Chasewater's Moths


A number of trapping sessions have been held at Chasewater in the past. It is clear that there are many more species to be found. The numbers preceding the species names refer to the British checklist number.
Species indicated with an asterisk (*) have been identified from larvae that have been found on the site.
Only 63 species listed below so far - we should be able to double that easily. Have a look at the Staffordshire Moth Group's website

15    Orange Swift Hepialus sylvina
18    Map-winged Swift Hepialus fusconebulosa
169   Six-spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae
171   Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet Zygaena lonicerae
1640 Drinker* Euthrix potatoria
1648 Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria
1661 Orange Underwing Archiearis parthenias
1713 Riband Wave Idaea aversata
1732 Shaded Broad-bar Scotopteryx chenopodiata
1738 Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata alternata
1742 Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata
1754 Phoenix Eulithis prunata
1757 Spinach Eulithis mellinata
1777 July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata
1795 November Moth Epirrita dilutata
1800 Northern Winter Moth Operophtera fagata
1870 Chimney Sweeper Odezia atrata
1881 Early Tooth-striped Trichopteryx carpinata
1887 Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata
1894 Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata
1906 Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
1922 Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
1952 Common Heath Ematurga atomaria
1955 Common White Wave Cabera pusaria
1956 Common Wave Cabera exanthemata
1991 Elephant Hawkmoth* Deilephila elpenor
1997 Sallow Kitten Furcula furcula
2000 Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius
2006 Lesser Swallow Prominent Pheosia gnoma
2007 Swallow Prominent Pheosia tremula
2008 Coxcomb Prominent Ptilodon capucina
2030 Yellow-tail Euproctis similis
2069 Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae

2078 Least Black Arches Nola confusalis
2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta
2107 Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
2108 Lunar Yellow Underwing Noctua orbona
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes
2111 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe
2113 Stout Dart Spaelotis ravida
2118 True Lovers Knot Lycophotia porphyrea
2120 Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica mendica
2123 Small Square Spot Diarsia rubi
2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character Xestia c-nigrum
2139 Red Chestnut Cerastis rubricosa
2133 Six-striped Rustic Xestia sexstrigata
2155 Dot Moth Melanchra persicariae
2163 Broom Moth* Melanchra pisi
2176 Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis
2187 Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi
2189 Twin-spotted Quaker Orthosia munda
2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica
2198 Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura
2199 Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens
2274 Sallow Xanthia icteritia
2284 Grey Dagger Acronicta psi
2293 Marbled Beauty* Cryphia domestica
2299 Mouse Moth Amphipyra tragopoginis
2303 Straw Underwing Thalpophila matura
2306 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa
2321 Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
2342 Rosy Minor Mesoligia literosa
2441 Silver-Y Autographa gamma
2462 Mother Shipton Callistege mi
2463 Burnet Companion Euclidia glyphica

Trapped at Chasewater (by the Sailing Club) on 21 April 2006 - have a go at identifying them and send your answers to our email address The images were taken by Neil Stych.   The best Field Guide for identifying all the resident and migrant macro-moths is the "Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland" by Paul Waring and Martin Townsend, illustrated by Richard Lewington, published by British Wildlife Publishing (2003).  If you know of, and can recommend others, then let us know.  If you see moths or butterflies and aren't sure what they are - but have a digital camera with you - then take a close-up photo and send it to the chasewater.sightings@yahoo.co.uk and we will post it on the site for others to help ID.



Red Chestnut


Images have been kindly sent to us of some of the moths in the Plant Swag area in June/July 2014 and include Cinnabar Moth and Burnet Companion.