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Mon 17th June 2019 10:18 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 16 June
Overcast night with moderate southerly breeze and occasional light drizzle.  A modest increase in the number of species at last! Peppered Moth (1), Lobster Moth (1), Heart & Dart (13), Large Yellow Underwing (4), Treble Lines (1), Spectacle (1), Dark Arches (1), Ingrailed Clay (6), Ghost Moth (1), Straw Dot (1), Buff Ermine (1).
Mon 17th June 2019 09:36 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 16th June
Diamond-back Moth , Rusty-dot Pearl , Dwarf Cream Wave , Dark Sword-grass , L-album Wainscot , Light Arches.
Sun 16th June 2019 17:15 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 15th June
This does not seem normal - 5 days ago got 71 Heart & Dart out of 100. Today got 99 Heart & Dart out of 137 total.  And the rest very ordinary, roughly half number of species June 2018, and no new for garden so far.
Sun 16th June 2019 13:09 by Martin Wood
Holt Heath 15th June
This is a start to surveying Holt Heath for moths with a 3W LED bulb and a Eco Heath Trap. Only 3 moths to the trap, one got away and the others were Satin Wave and Brown Silver-lines.

Friday 14th June Wimborne garden, Heart & Dart x 15, Heart & Club x 2, Treble Lines x 2, Willow Beauty x 3 and NFY Small Magpie, Tachystola acroxantha and Cydia pomonella

Sun 16th June 2019 09:19 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 June 2019
More rain but warm. 29 species including FFY Brown Rustic.
Sat 15th June 2019 13:32 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 14th June
20 species including ffy Privet Hawkmoth, Ingrailed Clay, Light Emerald, Buff Arches, Small Magpie, Diamond Back, Brussels Lace and Treble Brown Spot.
Sat 15th June 2019 11:06 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 14.6.19 125W MV
Numbers down again but still 30 species including FFY Lackey, Barred Yellow, Fan-foot and L-album Wainscot.
Sat 15th June 2019 10:06 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 14th June
26 species including 1 Barred Red, 1 Barred Straw, 1 Foxglove Pug, 1 Barred Yellow, 1 Small Dusty wave, 1 Small Dotted Buff. First Barred Red at this site.
Sat 15th June 2019 07:51 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 June 2019
Warm with some rain.  34 species including 1 Diamond-back.  FFG Homoeosoma sinuella.  FFY European Corn-borer, Satin Wave, Heart & Club and Common Rustic agg.
Fri 14th June 2019 20:55 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 13/6
Little to get excited about here but Hawthorn Moth (Scythropia crataegella) was a new moth for me. Appears to be a good record for the Weymouth area.

0450 Scythropia crataegella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 14th June 2019 11:29 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 13th June
30 species including 1 Thistle Ermine, 1 Barred Yellow, 1 Light Emerald, 1 Light Arches, 1 Small Mottled Willow.
Fri 14th June 2019 08:40 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 June 2019
A wet night with a blustery wind.  32 species including FFY C. quercana, U. olivalis, E. pallida and Shark.
Thu 13th June 2019 18:43 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 12th June
Rusty-dot Pearl , Small Dusty Wave , Single-dotted Wave , Cypress Carpet , Lime-speck Pug , Shaded Pug , Green Pug , Clouded Border , Scalloped Oak , Pale Tussock , White Satin , Southern Wainscot , Snout.
Thu 13th June 2019 17:24 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 12 June 2019
24 species with several FFY - Chrysoteuchia culmella (8), Orange Footman (2), Flame Carpet (1), Light Emerald (1), Large Yellow Underwing (1), Straw Dot (2), Burnished Brass (1) & Clancy's Rustic (1) very fresh - local origin?
Thu 13th June 2019 11:30 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 12th June
33 species including 2 Green Pug, 1 Brown Rustic, 1 Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 Sandy Carpet, 1 Ingrailed Clay, 1 Spruce Carpet, 1 Rusty-dot Pearl.
Thu 13th June 2019 09:38 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 12.6.19 125W MV
44 species here on a wet morning, including FFY Nematopogon metaxella, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Eudonia lacustrata, Crambus lathoniellus, Riband wave, Snout and Heart & Club.  Also singles of Rusty-dot Pearl and Delicate.
Thu 13th June 2019 08:57 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 June 2019
Despite the light rain, 45 species including 1 Silver Y.  FFY Riband Wave, Light Emerald and 1 Turnip.
Sun 9th June 2019 12:10 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 8th June
A wet day and a chilly night with clear sky and a min temp of 6.2c, Best from the trap Peppered Moth, Riband Wave and NFY Brimstone Moth
Sun 9th June 2019 08:27 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8.6.19 125W MV
Better still, despite being a cool night, with 41 species including FFY Common Swift, Phtheochroa inopiana, Notocelia rosecolana, Sandy Carpet, Green Pug, Grey Pug and Clay.  Only migrant interest was a single Rusty-dot Pearl.  Update: Also a FFG Pammene ignorata (below), confirmed by Phil Sterling.

Pammene ignorata 1228a 01 Copyright: Mike Hetherington

Sun 9th June 2019 08:17 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 June 2019
A wet day and a slightly chilly night.  25 species including 1 Diamond-back Moth.  FFY H. nubiferana, Blood-vein and Uncertain/Rustic agg.
Sat 8th June 2019 08:21 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth, 7th June. Cream-spot Tiger [the 7th this year], Green Arches, and more than twice as many Heart and Darts as all the rest put together.
Thu 6th June 2019 22:40 by Paul Harris
Lankham Bottom 6/6
Traps at home quiet so a foray inland today. A few Wood Tiger seen at the well known site of Lankham Bottom. Such an exotic looking moth and looking rather out of place on the Dorset downland.

2056 Wood Tiger 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

2056 Wood Tiger 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Thu 6th June 2019 13:55 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 5.6.19 125W MV
A better night, with 35 species including FFY Delicate, Mottled Rustic and Small Square-spot.  Two Rusty-dot Pearls the other migrant interest.
Thu 6th June 2019 10:20 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th June
A very poor night with only 10 species but including 1 Burnished Brass.
Thu 6th June 2019 06:27 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 5 June 2019
A chilly night.  Only 19 species including FFY 1 Clouded Brindle and 1 Small Clouded Brindle.
Wed 5th June 2019 16:48 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 4th June
28 species including 1 Foxglove Pug, 1 Vestal, 1 Buff-tip, 1 Paraswammerdamia albicapitella.
Wed 5th June 2019 09:26 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 04 June
Mild night with early rain.  Willow Beauty (1), Treble Lines (2), Buff Ermine (3), Pale Tussock (1), Straw Dot (1), Heart & Dart (1), Ingrailed Clay (1), Middle-barred Minor (1), Poplar Hawk Moth (3), Light emerald (1), Blood Vein (1), White Ermine (1).
Tue 4th June 2019 14:44 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 3rd June
25 species including 1 Treble Brown Spot, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Buff-tip
Tue 4th June 2019 14:41 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 2nd June
20 species including 1 Lychnis.
Tue 4th June 2019 14:40 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 1st June
46 species including 1 Scorched Wing, 1 Flame Carpet, 1 Buff Arches, 1 Light Emerald, 1 Sandy Carpet, 1 Tinea semifulvella, 1 Broad-barred White, 1 Green Pug.
Tue 4th June 2019 11:12 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 3.6.19 125W MV
Numbers well down.  26 species with FFY Straw Dot.
Tue 4th June 2019 10:38 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 4th June
Hummingbird Hawk-moth to garden by day.
Sun 2nd June 2019 17:34 by Martin Wood
Holt Heath 1st June
Went out with a Yellow-legged pheromone lure to try and see if any clearwings were at Holt Heath in the small wood. This is the first time I tried this lure and I had 2 Yellow-leggged Clearwing one each at different locations but both by hanging the lure on Oak trees.

Yellow-legged Clearwing Copyright: Martin Wood

Sun 2nd June 2019 17:21 by Geoff Lightfoot
Higher Hyde Heath - by day - 1st June.
Horse Chestnut , Grass Wave , 4 Common Heath , 5 Brown Silver-line , 3 Cinnabar.
Sun 2nd June 2019 15:33 by Alan Bernard
First Silky Wainscot that I have recorded here. Same for Tachystola acroxantha. During the day Hummingbird Hawk moth.
Sun 2nd June 2019 12:00 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 1.6.19 125W MV
Best night of the year so far. 57 species including FFG Metzneria lappella (tbc).  FFY included Udea ferrugalis, Epinotia bilunana, Figure of Eighty, Eyed & Elephant Hawk-moths, Mullein Wave, Spruce Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Puss Moth, Clouded-bordered Brindle and Shears.
Sun 2nd June 2019 10:01 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 01 June
Overcast and mild night.  Treble Lines (5), Poplar Hawk Moth (2), Dark Arches (1), Pale Tussock (2), Mullein (1), Buff Tip (1), Blood Vein (1), Heart & Dart (5), White Ermine (2), Garden Carpet (1), Light Emerald (1), Ingrailed Clay (1).
Sun 2nd June 2019 08:34 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 1 June 2019
A very good night.  60 species including 3 U. ferrugalis.  FFY E. maculicerusella, B. lancealana, Red-barred Tortrix, S. ambigualis, Water Veneer, Poplar Kitten, The Flame and Light Arches.
Sat 1st June 2019 20:32 by James Watson
Halstock 1 June
Currant Clearwing to lure in the garden this afternoon.

Currant Clearwing Copyright: James Watson

Sat 1st June 2019 15:04 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 30/5
A new garden micro in the form of a Grapholita lobarzewskii. Also Argyresthia cupressella, Brown Silver-line and Foxglove Pug.

1249 Grapholita lobarzewskii 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 1st June 2019 07:49 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 31 May 2019
Surprisingly only 30 species last night even though the weather conditions seemed much the same as the night before.  FFY Cyclamen Tortrix, Small White Wave and Buff Ermine.