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. Moth Night is a great opportunity to raise awareness about moths, so why not get family and friends involved in whatever you do?
We are interested in the receiveing records for the adult life stage of moth only. Records of any of the immature life stages (larval, pupal, leafmines, exuviae etc.) are not required.
Please take the time to read our frequently asked questions further down this page for further information on how to contribute to Moth Night and common questions asked.
How to enter...
To do this visit www.flickr.com and create a free account, if you don’t already have one. Upload your photo(s) to that account. Then visit the Moth Night Photo Competition pool at www.flickr.com/groups/2211773@N24 and click on the Join This Group link. You will then be able to click on the Add Photos link in order to add the photo(s) that you’ve uploaded to the competition pool.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
The most significant record of a resident moth species (macrolepidoptera).
The most significant record of a resident moth species (microlepidoptera).
Rarest immigrant moth species recorded.
The best photo of a tiger moth taken over the Moth Night period.
The recorders of the top 2 highest species lists on any of the nights will receive a copy of the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern America, donated by National Moth Week (the American-organised moth recording event).
Please note that the following general rules apply:
The following rules specifically apply to the Photographic competition:
Frequently asked questions
Tablet users: In order to use the online recording system, your tablet's predictive text function must be turned off.
What information do I need to gather and submit to Moth Night?
What information do I need to gather and submit to Moth Night?
Please note: You will need to submit separate forms if you record over more than one night and/or location. However, if you have for example multiple moth traps in a single 1km square on a given night, recorders may wish to consider amalgamating data for these moth traps as a single list of species for that 1km square location. This will negate the need to submit multiple forms for each moth trap.
The first tab Your Event requires you to: Choose a date for your event; to tick whether or not your event was an advertised Public Event; how many participants.
The second tab Your Location requires you to choose your Country and enter a Site name, then you need select your location using either an Ordnance Survey grid reference, a post code or by zooming in on the map.
The third tab Your Sightings requires you to list your species sightings and record attribute details one line at a time. When you Add another record the form remembers the Recorder, Determiner, Method and Stage. You can if you wish use * as a wildcard in any part of a species name.
The fourth tab Your Weather is optional.
The fifth tab Your Consent requires you to consent to your records being used in accordance with our Privacy Statement and give opportunity for you to make any comments. Records are saved on pressing the Submit button.
I want to take part in Moth Night but I don't have access to the Internet
I used to be able to send my data in any format of my choice. Why am I not able to do so now?
I run multiple traps at a single site, how should I record these?
How do I submit my records to Moth Night?
If you have previously submitted data to Moth Night, just login and start to enter your data.
You are strongly advised to change your new password once you have logged in for the first time by selecting My Account from the footer-menu.
Note: Moth Night has now used online recording successfully for 2 years; however, it is apparent a number of moth recorders view online recording as a barrier to their participation in Moth Night. A way around this would be for local recording groups to appoint a volunteer Moth Night Data Co-ordinator who would input and manage records from recorders who are unable to or do not wish to use online recording. This is perfectly acceptable; however, all data must be input by the submission deadline.
Can I add, edit or delete records once I have submitted my records?
Note: If you have recorded multiple sites on a single day, ensure you check the Your Location Tab for the correct site before editing a list!
Remember, you can perform all of these tasks right up to the data submission deadline!
I took part, but didn't record any moths?
Duplicate records - how to avoid them!
To avoid the duplication of data, especially where more than one moth recorder is present at a meeting or event, please appoint a single recorder to submit records to Moth Night.
Below is a simplifed flow diagram of the recommended dataflow model:
Duplication of data also commonly occurs when recorders forward their data to both Moth Night and their County Recorder and the County Recorder in good faith, sends duplicate data as part of a collated county dataset to Moth Night. County Recorders may wish to collate data from their recorders during the Moth Night data submission process for local newsletters and reports. However, to avoid forwarding duplicate data to Moth Night, County Recorders are respectfully requested not to forward their recorders' data along with their own data before the deadline!
It is assumed all data received before the data submission deadline are unverified. As with all previous [National] Moth Nights, County Recorders are given the opportunity to verify Moth Night data for inclusion into their county datasets after the data submission deadline.
What happens to my records?
I am a County Moth Recorder and I am concerned online recording bypasses the established County Moth Recorder network!
For this to work successfully and to minimise data and human error, County Moth Recorders are kindly requested not to forward verified datasets for their vice-counties to Moth Night before the data submission deadline.
The online recording form doesn't work with my Internet browser?
In the unlikely event you experience problems with the online recording system, please email the address at the top of this page with a description of the problem along with the Internet browser software and version.
When is the deadline for data submission?
Last updated: 30 January 2014
Moth Night 2014
3 - 5 July 2014
Theme: Woodland moths
Moth Night 2015
10 - 12 September 2015