Moth Night

What could be better than an annual event encouraging people across Britain to survey the weird and wonderful world of the moths around them? This is what the moth night achieves. This year the moth night event ran from the 3rd – 5th July and despite the changeable weather seems to have attracted a large number of participants.  I’m interested in moth night for two reasons, firstly I love moths and love moth trapping in my garden. Secondly I’m a keen advocate of citizen science projects. It would be unfeasible for ‘experts’ to collect all the data that moth night collects yet people give up an amazing amount of time each year to help aid citizen science. Roy et al. 2012 calculated that, if you were to pay people for the time spent carrying out citizen science projects, this would amount to £20 million a year in Britain alone! I commend the organisers of Moth Night for their work in supporting recorders through their website and through social media and getting people to get excited about moths and citizen science.

My Moth Night Results

As mentioned earlier I managed to trap for two nights during the moth night period. Below are the moths I trapped along with a few pictures of the moths.

03/07/14

Common name Species Abundance
Poplar Grey Acronicta megacephala 1
Double-striped Tabby Orthopygia glaucinalis 1
Common Yellow Conch Agapeta hamana 1
Pale Mottled Willow Paradrina clavipalpis 1
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 2
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes 1
Double-square Spot Xestia triangulum 1
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 4
Flame Axylia putris 2
Uncertain/Rustic Hoplodrina alsines/blanda 2
Riband Wave (non-banded form) Idaea aversata ab. remutata 1
Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae 1
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 3
Common Footman Eilema lurideola 3
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 1

05/07/14

Common name Species Abundance
Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana 1
Codling Moth Cydia pomonella 1
Triangle-marked Roller Ancylis achatana 1
Fan-foot Zanclognatha tarsipennalis 1
Snout Hypena proboscidalis 1
Long-horned Flat-body Carcina quercana 1
Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg. 1
Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata 1
Brown Rustic Rusina ferruginea 1
Least Carpet Idaea rusticata 1
Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata 1
Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis 1
Heart & Club Agrotis clavis 1
Uncertain/Rustic Hoplodrina alsines/blanda 3
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha 1
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa 1
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba 2
Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis 1
Riband Wave (non-banded form) Idaea aversata ab. remutata 1
Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum 1
Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria 1
Dot Moth

Least Carpet

Poplar Grey

Double Square Spot

Ruby Tiger

Carcina quercana

Large Yellow Underwing

Marbled Orchard Tortrix 
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