Data from the National Moth Registration System show that in 2020 the number of people reporting different types of moths increased by about a third, and sales of insect traps also increased.
In Cheshire, seven species new to the county were recorded in 2020, including light feathered rustic and beautiful marble. It was also a record year in abundance for rare species that can migrate from region to region.
In Yorkshire, the number of annual moth records for 2020 has grown by about a quarter.
Over the past 50 years, the number of large moths in the UK has decreased by a third due to changes in habitat, climate and environmental pollution. Climate change, meanwhile, also means warmer-weather species have expanded their range across the UK.
Scientists note that moths have a negative reputation as insects that spoil the wardrobe, but only two common species out of 2,500 do this.