizoma bifaciata 70.134 1804 1
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 1
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 1
Svensson’s Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera 73.063 2298 1
Winter Moth Operophtera brumata 70.106 1799 1
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria 70.243 1922 1
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata 70.059 1742 1
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 1
Clay Mythimna ferrago 73.298 2193 1
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 1