Flying Tonight Mid September (Week 38)

The following is a list of the 80 moths most commonly reported between 2011 and 2017 in week 38, mid September, 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
Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum 73.359 2126 17735
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 73.342 2107 17223
Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa 73.357 2134 9644
Lunar Underwing Omphaloscelis lunosa 73.193 2270 4732
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 73.345 2109 3819
Flounced Rustic Luperina testacea 73.131 2353 2272
Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua 73.099 2384 1810
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 72.003 2477 1502
Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria 70.258 1937 1273
Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa 73.113 2306 1173
L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album 73.3 2202 1169
Silver Y Autographa gamma 73.015 2441 1024
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 70.049 1728 844
Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria 70.283 1961 794
White-point Mythimna albipuncta 73.297 2194 783
Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata 70.097 1764 637
Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata 70.008 1707 607
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata 70.226 1906 598
Feathered Ranunculus Polymixis lichenea 73.235 2255 570
Pale Mottled Willow Caradrina clavipalpis 73.095 2389 550
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi 73.334 2123 545
Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea 73.267 2160 517
Feathered Brindle Aporophyla australis 73.23 2230 496
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata 73.343 2110 434
Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens 73.291 2199 426
Hedge Rustic Tholera cespitis 73.252 2177 390
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe 73.348 2111 357
Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata 70.173 1825 346
Centre-barred Sallow Atethmia centrago 73.219 2269 344
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata 70.141 1862 327
Dusky Thorn Ennomos fuscantaria 70.235 1914 326
Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta 73.325 2092 323
Feathered Gothic Tholera decimalis 73.253 2178 293
Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea 73.062 2297 275
Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum 73.319 2087 271
Rosy Rustic Hydraecia micacea 73.123 2361 211
Cypress Pug Eupithecia phoeniceata 70.159 1855 203
Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon 73.327 2091 202
Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis 73.012 2434 184
Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa 73.365 2117 183
Frosted Orange Gortyna flavago 73.121 2364 174
Black Rustic Aporophyla nigra 73.233 2232 160
Straw Dot Rivula sericealis 72.002 2474 151
Hummingbird Hawk-moth Macroglossum stellatarum 69.01 1984 139
Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis 73.064 2299 135
Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata 70.061 1738 125
Scarce Bordered Straw Helicoverpa armigera 73.076 2400 112
Sallow Cirrhia icteritia 73.182 2274 111
Oak Lutestring Cymatophorina diluta 65.014 1658 108
Svensson’s Copper Underwing Amphipyra berbera 73.063 2298 98
Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura 73.109 2303 94
Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae 73.274 2154 93
Brindled Green Dryobotodes eremita 73.225 2248 82
Copper Underwing agg. Amphipyra pyramidea agg. 73.0631 2297x 80
Yellow Belle Aspitates ochrearia 70.294 1968 79
Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli 69.004 1972 78
Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 73.329 2102 75
Oak Hook-tip Watsonalla binaria 65.002 1646 70
Grass Emerald Pseudoterpna pruinata 70.297 1665 66
Blood-vein Timandra comae 70.029 1682 64
Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis 73.186 2267 61
Large Wainscot Rhizedra lutosa 73.134 2375 56
Dark Spectacle Abrostola triplasia 73.002 2449 56
Pearly Underwing Peridroma saucia 73.307 2119 55
Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria 70.1 1776 55
Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095 1760 53
Mullein Wave Scopula marginepunctata 70.023 1689 53
Riband Wave Idaea aversata 70.016 1713 51
Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica 73.084 2293 51
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 72.024 2064 48
Red Underwing Catocala nupta 72.078 2452 48
Delicate Mythimna vitellina 73.295 2195 47
Canary-shouldered Thorn Ennomos alniaria 70.234 1913 45
Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata 70.059 1742 45
Orange Swift Triodia sylvina 3.001 15 44
Common Rustic agg. Mesapamea secalis agg. 73.1691 2343x 43
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata 70.2 1883 38
Small Blood-vein Scopula imitaria 70.024 1690 36
Large Thorn Ennomos autumnaria 70.232 1911 36
Vapourer Orgyia antiqua 72.017 2026 35

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

Common name Taxon RES B&S Total number 2011 – 17
Clancy’s Rustic Caradrina kadenii 73.093 2387a 34
Old Lady Mormo maura 73.107 2300 34
Uncertain Hoplodrina octogenaria 73.096 2381 33
Vestal Rhodometra sacraria 70.038 1716 31
Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata 70.193 1868 31
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata 70.27 1947 31
Deep-brown Dart Aporophyla lutulenta 73.231 2231 29
Bordered Beauty Epione repandaria 70.227 1907 29
Gem Nycterosea obstipata 70.047 1720 29
Brown-spot Pinion Agrochola litura 73.187 2266 27
Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata 70.077 1767 25
Dingy Footman Eilema griseola 72.044 2044 24
Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria 70.036 1680 24
Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis 73.045 2289 24
Spectacle Abrostola tripartita 73.001 2450 24
Flame Axylia putris 73.328 2098 24
Large Ranunculus Polymixis flavicincta 73.237 2252 23
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata 70.081 1768 22
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 73.317 2089 21
Chinese Character Cilix glaucata 65.007 1651 21
Pretty Chalk Carpet Melanthia procellata 70.128 1784 21
Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata 70.187 1838 20
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis 72.061 2484 20
Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata 73.358 2133 20
Golden Twin-spot Chrysodeixis chalcites 73.008 2428 20
Four-spotted Footman Lithosia quadra 72.041 2051 20
Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata 70.192 1867 19
Marsh Mallow Moth Hydraecia osseola 73.125 2363 18
Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini 72.076 2451 17
Spruce Carpet Thera britannica 70.079 1769 17
Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata 70.011 1708 17
Barred Sallow Tiliacea aurago 73.18 2272 16
White-spotted Pug Eupithecia tripunctaria 70.16 1835 16
Mallow Larentia clavaria 70.07 1745 16
Pink-barred Sallow Xanthia togata 73.181 2273 16
Rustic Hoplodrina blanda 73.097 2382 15
Mottled Rustic Caradrina morpheus 73.092 2387 14
Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua 73.087 2385 13
Bloxworth Snout Hypena obsitalis 72.006 2478 12
Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata 70.218 1894 11
Hoary Footman Eilema caniola 72.047 2045 11
Marbled Green Nyctobrya muralis 73.085 2295 11
Bulrush Wainscot Nonagria typhae 73.136 2369 11
Orange Sallow Tiliacea citrago 73.179 2271 11
Treble Brown Spot Idaea trigeminata 70.012 1711 11
Satin Wave Idaea subsericeata 70.009 1709 11
Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix 72.001 2469 10
Reed Dagger Simyra albovenosa 73.035 2290 10
Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea 72.019 2061 10
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura 73.293 2198 10
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 73.162 2321 10
Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi 66.008 1638 10
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata 70.083 1771a 10
Clay Mythimna ferrago 73.298 2193 10
Dusky-lemon Sallow Cirrhia gilvago 73.183 2275 10
Tawny Shears Hadena perplexa 73.286 2167 10
Splendid Brocade Lacanobia splendens 73.268 2160a 9
Archer’s Dart Agrotis vestigialis 73.322 2085 9
Nutmeg Anarta trifolii 73.255 2145 9
Barred Red Hylaea fasciaria 70.284 1962 8
Small Wainscot Denticucullus pygmina 73.144 2350 8
White-line Snout Schrankia taenialis 72.062 2482 8
Dark / Grey Dagger Acronicta tridens/psi 73.0381 2284x 8
Campion Sideridis rivularis 73.276 2166 8
Scalloped Oak Crocallis elinguaria 70.241 1921 8
Kent Black Arches Meganola albula 74.002 2076 7
Plumed Fan-foot Pechipogo plumigeralis 72.057 2488a 7
Ear Moth agg Amphipoea oculea agg. 73.1281 2360x 6
Blair’s Shoulder-knot Lithophane leautieri 73.206 2240 6
Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata 70.087 1752 6
Flame Carpet Xanthorhoe designata 70.053 1722 6
Chestnut Conistra vaccinii 73.194 2258 5
Mathew’s Wainscot Mythimna favicolor 73.292 2200 5
Bordered Straw Heliothis peltigera 73.074 2403 5
Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia 70.037 1681 5
Gold Spot Plusia festucae 73.022 2439 5
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata 70.278 1956 4
Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta 73.346 2112 4
Satin Lutestring Tetheella fluctuosa 65.012 1656 4
Fern Horisme tersata 70.127 1782 4
Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina 73.216 2318 4
Buff Footman Eilema depressa 72.043 2049 4
Waved Black Parascotia fuliginaria 72.066 2475 4
White-line Dart Euxoa tritici 73.313 2081 4
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 70.004 1699 4
Toadflax Pug Eupithecia linariata 70.15 1816 3
Webb’s Wainscot Globia sparganii 73.151 2373 3
Beautiful Hook-tip Laspeyria flexula 72.069 2473 3
Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum 73.361 2128 3
Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata 70.013 1702 3
Light Brocade Lacanobia w-latinum 73.263 2157 3
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata 70.052 1725 3
Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans 73.314 2082 3
Dewick’s Plusia Macdunnoughia confusa 73.01 2436 3
Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata 70.085 1765 3
Shoulder-striped Wainscot Leucania comma 73.301 2205 3
Oak Nycteoline Nycteola revayana 74.009 2423 3
Mottled Umber Erannis defoliaria 70.256 1935 2
Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria 65.005 1648 2
Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae 73.27 2155 2
Dark Chestnut Conistra ligula 73.195 2259 2
Buttoned Snout Hypena rostralis 72.004 2480 2
Dark Marbled Carpet Dysstroma citrata 70.098 1762 2
White Spot Hadena albimacula 73.284 2172 2
Red Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe spadicearia 70.051 1724 2
Fisher’s Estuarine Moth Gortyna borelii 73.122 2365 2
Red-line Quaker Agrochola lota 73.189 2263 2
Marbled White Spot Deltote pygarga 73.024 2410 2
Oblique Striped Phibalapteryx virgata 70.039 1718 2
Brick Agrochola circellaris 73.192 2262 2
Star-wort Cucullia asteris 73.055 2217 2
Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor 69.016 1991 2
Straw Belle Aspitates gilvaria 70.293 1967 2
Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula 73.172 2341 2
Drinker Euthrix potatoria 66.01 1640 2
Short-cloaked Moth Nola cucullatella 74.003 2077 2
Pale Pinion Lithophane socia 73.201 2236 2
Galium Carpet Epirrhoe galiata 70.063 1740 2
Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 70.094 1759 1
Green-brindled Crescent Allophyes oxyacanthae 73.068 2245 1
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica 73.333 2120 1
Early Thorn Selenia dentaria 70.237 1917 1
Wormwood Pug Eupithecia absinthiata 70.179 1830 1
Lilac Beauty Apeira syringaria 70.231 1910 1
Coronet Craniophora ligustri 73.047 2291 1
Juniper Pug Eupithecia pusillata 70.158 1854 1
Currant Pug Eupithecia assimilata 70.182 1832 1
Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides 65.009 1653 1
Gothic Naenia typica 73.368 2136 1
Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria 70.244 1923 1
Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma 71.018 2006 1
Tawny Pinion Lithophane semibrunnea 73.2 2235 1
Ni Moth Trichoplusia ni 73.003 2432 1
Pale Eggar Trichiura crataegi 66.002 1632 1
Rosy Footman Miltochrista miniata 72.035 2037 1
Barred Straw Gandaritis pyraliata 70.093 1758 1
Southern Wainscot Mythimna straminea 73.294 2197 1
Chevron Eulithis testata 70.09 1755 1
Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri 69.006 1976 1
Small Emerald Hemistola chrysoprasaria 70.302 1673 1
Purple Thorn Selenia tetralunaria 70.239 1919 1
Peach Blossom Thyatira batis 65.008 1652 1
Wood Carpet Epirrhoe rivata 70.062 1739 1
Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata 70.045 1732 1
Dotted Border Wave Idaea sylvestraria 70.01 1701 1
Twin-spotted Wainscot Lenisa geminipuncta 73.139 2370 1
Obscure Wainscot Leucania obsoleta 73.302 2204 1
Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina 3.002 17 1
Oak Processionary Thaumetopoea processionea 71.001 2022 1