Remember to submit your moth records

Jan and I been trapping moths on and off for a year or three now. And for those of you who don’t know, we have a small garden right in the centre of Southampton. Surrounded by pubs, clubs, street lights and neon. We think we’re doing well if we get half a dozen moth records (or sometimes one moth) – let alone half a dozen species.

Nevertheless, over the weekend we decided to submit our records to the National Moth Recording Scheme. After all, citizen science is made up of millions of individual records. It took a little time, but all our records from our little garden are now adding to the sum of human knowledge about the distribution of moths in the UK.

Willow Beauty – Peribatodes rhomboidaria

And much to our surprise we submitted records for 145 different species. Not earth shattering. I know some moth trappers who wouldn’t be overly surprised to see 145 species from one evening’s trapping. But from our little garden, a little oasis of wild nature in the brick and concrete desert of Bevois Valley, 145 species are records worth knowing about.

If you’ve been making notes of the moths you see in your locality, make sure you submit the records. Every little helps.


You can use this system to enter, store, map and analyse your own moth records. You’ll also be able to see what other recorders have observed in your area and around the country, as well as contributing your records automatically to the National Moth Recording Scheme.

Moth records entered online will be passed to the appropriate County Moth Recorders for verification and incorporation into local datasets, before becoming part of the main National Moth Recording Scheme database. So you will not need to send your records separately to County Moth Recorders – the online recording system will do it all for you.

To start moth recording online, simply register here.

These are just a few of the moths we have recorded….

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This is the complete list of micro and macro moths (it shows 146 rather than 145 because of the inclusion of one aggregate as well as the two individual species):

1 Acleris forsskaleana Acleris forsskaleana
2 Agonopterix alstromeriana Agonopterix alstromeriana
3 Agriphila geniculea Agriphila geniculea
4 Agriphila selasella Agriphila selasella
5 Agriphila straminella Agriphila straminella
6 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
7 Anthophila fabriciana Anthophila fabriciana
8 Apple Leaf Miner Lyonetia clerkella
9 Batia lunaris Batia lunaris
10 Batia unitella Batia unitella
11 Batrachedra praeangusta Batrachedra praeangusta
12 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella
13 Blastobasis adustella Blastobasis adustella
14 Bramble Shoot Moth Epiblema uddmanniana
15 Brown House Moth Hofmannophila pseudospretella
16 Bryotropha domestica Bryotropha domestica
17 Bud Moth Spilonota ocellana
18 Caloptilia rufipennella Caloptilia rufipennella
19 Caloptilia syringella Caloptilia syringella
20 Catoptria falsella Catoptria falsella
21 Celypha lacunana Celypha lacunana
22 Cochylis hybridella Cochylis hybridella
23 Codling Moth Cydia pomonella
24 Crambus lathoniellus Crambus lathoniellus
25 Cydia splendana Cydia splendana
26 Diamond-back Moth Plutella xylostella
27 Diurnea fagella Diurnea fagella
28 Donacaula forficella Donacaula forficella
29 Emmelina monodactyla Emmelina monodactyla
30 Endothenia marginana Endothenia marginana
31 Endotricha flammealis Endotricha flammealis
32 Ephestia unicolorella Ephestia unicolorella
33 Eudonia angustea Eudonia angustea
34 Eudonia delunella Eudonia delunella
35 Eudonia mercurella Eudonia mercurella
36 Flax Tortrix Cnephasia asseclana
37 Garden Grass-veneer Chrysoteuchia culmella
38 Gypsonoma dealbana Gypsonoma dealbana
39 Large Clover Case-bearer Coleophora trifolii
40 Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana
41 Lozotaenia forsterana Lozotaenia forsterana
42 Mompha raschkiella Mompha raschkiella
43 Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
44 Ochsenheimeria urella Ochsenheimeria urella
45 Oegoconia sp. Oegoconia sp.
46 Pammene aurita Pammene aurita
47 Pammene fasciana Pammene fasciana
48 Pammene regiana Pammene regiana
49 Parornix anglicella Parornix anglicella
50 Phlyctaenia coronata Phlyctaenia coronata
51 Phycita roborella Phycita roborella
52 Platyptilia calodactyla Platyptilia calodactyla
53 Plum Fruit Moth Grapholita funebrana
54 Pyrausta aurata Pyrausta aurata
55 Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana
56 Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis
57 Scoparia ambigualis Scoparia ambigualis
58 Scoparia pyralella Scoparia pyralella
59 Stenoptilia pterodactyla Stenoptilia pterodactyla
60 Synaphe punctalis Synaphe punctalis
61 Tachystola acroxantha Tachystola acroxantha
62 Udea fulvalis Udea fulvalis
63 Variegated Golden Tortrix Archips xylosteana
64 Wax Moth Galleria mellonella
65 White-shouldered House Moth Endrosis sarcitrella
66 Ypsolopha ustella Ypsolopha ustella
67 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa
68 August Thorn Ennomos quercinaria
69 Beaded Chestnut Agrochola lychnidis
70 Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea
71 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
72 Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata
73 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua fimbriata
74 Brown-tail Euproctis chrysorrhoea
75 Bryophila domestica Bryophila domestica
76 Buff Ermine Spilosoma luteum
77 Caradrina clavipalpis Caradrina clavipalpis
78 Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae
79 Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia
80 Cloaked Minor Mesoligia furuncula
81 Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata
82 Common Footman Eilema lurideola
83 Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata
84 Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata
85 Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis
86 Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens
87 Common Wave Cabera exanthemata
88 Copper Underwing Amphipyra pyramidea
89 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
90 Dark Sword-grass Agrotis ipsilon
91 Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae
92 Double Square-spot Xestia triangulum
93 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
94 Dusky Brocade Apamea remissa
95 Dwarf Cream Wave Idaea fuscovenosa
96 Early Grey Xylocampa areola
97 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta
98 Garden Carpet Xanthorhoe fluctuata
99 Garden Dart Euxoa nigricans
100 Garden Tiger Arctia caja
101 Grey Pug Eupithecia subfuscata
102 Heart and Dart Agrotis exclamationis
103 Lackey Malacosoma neustria
104 L-album Wainscot Mythimna l-album
105 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
106 Least Yellow Underwing Noctua interjecta
107 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe
108 Lesser Treble-bar Aplocera efformata
109 Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes
110 Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata
111 Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona
112 Magpie Moth Abraxas grossulariata
113 Maiden’s Blush Cyclophora punctaria
114 Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis
115 Mullein Wave Scopula marginepunctata
116 Old Lady Mormo maura
117 Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina
118 Phoenix Eulithis prunata
119 Plain Wave Idaea straminata
120 Riband Wave Idaea aversata
121 Rustic Hoplodrina blanda
122 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum
123 Shears Hada plebeja
124 Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta
125 Silver Y Autographa gamma
126 Single-dotted Wave Idaea dimidiata
127 Small Dotted Buff Photedes minima
128 Small Dusty Wave Idaea seriata
129 Small Mottled Willow Spodoptera exigua
130 Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi
131 Snout Hypena proboscidalis
132 Square Spot Paradarisa consonaria
133 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa
134 Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
135 Tawny Speckled Pug Eupithecia icterata
136 Treble-bar Aplocera plagiata
137 Treble Lines Charanyca trigrammica
138 Turnip Moth Agrotis segetum
139 Twin-spot Carpet Perizoma didymata
140 Uncertain Hoplodrina alsines
141 Uncertain/Rustic agg. Hoplodrina alsines/blanda
142 Vapourer Orgyia antiqua
143 Vine’s Rustic Hoplodrina ambigua
144 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
145 Yellow-barred Brindle Acasis viretata
146 Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata