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Fri 31st October 2014 22:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30th October
Total of just 8 species: Straw Dot, Green-brindled Crescent, Vestal, 2 Feathered Thorn, Beaded Chestnut & Merveille du jour.  Micros: Scrobipalpa costella, 6 Udea ferrugalis.
Fri 31st October 2014 12:43 by Megan Lowe
Woodlands 30th October
Only 13 species in the trap last night; most interesting were 2 rosy footman, yellow line quaker and a very worn blood-vein. Feathered thorn was most abundant (7).
Fri 31st October 2014 10:14 by Will Bown
30th October 2014 11:38 by Will Bown
Down to just eleven species overnight including: Eudonia angustea, Rusty Dot Pearl, Feathered Thorn, Red-green Carpet, Red-line Quaker and Yellow-line Quaker.
Fri 31st October 2014 08:39 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 30 October
26 species.  Another good night for migrants: 1 Diamond-back Moth, 1 Rush Veneer (very fresh), 5 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Palpita vitrialis, 3 Vestal, 1 Scarce Bordered Straw (FFG) and 1 Silver Y
Thu 30th October 2014 19:19 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 29/10
Less migrants than yesterday, but 4 Palpita vitrealis, Scarce Bordered Straw, Gem and 13 RDP worth a mention. Resident stuff of note comprised 2 Barred Sallow, Sallow, Bulrush Wainscot, Red-green Carpet and Green-brindled Crescent.
Thu 30th October 2014 16:23 by Will Bown
29th October 2014 11:38 by Will Bown
After a few days in the Channel Islands it was nice to find a few immigrants here on a warm misty night, including: Scarce Bordered Straw, Vestal, Diamond-back Moth, Rusty Dot Pearl and Silver Y, and Yellow-line Quaker, Red-line Quaker and December Moth among the residents.
Thu 30th October 2014 11:07 by Megan Lowe
Woodlands nr. Verwood 29th October
Hymenia recurvalis best of night, along with rusty dot pearl (3), red line quaker (2), yellow line quaker (1) feathered thorn (1) and blood-vein (2).
Thu 30th October 2014 10:39 by Geoffrey Sell
30th October , Charmouth
15 species of macros, inc. Cypress Carpet, one Delicate, one Gem, one Scarce Bordered Straw, one Palpita vitrealis, and a number of Rusty-dot Pearls.
Thu 30th October 2014 10:30 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 29th October
15 of 10 species with 2 Cypress Carpet, Merveille du jour, singles of Red & Yellow-line Quaker (FFY), November(agg), P M Willow, Vestal, 4 Udea ferrugalis (8.4 degsC/light rain)
Thu 30th October 2014 10:28 by Gillian Nash
Thu 30th October 2014 10:17 by David Foot
Wyler Regis, Weymouth 29/10/14
1 scarce bordered straw only migrant of note. Also red-line quaker and buff ermine noteable.
Thu 30th October 2014 08:09 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 October
14 species.  The migrants seem to have disappeared from Tolpuddle.
Wed 29th October 2014 22:48 by David Foot
Wyke Regis, Weymouth
3 palpita vitrealis, a vestal and probably rarer for me, a yellow-line quaker.
Wed 29th October 2014 22:06 by Phyl England
Swanage(Durlston) 28th October
Best migrant night ever with just one trap. Rusty-dot Pearl (48), Palpita vitrealis (8)! Delicate (4), Silver Y (2),Scarce Bordered Straw(2), Gem(3) and singles of Rush Veneer and Flame Brocade. Also notable Oak Rustic (7), Cypress Carpet and Green Brindled Crescent.
Wed 29th October 2014 19:25 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 28/10
A quite splendid migrant night. Best was the rare pyrale Spoladea recurvalis, with back-up cast of 7 Palpita vitrealis, 2 Gem, Vestal, Scarce Bordered Straw, Pearly Underwing, 15 RDP, 2 Rush Veneer and 3 Silver Y. A late Blood-vein also worth a mention. It is worth observing that if I had only run the trap until bed time, I would have caught nothing, all the migrants must have arrived in the early morning.
Wed 29th October 2014 14:24 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 28th Oct
Pleased to get our first two Palpita vitrealis and an Orthopygia glaucinalis (or is it's name now Hypsopygia glaucinalis ?). Two Rusty DP, Setaceous HC and Large Yellow Underwing.
Wed 29th October 2014 08:13 by Geoffrey Sell
28th October. Not many moths, but a few blew in including a Delicate, a Four-spotted Footman, 2 Scarce Bordered Straw, 3 Vestal and a Palpita vitrealis.
Wed 29th October 2014 08:03 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 28 October
About 25 species.  Lots of migrants, including: 2 Diamond-back Moth, 2 Rush Veneer, 8 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Palpita vitrealis, 5 Vestal and 2 Delicate.  Also a late P. conwagana and possibly 1 Mecyna asinalis (need to check that with Mike)
Wed 29th October 2014 07:45 by David Foot
Wyke Regis, Weymouth
3 palpita vitrealis, a vestal and probably rarer for me, a yellow-line quaker.
Tue 28th October 2014 20:28 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 27/10
Another Palpita vitrealis, also Rush Veneer, White Point, Sallow, Green-brindled Crescent, Red-line Quaker and the first Feathered Thorn of the autumn. A late Bright-line Brown-eye also worth a mention.
Tue 28th October 2014 19:40 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 27th October
13 of 9 species, including Red-green Carpet, Angle Shades, Straw Dot, Udea ferrugalis.
Tue 28th October 2014 08:22 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 October
7 species including 1 Vestal
Mon 27th October 2014 22:47 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 26th October
37 of 20 species: Angle Shades, Swallow-tailed, Red-line Quaker, Lg Ranunculus, Silver Y, Lt Emerald, H & Dart, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Red-green & 3 C M Carpets, Dk Chestnut, Lg Yellow U/w, 3 Merveille du jour & November(agg), 5 Grn-Brindled Crescent, 7 Beaded Chestnut.  Micros: Emmelina monodactyla, 2 each of Carcina quercana, E.postvittana, Udea ferrugalis
Mon 27th October 2014 21:38 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 26/10
Traps rather poor, best were: Palpita vitrealis, Brick, Sallow, Green-brindled Crescent, Red-line Quaker and first November Moth (agg) of the autumn.
Sun 26th October 2014 20:56 by Phyl England
Swanage(Durlston)25th October
48 moths of 17 species although it was a bit breezy. palpita vitrealis the best of the bunch,such a beautiful moth. Also Silver Y, Rusty-dot Pearl (13), Delicate, Oak Rustic (5) and a very worn Swallow-tailed Moth.
Sun 26th October 2014 10:42 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25th October
22 of 11 species: 3 November(agg) & Merveille du jour, singles of Blair's Shoulder-knot, Satellite, Lg Yellow U/w, Red-line Quaker, 7 Beaded Chestnut.  FFY's Feathered Thorn and Red-green Carpet.  Micros: E.postvittana and, here also, Carcina quercana (min 9.3 degsC)
Sun 26th October 2014 08:09 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 October
15 species including a late Carcina quercana.  Also 1 Diamond-back Moth, 4 Rusty-dot Pearl and 1 Silver Y.
Sat 25th October 2014 23:23 by Terry Box
Durlston CP, night of 23rd October
Durlston CP Dorset. Night of 23 October: (per Steve Whitehouse accompanied by Matthew Deans & Bill Dykes)

2 Red Admiral, 2 Diamond-back Moth, 1 Rush Veneer, 65 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 Uresiphita gilvata, 4 Palpita vitrealis, 1 Pearly Underwing, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Turnip, 2 Delicate and 3 Silver Y. Also 1 Cypress Carpet and 25 Oak Rustic.
Sat 25th October 2014 18:41 by Paul Harris
Puddletown 24/10
Photo of the Puddletown Tunbridge Wells Gem.

2429 Tunbridge Wells Gem 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 25th October 2014 16:19 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 24/10
Best here a Dotted Chestnut. Also Palpita vitrealis, 2 Yellow-line and 1 Red-line Quaker and 4 RDP.
Sat 25th October 2014 10:47 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24th October
14 of 10 species: Red-line Quaker, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Green-brindled Crescent, Beaded Chestnut, Satellite, E.postvittana.  FFY's Grey Shoulder-knot, 2 November(agg), 3 Merveille du jour. One Macro to ID (min 7.2 degsC)
Fri 24th October 2014 21:10 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 23/10
Best here: Palpita vitrealis (2), Vestal, RDP (8), Rush Veneer, Silver Y, White Point, Red-line Quaker and Crocidosema plebejana. Also late Lime-speck Pug.
Fri 24th October 2014 17:00 by Richard Cottle
Tncleton, 23rd October, MV125
A relatively small haul of 25 moths, but 18 species represented. The highlight was undoubtedly the first garden record of Palpita vitrealis - what a great moth! Other notables included singles of Feathered ranunculus, Cypress Carpet and a very late second brood / immigrant Pebble hook-tip. Other migrants included 3 Rusty dot-pearl and a single Rush Veneer.
Fri 24th October 2014 08:26 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 23rd October
Just two species, 1 November Moth, 5 Green-brindled Crescent
Thu 23rd October 2014 17:39 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 22/10
Vestal, Merveille du Jour and Silver Y all I had that were worth a mention
Thu 23rd October 2014 12:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22nd October
Even less here, just 9 species inc: 3 Beaded Chestnut, 2 each of Angle Shades, Green-brindled Crescent, singles of P M Willow, Silver Y, Blair's Shoulder-knot, C M Carpet, FFY Brick.  Only micros - 2 E.postvittana (min 9 degsC)
Thu 23rd October 2014 11:38 by Will Bown
22nd October - Winterborne Stickland
Thirteen species was all that could be mustered, with Rusty Dot Pearl, Spruce Carpet, Red-line Quaker, Red-green Carpet and Clepsis consimilana among them.
Mon 20th October 2014 14:14 by Geoffrey Sell
A Delicate on 18th October. Have just shown to Mark Parsons a moth I caught on 23rd. July --a Bright Wave.
Mon 20th October 2014 11:06 by Will Bown
19th October -Winterborne Stickland
Just fourteen species overnight including: Silver Y, Rusty Dot Pearl, Feathered Thorn, Common Plume, Common Wainscot, Acleris sparsana, Acleris laterana/comariana, and Merveille du Jour - never tire of seeing these truly beautiful moths.

2247 Merveille du Jour 06 Copyright: Will Bown

Sun 19th October 2014 19:46 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/10
Delighted to find a Sombre Brocade in one of the traps this morning, albeit a rather worn individual. A new UK species for me, not often these days I get a 'tick' in the garden. Nothing much else to even closely match the spectacular catch at Durlston, but best of rest were: Brick, Dark Chestnut, Red-line Quaker, Pebble Hook-tip (3), Sallow (2), Green-brindled Crescent (2), Barred Sallow and finally a Red Admiral.
Sun 19th October 2014 17:27 by Will Bown
19th October -Winterborne Stickland
A varied assortment that included: Beaded Chestnut, Red-line Quaker, Angle Shades, Black Rustic, Green-brindled Crescent, Double-striped Pug, another new Four-spotted Footman, Burnished Brass, and the tiny Tebenna micalis, now well outside its apparent usual flight period and described as a "Rare migrant, transitory resident", colloquially known as "Vagrant Twitcher".

Sun 19th October 2014 09:35 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 18 October
18 species including 1 Rusty-dot Pearl and a late Gold Spot
Sat 18th October 2014 22:33 by Paul Harris
Slender Burnished Brass, Puddletown 16/10
Hugo Wood Homer trapped this at Bardolf Manor. The moth happened to come my way for a photo:

2433 Slender Burnished Brass 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 18th October 2014 21:02 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/10
Pretty grim night in terms of weather, with predictable scant returns. Best were Delicate, Silver Y, Frosted Orange and Barred Sallow.
Sat 18th October 2014 11:06 by Will Bown
17th October -Winterborne Stickland
Another very mild and wet night brought Four-spotted Footman (Male and Female), Blair's Shoulder-knot, Rusty Dot Pearl, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Black Rustic and Angle Shades, but overall just eleven species.

2051 Four-spotted Footman 07 Copyright: Will Bown

Fri 17th October 2014 16:53 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/10
Only immigrant of note a Scarce Bordered Straw. Red-green Carpet, Barred Sallow and Green-brindled Crescent (2), best of rest.
Fri 17th October 2014 15:40 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 16th October
A much better night with 49 moths of 16 species. Notable were first Oak Rustic of the year, 4 Rusty -dot Pearl , Cyprus Carpet and yet another Turnip.- more this year than I have ever had.
Fri 17th October 2014 10:59 by Will Bown
16th October - Winterborne Stickland
A nice warm night and a bit of an upturn in quality.  Oak Nycteoline and Large Wainscot the best, with Red-line Quaker, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Spruce Carpet, Green-brindled Crescent, Silver Y and Acleris sparsana among the rest.

2375 Large Wainscot 05 Copyright: Will Bown

Thu 16th October 2014 17:37 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 15/10
Delicate, 6 RDP and possibly White Point represented the migrants. Otherwise Chestnut, Green-brindled Crescent and two each of Sallow and Pebble Hook-tip.
Thu 16th October 2014 14:01 by Will Bown
15th October - Winterborne Stickland
Spruce Carpet, Common Wainscot, Straw Dot, Beautiful Hook-tip, Green-brindled Crescent and Clepsis consimilana among thirteen species present overnight.
Thu 16th October 2014 12:17 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell 15th October
A better night than of late, with 13 spp including (FFY) a Red-green Carpet, a Figure of Eight (the only previous record for this sp. was in 2005) and 2 Red-line Quaker.
Wed 15th October 2014 19:56 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 14/10
Slim pickings really, just Delicate, Pearly Underwing, Green-brindled Crescent (2) and Turnip worth a mention.
Wed 15th October 2014 10:46 by Will Bown
14th October - Winterborne Stickland
Fog by dawn and a better night.  Carcina quercana (2nd generation), Eudonia angustea, Spruce Carpet, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Lesser Yellow Underwing and following a lovely warm summer a pristine, second generation Swallow-tailed Moth was a nice addition to a varied catch.
Tue 14th October 2014 12:33 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 13/10
First Merveille du Jour of the autumn, plus Sallow and Barred Sallow.
Tue 14th October 2014 11:55 by Will Bown
13th October - Winterborne Stickland
Sadly things not improving here. Very few moths again, and nothing unexpected. Black Rustic and Beaded Chestnut the most numerous.
Sun 12th October 2014 20:10 by David Foot
West Bexington
Running traps at West Bexington this week and the last couple of nights have produced delicate 3, pearly u/wing 3, vestal 1, flame brocade 1, Clancy's rustic 2, dark spectacle 1, green brindled crescent 6, mallow 1 and cosmopterix pulchrimella.
Sun 12th October 2014 16:53 by Jack Oughton
Back home from Uni for the weekend. A second generation Swallow-tailed Moth attracted to a lighted window on the 10th.

Trapping on the 11th produced 127 moths of 23 species, with Merveille du Jour & Green-brindled Crescent were both new for recorder. Also of note were Udea ferrugalis (3), Nomophila noctuella, Turnip, White-point, Feathered Ranunculus (28), Blair's Shoulder-knot (2), Satellite (my third ever) & Dark Spectacle. The most abundant species was Beaded Chestnut with 49 being present.

Sun 12th October 2014 11:41 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 11/10
Barred Sallow the only moth worth a mention.
Sun 12th October 2014 11:34 by Alan Bernard
Coryates Sat 11 October
60 moths despite the bright moon. Of the 10 species the best were Feathered Ranunculus (2) and Sprawler (1).
Sun 12th October 2014 10:20 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston)
Just 23 moths of 10 species. Notable were FFY Cypress Carpet and Blair's Shoulder-knot. Also Silver Y and Feathered Brindle.
Sun 12th October 2014 10:18 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 11th October
I guess it's getting cold at night, minimum of 3 deg C here 11/12th October. Only three species, 2 Beaded Chestnut, 1 Barred Sallow, 1 Green-brindled Crescent.
Sat 11th October 2014 12:10 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 10/10
First trapping for a few nights produced Palpita vitrealis, Delicate, Feathered Brindle, Cypress Carpet, Red Underwing, Red-line Quaker.
Thu 9th October 2014 11:33 by Clive Pinder
Just 4 moths last night, 3 Lunar Underwing and 1 Lesser Yellow Underwing. Late news for 7th October a Death's Head Hawk-moth and associated pupal skin found by a friend, Gill Webb, in her garden in Wool (photos on Facebook).
Wed 8th October 2014 20:37 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 7/10
Barred Sallow and the autumn's first Blair's Shoulder-knot.
Wed 8th October 2014 10:41 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 7th October
16 of 9 species: Cypress Carpet, Beaded Chestnut, (2) Sallow, Barred Sallow, Lssr Yellow U/w, Sq-spot Rustic, Lg Ranunculus, E,postvittana with 7 Lunar Underwing still stealing the show.  (min 7.2 degsC / rain)
Wed 8th October 2014 09:43 by Will Bown
7th October - Winterborne Stickland
Things remaining pretty dire; just 18 moths of six species logged in the last two nights: Green-brindled Crescent appeared for the first time this autumn, plus Angle Shades, Large Yellow Underwing, Black Rustic, and more variants of both Common Marbled Carpet and Lunar Underwing.
Wed 8th October 2014 08:16 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th October
Only four moths but four species! one each of Lunar Underwing, Straw Dot, Silver Y, Blair's Shoulder-knot
Tue 7th October 2014 16:52 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/10
Delicate, Dark Sword-grass, Barred Sallow and Green-brindled Crescent. The Dagger sp on 29/9 was confirmed as Dark Dagger (gen det P Sterling).
Tue 7th October 2014 08:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 6th October
Home to Dorset for the weekend but such a poor time for moths. Only 4 species, 2 Beaded Chestnut, 7 Lunar Underwing, 1 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 Common Marbled Carpet. Nothing the two previous nights!
Mon 6th October 2014 21:13 by Will Bown
5th October - Winterborne Stickland
Sallow, Yellow-line Quaker and White-point best from a very few inmates.
Sun 5th October 2014 14:15 by Paul Harris
Langton Herring 5/9/14
At least 5 Vapourer seen by day flying in reedy ditch.
Sat 4th October 2014 12:21 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 3 October
15 species including 1 White-point.
Sat 4th October 2014 10:10 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 3/10
Delicate, Sallow and Red Underwing the best here.
Fri 3rd October 2014 22:39 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2nd October
20 Species including: 9 Black Rustic, 4 Beaded Chestnut, 2 each of Silver Y (1 f.nigricans), Burnished Brass, Angle Shades, Sallow. Singles of Barred Sallow, Shuttle-shaped Dart, Green-brindled Crescent, FFG Delicate
Fri 3rd October 2014 15:50 by Will Bown
2nd October - Winterborne Stickland
Delicate and Diamond-back Moth the best of a very small bunch.
Fri 3rd October 2014 08:04 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/10
Delicate, Pearly Underwing, Pinion-streaked Snout, Cypress Carpet plus late Single-dotted Wave and Common Rustic agg.
Thu 2nd October 2014 22:26 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 1st October
80 of 18 species: Canary-shouldered Thorn, Blood-vein, Lg Wainscot, Beaded Chestnut, Black Rustic, Blair's Shoulder-knot, FFG Oak Nycteoline
Thu 2nd October 2014 19:58 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 1/10
First Sallow of the autumn, plus Dark Spectacle, Pinion-streaked Snout and Large Wainscot.
Thu 2nd October 2014 11:45 by Will Bown
1st October - Winterborne Stickland
Treble brown-spot, Feathered Thorn, Beautiful Hook-tip, Blair's Shoulder-knot and Small China-mark the best from just seventeen species.

2240 Blair's Shoulder-knot 04 Copyright: Will Bown

Wed 1st October 2014 18:01 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 30/9
Highlight was a single Tebenna micalis, a new moth for here. Also Delicate, Pearly Underwing and Dark Spectacle.

0386 Tebenna micalis 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Wed 1st October 2014 13:29 by Jenny Seawright
Broadstone, Dorset September 30
Plumed Fan-foot was a surprise highlight among 20 species to 40W Actinic! Other species included 3 Black Rustic and singles of Barred Sallow and Deep-brown Dart
Wed 1st October 2014 11:23 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30th September
Just around 80 of 20 species: 4 Beaded Chestnut, 2 each of Angle Shades, Burnished Brass, H & Dart, Straw Dot, 1 Riband Wave, Pink-barred Sallow, Sallow.  FFY Green-brindled Crescent, Red-line Quaker.  Micros: Ditula angustiorana (Red-barred tort), Eudonia angustea (min 9.9 degsC/showers)