My Moth Night Moth Count 2020

Moth Night 2020

I’ve been eagerly looking forward to Moth Night for quite sometime now.  I was hoping for good weather last night and hoping to have caught one of the Red Underwing Moths, so I could show you one or more of this interesting group of moths.  I wasn’t that lucky with the weather and I didn’t spot any Red Underwing Moths, but it’s lovely to be able share the results of my Moth Night Moth Count with you and show you the moths I caught in my moth trap this morning.

I saw this Moth during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020. I think this is a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moth (Noctua comes).

Why Moth Night?

Most moths are night flying insects; they’re out and about doing their thing, while we’re tucked up inside and focused on indoor activities.  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.

Moth Night raises awareness of the beauty and fragility of moths; this event highlights the interesting moths we see in the UK.  Why take a Moth Night, 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.

I saw this Moth during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020. I think this is a Vine’s Rustic Moth (Hoplodrina ambigua), but The Uncertain Moth (Hoplodrina octogenaria) and The Rustic Moth (Hoplodrina blanda) all look very similar.

Moth Night was founded by Mark Tunmore, the Editor of Atropos, in 1998.  It’s an annual event, that runs for three consecutive nights.  This year, Moth Night is celebrating the Red Underwing Moths.

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

Results of my Moth Night Moth Count

I saw this Moth during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020. I think this is a Vine’s Rustic Moth (Hoplodrina ambigua), but The Uncertain Moth (Hoplodrina octogenaria) and The Rustic Moth (Hoplodrina blanda) all look very similar.

I set my moth trap up in my garden last night; this morning I found these moths……..

  • 2 Spectacle Moths (Abrostola tripartita)
  • 2 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moths (Noctua fimbriata)
  • 2 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Moths (Noctua janthe)
  • 2 Flounced Rustic Moths (Luperina testacea)
  • 2 Vine’s Rustic Moths (Hoplodrina ambigua)
  • 1 Dusky Thorn Moth (Ennomos fuscantaria)
  • 1 Silver Y Moth (Autographa gamma)
  • 1 Straw Underwing Moth (Thalpophila matura)
  • 1 Agriphila inquinatella moth

I saw this Dusky Thorn Moth (Ennomos fuscantaria) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Dusky Thorn Moth (Ennomos fuscantaria) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Dusky Thorn Moth (Ennomos fuscantaria) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Flounced Rustic Moth (Luperina testacea) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Silver Y Moth (Autographa gamma) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Moth during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020. I think this is a Vine’s Rustic Moth (Hoplodrina ambigua), but The Uncertain Moth (Hoplodrina octogenaria) and The Rustic Moth (Hoplodrina blanda) all look very similar.

I saw this Spectacle Moth (Abrostola tripartita) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Straw Underwing Moth (Thalpophila matura) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Straw Underwing Moth (Thalpophila matura) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Agriphila inquinatella Moth during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

I saw this Spectacle Moth (Abrostola tripartita) during my Moth Night Moth Count, on the 28th August 2020.

Moth Night 2020 Dates

It’s not too late to take a Moth Night Moth Count, you could take a Moth Count this evening.  This year, Moth Night is held on:

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

For more information about looking for moths and Moth Night, please click here.

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 if you spot one of these moths during your Moth Count, you may want to visit Moth Night’s website, where you can see photographs of these moths.

Unfortunately, I didn’t spot any of the Red Underwings during my Moth Night Moth Count.

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 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 – doing so runs the risk of preventing moths from successfully feeding, mating, or laying eggs.  I’d recommend always leaving a minimum of 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 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.

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 Counts

You can see the moths I’ve spotted during all of my 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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One thought on “My Moth Night Moth Count 2020

  1. Dawn O

    August 28, 2020 at 5:21pm

    I just want to let you know I really enjoy all this wonderful information you share. Thank you!

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      Pumpkin Beth

      August 28, 2020 at 9:26pm

      Oh, thank you Dawn, that’s so kind of you. I’m glad that you enjoy it. Wishing you a lovely weekend. Best wishes, Beth

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