Ten common Nottinghamshire moths by month
August means another month of high numbers, both of potential species and trap catches.

If identification continues to be a large problem, restricting the length of time the trap is run, will make recording easier and by photographing those moths you cannot identify the next day, will mean that any attempt at identification can be an unhurried affair.

Moth trapping should primarily be an enjoyable pastime, but difficult to identify species can see the beginner to moths become bogged down by failing to correctly identify something.

Once again we have listed the ten most common moths recorded during August, which are possible at moth traps run in suburban locations. A visit to any woodland at this time of year, will inevitably result in considerably larger numbers of moths, which can be overwhelming to the beginner to moths and moth trapping.
49.024 .... B&F 0969 .... Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis corylana (Fabricius, 1794)
Status .....Common and widespread across much of Nottinghamshire. The patchy distribution may well refer to the distribution and trapping locations of the few recorders with an interest in micromoths.
63.093 .... B&F 1304 .... Agriphila straminella ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Status .....Common and often abundant in grassy habitats and is often encountered in gardens. Probably the commonest of all the Crambid moths in Nottinghamshire. Widespread.
65.005 .... B&F 1648 .... Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Common over most of Nottinghamshire, though there are few records from anywhere east of the River Trent.
70.049 .... B&F 1728 .... Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Common in urban or suburban areas, perhaps more so in our experience than at more rural locations. Appears to be scarce in the south-east of Nottinghamshire, based on the records we have access to. Frequently found on walls and fences in the Mansfield and Worksop areas. Regular on the walls of Worksop Priory.
71.018 .... B&F 2006 .... Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma (Fabricius, 1777)
Status .....Widespread and common at MV light at many sites, more so from areas west of the River Trent. Large numbers often turn up during trapping sessions in Sherwood Forest.
73.342 .... B&F 2107 .... Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Very common and widespread over the whole county. Genuine migrants can also boost numbers of local populations.
73.345 .... B&F 2109 .... Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes (Hübner, 1813)
Status .....Generally very common throughout Nottinghamshire, being attracted to MV light in numbers.
73.348 .... B&F 2111 .... Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe (Borkhausen, 1792)
Status .....Reasonably common over much of Nottinghamshire, but there are few records from the south-east of the county. Often one of the commoner large moths recorded at MV light during August.
73.357 .... B&F 2134 .... Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Status .....Formerly very common at Eakring, but seems to have declined there in recent years. Generally still a common moth over most of Nottinghamshire.
73.169 .... B&F 2343 .... Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....A common Nottinghamshire moth showing a large amount of variation. Common Rustic is visually identical to Lesser Common Rustic and correct identification relies on dissection.
Can't find your moth? Some other moths often recorded at MV light during August
The following moths are also likely to occur during the month, although some may be more habitat specific and less likely to be recorded from suburban gardens. The number of potential species is considerably higher than the total shown here.

3.001 Orange Swift

20.012 Argyresthia goedartella

31.001 Carcina quercana

41.002 Blastobasis adustella


49.039 Epiphyas postvittana

49.150 Apotomis betuletana

49.341 Cydia splendana

63.089 Agriphila tristella


63.115 Acentria ephemerella

63.038 Pleuroptya ruralis

62.077 Endotricha flammealis

62.035 Acrobasis advenella


70.013 Small Fan-footed Wave

70.016 Riband Wave

70.036 Maiden's Blush

70.061 Common Carpet


70.100 Green Carpet

70.205 Magpie

70.226 Brimstone

70.234 Canary-shouldered Thorn


70.258 Willow Beauty

70.265 Mottled Beauty

70.278 Common Wave

72.002 Straw Dot


72.013 Yellow-tail

72.044 Dingy Footman

72.046 Scarce Footman

73.084 Marbled Beauty


73.113 Angle Shades

73.216 Dun-bar

73.254 Antler Moth

73.291 Common Wainscot


73.293 Smoky Wainscot

73.329 Flame Shoulder

73.358 Six-striped Rustic

73.359 Setaceous Hebrew Character

Common moths often recorded during the day
The following moths can often be encountered during daylight hours during August. Some species such as Six-spot Burnet, Vapourer, Cinnabar and the migrant Silver Y, are all active day time fliers.

54.008 Six-spot Burnet

63.033 Udea lutealis

70.045 Shaded Broad-Bar

72.017 Vapourer


72.031 Cinnabar

73.015 Silver Y

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