Taking Part

Whilst butterflies are widely loved and appreciated, moths often have rather negative associations with the public as a result of their largely nocturnal lifestyle, which means that people are often unaware of their beauty. In fact some moth species rival the beauty of our native butterflies in the complexity and colour of their wing markings, and have such evocative names as True Lover’s Knot, Drinker, Emperor, July Highflyer, to name but a few.

The aims of Moth Night is to introduce moths to a new audience and to encourage their study. You can take part in Moth Night in any way you choose. This might involve running a moth-trap in your garden or in the countryside, looking for moths at your kitchen window or at blossom, attending or organising a public event, or travelling further afield to search for unusual species. You can submite your results using our on-line recording form - simply click on the SUBMIT RECORDS on the home page.

Moth Night is a great opportunity to raise awareness about moths, so why not get family and friends involved in whatever you do? Moth recording is a very sociable activity and can be combined with other activities such as nocturnal bat walks and morning events where moth-traps are inspected and the catch from the night is examined.

We would like to hear about what you have seen and we ask you to send us your data using the online recording form, so that this information may be included in the national dataset, which adds to our understanding of moths and their distribution.

What's on the Wing in September?

September is an excellent month for moth-trapping, with the early nights, there is no need to stay up until midnight to start your trap.  We have looked at what has been caught on previous September Moth Nights and produced our Top Ten Macros and Top Ten Micros. 

The Top Ten Macros are all widespread and common, plus are fairly easy to identify.

  1.     Lunar Underwing
  2.     LargeYellow Underwing
  3.     Setaceous Hebrew Character
  4.     Square-spot Rustic
  5.     Lesser Yellow Underwing
  6.     Black Rustic
  7.     Common Marbled Carpet
  8.     Angleshades
  9.    Common Wainscot
  10.     Beaded Chestnut

Many thanks to the following photographers for supplying their images: Les Evans-Hill (Lunar Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Black Rustic, Angleshades, Square-spot Rustic); Paul Hill (Common Wainscot, Beaded Chestnut); Megan Lowe (Large Yellow Underwing); Mark Parsons (Lesser Yellow Underwing) and David Green (Common Marbled Carpet).

The Top Ten Micros recorded were:

  1.   Rush Veneer
  2.   Epiphyas postvittana
  3.    Rusty Dot Pearl
  4.    Acleris variegana
  5.   Eudonia angustea
  6.   Gold Triangle
  7.   Diamond-back Moth
  8.   Acleris rhombana
  9.   Archips Podana
  10.   Ypsolopha parenthesella

Many thanks to the following photographers for supplying their images:  Chris Manley (Rusty Dot Pearl, Acleris variegana), Mark Parsons (Epiphyas postvittana, Rush Veneer), Patrick Clements (Ypsolopha parenthesella, Archips Podana, Gold Triangle, Diamond-backed Moth, Acleris podana)

We are interested in the adult life stage only. Records of the immature life stages e.g. larval, pupal, leafmines, exuviae etc., are not required.

Please take the time to read our FAQs for further information on how to contribute to Moth Night and common questions asked.



In 2018 we awarded the following prizes:

BEST RESIDENT MACRO-MOTH: prize is a Wildlife Experience - donated by Glenloy Wildlife

A choice of either a day trip for two looking for chequered skippers and other West Highland butterflies (date to be agreed) or a two night pine marten break for 2 on a bed and breakfast basis.

BEST RESIDENT MICRO-MOTH: prize is a free accomodation for one night at Bawdsey Hall - donated by Bawdsey Hall

A free one-night stay at Bawdsey Hall followed by a tour of the moth traps the following morning with moth enthusiast Matthew Dean

BEST MIGRANT MOTH RECORDED: £50 credit to use against purchases from Atropos Books

To qaulify for this prize, details must be posted on the Atropos Flight Arrivals page by 18:00 on 16th June.  Congratulations to Matthew Dean who won this catgory.


All participants submitting data to MothNight will be entered into a draw for one of the following:

Atlas of Larger Moths in Britain and Ireland - donated by Butterfly Conservation

The forthcoming Atlas of Larger Moths in Britain and Ireland, produced by Butterfly Conservation and Moths Ireland will be published next winter. It is the first ever comprehensive atlas for larger moths and will feature accounts and maps for almost 900 species that have been recorded in Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands.  The winner of this prize was Rueben Singleton

A Field Guide to the Pyralid Moths - donated by Atropos

It is 32 years since the last dedicated work on British pyralid moths was published but the long awaited new field guide to pyralid moths from Atropos Publishing is now nearing publication.  Atropos will be providing three copies of this exciting new book as prizes.  The three winners of this prize were Nigel Odin, Tim Freed and Sally Hall.

EVENT RANDOM DRAW: £50 voucher to be spent at Watkins and Doncaster

All event organisers (featured on the Moth Night website) will be entered into a draw for a £50 voucher donated by Watkins and Doncaster.  Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre was selected at random for the Watkins and Doncaster voucher.


Last updated: 17 April 2018