What Moths will you find on Moth Night 2020?

Moth Night 2020

Moth Night is a fun event; it’s free to take part and open to everyone.  Most moths are night flying insects; they’re out and about doing their thing, while we’re usually tucked up indoors.  Consequently, many people miss out on seeing even a single species of moth, during the year.  This is a great shame, as moths are incredibly beautiful and very interesting creatures.

If you’re interested in discovering what moths visit your garden, why take a Moth Count?  The results from participants’ Moth Night, Moth Counts will help to inform Atropos, Butterfly Conservation, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, of the numbers of different moth species in the British Isles, at this time of year.  This is such valuable information, by taking part you’re helping to provide moth experts with useful data that would be impossible to gather without help from the public.

Moth Night was founded by Mark Tunmore, the Editor of Atropos, in 1998.  It’s an annual event, that runs for three consecutive nights.

Moth Night is organised by Atropos, Butterfly Conservation, and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Moth Night 2020 Dates

This year, Moth Night will be held on:

  • Thursday 27th August 2020
  • Friday 28th August 2020
  • Saturday 29th August 2020

The Theme of Moth Night 2020

This year, Moth Night’s theme is the Red Underwing Moths.  There are four Red Underwing Moths that are active at this time of year:

  • Red Underwing (Catocala nupta)
  • Rosy Underwing (Catocala electa)
  • Dark Crimson Underwing (Catocala sponsa)
  • Light Crimson Underwing (Catocala promissa)

At first glance, these moths all look rather similar, so you may want to visit Moth Night’s website, where you can see photographs of these moths.

August Moths

There are many other moths that are on the wing in August.  Here are a few of the moths that I’ve spotted in August….

Buff Ermine Moth (Spilosoma lutea).
Beautiful Yellow Underwing Moth (Anarta myrtilli).
Can you see the Willow Beauty Moth? This moth is also known by its scientific name of Peribatodes rhomboidaria.
Scalloped Oak Moth (Crocallis elingularia).
Ruby Tiger Moth (Phragmatobia fuliginosa).
The Spectacle Moth (Abrostola tripartita) looks like it’s wearing spectacles!
The Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata).
The Peach Blossom Moth (Thyatira batis).
The Iron Prominent Moth (Notodonta dromedarius).
The Canary-shouldered Thorn Moth (Ennomos alniaria).

Take Part

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, please vary the area you take your Moth Count in – to avoid spotting (and disturbing) the same moths.

Methods of Attracting 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 – doing so runs the risk of preventing moths from successfully feeding, mating, or laying eggs.  I’d recommend always leaving a minimum of three nights between each Moth Count taken using a trap, in the same area.  If you’re mad about moths – you could get together with friends or family – to take a Moth Count at one another’s gardens – to vary the location and take a Moth Count on consecutive evenings.  By varying the location of your month count, you’ll be able to see a wider range of moth species.

You don’t need a moth trap to take part, you could go outside with a torch to look for moths, or take a white sheet and a light outside.


Alternatively, you could try sugaring or wine roping to attract moths to your garden.  Many moths are drawn to feed on this sweet, sticky solution:

  • Slowly heat 500ml of red wine or brown ale in a pan and simmer for a few minutes. 
  • Remove the pan from the heat and add 1kg of dark brown sugar and the contents of a 454g tin of black treacle to your pan of warm ale or red wine and stir.
  • Pop the pan back on the stove and continue stirring whilst heating gently, on a low heat, until all the sugar is dissolved. 
  • When all the sugar is dissolved, simmer for three minutes. 
  • Leave the mixture to cool, then decant into a jar. 
  • Add a dash of rum and stir the mixture, just before you paint the solution onto a fence, a pole, or a piece of rope, to attract moths to your garden.

How to Submit Your Moth Night, Moth Count 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 the 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 – I hope you have a great Moth Night!

See the Moths I spotted during my Moth Night, Moth Count

You can see the moths I spotted during my 2019 Moth Night, Moth Count, via this link here.

You can see photographs of the moths I’ve found around my pond, in this article.

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