The Results of my Moth Night 2022 Moth Count

Moth Night 2022

Wow!  I am thankful for the weather being good overnight for Moth Night 2022 and I’m immensely relieved for the soft refreshing rain that we enjoyed for much of the morning.  I took my Moth Night Moth Count last night.  My favourite moth that I found this morning was the Privet Hawk Moth.

This is the Privet Hawk Moth (Sphinx ligustri). I found this moth during my Moth Night 2022 Moth Count.

The Results of My Moth Night 2022 Moth Count

I’ve taken my Moth Night 2022 Moth Count in my garden.  We set our moth trap up just after dusk last night.  Here are the moths that we found in our moth trap this morning………

  • 6 Orange Footman Moths (Eilema sororcula)
  • 5 Common Marbled Carpet Moths (Dysstroma truncata)
  • 3 Treble Lines Moth (Charanyca trigrammica)
  • 3 Least Black Arches Moth (Nola confusalis)
  • 2 The Shears (Hada plebeja)
  • 1 Green Carpet Moth (Colostygia pectinataria)
  • 1 Yellow-barred Brindle Moth (Acasis viretata)
  • 1 Mottled Pug Moth (Eupithecia exiguata)
  • 1 Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana)
  • 1 Privet Hawk Moth (Sphinx ligustri)
  • 1 Foxglove Pug Moth (Eupithecia pulchellata)
  • 1 Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)
  • 1 Pale Oak Beauty Moth (Hypomecis punctinalis)
  • 1 Pale Mottled Willow Moth (Caradrina clavipalpis)
  • 1 Clouded Border Moth (Lomaspilis marginata)
  • 1 Sandy Carpet Moth (Perizoma flavofasciata)
A Green Carpet Moth (Colostygia pectinataria). This moth is commonly found in woodland, heaths, and suburbs.
A Yellow-barred Brindle Moth (Acasis viretata). When a Yellow-barred Brindle Moth has recently emerged from its chrysalis, its wings will be green in colour; as the moth ages, its wings portray a yellow tone.
I think this is a slightly different form of the Common Marbled Carpet Moth (Dysstroma truncata).
I think this is a Pale Oak Beauty Moth (Hypomecis punctinalis).
Here’s a look underneath an Orange Footman Moth! This moth is pictured resting on the side of my moth trap.
An Orange Footman Moth (Eilema sororcula). This moth is often seen in my garden.
Here is a darker coloured Orange Footman Moth (Eilema sororcula).
Here’s another Common Marbled Carpet Moth (Dysstroma truncata).
The Treble Lines Moth (Charanyca trigrammica) stands out on this surface, but this moth is very hard to spot in amongst fallen leaves and debris in the garden.
Treble Lines Moth (Charanyca trigrammica).
I think this is a Mottled Pug Moth (Eupithecia exiguata) or a Narrow-winged Pug Moth.
A Clouded Border Moth (Lomaspilis marginata).
This is a male Light Brown Apple Moth (Epiphyas postvittana).
This is an action shot of a Treble Lines Moth (Charanyca trigrammica) fluttering its wings ready for take off!
The Shears Moth (Hada plebeja).
I often spot Brimstone Moths (Opisthograptis luteolata) on my roses.
The Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) is a pretty moth that’s commonly seen in the UK; look out for this moth hiding under leaves or branches.
I think this is a Pale Mottled Willow Moth (Caradrina clavipalpis).
These two moths are a slightly different coloured form of the Common Marbled Carpet Moth (Dysstroma truncata).
Sandy Carpet Moth (Perizoma flavofasciata).
The Shears (Hada plebeja) is well camouflaged on tree trunks and is easily missed in the daytime.
I’ve got lots of foxgloves in my garden so it’s only fitting to have a few Foxglove Pug Moths (Eupithecia pulchellata) to accompany the plants – pretty little things.
Least Black Arches Moth (Nola confusalis).
Least Black Arches Moth (Nola confusalis).
Two Common Marbled Carpet Moths (Dysstroma truncata).
A Common Marbled Carpet Moth (Dysstroma truncata).
I think this is a Pale Oak Beauty Moth (Hypomecis punctinalis).
I’ve seen this moth so many times, but can’t think of its name.
I don’t know the name of this moth!
I don’t know the name of this tiny moth!

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.  Taking a moth count is so interesting and a lot of fun, too!

Moth Night 2022 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 woodlands, but you could take a moth count anywhere, you don’t need to be in a wooded 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 woodlands near you.  Moth Night 2022 is held over three consecutive nights:

  • Thursday 19th July 2022
  • Friday 20th July 2022
  • Saturday 21st July 2022

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

The best Moth Night Moth Count I have taken so far was in 2021 – see the marvellous moths I spotted during my Moth Night 2021 Moth Count, by clicking here.

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.

This is the same Privet Hawk Moth (Sphinx ligustri) pictured with its wings open, as he prepared to fly away.

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One thought on “The Results of my Moth Night 2022 Moth Count

  1. Dee

    May 21, 2022 at 8:21am

    Wow Beth. That is quite a collection. Well done. My favourite if it is ok to have one is the treble lines moth. I quite often get the most tiniest moths in my front garden. But maybe they are butterflies. Nevertheless I just love it that they choose my garden.

    • Author

      Pumpkin Beth

      May 21, 2022 at 9:55am

      Hello Dee

      It’s great to hear from you. I adore the Treble Lines Moth too. It’s a handsome moth anyway, but I am always impressed with this moth’s ability to hide in plain sight. I see lots of tiny moths in the daytime including species that live in amongst the grasses and Mint Moths.

      I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

      Best wishes
      Beth

  2. Emma

    May 21, 2022 at 9:23am

    Dear Beth,
    thank you for another great post ! Your photos are just wonderful. I can’t imagine the difficulty of catching such precise/sharp/beautiful pictures of small living creatures. I also appreciate you taking the time to research and indicate the exact name of each specimen. I have started doing this in my own garden. I find it a very lovely activity, and it adds a layer of interest to gardening/spending time outdoors.
    I didn’t post a comment at the time, but I also really appreciated your latest pond update … always so full of useful observations and information!
    I am putting a lot of research/thoughts/efforts into making my garden a welcoming place for wildlife, not only a beautiful place for myself to enjoy. Your blog is an important source of inspiration in this process. Thank you 🙂
    Emma from Germany

    • Author

      Pumpkin Beth

      May 21, 2022 at 10:06am

      Dear Emma

      It’s great to hear from you! It’s wonderful to connect with you and Dee and share our love for plants and nature. I am so glad that you enjoy my moth updates and pond updates; it is such a special feeling to connect with kindred spirits.

      I hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

      Best wishes
      Beth

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