Ten common Nottinghamshire moths by month
June sees the start of the peak moth activity during the year. This continues throughout July and for most of August, so the number of potential species likely to be trapped is quite considerable.

Trap catches start to become very large and idenitifying each species in the trap, now requires considerably more time. Potting up any unidentified moths for identification the following day is now a must do practice and remember that there are often very similar looking species.

With several years experience, moth identification does become easier, but it is not possible to remember every species from one year to the next.

Below are ten species most likely to be recorded at MV light in Nottinghamshire during the month, followed by a small selection of other potential species regularly attracted to light and some day-flying moths.

49.166 .... B&F 1076 .... Celypha lacunana ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)
Status .....A very common and widespread moth, occurring in a range of habitat types.
63.080 .... B&F 1293 .... Chrysoteuchia culmella (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Very common in grassy sites all over Nottinghamshire and often common at light traps run in urban areas.
3.002 .... B&F 0017 .... Common Swift Korscheltellus lupulina (Linnaeus, 1758) .... Formerly known as Hepialus lupulinus
Status .....Very common and widespread across Nottinghamshire.
65.008 .... B&F 1652 .... Peach Blossom Thyatira batis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Common and widespread over much of Nottinghamshire.
69.003 .... B&F 1981 .... Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Relatively common throughout Nottinghamshire and regularly attracted to MV light.
70.029 .... B&F 1682 .... Blood-vein Timandra comae (Schmidt, 1931)
Status .....Common and widespread in Nottinghamshire.
70.252 .... B&F 1931 .... Peppered Moth Biston betularia (Linnaeus, 1758)
Status .....Common and regularly recorded at MV light. Widespread over most of Nottinghamshire.
70.283 .... B&F 1961 .... Light Emerald Campaea margaritata (Linnaeus, 1767)
Status .....Common and widespread throughout Nottinghamshire.
73.176 .... B&F 2340 .... Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula (Haworth, 1809)
Status .....Widespread and common in grassy habitats. Middle-barred Minor often shows great variation in the ground colour of the wings.
73.162 .... B&F 2321 .... Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha (Hufnagel, 1766)
Status .....Widespread and sometimes the commonest large moth to come to MV light.
Can't find your moth? Some other moths often recorded at MV light during June
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.

12.032 Tinea semifulvella

18.001 Plutella xylostella

49.039 Epiphyas postvittana

49.025 Pandemis cerasana


49.059 Tortrix viridana

49.091 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana

49.109 Agapeta hamana

49.166 Celypha lacunana


49.345 Lathronympha strigana

62.001 Aphomia sociella

63.037 Udea olivalis

63.064 Scoparia ambigualis


69.001 Lime Hawk-moth

69.002 Eyed Hawk-moth

69.016 Elephant Hawk-moth

70.054 Silver-ground Carpet


70.059 Yellow Shell

70.061 Common Carpet

70.074 July Highflyer

70.094 Small Phoenix


70.097 Common Marbled Carpet

70.100 Green Carpet

70.132 Rivulet

70.151 Foxglove Pug


70.183 Common Pug

70.207 Clouded Border

70.222 Brown Silver-line

70.226 Brimstone


70.258 Willow Beauty

70.265 Mottled Beauty

70.277 Common White Wave

70.278 Common Wave


70.305 Common Emerald

71.003 Puss Moth

71.018 Lesser Swallow Prominent

71.020 Pale Prominent


72.003 Snout

72.045 Common Footman

73.015 Silver Y

73.102 Brown Rustic


73.158 Rustic Shoulder-knot

73.291 Common Wainscot

73.301 Shoulder-striped Wainscot

73.328 Flame


73.329 Flame Shoulder

73.333 Ingrailed Clay

73.342 Large Yellow Underwing

73.359 Setaceous Hebrew Character

Common moths often recorded during the day
The following moths are often encountered during daylight hours during June. Some species such as Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton, fly only during the day and can be found in open, grassy sites.

1.004 Micropterix aruncella

1.005 Micropterix calthella

7.001 Nemophora degeerella

54.008 Six-spot Burnet


54.009 Narrow-brd Five-spot Burnet

19.007 Glyphipterix simpliciella

38.038 Elachista rufocinerea

48.001 Anthophila fabriciana


63.006 Pyrausta aurata

69.010 Hummingbird Hawk-moth

70.130 Chimney Sweeper

70.218 Latticed Heath


72.031 Cinnabar

72.083 Burnet Companion

72.084 Mother Shipton

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