Moth Night 2019
Moth Night raises awareness about moths. This annual event is a rather lovely invitation to everyone across the British Isles to stop for a moment and look out for moths – what moths are there in your neighbourhood, or your area of the country, this week?
The results from participants’ Moth Counts will inform Atropos, Butterfly Conservation, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, of the numbers of different moth species, in the UK, at this time of year.
My Moth Night 2019 Moths
On Thursday 26th September 2019 I spotted these moths in my garden:
- 5 Large Yellow Underwing Moths (also known by their scientific name of Noctua pronuba)
- 2 Lunar Underwing Moths (also known by their scientific name of Omphaloscelis lunosa)
- 1 Box-Tree Moth (also known by its scientific name of Cydalima perspectalis)
- 1 Light Brown Apple Moth (also known by its scientific name of Epiphyas postvittana)
- 1 Common Marbled Carpet Moth (also known by its scientific name of Dysstroma truncata)
I’ve been mad about moths and butterflies since I was a young child. I am usually able to identify these insects myself without any problems whatsoever, but this morning I wasn’t certain of the identification of the brown moths I spotted, so my kind moth friends Antony Wren and Sarah Patton helped me to identify these moths. I’d like to say a special thank you to Antony and Sarah!
Most Box-Tree Moths have white wings, with a neat brown outline. Last night I spotted the melanic form. This is a very pretty moth. Both the white and the darker form – the one I spotted this morning – often display a gorgeous iridescent purple sheen over their wings – this moth is really quite something!
This attractive moth lays its eggs on box plants, (also known by their botanical name of Buxus sempervirens). The caterpillars munch their way through the leaves of Buxus plants, camouflaged by their protective webbing. I don’t recommend planting Buxus sempervirens, as these plants are susceptible to Box Blight, which can really ruin the appearance of a hedge.
Moth Night 2019 Dates
Don’t miss out – you’ve still got time to take a Moth Night, Moth Count – there are two nights left. This year, Moth Night will be held on:
- Friday 27th September 2019,
- Saturday 28th September 2019.
Anyone and everyone can take part in Moth Night. You could take a Moth Count on any, or all of the three Month Night dates. Although, if you’re doing more than one count, you may want to vary the area you take your Moth Count in – to avoid spotting the same moths.
If you plan on using a moth trap to take your Moth Count, then I would definitely advise you to take each Moth Count in different areas, as it’s unfair to risk catching the same moths for two or more nights running – as doing so runs the risk of preventing moths from successfully feeding, mating, or laying eggs. I’d recommend always leaving at least 48 hours between each Moth Count taken using a moth trap, in the same area. If you’re mad about moths – you could get together with your friends or family – to take a Moth Count at one another’s homes – to vary the location and take a Moth Count on consecutive evenings.
How to Submit Your Moth Night Results
To submit your Moth Night, Moth Count results, visit the Moth Night Homepage (here’s a link), click on the ‘submit records’ button (it’s on the right hand side of the page) and follow their instructions (if you don’t have an account, you simply register – it’s free and easy) to submit your moth sightings. Thanks for taking part.
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