The Results of my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count

Moth Night 2021

All I can think about is moths today!  I’ve had a really exciting Moth Night.  I can’t wait to show you the beautiful moths I found in my moth trap!  I took all of these pictures during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count….

Here are three of the Small Elephant Hawk-moths (Deilephila porcellus) I caught during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count.

The Results of My Moth Night 2021 Moth Count

At the tip of this branch is a Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi), followed by an Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata), a Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus), an Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila elpenor), and a Privet Hawk Moth (Sphinx ligustri). There’s a Peppered Moth on the wooden beam below.

I usually set my moth trap up in my garden, but I was very fortunate this year and my friends kindly gave me permission to set up my moth trap in their beautiful garden, which backs onto the Surrey countryside.  This year I caught 52 moth species and over 172 moths (the total number of moths was higher than this, but some moths flew away before I could identify and count them).

I caught these moths in my moth trap this Moth Night 2021……..

  • 4 x Angle Shades moth (Phlogophora meticulosa)
  • 4 x Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing moth (Noctua fimbriata)
  • 2 x Buff Arches moth (Habrosyne pyritoides)
  • 1 x Buff Ermine moth (Spilosoma lutea)
  • 9 x Buff Tip moth (Phalera bucephala)
  • 1 x Burnished Brass moth (Diachrysia chrysitis)
  • 1 x Chinese Character moth (Cilix glaucata)
  • 1 x Clouded Border moth (Lomaspilis marginata)
  • 2 x Common Footman moth (Eilema lurideola)
  • 1 x Common Yellow Conch moth (Agapeta hamana)
  • 19 x Dark Arches moth (Apamea monoglypha)
  • 1 x Dark Spectacle moth (Abrostola triplasia)
  • 1 x Dotted Ermel moth (Ethmia dodecea)
  • 11 x Elephant Hawk moth (Deilephila elpenor)
  • 2 x Fan-Foot moth (Herminia tarsipennalis)
  • 11 x Flame moth (Axylia putris)
  • 1 x Green Arches moth (Anaplectoides prasina)
  • 1 x Green Oak Tortrix moth (Tortrix viridana)
  • 1 x Green Silver-Lines moth (Pseudoips prasinana)
  • 3 x Heart And Dart moth (Agrotis exclamationis)
  • 5 x Hook-Streak Grass-Veneer moth (Crambus lathoniellus)
  • 1 x Iron Prominent moth (Notodonta dromedarius)
  • 2 x Kent Black Arches moth (Meganola albula)
  • 4 x Large Yellow Underwing moth (Noctua pronuba)
  • 3 x Lesser Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing moth (Noctua comes)
  • 1 x Lesser Swallow Prominent moth (Pheosia gnoma)
  • 2 x Light Arches moth (Apamea lithoxylaea)
  • 1 x Light Brown Apple moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
  • 1 x Light Grey Tortrix moth (Cnephasia incertana)
  • 6 x Lobster moth (Stauropus fagi)
  • 1 x Marbled Orchard Tortrix moth (Hedya nubiferana)
  • 1 x Oak Nycteoline moth (Nycteola revayana)
  • 2 x Orange Underwing moth (Archiearis parthenias)
  • 1 x Peach Blossom moth (Thyatira batis)
  • 17 x Peppered moth (Biston betularia)
  • 1 x Pine Hawk moth (Sphinx pinastri)
  • 1 x Poplar Hawk moth (Laothoe populi)
  • 1 x Pretty Chalk Carpet moth (Melanthia procellata)
  • 1 x Privet moth (Sphinx ligustri)
  • 1 x Red barred tortrix, Ditula angustiorana
  • 2 x Red Necked Footman moth (Atolmis rubricollis)
  • 2 x Riband Wave moth (non banded) (Idaea aversata ab.remutata)
  • 1 x Satin Lutestring moth (Tetheella fluctuosa)
  • 1 x Shoulder-Striped Wainscot moth (Leucania comma)
  • 8 x Small Elephant Hawk moth (Deilephila porcellus)
  • 5 x Smoky Wainscot moth (Mythimna impura)
  • 1 x Striped Wainscot moth (Mythimna pudorina)
  • 1 x The Clay moth (Mythimna ferrago)
  • 1 x The Coronet moth (Craniophora ligustri)
  • 18 x The Rustic/Uncertain moth (Hoplodrina blanda/octogenerea)
  • 2 x The Shears moth (Hada plebeja)
  • 7 x Willow Beauty moth (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)

Smoky Wainscot Moths

The Wainscot Moths were the target species of Moth Night 2021. This is a Smoky Wainscot Moth (Mythimna impura).
This is a Smoky Wainscot Moth (Mythimna impura). This moth flew away just a moment after I took this picture.
Two Smoky Wainscot Moths caught during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count.
Here’s a closer view of a Smoky Wainscot Moth (Mythimna impura).
Smoky Wainscot Moth (Mythimna impura) caterpillars feed on grasses.
I caught this Smoky Wainscot Moth, (Mythimna impura) during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count.

Shoulder-striped Wainscot Moth

I think this rather battered, worn out moth is a Shoulder-striped Wainscot Moth (Leucania comma).

Elephant Hawk-moths and Small Elephant Hawk-moths

Not everyone finds it easy to tell these moths apart so I’ve taken a picture of both of the Elephant moth species side-by-side to help you establish which moth you’ve spotted. There are three Elephant Hawk-moths (Deilephila elpenor), one Small Elephant Hawk-moth (at the top of the picture) (Deilephila porcellus), and a Pretty Chalk Carpet Moth (Melanthia procellata) resting on this branch.
I caught this Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus) during my Moth Night Moth Count 2021.

Privet Hawk-moth

I caught a Small Elephant Hawk-moth (Deilephila porcellus), these two Elephant Hawk-moths (Deilephila elpenor), and a Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx ligustri), during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count.
This large-sized moth is simply stunning! I caught this Privet Hawk-moth (Sphinx ligustri) during my Moth Night Moth Count 2021.

Eyed Hawk-Moth

I caught this Eyed Hawk-moth (Smerinthus ocellata) during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count. I simply adore this magnificent moth! In this pose, the Eyed Hawk-moth’s underwings are hidden, but when this moth’s wings open they reveal huge blue, eye-like markings.

Pine Hawk-Moth

I caught this Pine Hawk-moth (Sphinx pinastri) during my Moth Night Moth Count 2021. This is a large sized moth, which gracefully flew off into the morning sunlight just a moment after I took this photograph.

Poplar Hawk-moth

Poplar Hawk-moth (Laothoe populi).

Burnished Brass Moth

This is another of my favourite moths – the Burnished Brass Moth (Diachrysia chrysitis).

Lesser Swallow Prominent Moth

I caught this Lesser Swallow Prominent Moth (Pheosia gnoma) during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count.

Iron Prominent Moth

This is an Iron Prominent Moth (Notodonta dromedarius). This furry looking moth species has very cool looking caterpillars, which feed on birch (Betula) leaves.

Peach Blossom Moth

This lovely thing is a Peach Blossom Moth (Thyatira batis).

Buff Ermine Moth

Here’s a Buff Ermine Moth (Spilosoma luteum) that I caught during my Moth Night Moth Count 2021. This moth really does look as if he is modelling a buff-coloured, fur ermine!

Buff-tip Moth

Buff-tip Moths (Phalera bucephala) are fantastically well camouflaged – they can hide in plain sight.
The Buff-tip is one of my favourite moths! I just adore this sweet and charming moth. Look at its camouflage – it’s perfectly disguised as a stick!
A Satin Lutestring Moth (Tetheella fluctuosa) and nine or ten Buff-tip Moths (Phalera bucephala) at rest.

Green Silver-lines Moth

Although its mane has been slicked back by morning dew, this Green Silver-lines Moth (Pseudoips prasinana) will soon dry out in the sunshine.
This is the face of a Green Silver-lines Moth (Pseudoips prasinana) – these moths have great character!
Green is my favourite colour. This Green Silver-lines Moth (Pseudoips prasinana) is dressed in beautiful tones of grass green.
Green Silver-lines Moth (Pseudoips prasinana) caterpillars feed on the leaves of oak (Quercus), birch (Betula), and other deciduous trees.

Dark Spectacle Moth

The Dark Spectacle Moth (Abrostola triplasia) looks as if he’s wearing a pair of spectacles!
Here’s another view of a Dark Spectacle Moth (Abrostola triplasia).

Buff Arches Moth

Whenever I take a cursory glance of a photo of the Buff Arches Moth (Habrosyne pyritoides) I always think the picture has been watermarked! This moth also has a marked resemblance to flint.

Dotted Ermel Moth

This micro moth is called the Dotted Ermel Moth (Ethmia dodecea).

Green Arches Moth

I must thank Antony (from my Facebook moth group) who identified this as Green Arches Moth (Anaplectoides prasina).

Clouded Border Moth

This is a Clouded Border Moth (Lomaspilis marginata). The larvae of this moth feed on aspen (P. tremula), sallow (Salix), and poplar (Populus).

Common Yellow Conch Moth

This micro moth is a Common Yellow Conch Moth (Agapeta hamana).

Satin Lutestring Moth

I think this might be a Satin Lutestring Moth (Tetheella fluctuosa).

Pretty Chalk Carpet Moth

I caught this Pretty Chalk Carpet Moth (Melanthia procellata) during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count.

Lobster Moth

This is the Lobster Moth (Stauropus fagi) pictured with beads of morning dew on his fur coat.

The Coronet Moth

The Coronet Moth (Craniophora ligustri).

Kent Black Arches Moth

Kent Black Arches Moth (Meganola albula).
Here’s the second Kent Black Arches Moth (Meganola albula) I caught during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count.

More moths!

Why Moth Night?

Most moths are night flying insects; they’re active, while we’re tucked up in bed or focused on indoor activities.  Whilst in the daytime, when we’re outdoors, night flying moths are often hidden or camouflaged.  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 fascinating 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 your own Moth Night, Moth Count?  The results from our 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 2021 Dates

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 moths that live in Reedbeds and Wetlands but you could take a moth count anywhere, you don’t need to be in a wetland area.

You’ve still got time to participate and take your own Moth Night Moth Count tonight to discover what moths live in your garden or in the countryside or wetland areas.  Moth Night 2021 is held over three consecutive nights:

  • Thursday 8th July 2021
  • Friday 9th July 2021
  • Saturday 10th July 2021

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

How to Submit Your Moth Night, Moth Count Results

Whether you’ve spotted one moth or one hundred moths, please submit your moth sightings.  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 Counts, via this link here.

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

You can see every article on here that mentions moths, by clicking here.

Big Butterfly Count

It’s Butterfly Conservation’s Big Butterfly Count from the 15th July 2021 until 8th August 2021.  I can’t wait to take a butterfly count!  To see links to all of my Butterfly Counts, please click here.

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One thought on “The Results of my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count

  1. Anne Maddox

    July 11, 2021 at 8:40am

    Absolutely fantastic! What a privilege to see so many spectacular species in such numbers. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Author

      Pumpkin Beth

      July 11, 2021 at 8:46am

      Hello Anne

      Thank you for your lovely comment. I was thrilled to see so many moths and it’s a pleasure to share my pictures and experience with you.

      Best wishes

  2. Cisca Terlouw

    July 11, 2021 at 10:09am

    What a catch! Thank you for yet another very interesting post with beautiful pictures, I always enjoy them very much! I should give this a try in the Netherlands where I live.

    • Author

      Pumpkin Beth

      July 11, 2021 at 10:40am

      Hello Cisca

      It’s great to hear from you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed seeing my moth pictures. I am sure you’ll find many beautiful moths in the Netherlands.

      I’ve not been able to find the biological control you recommended for sciarid flies in the UK. After you commented on my Facebook pages (ages ago) I sent a few messages to companies that produce biological controls but I’ve not heard back. Despite this, I really appreciate your interesting suggestions and kind comments. Thank you.

      I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

      Best wishes

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