Flying tonight

Below is a list of the macro moths which may be seen in Ceredigion at this time of year. This is not an exhaustive list, moths can appear out of their normal flight period, or you may have a new species for the county. The list contains only common names and is ordered by species abundance for this month giving the total number of individuals for each species and the number for this month. Rarer species may require evidence such as a photo or even the specimen to confirm identification. Please contact the county recorder if you need help with identification or you have something which is not in the following list.


Vernacular Total Individuals July Evidence req.
Heart and Dart 22525 13336
Dark Arches 14145 9100
Riband Wave 12011 8741
Straw Dot 9734 7965
July Highflyer 23197 7851
True Lover's Knot 11640 6992
Large Yellow Underwing 23335 6868
Clouded Border 12378 6809
Common White Wave 12136 6165
Small Fan-footed Wave 8484 4787
Dingy Footman 9749 4769
Barred Straw 5648 4736
Double Square-spot 5965 4637
Small Rivulet 5914 4532
Snout 6839 4433
Minor Shoulder-knot 5413 4181
Antler Moth 14163 4028
Purple Clay 5203 4006
Smoky Wainscot 7429 3808
Light Emerald 5280 3593
Flame Shoulder 10971 3455
Four-dotted Footman 5242 3386
Common Wave 7195 3353
White Ermine 15514 3239
Striped Wainscot 4106 3195
Double Line 4006 2961
Early Thorn 7535 2854
Engrailed 5153 2787
Dotted Clay 4158 2768
Ingrailed Clay 3826 2669
Triple-spotted Clay 3235 2635
Mottled Beauty 4508 2438
Silver-ground Carpet 8818 2398
Flame 4012 2330
Brimstone Moth 8522 2296
Buff Ermine 7449 2271
Common Carpet 6823 2147
Drinker 3438 2099
Clay 2598 2078
Burnished Brass 2409 1883
Bright-line Brown-eye 2749 1868
Small Phoenix 10697 1863
Coxcomb Prominent 2587 1735
Uncertain 1982 1691 Care
Brown Rustic 7292 1588
Common Footman 2458 1504
Rufous Minor 1867 1487 Agg. Or Dissection
Buff-tip 2655 1366
Sandy Carpet 2523 1366
Common Rustic 3244 1322 Agg. Or Dissection
Garden Tiger 1535 1311
Magpie Moth 3693 1285
Rosy Footman 2092 1279
Single-dotted Wave 1824 1265
Dun-bar 8107 1263
Green Carpet 2977 1230
Broom Moth 3759 1213
Double-striped Pug 3942 1208
Scalloped Oak 2466 1143
Rivulet 2737 1109
Lackey 1933 1106
Small Square-spot 8498 1060
Fan-foot 1429 1042
Yellow-tail 1734 1024
Buff Arches 1207 1006
Cinnabar 2702 1001
Slender Brindle 1388 999
Spectacle 1989 984
Marbled White Spot 1966 962
Beautiful Golden Y 1972 953
Marsh Oblique-barred 1727 944
Marbled Minor 1319 927 Agg. Or Dissection
Small Fan-foot 1840 880
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 5726 859 Care
Silver Y 5847 846
Peppered Moth 2196 834
Large Emerald 1012 828
Gold Spot 1316 714
Foxglove Pug 1914 712
Lesser Swallow Prominent 2188 697
Map-winged Swift 1262 687
Willow Beauty 1237 673
Middle-barred Minor 1726 662
Narrow-winged Pug 1352 661
Poplar Hawk-moth 1599 633
Purple Bar 2820 629
Small Angle Shades 1462 627
Brussels Lace 1110 608
Green Pug 803 605
Red Twin-spot Carpet 3863 595 Care
Plain Golden Y 753 595
Swallow-tailed Moth 633 564
Shaded Broad-bar 1276 562
Elephant Hawk-moth 1253 550
V-Pug 757 548
Purple Thorn 1309 514
Tawny-barred Angle 856 507
Clouded-bordered Brindle 1343 501
Pebble Prominent 2010 491
Scarce Footman 663 482
Peach Blossom 1242 467
Dot Moth 566 467
Scalloped Hook-tip 1288 461
Barred Red 667 457
Coronet 722 451
Small Dotted Buff 612 447
Northern Spinach 939 443
Latticed Heath 1024 434
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2929 426
Pebble Hook-tip 1672 410
Common Emerald 470 406
Flame Carpet 4517 372
Rustic 476 364 Care
Tawny Marbled Minor 491 362 Agg. Or Dissection
Chinese Character 2344 355
Wormwood Pug 528 350
Six-spot Burnet 577 335
Wood Carpet 1319 312 Photo
Grey Arches 526 307
Black Arches 882 302
Barred Yellow 354 302
Common Wainscot 496 283
Plain Wave 311 280
Clouded Silver 1622 272
Clouded Magpie 369 271
Dusky Brocade 508 263
Double Dart 347 262
Chevron 3272 260
Ruby Tiger 694 259
Garden Carpet 3158 258
Green Arches 414 251
Muslin Footman 338 250
Lesser Cream Wave 284 237
Light Arches 307 236
Cloaked Minor 329 232
Lychnis 592 220
Gold Spangle 269 208
Sharp-angled Carpet 293 201
Pale-shouldered Brocade 2474 198
Scallop Shell 264 190
Marbled Beauty 330 186
Mottled Rustic 247 186
Grey Pug 1384 185
Rosy Marsh Moth 1743 181
Common Marbled Carpet 11990 180
Five-spot Burnet 228 176 Care
Lead Belle 471 175 Photo
Buff Footman 419 171
Knot Grass 657 169
Small Rufous 457 169
Red-necked Footman 242 160
Grass Emerald 204 158
Lesser Yellow Underwing 1534 155
Devon Carpet 3235 149
Orange Swift 884 149
Oblique Carpet 1138 145
Small Seraphim 476 145
Golden-rod Pug 826 141
Chimney Sweeper 269 141
Shuttle-shaped Dart 580 137
Satin Wave 561 137
Phoenix 239 137
Cloaked Carpet 196 134
Iron Prominent 501 133
July Belle 228 133
Dark Spectacle 206 129
Satin Lutestring 333 128
Rosy Minor 340 125
Small Blood-vein 151 125
Southern Wainscot 149 121
Six-striped Rustic 636 117
Dotted Carpet 171 117
Grey Pine Carpet 2810 113
Pale Prominent 1191 112
Tawny Speckled Pug 430 110
Campion 289 104
Ghost Moth 170 100
Scarlet Tiger 187 99
Flounced Rustic 13085 96
Lilac Beauty 133 94
Sharp-angled Peacock 135 87 Photo
Rosy Rustic 3715 81
Shears 1191 79
Larch Pug 219 76 Photo
Common Pug 1335 74
Twin-spot Carpet 459 73
Gold Swift 133 72
Common Lutestring 901 70
Beautiful Snout 273 70
Grey Scalloped Bar 213 70
Beautiful Carpet 110 70
Short-cloaked Moth 76 70
Grey Dagger 120 69 Agg. Or Dissection
Shoulder-striped Wainscot 270 67
Oak Eggar 168 67
Blackneck 81 67 Photo
Light Knot Grass 1580 66
Broad-barred White 111 64 Photo
Grass Rivulet 933 62 Photo
Dark Marbled Carpet 1574 61
Toadflax Pug 120 61 Photo
Bordered White 109 61
Cabbage Moth 105 61
Double Kidney 289 59
Least Yellow Underwing 184 58
Poplar Grey 112 58
Pinion-streaked Snout 196 57
Setaceous Hebrew Character 2750 56
Galium Carpet 139 56
Small Yellow Wave 112 56
Scarce Silver-lines 72 56
Spruce Carpet 2028 55
Yellow Shell 162 53
Shark 74 52 Photo
Brown Silver-line 7900 51
Small Argent & Sable 66 49 Photo
Marbled Brown 1488 48
Tawny Shears 158 47
White-line Dart 188 43
Bordered Beauty 275 40
Oak Hook-tip 193 40
Scalloped Hazel 2808 38
Broken-barred Carpet 1359 38
Mullein Wave 135 37
Satin Beauty 59 37 Photo
Marbled Coronet 115 34 Photo
Satyr Pug 99 34 Specimen
Herald 174 33
Lobster Moth 423 32
Lime-speck Pug 86 32
Welsh Wave 58 32 Photo
Brown-line Bright Eye 47 32 Photo
Blood-vein 108 30
Gothic 80 30
Scorched Wing 1719 29
Swallow Prominent 214 29
Pale Pinion 193 29 Photo
Sallow Kitten 110 29
Dark Sword-grass 357 28
Eyed Hawk-moth 161 28
Round-winged Muslin 44 28
Crescent Dart 43 28 Photo
Puss Moth 119 27
Silver Hook 98 27 Photo
Slender Pug 56 27 Photo
Green Silver-lines 233 26
Small Clouded Brindle 211 25 Photo
Angle Shades 1240 24
Fox Moth 317 24
Spinach 28 24
Blue-bordered Carpet 170 23 Photo
Clay Triple-lines 100 23
Humming-bird Hawk-moth 85 23
Currant Pug 77 23 Photo
Miller 58 23
Double Lobed 48 23 Photo
Dark Dagger 31 23 Agg. Or Dissection
V-Moth 27 23 Photo
Small Elephant Hawk-moth 163 20
Pine Carpet 135 19
Blomer's Rivulet 34 18 Photo
Tissue 101 17 Photo
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 85 17
Nut-tree Tussock 1478 16
Turnip Moth 104 16 Photo
Clouded Buff 39 16
White Satin 27 16 Photo
Triple-spotted Pug 18 16 Specimen
Treble Lines 799 15
Crescent 102 15 Photo
Barred Rivulet 48 15 Photo
Ashworth's Rustic 16 15 Photo
Canary-shouldered Thorn 2917 14
Square-spot Rustic 2804 14
Ear Moth 151 14 Agg. Or Dissection
Pale Mottled Willow 99 14
Annulet 41 14 Photo
Maiden's Blush 32 14 Photo
Scarce Silver Y 18 14 Photo
Striped Twin-spot Carpet 320 13 Photo
Common Swift 179 13
Valerian Pug 28 13 Specimen
Pod Lover 18 13 Photo
Yellow-barred Brindle 190 12
Heart and Club 52 12
Privet Hawk-moth 40 12 Photo
Dingy Shell 24 12 Photo
Smoky Wave 19 12 Photo
Suspected 16 12 Photo
Northern Rustic 22 11 Photo
Bordered Sallow 17 11 Photo
Purple-bordered Gold 13 11 Photo
Small Dusty Wave 13 10 Photo
Dark Brocade 64 9 Photo
Wood Tiger 16 9 Photo
Clouded Brindle 15 9 Photo
Silky Wainscot 14 9 Photo
Gem 37 8 Photo
Beautiful Yellow Underwing 31 8 Photo
Old Lady 28 8
Archer's Dart 104 7
Small Purple-barred 21 7 Photo
September Thorn 914 6
Four-spotted Footman 21 6 Photo
Waved Carpet 27 5 Photo
Small Emerald 8 5 Photo
Star-wort 6 5 Photo
Silvery Arches 5 5 Photo
Shore Wainscot 21 4 Photo
Figure of Eighty 20 4 Photo
Beautiful Hook-tip 4 4 Photo
Pearly Underwing 45 3 Photo