National Moth Night UK

12th April 2003

Actinic battery powered portable moth trap


On National Moth Night 2003, 18 species were represented in the 130 Moths which were trapped. The commonest being Brindled Pug (30 indviduals). The most notable being a Yellow Horned. Also one indiviual of:-  Dotted Border, Yellow-barred Brindle, Oak Beauty and March Moth. The latter being a rather late record.

Three moth traps were positioned at the Woodland Education Centre in the vicinity of the log cabin classroom. Map here. Equipment which was used comprised two 125W Robinson MV traps and one Actinic. You can find out more about National Moth Night here!

The conditions were: Still, cloudy.  Temperature approximately 9C @ 21.00hrs (BST)
8C @ 22.00hrs (BST). 7C @ 23.35hrs (BST)

Moths are listed in the order they were caught. The traps were also inspected the next day.


Early Thorn Selenia dentaria (Male) Early Thorn Selenia dentaria (Male) (More info)

Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata

Brindled Pug  Eupithecia abbreviata (More info)
Common Quaker Orthosia stabilis Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi (More info)
Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata (More info)
Twin-spot Quaker Orthosia munda Twin-spotted Quaker Orthosia munda (More info)
Engrailed Ectropis bistortata The Engrailed Ectropis bistortata (More info)
Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria (More info)
Grey Pine Carpet Thera obeliscata Spruce Carpet Thera britannica (More info)
Clouded Drab  Orthosia incerta Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta (More info)
Oak Beauty Biston strataria Oak Beauty Biston strataria (More info)
Yellow Horned  Achlya flavicornis galbanus Yellow Horned  Achlya flavicornis galbanus (More info)
Early Grey Xylocampa arela Early Grey   Xylocampa arela (More info)
Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata (More info)
Small Quaker  Orthosia cruda Small Quaker Orthosia cruda (More info)
Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata Yellow-barred Brindle   Acasis viretata (More info)
Brindled Beauty Lycia hirtaria Brindled Beauty  Lycia hirtaria (More info)
Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica (More info)
March Moth   Alsophila aescularia March Moth Alsophila aescularia (More info)
wpe18.jpg (4502 bytes) These results were compiled with the able assistance of Andy Swash and Dr Mike Hounsome.

Piechart of species and numbers trapped here


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