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Fri 18th August 2017 19:48 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 17th August
Only 13 moth caught last night after heavy at appro 3am cuased the light to go off, Willow Beauty,Brimstone,Large Yellow Underwing x3, Flame Shoulder, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Lesser Broad-bordered Underwing, Light Brown Apple Moth x3, Six-stripped Rustic, Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix ( Pandemis corylana ) and a Common Rustic agg. Also found this morning at work (Ferndown industrial Estate) a Bordered Beauty Bordered Beauty Copyright: Martin Wood
Fri 18th August 2017 15:18 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 17th August
3O species including Coxcomb Prominent, Gold Spot, Poplar Hawkmoth, Pinion-streaked Snout, Blood-vein and Least Yellow Underwing.
Fri 18th August 2017 12:51 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 August
Heavy rain again.  50 species including 3 Rusty-dot Pearl and 1 Silver Y.
Fri 18th August 2017 12:16 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th August
31 species including 2 Gold Spot, 1 Small Wainscot, 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Turnip Moth.
Fri 18th August 2017 12:14 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 16th August
29 species including 1 Chocolate-tip, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Coronet.
Thu 17th August 2017 23:54 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16 August
Just twenty four species here, including: Acleris variegana, Blastobasis adustella, Plutella xylostella, Udea ferrugalis / Flame Carpet, September Thorn, Knot Grass, Pebble Prominent, Rosy Footman, Lssr Swallow Prominent, ffy Mouse Moth (min 13.6 degC / some rain)
Thu 17th August 2017 09:03 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 16 August
Some moths got into the traps before the heavy rain started.  51 species including 2 Rush Veneer, 1 Rusty-dot Pearl and 1 Silver Y.  Y. plumbella and FFG male Bulrush Wainscot were the highlights.
Wed 16th August 2017 20:37 by Jack Oughton
Abbotsbury 16th August
Highlight was the leaf mine of Antispila treitschkiella, which was new for me.
Wed 16th August 2017 19:36 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 15/8
Best here were White Speck and Campion.

2166 Campion 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Wed 16th August 2017 16:36 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 15th August
35 species including 2 Dusky Thorn, 1 Chocolate-tip, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Gold Spot, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Pale Prominent, 1 Marbled Green, 1 Euzophera pinguis.
Wed 16th August 2017 16:33 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 14th August
A better night with 42 species including 4 Dusky Thorn, 1 Swallow Prominent, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Pebble Hook-tip, 1 Pebble Prominent, 2 Yellow-barred Brindle, 1 Single-dotted Wave.
Wed 16th August 2017 16:29 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 13th August
24 species including 1 Common Wave, 1 Oak Eggar(female), 1 Poplar Hawkmoth
Wed 16th August 2017 07:44 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 May
A much colder night.  46 species including 1 Rush Veneer and 2 Dark Sword-grass.  1 O. sparganella was the highlight.
Tue 15th August 2017 22:44 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 14 Aug
Quite large numbers on a welcome calm night. New for my garden: Pretty Chalk Carpet and Eudonia pallida.
Tue 15th August 2017 22:18 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 14/8
Scarce Bordered Straw, Crescent and Small Rufous the best here.
Tue 15th August 2017 15:54 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 14th August 2017
A much better night, although immigrants were represented by just singles of Silver Y and Rusty-dot Pearl. The rest were mostly regulars but in much greater numbers, and included: Iron Prominent, Mocha, Lime-speck Pug and Copper Underwing.

1676 Mocha 05 Copyright: Will Bown

Tue 15th August 2017 09:54 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 August
A good haul at Tolpuddle too, but not as good as Jack's!  75 species including 3 Rush Veneer, 2 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 Dark Sword-grass and 3 Silver Y.  Highlights were FFG C. rufipennella and C. straminea as well as N. angustella and a very pretty Birch Mocha.
Tue 15th August 2017 08:40 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 14th August
First large catch in a while, with ~750 individuals of 110 species. Highlights were Aspilapteryx tringipennella (2), Plutella xylostella, Ypsolopha dentella, Prays ruficeps, Bryotropha domestica, Ptocheuusa paupella (2), Cochylis molliculana, Acleris forsskaleana, Lobesia abscinana (2), Crocidosema plebejana, Eudonia pallida (2), Udea ferrugalis (2), Palpita vitrealis, Nomophila noctuella, Peach Blossom, Galium Carpet, White-spotted Pug (2), Shaded Pug, Four-spotted Footman (28), Jersey Tiger (10), Marbled Beauty, Marbled Green, & Dark Sword-grass.
Mon 14th August 2017 19:46 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13 Leigh
Just twenty species - nothing new, but another two Jersey Tigers, singles of Common Wave, Spectacle, Poplar hawk, 3 Pebble Prominent
Mon 14th August 2017 06:54 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 August
A chilly night.  Only 28 species including 1 Rusty-dot Pearl and 1 Silver Y.
Sun 13th August 2017 21:40 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12 August
Twenty eight species, including: Euzophera pinguis, Nomophila noctuella, Udea ferrugalis, Iron Prominent, Poplar Hawk, Lssr Yellow U/wing, Gold Spot, Sharp-angled Peacock, Ruby Tiger, Silver Y

Leigh 11 August

Forty three species, including: Blastobasis adustella, Acleris variegana, Udea ferrugalis, Jersey Tiger, Pebble Prominent, Yellow Shell(ffy), Maiden's Blush, Dusky Thorn, Pine Carpet, Early Thorn, Pale Prominent

Sun 13th August 2017 18:53 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 12th August
30 species including 1 Dusky Thorn, 1 Gold Spot, 1 Scalloped Oak, 1 Cochylimorpha straminea
Sun 13th August 2017 16:49 by Paul Harris
Undoubted highlight was my first ever Bedstraw Hawk-moth, making up the dozen for Hawk-moth species recorded in the garden.

1987 Bedstraw Hawk-moth 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 13th August 2017 07:57 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 August
A warm night with a good asteroid shower.  44 species including 1 Rush Veneer, 2 Rusty-dot Pearl, 3 Dark Sword-grass and 1 Silver Y.
Sun 13th August 2017 07:50 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 12th August
82 species. Highlights were Ypsolopha dentella, Bryotropha domestica, Nephopterix angustella, Udea ferrugalis (2), Nomophila noctuella (3), Oak Eggar, Vestal, Black Arches, Jersey Tiger (5), Four-spotted Footman (5), Silver Y (5), Gold Spot (2) and Dark Sword-grass.
Sat 12th August 2017 19:38 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 11th August
Hightlights of 27 moths caught last night were my first Garden Tiger,Iron Prominent, Carnary-shoulder Thorn and a Parapoynx stratiotata ( Ringed China-mark) backed up with Vines Rustic x 2, Heart and Dart, Flame Shoulder, Shuttle-shaped Dart x2,Large Yellow Underwing x4 Common Rustic agg x2,and Willow Beauty x 6, Brimstone x 2 recorded outside the light at 22.00 hrs, Damp with drizzle and temp of 16c when light switched on at 21.00 hrs.

Sat 12th August 2017 19:11 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 10th August
Brimestone x 2, Willow Beauty x6, Lesser Broad-borded Underwing, Flame Shoulder, Common Rustic agg x2 , Yellow Shell and a Large Yellow Underwing.

Sat 12th August 2017 15:35 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 11th August
Scarce Bordered Straw - a third individual.
Sat 12th August 2017 13:46 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 11th August
a very welcome 41 species including 1 Agriphila geniculea, 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Acleris laterana, 1 Coxcomb Prominent, 1 Gold Spot, 1 Pandemis heparana.
Sat 12th August 2017 13:40 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 9th August
25 species including 1 Orange Swift, 1 Carcina quercana, 1 Yellow-barred Brindle
Fri 11th August 2017 22:16 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 10 August
Twenty one species, including: Pearly Underwing, Yellow-barred Brindle, Silver Y(2), Gold Spot(2), Nomophila noctuella, Emmelina monodactyla, Udea ferrugalis(2), Parapoynx stratiotata(m) (min 9.1 degC)
Fri 11th August 2017 10:49 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 10th August
2 Scarce Bordered Straw.
Wed 9th August 2017 19:30 by Gillian Nash
Fall to just twenty species, including: Parapoynx stratiotata (R China-mk), Udea ferrugalis (RDP), Marbled Beauty, Jersey Tiger, Sharp-angled Peacock, Iron Prominent, Ruby Tiger, Set Hebrew Character (min 12.2 degsC)
Wed 9th August 2017 10:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 7 August
Thirty species, including: Pearly Underwing(ffy), Yellow-barred Brindle(ffy) Dk Sword-grass, Silver Y, Drinker, Rosy Rustic, Nomophila noctuella, 3 Udea ferrugalis, Acleris variegana, Parornix sp (min 13 degsC)
Tue 8th August 2017 13:42 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 7th August
Orange Swift , Oak Eggar , Oak Hook-tip , Shaded Broad-bar , Wormwood Pug , Sharp-angled Peacock , Yellow-barred Brindle , Elephant Hawkmoth.  Pale Prominent , Ruby Tiger , Dark Sword-grass , Lychnis , Small Wainscot.
Mon 7th August 2017 20:00 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 6th August
Brimstone,Willow Beauty x4, Large Yellow Underwing recorded outside the light-trap between 21.50 and 22.00 hrs Shuttle-shaped Dart, Common Rustic agg and Double-striped Pug, were the only moths caught in the trap.
Mon 7th August 2017 15:17 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 6th August 2017
Just 30 species made it into the log.  Three immigrants: a solitary Silver Y and two Rusty-dot Pearl, and among the rest were: Lesser Yellow Underwing, Blood-vein, Strophedra nitidana, Pyrausta aurata, Acleris notana/ferrugana, the dandelion loving Celypha striana, and Argyresthia goedartella.

1361 Pyrausta aurata 02 Copyright: Will Bown

Sun 6th August 2017 18:58 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5 August
Twenty four species, including: Nomophila noctuella, Udea ferrugalis, Agonopterix yeatiana, Shaded Broad-bar, Pebble Prominent, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Six-striped Rustic, ffy Dusky Thorn (min 10.8 degsC)

Leigh 4 August

Thirty one species, including: Pandemis corylana, Angle Shades, Silver Y, Least, and Lesser Yellow U/wing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Poplar Hawk-moth, Ruby Tiger, Ghost Moth(f)

Sun 6th August 2017 14:16 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 5th August
Reduced numbers, with 59 species. Highlights were Cochylimorpha straminea, Udea ferrugalis (6), Nomophila noctuella (2), Maiden's Blush, Galium Carpet, Sallow Kitten, Jersey Tiger, Four-spotted Footman (male and female), Silver Y (2), Bordered Straw, Marbled Green (2), Turnip Moth & Dark Sword-grass.
Sun 6th August 2017 12:17 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 5th August 2017
A full moon seemed to reduce the numbers, and still very few immigrants: singles of Dark Sword-grass and Silver Y, and two Rusty-dot Pearl the sum total.  Among the others were Ruby Tiger, Flounced Rustic, Cloaked Minor and Least Yellow Underwing (a notable species here), plus Small Rivulet, Dark Spectacle, Dusky Thorn and Yellow-tail.  Micros also not numerous with Euzophera pinguis, Pyrausta aurata and Carcina quercana probably worth a mention.

2064 Ruby Tiger 08 Copyright: Will Bown

Sat 5th August 2017 16:42 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 4th August
Brimstone Moth, Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent,Shuttle-shaped Dart x 2, Mother of Pearl all 1st for me also had Sliver Y f.gammina, Willow Beauty,C.Rusty agg, Large Yellow Underwing x 3, Dark Sword-grass and a shabby Lesser Broad-borded Yellow Underwing

Sat 5th August 2017 13:23 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 4th August
Blood-vein , Lime-speck Pug , Magpie , Pebble Prominent , Yellow-tail , Dingy Footman , Ruby Tiger , Crescent Dart , Dark Sword-grass , Least Yellow Underwing.  Brown-veined Wainscot.
Sat 5th August 2017 08:36 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 4th August
84 species. Highlights were Nemapogon clematella, Argyresthia bonnetella, Bryotropha domestica, Eulamprotes atrella, Tachystola acroxantha (when I first arrived in Portesham, I didn't see this species for a couple years, but now it seems to be fairly frequent), Spilonota laricana, Cydia fagiglandana, Udea ferrugalis (4), Nomophila noctuella (3), Pebble Hook-tip, Yellow-barred Brindle, Purple Bar, Small Phoenix, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Sallow Kitten, Jersey Tiger (2), Four-spotted Footman (2), Silver Y (7), Gold Spot, Marbled Green, & Dark Sword-grass (2).
Sat 5th August 2017 07:38 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 4 August
58 species including 1 Diamond-back, 1 Rush Veneer, 3 Rusty-dot Pearl and 4 Silver Y.  FFY Flounced Rustic and Six-striped Rustic.  2 Twin-spotted Wainscot were a surprise although there is lots of reed in the area - this is only the second time I've caught this moth here.
Fri 4th August 2017 11:33 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 3rd August
Iron Prominent , Garden Tiger , Jersey Tiger , Dark Sword-grass , Small Wainscot , Crescent , Herald.
Fri 4th August 2017 10:19 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 3rd August 2017
Another typical summer range of 40 species including: Rusty-dot Pearl, Silver Y f. gammina and Dark Sword-grass representing the few immigrants, and Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, the tongue twisting Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Engrailed, Rosy Rustic, and Coronet f.coronula, and plenty of quite striking Eudonia mercurella.

1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla 03 Copyright: Will Bown

Fri 4th August 2017 07:49 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 3 August
Not a lot after all the recent heavy rain.  49 species including 2 Dark Sword-grass and 1 Silver Y.  Highlights were Small Phoenix and FFY Copper Underwing.
Thu 3rd August 2017 20:27 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 1/8
A Pine Processionary Moth in one of my traps plus a Palpita vitrealis. The former appears to be only the 3rd UK and 1st Dorset record.

2021 Pine Processionary 01 Copyright: Paul Harris

Thu 3rd August 2017 11:37 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 1st August
fem. Four-spotted Footman , Dark Sword-grass , Dog's Tooth , Webb's Wainscot.
Wed 2nd August 2017 23:06 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 1 August
Forty species, including: N.noctuella, O.nubilalis, C.unitella, Jersey Tiger, Sq-spot Rustic, Least Yellow U/wing, Sharp-angled Peacock, Dk Sword-grass, Flame Carpet, Iron prominent
Wed 2nd August 2017 12:50 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 1st August
42 species including 1 Dusky Thorn, 1 Iron Prominent, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Pretty Chalk Carpet, 1 Small Dotted Buff, 1 Agonopterix purpurea.
Wed 2nd August 2017 09:12 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 1st August
63 species. Highlights were Agonopterix arenella, Tachystola acroxantha, Udea ferrugalis (4), Nomophila noctuella (4), Pebble Hook-tip, Oak Hook-tip, Dusky Thorn, Four-spotted Footman (5), Jersey Tiger (2), Black Arches, Dark Spectacle, Silver Y (8) & Cream-bordered Green Pea.

By day in Weymouth yesterday were Hummingbird Hawk-moth & Jersey Tiger, and at Chesil Beach Scrobipalpa suaedella.

Tue 1st August 2017 23:52 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 31 July
Around fifty species, including: Agonopterix ocellana, Amblyptilia acanthadactyla, 5 Udea ferrugalis, 8 Nomophila noctuella, 3 Silver Y, Bordered Beauty, Knot Grass, Phoenix, Flame Carpet, D/G Dagger (agg), Four-spotted Footman, 2 female Oak Eggar, ffy Six-striped Rustic, Marbled Green (min 13 degsC)
Tue 1st August 2017 11:12 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 31st July
Mullein Wave , Four-spotted Footman , Lychnis , Nut-tree Tussock , Pinion-streaked Snout.
Tue 1st August 2017 11:02 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 31st July
45 species including 1 September Thorn, 1 Lesser Swallow Prominent, 1 Pebble Prominent, 1 Pale Prominent, 1 Pebble Hook-tip, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Rosy Rustic, 2 Ruby Tiger, 4 Mocha. I guess the Mocha are now on their second emergence, good to see.