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Wed 30th April 2014 21:20 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 29th April
Just 44 moths of 13 species. First for year were Nut-tree Tussock,Pebble Prominent,Brimstone and Rustic Shoulder-knot.
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Wed 30th April 2014 17:37 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30th April
Hummingbird Hawkmoth by day, nectaring on Ragged Robin in garden
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Wed 30th April 2014 13:56 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 29th April
24 of 9 species with singles of Nut-tree Tussock, Mouse, Flame Shoulder, Brindled Beauty, Swallow Prominent, Waved Umber (2), with FFG Pseudoswammerdamia combinella (2)
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Wed 30th April 2014 13:38 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 29th April
Nothing better than Brindled Beauty and Chestnut on offer among a couple of dozen overnight.
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Tue 29th April 2014 19:55 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 28/4/14
2 hours trapping produced 12 species, with Chinese Character & Common Pug being new for year. Also Early Tooth-striped of note.
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Tue 29th April 2014 12:57 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 28th April
35 of 13 species inc: Red Twin-spot Carpet, 2 each of Flame Shoulder, Pebble Prominent, Brindled Beauty with FFY 2 Great Prominent and Waved Umber, 1 Oak Hook-tip, 1 Lssr Swallow Prominent (7.6 degs c)
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Tue 29th April 2014 11:22 by Les Hill
Shaggs 28-Apr
Acronicta megacephala Poplar Grey, a nice surprise this morning.
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Tue 29th April 2014 09:39 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 28th April
Just ten species including: Eudonia angustea, Scorched Carpet, Green Carpet, Garden Carpet, Nut-tree Tussock, Flame Shoulder and Brimstone.
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Mon 28th April 2014 19:46 by Jack Oughton
Near Portesham
2 caterpillars of Magpie Moth, as well as adults of Caloptilia syringella & White-shouldered House-moth.

1884 Magpie Moth 03 larva Copyright: Jack Oughton

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Mon 28th April 2014 09:45 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 27th April
The modest highlights from just nine species included: Chocolate-tip, Pebble Prominent, Streamer and Small Phoenix, with Brimstone, Shuttle-shaped Dart and Flame Shoulder also among the regulars.
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Mon 28th April 2014 07:58 by Les Hill
Bindon Hill 27-Apr
A handful of larval records (mostly spotted by Angela) including a few small Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown-tail webs, Euthrix potatoria Drinker, Zygaena filipendulae Six-spot Burnet and Lasiocampa trifolii Grass Eggar. Also (missed by me!) a pristine Melanthia procellata Pretty Chalk Carpet.
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Sun 27th April 2014 22:02 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 27th April
An hour trapping produced new for year Lime Hawk-moth & Bright-line Brown-eye.
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Sun 27th April 2014 16:29 by Jack Oughton
Abbotsbury Swannery
On Holm Oak, mines of Stigmella suberivora and Phyllonorycter messaniella.
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Sat 26th April 2014 10:27 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 April
5 moths of 4 species.
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Sat 26th April 2014 09:30 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 25th April
Only a Dark Sword-grass worth a mention from very few moths overnight.
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Fri 25th April 2014 11:35 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24th April
30 of 16 species inc: Swallow and Pebble Prominent, Mullein, Shoulder Stripe, Powdered Quaker, Twenty Plume, 2 each of Brindled Beauty, Flame Shoulder, with FFY Mocha

65 of 19 species in 2nd trap inc: Chocolate-tip, Gdn Carpet, Lunar Marbled Brown, Great and Swallow Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Herald, 2 Mullein

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Fri 25th April 2014 08:42 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell April 24th
Singles of Sallow Kitten and Pebble Prominent, both FFY.
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Fri 25th April 2014 07:25 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 24/4
Best here a Tawny Pinion. Back up cast of Grey Pine Carpet, Waved Umber, Oak-tree Pug, Pale Prominent and Sallow Kitten. Also Mompha epilobiella.

1853 Oak-tree Pug 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

0893 Mompha epilobiella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

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Thu 24th April 2014 23:15 by Paul Harris
Preston, Weymouth 23/4
Red Sword-grass, first for garden (R. Lambert)
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Wed 23rd April 2014 11:57 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd April
vey poor night, 2 species, 13 Hebrew Character and 1 Small Waved Umber
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Wed 23rd April 2014 09:22 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22nd April
20 of 8 species inc: 3 Mouse, 1 Flame Shoulder with FFY Chocolate-tip, Pale Prominent (8.5 degs c / cool breeze)
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Wed 23rd April 2014 08:59 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 22nd April
Numbers and variety down again: Red Twin-spot Carpet, Scorched Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Nut-tree Tussock and Small Quaker the best of a rather small bunch.
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Wed 23rd April 2014 07:27 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 22/4
Chocolate-tip the best my traps could muster this morning.
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Tue 22nd April 2014 21:27 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 21st April
A diverse mix of Spring species, with 120 moths of 29 species recorded. NFY were Peppered Moth (2), Waved Umber (3), Chinese Character, Pebble Prominent (2), Scalloped Hook-tip (2) and Small Phoenix. Other notables included Pine Beauty (5), Great Prominent (6) and Early Tooth-striped (2).
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Tue 22nd April 2014 17:36 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/4
Worth a mention were 2 Pine Beauty, Pebble Hook-tip, Waved Umber and Pale Tussock. Also a single Diamond-back.
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Tue 22nd April 2014 15:51 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 21st April
Numbers increasing with 46 moths of 13 species.Of interest were first for year Chinese Character, Bordered Sallow and Pine Beauty. Also second Red Sword-grass this year
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Tue 22nd April 2014 14:39 by Jack Oughton
Portesha, 21st April
A mild night, with 55 moths of 20 species, with new for year being an early Clouded Border, Waved Umber, Poplar Hawk-moth, Swallow Prominent, 2 Muslin Moth, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Pine Beauty, Nut-tree Tussock, and a Spectacle.
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Tue 22nd April 2014 09:55 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 April
A milder night. 31 moths of 13 species including 2 Chocolate-tip.  Also the first Cockchafer of the year, and lots of Caddis Flies.
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Tue 22nd April 2014 09:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st April
9 species, 1 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Dotted Chestnut, 1 Brimstone, 2 Pebble Prominent, 2 Muslin Moth, 5 Hebrew Character, 1 Early Grey, 3 Clouded Drab, 1 Early Thorn.
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Tue 22nd April 2014 09:33 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 21st April
A mild and rather damp night brought out more moths, and a bit more variety, including: Buff-tip, Waved Umber, Flame Shoulder, Nut-tree Tussock, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Early Thorn, Parsnip Moth and Light Brown Apple Moth.
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Tue 22nd April 2014 08:37 by Les Hill
21-Apr 125W MV East Lulworth
40 species overnight: Eupithecia tantillaria Dwarf Pug, Macaria alternata Sharp-angled Peacock and Hadena perplexa Tawny Shears of note.

1857 Dwarf Pug 02 Copyright: Les Hill
Eupithecia tantillaria Dwarf Pug

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Tue 22nd April 2014 06:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 21st April
33 of 17 species, heavy rain, although milder temperature brought FFY Garden Carpet, Chinese character, Swallow Prominent, Twenty plume, Lt Brown Apple (10.4 degs c)

104 of 23 species in 2nd trap inc: Purple Thorn, Frosted Green, Gt Prominent Waved umber, Tawny Pinion, Lunar Marbled Brown, Mullein, Dk Sword-grass, FFY Early Tooth-striped

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Mon 21st April 2014 13:38 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 20th April
Combined total of just 26 / 8 species from two 125MV traps, inc: Shoulder Stripe, Brindled Beauty, Powdered Quaker, 2 Muslin + 1 Orthosia Drab type still to ID (8.9 degs c)
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Mon 21st April 2014 11:21 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 20 April
14 moths of 5 species including 1 Red Chestnut
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Mon 21st April 2014 09:17 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 20th April
Very few moths overnight and only Red Chestnut really worth a mention.  Several leaf miners emerging now from mines collected in November ~ Phyllonorycters: harrisella, lautella, rajella etc.

0315 Phyllonorycter harrisella 02 Copyright: Will Bown

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Sun 20th April 2014 10:34 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th April
home for Easter but weather is a bit sad for moths! 6 species, comprising 7 Hebrew Characters, 3 Clouded Drabs, 2 Early Grey, 1 Common Quaker, 1 Frosted Green, 1 Shoulder Stripe
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Sun 20th April 2014 10:31 by Les Hill
19-Apr 125W MV East Lulworth
Eilema sororcula Orange Footman and Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass of note overnight.
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Sun 20th April 2014 09:46 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 19th April
28 of 11 species inc: Muslin, Angle Shades, Streamer, Early Thorn.  FFY Shuttle-shaped Dart, Brimstone, Hofmannophila pseudospretella (6.9 degs c)
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Sun 20th April 2014 08:56 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 19 April
Chilly. 14 moths of 6 species.
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Sun 20th April 2014 08:54 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 19th April
Very little to mention, with Muslin, Early Thorn, Flame Shoulder and Powdered Quaker adding a hint of variety.
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Sun 20th April 2014 07:54 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/4
Best here a Puss Moth. Otherwise, Muslin and Spectacle new for year.

1995 Puss Moth 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

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Sat 19th April 2014 07:10 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18th April
Just 5 of 3 species, including FFG Mullein, despite larvae frequently found on Water Figwort in garden (4 degs c)

21 of 6 species in 2nd trap with FFY Great Prominent

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Fri 18th April 2014 22:20 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 17th April, MV125
A good mid-Spring showing with 83 moths of 23 species. NFY were Alucita hexadactyla, Great Prominent, Swallow Prominent (x3), Pebble Prominent, Frosted Green and a very nice female Emperor Moth, a first record for the garden. Also reasonable numbers of Lunar Marbled Brown (4) and Nut-tree tussock (5) and Brindled Pug (11).
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Fri 18th April 2014 19:35 by Jack Oughton
Abbotsbury Gardens
Several Pachyrhabda steropodes flying the last couple of days.
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Fri 18th April 2014 19:31 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 17/4
3 hours trapping produced 12 species, with new for year species being 3 Parsnip Moths, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Yellow-barred Brindle, 4 Brimstone Moths and Flame Shoulder. Also, a Streamer.
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Fri 18th April 2014 10:20 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 17th April
Red Twin-spot Carpet and Waved Umber here too, plus Epinotia immundana, Herald, Red Chestnut, Double-striped Pug, Brimstone, Flame Shoulder, Nut-tree Tussock and Red Chestnut among the 14 species overnight.
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Fri 18th April 2014 10:01 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell 17th April
FFY Red Twin-spot Carpet and Waved Umber.
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Fri 18th April 2014 09:54 by Gillian Nash
Leigh17th April 14
32 of 12 species inc: Water Carpet (2), Streamer, Brindled Pug, Dotted Chestnut, Pebble Prominent and FFY Red Twin-spot Carpet (6.9 degs c)

43 of 12 species in 2nd trap inc: Pebble Prominent (2), Nut-tree Tussock and FFY Frosted Green (2)

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Fri 18th April 2014 07:16 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/4
Poplar Hawk-moth and Small Phoenix both new for year.
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Wed 16th April 2014 14:47 by Jack Oughton
16/04/14
Along the fleet, mines of Bucculatrix maritima, and a larvae on a Red-line Quaker.
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Tue 15th April 2014 22:43 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 15th April
Hummingbird Hawkmoth in garden today,
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Tue 15th April 2014 22:15 by Paul Harris
Parley, 14/4
Balsam Carpet, record confirmed from photos. Only 2nd Dorset record, taken by P Baker.
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Mon 14th April 2014 20:40 by Richard Cottle
13th April, Tincleton
Cool and clear conditions overnight, so not much to report - highlights were a couple of Lunar Marbled Brown and Nut-tree Tussock. During the day, an unexpected addition to the garden list was an Orange Underwing that was fluttering around the lawn.
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Mon 14th April 2014 17:31 by Jack Oughton
14/4/14: At Radipole Lake, cats of Common Footman & Scarlet Tiger, and at Chickerell, the first Nettle-tap of the year
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Mon 14th April 2014 09:53 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13th April 14
Still only 11 of 7 and 12 of 4 species in 2nd trap, but did include Dotted chestnut and FFY Knot Grass (6.8 degs c)
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Sun 13th April 2014 14:50 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 12th April
A bit more variety than most recent nights with Knot Grass, Streamer, Engrailed, Brimstone, Double-striped Pug and Scorched Carpet adding to the list of regular clients.
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Sun 13th April 2014 14:37 by David Foot
Merritown Heath 11/4/14
Ran 3 traps on Merritown Heath Friday night. 21 spp, highlights were singles of ringed carpet, pale pinion and first lunar marbled brown. Also during Saturday saw a few orange underwing sp, both around aspen and birch tree tops and managed to catch a light orange underwing over the heath.
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Sun 13th April 2014 10:59 by Jenny Seawright
Broadstone April 12th
A cold night produced 9 species of macro and micro's, including Nut-tree Tussock, Lunar Marbled Brown and Acleris literana
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Sun 13th April 2014 10:33 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell April 11th
A Mullein was the first I have trapped since 2006; otherwise all very routine here recently.
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Sun 13th April 2014 09:58 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12th April 14
23 of 6 species, half represented by H Character with nothing new, but the 6th Pale Pinion here FY (7.4 degs c)
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Sun 13th April 2014 09:09 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 April
Rather chilly.  18 moths of 7 species including two very fresh and beautiful Nut-tree Tussocks
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Sat 12th April 2014 18:32 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 11th April
19 species recorded at MV125. NFY were singles of: Early Tooth-striped, Water Carpet and Least Black Arches. Others of note were single Pine Beauty and Dotted Chestnut.
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Sat 12th April 2014 09:54 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11th April 14
21 of 9 species inc: singles of Dk Sword-grass, Brindled Beauty, Powdered Quaker, Muslin Moth, and FFY Streamer (5.7 degs c)
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Sat 12th April 2014 09:11 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 11th April
The regulars were accompanied by the first Scorched Carpet of the year and the best of the bunch a Dotted Chestnut.

2260 Dotted Chestnut 05 Copyright: Will Bown

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Sat 12th April 2014 08:22 by Vince Giavarini
Studland Heath NNR
10 April...A total of 15 macro-moths and 5 micros near the Discovery Centre yesterday including several Purple Thorn, a Pale Prominent and a currently indeterminate 'Highflyer'. Vince Giavarini & Jenny Seawright.
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Fri 11th April 2014 15:36 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 10/4
Another Early Tooth-striped the best here. Addendum: Pearly Underwing found whilst mowing the lawn.
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Thu 10th April 2014 20:17 by Vince Giavarini
Beacon Hill (DWT) Urban Heaths
Good turn out of 25 moth enthusiasts today...sadly only nine macros and no micro moths: Early Thorn, Lunar Marbled Brown, Marbled Brown, Red Chestnut and Nut-tree Tussock those most photographed.
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Thu 10th April 2014 14:21 by Les Hill
10-Apr Field Record Shaggs
Adela cuprella on-the-wing. No sign of Callimorpha dominula Scarlet Tiger larvae on comfrey as yet.
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Thu 10th April 2014 13:11 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 9th April
A bit more variety than of late provided by: Nut-tree Tussock, Brimstone, Flame Shoulder, Double-striped Pug, Powdered Quaker and Early Thorn.
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Thu 10th April 2014 10:55 by Les Hill
9-Apr 125W MV Shaggs
Macaria liturata Tawny-barred Angle of note last night.
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Thu 10th April 2014 10:18 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9th April 14
33 of 9 species: the best - Brindled Beauty, 3 Shoulder Stripe, Brindled Pug, FFY Muslin Moth and Agonopterix arenella (5.2 degs c)
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Wed 9th April 2014 14:06 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 8th April 14
Just 19 of 7 species: the best - Early Thorn, Powdered Quaker, Dotted Chestnut and FFY Lunar Marbled Brown (4.2 degs c)
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Wed 9th April 2014 12:41 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 8th April
Only Angle Shades and Early Thorn just about worth a mention from 66 moths on a chilly night.
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Wed 9th April 2014 07:55 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 8/4
Second Dotted Chestnut of the spring and first Powdered Quaker of the year here. Still far too chilly sadly.
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Sun 6th April 2014 11:25 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 5th April
Pretty hopeless with just nine species including: Double-striped Pug, Oak Beauty and Powdered Quaker.
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Sun 6th April 2014 11:00 by Mike Hetherington
5.4.14 Puncknowle 125W MV
Best was a Pale Pinion on a soggy night.
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Sat 5th April 2014 11:02 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 4/4
First Eudonia angustea of the year but little else of note. Several Small Eggar nests found at Bowleaze Cove this morning.
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Sat 5th April 2014 09:51 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 4th April 14
26 of 6 species - the best of which Oak Beauty (7.7c)

Flat Roof: 63 of 10 species inc: singles of Brindled beauty, March Moth, Twin-spotted Quaker, 4 Oak Beauty with FFY Pebble Prominent

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Sat 5th April 2014 09:18 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 4th April
Just nine species for a night that started crystal clear and ended damp, including Oak Beauty and (the first two) Brimstone Moth.
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Fri 4th April 2014 15:12 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 4th April 2014
By day at Portesham, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
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Fri 4th April 2014 11:38 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 3rd April 14
Just 33 of 6 species inc: Hebrew Character 10, 9 Small/4 Common Quaker, 3 Clouded Drab, 10 H Character, 5 E Grey, 2 Pale Pinion Temp down to 6.6 deg c.

2nd Trap (on flat roof) 40 of 6 species inc: 9 Small/11 Common Quaker, 5 Clouded Drab, 3 H Character, 2 E Grey, Angle Shades

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Fri 4th April 2014 07:52 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 3 April
A chillier night.  39 moths of 7 species including 1 Pale Pinion
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Fri 4th April 2014 07:25 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 3/4
Highlight here my second ever Early Tooth-striped. Also another Pine Beauty.

1881 Early Tooth-striped 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

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Thu 3rd April 2014 21:24 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2nd April 14
Around 65 of 12 species inc: Water Carpet, Satellite, 2 Pale Pinion, Chestnut, 2 Oak Beauty, 3 Shoulder Stripe

2nd Trap on flat roof (15') - 83 of 15 species inc: Red Sword-grass FFG, Dk Sword-grass, Tawny & Pale Pinion, Powdered Quaker, Engrailed, Brindled Beauty

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Thu 3rd April 2014 17:01 by Geoffrey Sell
2nd. April :- Numbers are building up -- 43 Common Quaker, 23 Hebrew Character. Also an Early Tooth-striped and 2 Twin-spot Quaker.
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Thu 3rd April 2014 16:58 by Geoffrey Sell
1st. April :- a Pale Pinion.
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Thu 3rd April 2014 16:54 by Geoffrey Sell
29th March :- a Satellite
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Thu 3rd April 2014 12:32 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 2nd April
Among the regulars here were: Tawny Pinion, Brindled Beauty and Double-striped Pug.
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Thu 3rd April 2014 08:34 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 2 April
76 moths of 11 species in two traps including 2 Tawny Pinion
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Thu 3rd April 2014 07:26 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/4
Best here: Streamer, Brindled Pug, Pale Pinion and Herald.
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Wed 2nd April 2014 23:21 by Vince Giavarini
Poole
Best of a small turn out was a very distinguished Oak Beauty.
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Wed 2nd April 2014 22:57 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 1st April, MV125
The highlights from 19 species (192 individuals) were singles of Dotted Chestnut and Pine Beauty. NFY were Lunar Marbled Brown (2) and Brimstone.
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Wed 2nd April 2014 09:32 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 1st April
A very mild night with drizzle at times.  Among the cast of characters were: Brindled Beauty, Double-striped Pug, Early Thorn and Nut-tree Tussock.
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Wed 2nd April 2014 07:32 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 1/4
Best here: Brindled Pug, Herald.
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Tue 1st April 2014 17:00 by Lawrie de Whalley
31.3.14 Winterborne Stickland Lawrie de Whalley
Oak Beauty 3, Pine Beauty 1, Nut-tree Tussock 1, Clouded Drab 2.  47 of 8pecies. 1 degC.
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Tue 1st April 2014 15:13 by Vince Giavarini
...a ghostly fog-bound Studland Heath
19 macro moths...highlights included singles of Red-green Carpet, Nut-tree Tussock and Satellite and two each of Red Chestnut, Dotted Chestnut, Pine Beauty and Twin-spotted Quaker.

Vince Giavarini & Jenny Seawright

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Tue 1st April 2014 14:58 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 31st March
13 species, including 7 Early Thorn, 5 Oak Beauty, 1 March Moth, 2 Streamer, 1 Pine Beauty, 1 Dotted Chestnut, 1 Shoulder Stripe and 1 Small Eggar.
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Tue 1st April 2014 14:25 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 31st March
Among the plentiful regulars here were: Acleris literana, Ypsolopha mucronella, Emmelina monodactyla, Brindled Beauty, Oak Beauty, Early Thorn and Double-striped Pug.
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Tue 1st April 2014 13:33 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 31st March 14
Around 50 of 15 species inc: Low numbers of Sm & Common Quaker, 14 Hebrew Character, 5 Oak / 2 Brindled Beauty, 3 Shoulder Stripe, singles of Dotted Chestnut, Water Carpet, Emmelina monodactyla with FFY Purple Thorn, Flame Shoulder, Grey Shoulder-knot (FFG).  Down to 4.2 degsC
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Tue 1st April 2014 10:25 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 31st March
Colder here than forecasted. Just 44 moths of 7 species. New for year Early Thorn.
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Tue 1st April 2014 08:16 by Mike Hetherington
31 Mar Puncknowle 125W MV
33 individuals of 15 species.  FFY included Twenty-plume Moth, Mottled Grey [FFG] Double-striped Pug, Early Thorn, Dotted Border, Pale Pinion [FFG] and Angle Shades.
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Tue 1st April 2014 07:31 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 31/3
Pine Beauty the best here.
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