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Sun 30th June 2013 21:45 by Les Hill
29-June 125W MV (Highlights) East Lulworth
Singles of Plain Wave and Oblique Carpet; also 2 Red-necked Footman.
Sun 30th June 2013 19:24 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 29 June 2013
Some 68 moths of 30 species.  Highlights were FFY Tinea semifulvella, Small Magpie, Udea olivalis, Silver-ground Carpet, Scorched Wing and Poplar Grey.  Single Silver Y.  A few more micros to sort out.
Sun 30th June 2013 19:23 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 29th June 13
82 Moths of 34 species including singles of Privet and Small Elephant H/M, Light Emerald, Barred Yellow, Burnished Brass, Poplar Grey, 2 Sharp-angled Peacock, 2 Snout, 3 each of Elephant H/M, Spectacle, Blood Vein.  FFYs for gdn: 3 Dk Arches, 2 Riband Wave, singles of Clouded Border, Plain Golden Y (overnight temp of 14.2 degsC)
Sun 30th June 2013 13:33 by Mike Jeffes
Hengistbury Head 29th June 2013
Went to revisit the sand dunes with Hugh from the rangers office and some members of the public. On a lovely evening nice to see Sand Dart, Shore Wainscot, Anerastia lotella, Cochylis hybridella, Small Elephant hawk and Festoon amongst 35 + species. Commonest moth was the pyrale H. nimbella which is noted to breed there. This species will need confirmation. Also great to hear a nearby Natterjack Toad calling.
Sun 30th June 2013 12:13 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 29/6/13
Best here a very fresh Green Silver-lines. Otherwise 2 Bee Moth and a Dark Sword-grass.

Sun 30th June 2013 10:59 by Will Bown
29th June - Winterborne Stickland
The temperature held at 14C again overnight with light mist around dawn: 113 moths of 45 species including: Plutella prorrectella, Spatalistis bifasciana, Eucosma cana, Chrysoteuchia culmella, Udea olivalis, Peach Blossom, Varied Coronet, Coronet, Dark Arches, Dusky Brocade, three Silver Y, three Beautiful Golden Y, Spectacle and Small Rivulet.
Sun 30th June 2013 10:23 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th June
29 species of macro, including singles of Barred Yellow, Straw Dot, Blood-vein, Burnished Brass f .aurea, Sallow Kitten, Fern, Green Pug and Sharp-angled Peacock. 5 species of micro, including a Lozotaenia forsterana.
Sat 29th June 2013 22:09 by Richard Cottle
29th June, Tincleton, MV125 in Garden
A good night with 160 moths of 60 species. Notables were single Pempeliella dilutella, two Clay Triple-lines, single Cream Wave, two Brussels Lace and a Beautiful Snout.
Sat 29th June 2013 22:00 by Paul Harris
Puddletown 29/6/13
Call from Hugo Wood Homer who had Double Line last night. Also Netted Pug, a site first.
Sat 29th June 2013 15:38 by David Foot
Winfrith Heath 28/6/13
Ran three traps on Winfrith Heath, 97 species with best being 4 small grass emerald, plain wave, birdswing, cream-bordered green pea and a broad-bordered bee hawk larva.
Sat 29th June 2013 13:39 by Les Hill
28-June 125W MV (Highlights) East Lulworth
A single Double Line from over 80 species overnight; new to SY88; also confirmed Tawny Marbled Minor (♂ Gen. Det.)
Sat 29th June 2013 12:05 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th June
Just returned from butterflying, mothing and birding in Bulgaria. Pleased to see that all is happening back here. Last night, 16 species, including Elephant Hawkmoth, Privet Hawkmoth, Shoulder-stripped Wainscot, 2 Flames and 1 Straw Dot, plus 10 micros which are severely challenging us at the moment. Never had that many micros before in one night.
Sat 29th June 2013 11:09 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 28/6/13
Best of the bunch were: Common Lutestring, Cream-bordered Green Pea, 2 Alder Moth and Gold Spot.
Sat 29th June 2013 10:28 by Will Bown
28th June - Winterborne Stickland
Another warm night with the temperature still at 14C at dawn. 124 moths of 40 species including: Ghost ♂ and , Diamond-back Moth, two White-point, and a Silver Y.
Fri 28th June 2013 16:05 by Gerald Balcikonis
Yellowham Moths 25th.-28th. Gerry Balcikonis.
A varied selection of moths that have settled under the coach lamps this week at Yellowham farm have included...Cmn.Marbled Carpet,Pretty Chalk Carpet,Cypress Carpet,Scorched Carpet,Pale Tussock,Nut Tree Tussock,Treble Lines,Brown Silver-Line,Marbled Brown,Marbled White Spot,White Wave,Scorched Wing and a Foxglove Pug.
Fri 28th June 2013 09:56 by Will Bown
27th June - Winterborne Stickland
Rain then mist overnight and 10C at dawn produced just 63 moths of 26 species including: a single Ghost Moth, a single Rush Veneer the only immigrant, and Peppered Moth, Common White Wave, Coronet and Angle Shades among the rest.
Thu 27th June 2013 21:56 by Phyl England
26th June Swanage (Durlston)
120 moths of 34 species in the MV trap and 25 moths of 15 species in the actinic. Most noticeable were hawkmoth numbers with 2 Privet,2 Eyed Hawkmoth,12 Small Elephant Hawkmoth and 2 Elephant Hawkmoth. FFY were Willow Beauty,Straw Dot, Snout and Small Phoenix. Also singles of Silver Y and White-point.
Thu 27th June 2013 20:06 by Jack Oughton
Rodwell 25/6: NFY were Celypha lacunana, Bee Moth, Rush Veneer, and Cinnabar (not recorded since 2011). Also Diamond-back Moth, Lime Hawk-moth, Sycamore and Silver Y.

Rodwell 26/6: New for garden were Callisto denticulella and Common Wave. NFY were Yellow Shell and White-point. Also 2 Buff-tip and an Elephant Hawk-moth.

Thu 27th June 2013 19:43 by Richard Cottle
26th June, Tincleton, MV125 in garden
A nice mid-week selection. NFY were singles of: Eucosma hohenwartiana, Pandemis cerasana, Aphelia paleana, Broken-barred Carpet, Mottled Beauty, Light Emerald, Clouded Border and Setaceous Hebrew Character. Also notable were a single Clay Triple Lines and 2 Lobster Moth.
Thu 27th June 2013 17:50 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 26/6/13
Highlights: male Ghost Moth, Drinker, Small Yellow Wave, Orange Footman, Small Elephant Hawk.

0014 Ghost Moth 03 male Copyright: Paul Harris

Thu 27th June 2013 14:25 by Will Bown
26th June - Winterborne Stickland
A mild night with the temperature staying at 10C until dawn.  The total was 114 of 38 species including: Purple Bar, Scorched Wing, Scalloped Hazel, Willow Beauty, Common and Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Gold Spot, Snout and Small Fan-foot.
Wed 26th June 2013 22:34 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 25/6/13
Best here: Brussels Lace, Barred Yellow, Scorched Wing, Gold Spot.
Wed 26th June 2013 15:14 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25th June 13
33 Moths of 16 species including: 3 Silver Y, singles of Udea Olivalis, Iron and Pebble Prominent.  FFY for gdn 2 Dark Arches (overnight temp 9.2 degs C)
Wed 26th June 2013 13:33 by John Down
25/6 Maiden Castle
By day yesterday Burnet Companion, Mother Shipton, Six-spot Burnet and Silver-ground Carpet.
Tue 25th June 2013 22:28 by Phyl England
24th June Swanage (Durlston)
On a cool,moonlit night only36 moths of 13 species. FFY were Heart and Club and only notable were 4 Shears
Tue 25th June 2013 19:02 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24th June 13
15 Moths of 10 species including 2 Ingrailed Clay (FFY for gdn), 2 each of Buff Tip, Buff Ermine and singles of Lychnis, Silver Y, Gdn Pebble, Pale Tussock, Cabbage Moth (overnight temp of 8.2 degs C)
Tue 25th June 2013 18:14 by Jack Oughton
24/6 Rodwell: Highlights at Rodwell were NFY Blastodacna hellerella, Privet Hawk-moth, Poplar Hawk-moth, NFY Elephant Hawk-moth, and an aberrant Heart and Dart.

2089 Heart and Dart 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Tue 25th June 2013 08:03 by Will Bown
24th June - Winterborne Stickland
Clear sky, big moon, 6C and not unexpectedly fewer moths here.  Just 24 of 13 species including: Elephant Hawkmoth, Pale Tussock, Dark Sword-grass and Angle Shades.
Mon 24th June 2013 18:42 by Jack Oughton
23/6/13 Rodwell: Highlights at Rodwell were 2 Diamond-back Moths and 2 Cypress Tip Moths
Sun 23rd June 2013 20:03 by Roy Darlow
Varied Coronet
On 22nd June in my garden mothtrap here at Blandford a Varied Coronet.
Sun 23rd June 2013 17:59 by Jack Oughton
Late news for the 19/6: At Rodwell, Paracorsia repandalis, a rare migrant to Britain. Confirmed by Phil Sterling.

1372 Paracorsia repandalis 01 Copyright: Jack Oughton June 2013

Sun 23rd June 2013 14:30 by Jean Southworth
21st June
18 macros & 13 micros including new for the year - Burnished Brass, Cinnabar, 1356 Garden Pebble, 1063 Celypha striana and 1259 Cydia fagiglandana. Also of interest 2 Diamond-back and 3 Silver Y
Sat 22nd June 2013 21:34 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 21st June, 125MV
Not too bad considering the wet and windy conditions - 48 moths of 28 species. Highlights were a Clay Triple-lines (only my second record for the garden), Peach Blossom, 2 Small Square Spot (an uncommon moth in these parts) and a Shoulder-striped Wainscot.
Sat 22nd June 2013 12:50 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/6/13
Scalloped Hook-tip the only moth of note and this no doubt a re-trap from yesterday.

1645 Scalloped Hook-tip 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 22nd June 2013 09:21 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle - 21 June 2013 (by day)
By day, a Silver Y feeding on hedgerow Red Campion.
Sat 22nd June 2013 09:16 by Will Bown
21st June - Winterborne Stickland
A wet and windy night here too and still light rain at dawn.  Just 47 of 22 species were willing to put in an appearance including: Agonopterix arenella, Scalloped Hazel, Heart & Club, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Clouded Brindle.
Sat 22nd June 2013 07:19 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 June
Wild, wet and windy in Tolpuddle towards the morning after a chillier night.  Numbers right down.  About 35 moths of 27 species. 1 Diamond-back. One Small Fan-foot, which I don't seem to get that often.
Fri 21st June 2013 22:31 by Jamie McMillan
20 June Briantspuddle
The micro mania has subsided but two macros were new for the site: Poplar Grey and Dingy Shell. The first Privet, Elephant and Eyed Hawks of the year were with four Poplar Hawks. Two darkish Peppered Moths were unusual.
Fri 21st June 2013 17:39 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/6/13
Second garden record of Scalloped Hook-tip as well as Lobster Moth, Gold Spot, Peach Blossom and 2 Dark Sword-grass. This all easily trumped when I spotted a Cloaked Pug in the top of the third trap. Presumably an immigrant and (I think) only the third modern Dorset record away from the colony in the NW of the county?

1815 Cloaked Pug 02 Copyright: Paul Harris, 20 Jun 2013

Fri 21st June 2013 17:16 by Jack Oughton
Rodwell 20/6: 171 of 33 species, with the highlights being Bactra furfurana, 2 Lime Hawk-moths (only one previous records), and a Small Elephant Hawk-moth (rare in the garden). Immigrants were 7 Diamond-back Moth, Rusty-dot Pearl, and 12 Silver Y. Other new for years include Treble Lines and Sycamore.
Fri 21st June 2013 09:03 by Will Bown
20th June - Winterborne Stickland
Staying mild overnight here among the chalkhills, but down to 70 moths of 32 species.  Modest highlights included: Diamond-back, Spruce Carpet, Peppered Moth, Common Wave, Least Black Arches, Spectacle and Straw Dot.
Fri 21st June 2013 08:25 by Les Hill

20-June 125W MV (Highlights):


A single Cream-spot Tiger the highlight with 2 Silver Y in attendance.

Fri 21st June 2013 01:24 by Jamie McMillan
Briantspuddle 19 June
Great catch especially for micros, which I'm still sorting through 24 hours later. Two new for site were Epinota subocellana and, excitingly, Cosmopterix orichalcea. I've uploaded an insurance shot of this stunner, but hope to get better photos out of the pot now the i/d has been confirmed.

0896 Cosmopterix orichalcea 02 Copyright: Jamie McMillan

Thu 20th June 2013 22:32 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 19th June, 125MV
A nice diverse selection of moths, with 61 species recorded. Of these 26 were new for the year. Notables included a garden first Tinea semifulvella, Triaxomera parasitella, single Pammene aurana, Rush Veneer and Rusty-dot Pearl, Little Thorn, 26 Common Marbled Carpet, Brussels Lace, 15 Pale Tussock, Eyed Hawk, Large Elephant Hawk, 2 Alder Moth and 5 Ingrailed Clay.
Thu 20th June 2013 22:05 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19 June 2013 (15W Actinic)
Numbers up greatly here too, but not as many as other recorders below.  New for garden were Eucosma cana, Bee Moth and Broken-barred Carpet (see photo).  New for the year included Chinese Character, Light Emerald, Privet Hawk-moth, Alder Moth.

1773 Broken-barred Carpet 02 Copyright: Mike Hetherington 19 June 2013

Thu 20th June 2013 21:57 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 19th June
Many more moths than expected - 267 comprising of 45 macro species and 27 micros . Notable were Orange Footman (14), Clouded Silver (11),among first for year were Large Yellow Underwing,Pretty Chalk Carpet,White Ermine,Peach Blossom, True Lovers Knot and Small Elephant Hawkmoth. Also 2 Silver Y and a White-point.
Thu 20th June 2013 20:16 by Jack Oughton
Rodwell 19/6/13: Moths finally picking up, 250 moths of 64 species, with new for garden Agapeta hamana, Crambus lathoniellus, Chinese Character, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Pale Tussock. 24 species new for year, including Figure of Eighty, Small Dusty Wave, Riband Wave, Freyer's Pug, 2 Clouded Silver, Swallow Prominent, Large Yellow Underwing, Lychnis, and a Pale Mottled Willow.
Thu 20th June 2013 18:06 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/6/13
Best here were Bee Moth, Gem, Dark Spectacle, Small Seraphim, Small Elephant Hawk, Purple Bar, Orange Footman x2, Puss Moth, Green Silver-lines.
Thu 20th June 2013 14:07 by Mike Jeffes
19th June 125W MV, Hurn
Things really picking up with 80 species. Highlights were 3 Rosy Marbled, a Grass Wave and 4 Hawk moths (poplar, Lime, Elephant and Pine)
Thu 20th June 2013 13:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 19 June
That's a bit more like it! Humid and warm at Tolpuddle and the rain didn't arrive. About 175 moths of 69 species including 3 Diamond-back Moth and a Silver Y on the migrant front.  New for the garden was Foxglove Pug.  Also of interest were 2 Figure of 80, an Alder and 1 Least Black Arches.
Thu 20th June 2013 11:33 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell 19th June
Much better, 82 moths and 36 spp: NFY were 1 Agapeta hamana, 2 Chrysoteuchia culmella, 1 each of Scoparia ambigualis, Eudonia pallida, Eudonia angustea, Pebble Hook-tip, Blood Vein and Common Wave, 4 Clouded Silver, and singles of Pale Tussock, Common Wainscot, Dark Arches, Straw Dot and Snout.
Thu 20th June 2013 10:35 by Will Bown
19th June - Winterborne Stickland
Another very warm night with the temperature still at 17C at dawn.  A varied collection of 105 moths of 42 species including: Diamond-back Moth, Pebble Hook-tip, Small Waved Umber, Scorched Wing, Privet Hawkmoth, eight Small Elephant Hawks, Pale Tussock, Shark, Miller, Knot Grass, Coronet and Silver Y, Beautiful Golden Y and Spectacle.
Thu 20th June 2013 08:40 by Les Hill

19-June 125W MV (Highlights):

East Lulworth

57 Pale Tussock last night of which only 1 was a female, was she a pheromone trap?

Thu 20th June 2013 00:04 by Guy Freeman
19/06 - Hartland Moor
By day: 1 Grass Eggar caterpillar, 15+ Small Grass Emerald and 2 Grass Wave along with Brown Silver-line, Common Heath, Cinnabar, Silver Y, Small Purple-barred, Brown China-mark, Crambus pascuella, and numerous Pleurota bicostella.

In Wareham Forest: 2 Small Grass Emerald and 1 Crambus uliginosellus.

Wed 19th June 2013 22:07 by Paul Harris
19/6 Dorchester
Text from John Down: had Hummingbird Hawk in his Dorchester garden at 21.30 this evening.
Wed 19th June 2013 20:53 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/6/13
Best here were Seraphim, White Point and Scorched Wing.

Wed 19th June 2013 16:48 by Jack Oughton
18/6/13 Rodwell: 89 moths of 32 species, with new for garden Epiblema rosaecolana, and new for yea being Cypress Tip Moth, Apple Fruit Moth, 4 Tinea trinotella, Treble Brown Spot, 2 Green Carpet (2 previous garden records), Willow Beauty, Privet Hawk-moth, Buff Ermine, Heart and Club, and a Setaceous Hebrew Character. Also of interest was a Bloxworth Snout, and a rather late Common Quaker!
Wed 19th June 2013 15:11 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18th June 13
65 Moths of 29 species including singles of Iron and Pale Prominent, Bright-line Brown-eye, Clouded Silver, Elephant Hawkmoth, Middle-barred Minor, 3 Poplar Hawkmoth, 3 Pale Tussock (1 F), 2 Common Swift.  FFYs for gdn: Lunar Thorn, Burnished Brass, Fan-foot, Willow Beauty.
Wed 19th June 2013 09:18 by Will Bown
18th June - Winterborne Stickland
Another warm night produced 50 moths of 31 species including: Treble-bar, Scorched Wing, Common White Wave, Privet Hawkmoth, Pale Tussock, Small Square-spot, Lychnis, Alder Moth, Knot Grass, Coronet and Beautiful Golden Y.
Tue 18th June 2013 20:55 by Jamie McMillan
17 June Briantspuddle
Great catch again with over 30 spp for the first time this year and four new species for site: Figure of Eighty, Yellow-barred Brindle, V-pug and Pinion-streaked Snout, the latter a tick. True Lovers Knot, Willow Beauty and Wormwood Pug were year firsts.
Tue 18th June 2013 19:00 by Paul Harris
Monday 17/6 Broadwey
A few moths of minor note for the garden: Ghost, Narrow-winged Pug, Broken-barred Carpet, Puss, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Fox Moth.

1638 Fox Moth 07 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 18th June 2013 15:36 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17th June 13
80 Moths of 38 species including Beautiful Golden Y, 4 each of Silver Y, Scorched Wing, Buff Ermine, singles of Garden Pebble, Poplar/Elephant/Privet Hawkmoths, Cream Wave, Flame, Small Magpie, 3 Silver-ground Carpet.  FFys for gdn of 2 Blood Vein, Light Emerald, (Oligia) Minor
Tue 18th June 2013 11:23 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell June17
Fifty moths of 23 spp overnight, included 2 Diamond-back Moth and FFY singletons of Epiblema cynosbatella, Chinese Character, Small Seraphim, Smoky Wainscot, Sycamore, Middle-barred Minor and Mottled Rustic.
Tue 18th June 2013 10:48 by Will Bown
17th June - Winterborne Stickland
A very mild and cloudy night with the temperature still at 14C at dawn. The final total reached 99 moths of 40 species including, among the micros: Tinea semifulvella, Plutella porrectella, Scrobipalpa acuminatella, Epiblema cynosbatella and Rush Veneer, and also: Common Swift, Small Phoenix, Scorched Wing, Scalloped Hazel, Willow Beauty, Light Emerald, Poplar Hawkmoth, Pale Tussock, Orange Footman, Coronet, Small Clouded Brindle, Spectacle and Grey Pine Carpet.
Mon 17th June 2013 21:13 by Jamie McMillan
!6 June Briantspuddle
Another good catch with Timothy Tortrix new for site, NFY Nematopogon metaxella, Agapeta hamana, Fox Moth, Dark Swordgrass & Uncertain.
Mon 17th June 2013 17:21 by Jack Oughton
16/6/13 Rodwell 125W MV
At Rodwell, 45 moths of 20 species, with Plum Tortrix, 2 Epiblema cynosbatella and 2 Coleophora sp. being new for year.
Mon 17th June 2013 12:48 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell, June 16
First ever Oblique Carpet was the undoubted highlight in a catch of 29 moths of 16 spp, which also included 2 Common Carpet (FFY), singles of Eyed Hawkmoth, Least Black Arches, Large Yellow Underwing (FFY) and a White-point.  In addition, by day, both FFY, a Nettle-tap flying in garden and a Puss Moth at rest on south-facing wall.
Mon 17th June 2013 11:49 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16th June 13
22 Moths of 18 species including singles of Silver Y, Garden Carpet, Buff Ermine, Common Swift, Privet, Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoths, Peppered Moth.  FFYs for gdn: Eyed Hawkmoth, Small Magpie and Mottled Rustic
Mon 17th June 2013 09:30 by Will Bown
16th June - Winterborne Stickland
Apart from an odd shower the night was dry and mild at 12C.  The total reached 46 of 23 species including: (Epiblema) Notocelia trimaculana, Notocelia cynosbastella, Grey Pine Carpet, Foxglove Pug, Scorched Wing, Scalloped Hazel, Ingrailed Clay, Lychnis and Shoulder-striped Wainscot.
Sun 16th June 2013 20:54 by Jack Oughton
On a walk from Portesham to Abbotsbury via Rodden, several moth species, including Adela croesella, many Nettle-tap, Thistle Ermine, Small Magpie, Blood-vein (caterpillar), 3 Silver-ground Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet and a Snout.

0151 Adela croesella 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton 1682 Blood-vein 04 larva Copyright: Jack Oughton

Sun 16th June 2013 19:38 by Jamie McMillan
Sunday 16 June Briantspuddle
Two great dayflyers new for garden at Briantspuddle: Nemophora degeerella and Micropterix aruncella. Also large nos of Nettle-tap Moth.

15 June A useful night's catch with Cream Wave new for site, the second record of Shoulder-striped Wainscot and year newbies Buff Ermine, Notocelia cynosbatella, and Udea olivalis.

Sun 16th June 2013 12:38 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15th June
25 Moths of 17 species including singles of Pale Tussock, Spectacle, Herald and Peppered Moth, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth and Common Marbled Carpet.  FFYs for gdn: Privet Hawkmoth, Poplar Grey, Straw Dot, Common Wainscot, Middle-barred Minor, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Character and 2 Shoulder-striped Wainscot
Sun 16th June 2013 10:04 by Will Bown
15th June - Winterborne Stickland
The wind finally dropped and the rain eased here long enough during the night for a final tally of 39 of 19 species. These included: Broken-barred Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Clouded Silver, Buff Ermine, White Ermine, Lychnis and Knot Grass.
Sun 16th June 2013 08:19 by Richard Cottle
14th June, Tincleton, MV125 Garden
Windy and wet, really rather horrible for mid-June. So, only 14 moths of 9 species wasn't too much of a surprise, but even so, still very poor. Highlight was 2 Poplar hawk moths.
Sat 15th June 2013 10:53 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 14 June 2013
Even fewer moths here, on a wet night.  13 individuals of 9 species.  New for the year: Elephant Hawkmoth, Ingrailed Clay, Sycamore and Treble Lines.
Sat 15th June 2013 09:56 by Will Bown
14th June - Winterborne Stickland
More rain and wind, clear by dawn. Just 32 braved the conditions, of 14 species including: Silver-ground Carpet, Large Yellow Underwing, Ingrailed Clay, White Ermine, Flame, Lychnis, Shark and Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Fri 14th June 2013 16:45 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13th June
19 Moths of 14 species including 3 Silver-ground Carpet, 2 Poplar and 1 Elephant Hawkmoth, Bright-line Brown-eye and FFYs for gdn 4 Heart & Dart and an Alder Kitten
Fri 14th June 2013 10:03 by Will Bown
13th June - Winterborne Stickland
More showers and a gusty wind overnight.  The very modest 'highlights' from just 14 species included: Poplar Hawkmoth, Small Elephant Hawkmoth, Clouded Brindle and Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Fri 14th June 2013 09:31 by Les Hill

13-June 125W MV (Highlights):

East Lulworth

  • Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1


  • Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 9

Still very little to get excited about recently, although I managed a raised eyebrow at the Shaggs PHMs!

On 10-June in the garden trap, a pair of Biston betularia Peppered Moth, one each of the typical form and carbonaria probably the best of recent records.

Thu 13th June 2013 08:27 by Will Bown
12th June - Winterborne Stickland
Rain and strong wind throughout the night reduced the numbers to just 8 of 8 species including: Peach Blossom, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Flame, Flame Shoulder, Ingrailed Clay and Silver Y.
Wed 12th June 2013 19:46 by Gerald Balcikonis
Yellowham farm moths
Early morning Wed. 12th. A brace of Coxcomb prominent,a Green carpet,and a White ermine were under courtyard lamps at the farm,despite the wind and rainy conditions.
Wed 12th June 2013 12:03 by Will Bown
11th June - Winterborne Stickland
Just 13 species in the rain including: Syndemis maculana, Pebble Hook-tip, Small Phoenix, Clouded Silver, White Ermine, Lychnis and Coronet.
Wed 12th June 2013 11:10 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11th June 13
9 Moths of 7 species including Poplar Hawkmoth, Silver Y, Common Swift, Flame and Green Carpet.  Closed trap at midnight due to rain (temp 12 degC)
Tue 11th June 2013 11:32 by Marcus Lawson
Haymoor Road, Poole, 10th June 2013
64 moths of 25 species with the first White-point of the year. Other highlights being; Scalloped Hazel 2, Lychnis 1, Orange Footman 1, Clouded-bordered Brindle 1 and a Silver Y. A Parornix sp is awaiting id.
Tue 11th June 2013 11:26 by Marcus Lawson
Swineham Point 10th June 2013
A rather splendid Eulia ministrana was the highlight of an evening visit. Sweeping on the point itself yielded large numbers of Bucculatrix maritima (tbc) with at least 30 individuals also Elachista argentella 2 and a Coleophora sp (id to follow hopefully).

1015 Eulia ministrana 03 Copyright: Marcus Lawson Eulia ministrana

0267 Bucculatrix maritima 03 Copyright: Marcus Lawson Bucculatrix maritima

Additional photos uploaded in the gallery.

Tue 11th June 2013 11:14 by Marcus Lawson
Stonehill Down DWT, 10th June 2013
Hard work with just Micropterix Calthella 1, Adela fibulella 3, Cydia ulicetana 2, Common Marbled Carpet 1 and Red Twin-spot Carpet 1.
Tue 11th June 2013 07:34 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 10th June
13 species including singles of Spectacle, Pebble Prominent, Brown Rustic, Puss Moth, Cinnabar, Garden Pebble.
Mon 10th June 2013 19:03 by Jack Oughton
Rodwell 9th June 2013
15 species last night, with Lime-speck Pug and Poplar Hawk-moth being new for year.
Mon 10th June 2013 18:04 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9th June 13
13 moths of 11 species with singles of Scorched Wing, Buff and White Ermines, Bright-line Brown-eye and 2 Buff Tip.  FFYs for gdn 2 Silver Y, 1 Broken-barred Carpet, 1 Garden Pebble.
Mon 10th June 2013 13:19 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 9th June
11 species including 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Bright-line Brown-eye, 1 Scalloped Hazel, 1 Buff-tip and 1 Poplar Hawkmoth.
Mon 10th June 2013 10:24 by Tom Morris
Little Thorn
Alderholt 10/6. Little Thorn fluttering in the grass this morning is only my second garden record.
Mon 10th June 2013 08:12 by Will Bown
9th June - Winterborne Stickland
Just 16 species including: Small Phoenix, both Eyed and Poplar Hawkmoth, White Ermine and Pale Tussock.
Mon 10th June 2013 07:01 by Les Hill

9-June 125W MV (Highlights):

East Lulworth

  • Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 1

Very little to get excited about recently.

Mon 10th June 2013 00:29 by Jamie McMillan
Briantspuddle 8 June
Two Alder Moth were new adults for garden - have seen the remarkable caterpillar before on Hazel. Setaceous Hebrew Character and Clouded-bordered Brindle were NFY and Flame Shoulder were on a year max of 8.

2281 Alder Moth 02 Copyright: Jamie McMillan

Sun 9th June 2013 19:01 by Phyl England
Swanage(Durlston) 8th June 13
New for year were Buff-tip , Buff Ermine and Knot Grass. Just 23 moths of 13 species.
Sun 9th June 2013 18:01 by Jack Oughton
Morden Bog 9th June
By day at Morden Bog, a Ancylis apicella, several Common Heath, a Cinnabar and a Small Purple-barred.
Sun 9th June 2013 16:10 by Will Bown
8th June - Winterborne Stickland
Thirty four of 20 species, mostly routine fare.  Treble-bar, Scalloped Hazel, Small Square-spot, Grey/Dark Dagger, Knot Grass, Marbled Minor agg. and Spectacle were among the night's visitors.
Sun 9th June 2013 14:22 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 8th June 13
21 moths /17 species: singles of Scalloped Hazel, White Ermine, Green Carpet, Spectacle, Pale Pinion and 2 Pale Tussock.  FFYs for gdn included Beautiful Golden Y and Small Angle Shades
Sun 9th June 2013 10:51 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8 June 2013
Only 9 individuals of 8 species.  FFY for Common Marbled Carpet, Buff-tip (2), Heart & Dart and Flame.
Sun 9th June 2013 09:27 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 8th June
only 9 species, but including singles of Mocha, Scalloped Hazel, Cream-spot Tiger and Privet Hawkmoth, min overnight temp 12 deg C
Sun 9th June 2013 07:49 by Richard Cottle
7th June, Tincleton, MV125
A definite improvement of late, although numbers of moths are still low. A total of 73 moths of 36 species. NFY were: Maiden's blush, Foxglove pug, Sharp angled peacock, Rivulet, Common carpet, Pale prominent, Pine Hawk, Buff ermine, Flame and Small square spot. Also good numbers of Common marbled carpet (8) and Orange footman (10), 2nd garden record of Barred umber and a suspected Apomyelois bistriatella (to be confirmed).
Sun 9th June 2013 06:24 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell, 8th June
NFY a Privet Hawkmoth and a Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Sat 8th June 2013 18:27 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 7th June 13
23 moths of 17 species including singles of Lychnis, Elephant Hawkmoth, Common Plume and FFY for gdn Pale Tussock overnight temp 11.7 degC
Sat 8th June 2013 13:38 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell, 7 June
Fourteen species, including 3 Broken-barred Carpet, 4 Mottled Pug, 1 White-point, 1 Marbled Minor agg., 2 Treble Lines and 2 Vine's Rustic, all NFY.
Sat 8th June 2013 12:21 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 6th June 13
37 Macros of 27 species with singles of Poplar Hawkmoth, Puss Moth, Small Square-spot, Buff and White Ermine, Choclate Tip, Common Swift, Orange Footman, 2 Scalloped Hazel, 3 Clouded Silver and FFYs for gdn 1 Flame and 1 Alder.
Sat 8th June 2013 09:31 by Will Bown
7th June - Winterborne Stickland
Forty two moths of 25 species including: Agonopterix arenella, Syndemis musculana, plus Treble-bar, Scalloped Hazel, Poplar Hawk, Iron Prominent, Pebble Prominent, White and Buff Ermine, Pale Tussock, Nut-tree Tussock and Spectacle.
Sat 8th June 2013 08:12 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th June
14 species including 1 Spectacle, 1 Pale Prominent, 1 Common Swift, 1 Scorched Wing, 1 Rustic Shoulder-knot and a stunning micro, probably Eulia ministrana. Image with Gordon for confirmation
Sat 8th June 2013 07:45 by Terry Box
Tuesday 4th June, Moreton Bog Plantation
Some early to mid-evening netting at Moreton Plantation bog and roadside on Tuesday 4th produced a Birch Mocha, several Cream Waves, Narrow-winged Pugs, an Epinotia tetraquetrana and a probable Clepsis senecionana in the bog myrtle. Two Fox Moth flew past at speed - per Steve Whitehouse

0991 Clepsis senecionana 02 Copyright: Pat Clement

Fri 7th June 2013 20:53 by Phyl England
Swanage(Durlston) 6th June 13
Only 23 moths of 15 species but first Hawkmoths of the year - Privet Hawkmoth and Poplar Hawkmoth.
Fri 7th June 2013 20:02 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/6/13
Best here were Seraphim and Narrow-winged Pug. Also Oak-tree Pug and 2 Sallow Kitten as back up.
Fri 7th June 2013 19:23 by Jack Oughton
7th June Hardy's Monument
By day near Hardy's Monument, a Speckled Yellow, and several Cock's-foot Moths.

1909 Speckled Yellow 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Fri 7th June 2013 13:28 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 6th June
19 species, including 1 Oak Hook-tip(in splendid condition), 1 Purple Bar, 1 Chinese Character, 1 Heart and Dart, 5 Common Pug, 1 Waved Umber, 1 Spectacle, 1 Treble Lines, 1 Rustic Shoulder-knot, 1 Small Square-spot, 1 Garden Pebble
Fri 7th June 2013 13:23 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th June
14 species including 3 Small Waved Umber, 1 Poplar Grey, 1 Scalloped Hazel, 1 Marbled Minor, 3 Common Pug, 1 Rustic Shoulder-knot
Fri 7th June 2013 12:10 by Will Bown
6th June - Winterborne Stickland
Sixty moths of 34 species including: Scoparia ambigualis and Scoparia pyrelella, Celypha lacunana, Epiblema cynosbatella and Caloptilia syringella, plus Common Swift, Small Phoenix, Foxglove Pug, Treble-bar, Scorched Wing, Pebble Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent and Pale Prominent.  Also White Ermine and Buff Ermine, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Coronet and Spectacle.

1867 Treble-bar 03 Copyright: Will Bown, Jun 2013

Fri 7th June 2013 09:55 by Jack Oughton
6th June 2013 Rodwell
With the largest catch of the year in the garden so far, 65 moths of 30 species, with new for garden being Caloptilia alchimiella and Scalloped Hazel. Other highlights were 3 Argyresthia trifasciella (NFY), Codling Moth (NFY), 2 Dichrorampha acuminatana (NFY, 2nd and 3rd garden specimens), 3 Common Marbled Carpet (NFY), 2 Waved Umber (NFY, 2nd and 3rd garden specimens), Peppered Moth (NFY), Buff-tip (NFY), The Flame (NFY), Shears (2nd garden record, different specimen to yesterday), and Bloxworth Snout (NFY, 3rd garden trap record). 1920 Scalloped Hazel 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton 2478 Bloxworth Snout 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton
Thu 6th June 2013 21:19 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5th June13
43 Macros of 21 species, including Puss Moth, Poplar Hawkmoth, Scorched Wing, Buff Ermine, Buff Tip, Pebble Prominent, Waved Umber with FFYs for gdn of Elephant Hawkmoth, Great Prominent, Small Phoenix, White Ermine, and 2 Clouded Silver(overnight temp 11.5 degC
Thu 6th June 2013 13:05 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 5th June
A first time for garden was a Light Brocade New for the year were Poplar Hawkmoth, Peppered Moth, Buff Ermine, all singles

2157 Light Brocade 03 Copyright: Martin Raper

Thu 6th June 2013 09:55 by Will Bown
5th June - Winterborne Stickland
The temperature held up at 10C overnight producing a species total of 23 from two traps including: Epiblema cynosbatella and Diamond-back Moth, plus Yellow-barred Brindle, Poplar Hawk, Buff-tip, Coxcomb Prominent, White Ermine, Muslin, Least Black Arches and Ingrailed Clay, and also Lychnis, Rustic Shoulder-knot and Treble Lines.
Thu 6th June 2013 09:07 by Jack Oughton
5th June 2013 Rodwell
Still poor numbers, 28 moths of 14 species. but new for garden was a Shears. Also, 2 Yellow-barred Brindle, Least Black Arches and a Grey Dagger agg. (NFY)
Wed 5th June 2013 17:17 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 4th June 13
27 moths of 15 species including singles of Least Black Arches with FFYs for garden of Clouded Bordered Brindle, Sharp-angled Peacock, Small Square-spot, Common Marbled Carpet (dark form) and Scorched Wing. Amongst the others were 3 Pebble Prominent, 2 Green Carpet, 1 Buff Tip, 2 Chinese Character and 5 Muslin Moth
Wed 5th June 2013 11:59 by Phyl England
Swanage 4th June
30 moths of 17 species.Still cold nights but wind has dropped. New for year- Scalloped Hazel, Bordered Sallow,Light Feathered Rustic, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Lime-speck Pug.
Wed 5th June 2013 09:54 by Jack Oughton
4th June 2013 Rodwell
Just 11 species at Rodwell, with Nut-tree Tussock being new for garden. Also, Oak-tree Pug, Common Pug, Muslin Moth, and 2 Heart and Dart were new for year here.
Wed 5th June 2013 09:14 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 4th June
Only 10 moths but 9 species, White Ermine, Green Carpet, Chinese Character, Grey Dagger, Coxcomb Prominent, Flame Shoulder, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Treble Lines, Common Pug.
Wed 5th June 2013 08:34 by Will Bown
4th June - Winterborne Stickland
A total of 35 moths of 18 species included: Light Brown Apple Moth, Red Twin spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, a FFY Small Phoenix, and also Poplar Hawk, Least Black Arches, Knot Grass, a FFY Coronet and FFY Angle Shades, plus Treble Lines, and Nut-tree Tussock.
Tue 4th June 2013 16:05 by Marcus Lawson
3rd June 2013 - Haymoor Road, Poole
39 moths of 21 species is the best this year so far:

New for the year were; Common Marbled Carpet 1, Treble Lines 1, Heart & Dart 1, Vine's Rustic 1, Common White Wave 1, Marbled Minor 2, Rustic Shoulder-knot 1, Narrow-winged Pug 1 and by day a Pyrausta aurata. Numbers were bulked out by 16 Shuttle-shaped Dart.

Tue 4th June 2013 14:43 by Les Hill
2 Dingy Mocha, Ringed Carpet and a putative Acleris lorquiniana to a visiting recorder on 27 May 2013 in Morden Bog. Flame Wainscot recorded a few days later.
Tue 4th June 2013 13:45 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 3rd June 13
10 Macros of 7 species: Singles of Buff Tip, Spectacle, Waved Umber, Muslin Moth, FFY for gdn Scalloped Hazel, plus 2 Poplar Hawk, 3 Flame Shoulder (overnight temp 7.5 degC)
Mon 3rd June 2013 17:50 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2nd June 13
Just 10 Macros of 7 species: singles of Nut Tree Tussock, Flame Shoulder, Buff Tip, Pebble Prominent, Brimstone, 2 Spectacle and 3 Muslin Moth (overnight temp 9.3 deg c)
Sun 2nd June 2013 22:13 by Richard Cottle
1st June, Tincleton, 40w Actinic
The first Privet hawk of the year, along with Garden Carpet and Common Pug also NFY. A Mother Shipton, flying in our small meadow was a also a welcome addition to the garden list.  Numbers definitely up over the last few nights, with 54 moths of 32 species caught on Friday (31st May) night - including 17 species new for the year. Highlights were single Spuleria flavicaput, Fox moth, Least Black Arches, 4 Orange Footman and 2 Coxcomb Prominent. Noctuids are really in short supply and I am yet to see a Flame Shoulder, Heart and Dart or Shuttle-shaped Dart.
Sun 2nd June 2013 21:50 by Phyl England
Fox Moth Swanage 1st June
1638 Fox Moth 06 Copyright: Phyl England
Sun 2nd June 2013 21:47 by Phyl England
1st June Swanage (Durlston)
Improving numbers -20 moths of 15 species. New for year, Spectacle, Green Carpet, Brimstone, Coronet, Currant Pug and Fox Moth.
Sun 2nd June 2013 14:34 by Will Bown
1st June - also at Winterborne Stickland
A total of 19 moths of 13 species included: Silver-ground Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Common Wave, Poplar Hawk, Rustic Shoulder-knot and Treble Lines.
Sun 2nd June 2013 12:44 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 1st June 13
23 Macros including Pebble Prominent 2, Waved Umber 2, Common Wave, Treble Lines, Buff Ermine with single FFYs for garden of Mocha, Common Swift, Shuttle Shaped Dart and Buff Tip.  No Micros.
Sun 2nd June 2013 07:06 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 1st June 2013
2019 Chocolate-tip 04 Copyright: Mike Hetherington 1 June 2013

Numbers down: only 10 individuals of 10 species.  Highights: Chocolate-tip (new for site, see photo) and Coronet.

Sat 1st June 2013 19:56 by Lawrie de Whalley
Winterborne Stickland 31.5.2013 actinic 40W
Puss Moth 3, Pale Tussock 1, Ruby Tiger 1, Angle Shades 1. 9 species 13 moths. Lunar Marbled Brown eggs hatched from 22.5,13 laying.
Sat 1st June 2013 13:47 by Jean Southworth
Last night's moths
A mild, windy, mostly clear night produced 30 macro of 19 sp. and 12 micro of 8 sp. New for the year were - 140 Nematopogon swammerdamella, 438 Swammerdamia pyrella (first ever), 464 Diamond-back moth, 648 White-shouldered House-moth, 1288 Twenty-plume moth, Treble-lines - 4, Spectacle, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Green Carpet, Vine's Rustic, Grey Pine Carpet, Common Marbled Carpet, Garden Carpet. Also had 17 Cockchafer!
Sat 1st June 2013 13:20 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 31st May 13
Night of Friday 31st May overnight temp of 11.3 degC

30 moths of 18 species with FFY for garden singles of Common Wave, Lychnis, Silver-ground Carpet, Coronet, Peppered Moth, Treble Lines, Red Twin-spot Carpet.  Also singles of Iron Prominent, Chocolate Tip, Chinese Character, Muslin, Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character and Flame Shoulder.  Green Carpet 6 and Brimstone 7