Ten common Nottinghamshire moths by month
The mothing year really reaches its peak in terms of number of species and catch totals during July. For the beginner, numbers can often be overwhelming and many easy to identify micromoths are left unrecorded, due to the incorrect belief that most are impossible to identify.

Photographing the species you don't recognise (or cannot immediately identify) the following day, should really be standard procedure by now and this practice helps enormously with micromoths.

As a rule, photograph the larger moths (macros) from above and smaller moths (micros) from the side and in natural light. This will enable a better chance of correct identification, if you send your photographs to others for identification help.

Once again, finding ten species which are most likely to be attracted to an MV light operated in an urban garden is difficult as there are som many, so we have included a good selection of other commonly caught moths a recorder can expect.

20.012 .... B&F 0411 .... Argyresthia goedartella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....A widespread moth in Nottinghamshire, often occuring in large numbers in wooded areas containing Birch. Also regularly found in gardens.
63.038 .... B&F 1405 .... Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis (Scopoli, 1763)
Status .....Very common throughout Nottinghamshire and regularly attracyed to light traps run in gardens.
65.009 .... B&F 1653 .... Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides (Hufnagel, 1766)
Status .....Widespread and common in Nottinghamshire.
66.010 .... B&F 1640 .... Drinker Euthrix potatoria (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Common and widespread throughout Nottinghamshire.
69.006 .... B&F 1976 .... Privet Hawk-moth Sphinx ligustri (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....This moth is still on the increase in Nottinghamshire, with a gradual westerly spread from south-east Nottinghamshire and the Newark area over the past 20 years or so. Larvae can be easy to find on roadside hedgerows containing Privet anywhere east of Ollerton.
70.016 .... B&F 1713 .... Riband Wave Idaea aversata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Very common throughout Nottinghamshire. A non-banded form known as I. aversata remutata is usually the more common.
70.207 .... B&F 1887 .... Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Fairly common and widespread across most of Nottinghamshire, although it seems not to occur in some parts of the county. It is easily attracted to MV light traps operated in woodland.
72.013 .... B&F 2030 .... Yellow-tail Euproctis similis (Fuessly, 1775)
Status .....Common throughout Nottinghamshire. The larva is conspicuous and often found on Hawthorn.
73.361 .... B&F 2128 .... Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum (Hufnagel, 1766)
Status .....Certainly a common moth at both Eakring and Sherwood Forest, but appears to be absent from many south-eastern parts of the county.
73.325 .... B&F 2092 .... Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta (Hübner, 1803)
Status .....Widespread and commonly recorded at most Nottinghamshire sites.
Can't find your moth? Some other moths often recorded at MV light during July
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.

18.001 Plutella xylostella

31.001 Carcina quercana

35.038 Bryotropha domestica

41.003 Blastobasis lacticolella


49.039 Epiphyas postvittana

49.109 Agapeta hamana

49.161 Celypha striana

49.166 Celypha lacunana


49.224 Spilonota ocellana

62.077 Endotricha flammealis

63.033 Udea lutealis

63.064 Scoparia ambigualis


63.080 Chrysoteuchia culmella

63.093 Agriphila straminella

65.008 Peach Blossom

69.007 Pine Hawk-moth


69.016 Elephant Hawk-moth

70.011 Single Dotted Wave

70.013 Small Fan-footed Wave

70.049 Garden Carpet


70.055 Large Twin-spot Carpet

70.059 Yellow Shell

70.061 Common Carpet

70.074 July Highflyer


70.093 Barred Straw

70.133 Small Rivulet

70.141 Double-striped Pug

70.205 Magpie


70.226 Brimstone

70.243 Swallow-tailed Moth

70.258 Willow Beauty

70.265 Mottled Beauty


70.270 Engrailed

70.278 Common Wave

70.283 Light Emerald

71.018 Lesser Swallow Prominent


71.021 Coxcomb Prominent

71.025 Buff-tip

72.003 Snout

72.024 Ruby Tiger


72.044 Dingy Footman

72.045 Common Footman

72.046 Scarce Footman

73.162 Dark Arches


73.267 Bright-line Brown-eye

73.298 Clay

73.317 Heart and Dart

73.329 Flame Shoulder


73.332 Purple Clay

73.333 Ingrailed Clay

73.342 Large Yellow Underwing

73.345 Lesser Yellow Underwing

Common moths often recorded during the day
The following moths can often be encountered during daylight in July. Some are active daytime fliers and others are often readily disturbed from vegetation.

54.008 Six-spot Burnet

54.009 Narrow-brd Five-spot Burnet

15.089 Cameraria ohridella

45.044 Emmelina monodactyla


48.001 Anthophila fabriciana

70.045 Shaded Broad-Bar

70.218 Latticed Heath

72.017 Vapourer


72.031 Cinnabar

73.015 Silver Y

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