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Moths 516 899 Noctuidae


By far the largest British family of moths. Outer wings are generally rather dingy but often have some quite detailed markings. The wings are folded flat on top of the body when resting.

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Guidance Notes Recent Records

For more information about a species click/tap its photograph:

  • Clouded Buff

    Diacrisia sannio
  • Spectacle Moth

    Abrostola tripartita
  • Dark Spectacle

    Abrostola triplasia
  • Ni Moth

    Trichoplusia ni
  • Golden Twin-spot

    Chrysodeixis chalcites
  • Dewicks Plusia

    Macdunnoughia confusa
  • Burnished Brass

    Diachrysia chrysitis
  • Silver Y Moth

    Autographa gamma
  • Beautiful Golden Y

    Autographa pulchrina
  • Plain Golden Y

    Autographa gamma
  • Scarce Silver Y

    Syngrapha interrogationis
  • Gold Spot

    Plusia festucae
  • Nut-tree Tussock

    Colocasia coryli
  • Scarce Merveille du Jour

    Moma alpiium
  • Alder Moth

    Acronicta alni
  • Knot Grass Moth

    Acronicta rumicis
  • Sweet Gale Moth

    Acronicta cinerea
  • Sycamore Moth

    Acronicta aceris
  • Miller

    Acronicta leporina
  • Coronet Moth

    Craniophora ligustri
  • Four-spotted Moth

    Tyta luctuosa
  • Shark moth

    Cucullia umbratica
  • Chamomile Shark

    Cucullia chamomillae
  • Mullein Shark

    Cucullia verbasci
  • Copper Underwing

    Amphipyra pyramidea
  • Green-brindled Crescent

    Allophyes oxyacanthae
  • Early Grey Moth

    Xylocampa areola
  • Bordered Straw

    Heliothis peltigera
  • Marbled Clover

    Heliothis viriplaca
  • Scarce Bordered Straw

    Helicoverpa armigera
  • Small Mottled Willow

    Spodoptera exigua
  • Rosy Marbled

    Elaphria venustula
  • Mottled Rustic

    Caradrina morpheus
  • Clancys Rustic

    Caradrina kadenii
  • Pale Mottled Willow

    Caradrina clavipalpis
  • Rustic moth

    Hoplodrina blanda
  • Vines Rustic

    Hoplodrina ambigua
  • Silky Wainscot

    Chilodes maritima
  • Treble Lines

    Charanyca trigrammica
  • Porters Rustic

    Athetis hospes
  • Orache Moth

    Trachea atriplicis
  • Angle Shades

    Phlogophora meticulosa
  • Small Angle-shades

    Euplexia lucipara
  • Haworths Minor

    Celaena haworthii
  • Frosted Orange

    Gortyna flavago
  • Large Wainscot

    Rhizedra lutosa
  • Bulrush Wainscot

    Nonagria typhae
  • Fen Wainscot

    Arenostola phragmitidis
  • Twin-spotted Wainscot

    Lenisa geminipuncta
  • Small Dotted Buff

    Photedes minima
  • Webbs Wainscot

    Globia sparganii
  • Dusky Brocade

    Apamea remissa
  • Rustic Shoulder-knot

    Apamea sordens
  • Slender Brindle

    Apamea scolopacina
  • Dark Arches

    Apamea monoglypha
  • Light Arches Moth

    Apamea lithoxylaea
  • Reddish Light Arches

    Apamea sublustris
  • Double Lobed Moth

    Lateroligia ophiogramma
  • Common Rustic

    Mesapamea secalis
  • Marbled Minor

    Oligia strigilis
  • Beautiful Gothic

    Leucochiaena ogitis
  • Centre-barred Sallow

    Atethmia centrago
  • Orange Sallow

    Tiliacea citrago
  • Barred Sallow

    Tiliacea aurago
  • Pink-barred Sallow

    Xanthia togata
  • Sallow Moth

    Cirrhia icteritia
  • Lunar Underwing

    Agrochola lunosa
  • Red-line Quaker

    Agrochola lota
  • Southern Chestnut

    Agrochola haematidea
  • Dotted Chestnut

    Conistra rubiginea
  • Tawny Pinion

    Lithophane semibrunnea
  • Pale Pinion

    Lithophane socia
  • Grey Shoulder-knot

    Lithophane ornitopus
  • Red Swordgrass

    Xylena vetusta
  • Satellite Moth

    Eupsilia transversa
  • Double Kidney Moth

    Ipimorpha retusa
  • Olive Moth

    Ipimorpha subtusa
  • Oak Rustic

    Dryobota labecula
  • Merveille du Jour

    Griposia aprilina
  • Brindled Green

    Dryobotodes eremita
  • Sombre Brocade

    Dryobotodes tenebrosa
  • Flame Brocade

    Trigonophora flammea
  • Feathered Brindle

    Feathered Brindle
  • Black Rustic

    Aporophyla nigra
  • Brindled Ochre

    Dasypolia templi
  • Dark Brochade

    Blepharita adusta
  • Pine Beauty

    Panolis flammea
  • Clouded Drab

    Orthosia incerta
  • Blossom Underwing

    Orthosia miniosa
  • Common Quaker

    Orthosa stabilis
  • Small Quaker

    Orthosia cruda
  • Powdered Quaker

    Orthosia gracilis
  • Northern Drab

    Orthosia opima
  • Hebrew Character

    Orthosia gothica
  • Twin-spot Quaker

    Anorthoa munda
  • Feathered Gothic

    Tholera decimalis
  • Antler Moth

    Cerapteryx graminis
  • Nutmeg

    Anarta trifolii
  • Beautiful Yellow Underwing

    Anarta myrtilli
  • Grey Arches

    Polia nebulosa
  • Light Brocade

    Lacanobia w-latinum
  • Pale-shouldered Brocade

    Lacanobia thalassina
  • Dogs Tooth Moth

    Lacanobia suasa
  • Bright-line Brown-eye

    Lacanobia oleracea
  • Splendid Brocade

    Lacanobia splendens
  • Dot Moth

    Melanchra persicariae
  • Shears Moth

    Hada plebeja
  • Cabbage Moth

    Mamestra brassicae
  • Campion Moth

    Sideridis rivularia
  • Broad-barred White

    Hecatera bicolorata
  • White Spot

    Hadena albimacula
  • Common Wainscot

    Mythimna pallens
  • Southern Wainscot

    Mythimna straminea
  • Delicate Moth

    Mythimna vitellina
  • White Point

    Mythimna albipuncta
  • Shore Wainscot

    Mythimna litoralis
  • L-album Wainscot

    Mythimna l-album
  • Shoulder Stripe Wainscot

    Mythimna comma
  • Cosmopolitan

    Leucania loreyi
  • Flame Wainscot

    Senta flammea
  • Heart and Dart

    Agrotis exclamationis
  • Turnip Moth

    Agrotis segetum
  • Heart and Club

    Agrotis clavis
  • Archers Dart

    Agrotis vestigilis
  • Crescent Dart

    Agrostis trux
  • Shuttle-shaped Dart

    Agrotis puta
  • Dark Swordgrass

    Agrotis ipsilon
  • Flame Shoulder

    Ochropleura plecta
  • Radfords Flame Shoulder

    Ochropleura leucogaster
  • Purple Clay

    Diarsia brunnea
  • Small Square-spot

    Diarsia rubi
  • True Lovers Knot

    Lycophotia porphyrea
  • Large Yellow Underwing

    Noctua pronuba
  • Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

    Noctua fimbriata
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing

    Noctua comes
  • Least Yellow Underwing

    Noctua interjecta
  • Green Arches

    Anaplectoides prasina
  • Dotted Clay Moth

    Xestia baja
  • Neglected Rustic

    Xestia catanea
  • Heath Rustic

    Xestia agathina
  • Square-spot Rustic

    Xestia xanthographa
  • Six-striped Rustic

    Xestia sexstrigata
  • Setaceous Hebrew Character

    Xestia c-nigrum
  • Double Square Spot

    Xestia triangulum
  • Autumnal Rustic

    Eugnorisma plareosa

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

Click/tap the species common name if you want to see more information.

Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Grey Dagger Acronicta psi


A widespread species occurring in gardens, parks, hedgerows, woodland and even wet lands


Red Chestnut Moth Cerastis rubricosa


A common very early species found in many habitats


Red-headed Chestnut Conistra erythrocephala

An increasingly frequent migrant moth found in autumn and winter in southern counties


Chestnut Moth Conistra vaccinii

A common but variable species that overwinters as an adult and can be found on mild nights in winter


Old Lady Moth Mormo maura


A mainly southern species found in mature gardens, parklands, churchyards and similar situations


Brown Rustic Rusina ferruginea

A widespread and fairly common species in most habitats