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Sun 29th March 2015 21:12 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,27th March
Like others, finding that only a few moths around at the moment - lowest number of orthosids recorded since the very poor start to the year in 2013. New for the year here were singles of Dark Sword-grass and Pine Beauty, also reasonable number of Early Grey (7).
Sat 28th March 2015 22:37 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 27th March
Still small numbers here but new for year - Clouded Drab (2), March Moth (2), Early Grey (1). Also singles of Common Quaker and Hebrew Character.
Sat 28th March 2015 11:28 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 27th March
50 / 9 species: singles of Shoulder Stripe, Dotted Border, Early Thorn, Oak Beauty.  Hebrew Character 19, Common Quaker 9, Clouded Drab 9, Sm Quaker 5, Early Grey 3.  Lower numbers, despite higher min temp of 6.4 degsC /cloudy, light rain, but breezy
Sat 28th March 2015 08:40 by Will Bown
27th March - Winterborne Stickland
A more promising night still only managed to produce six species including: Red Chestnut, Clouded Drab and Small Quaker. Numbers here remaining very low.
Fri 27th March 2015 10:45 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 26th March
Just around 30 (half of which H Character) 5 species: Oak Beauty. 2 Sm Quaker, 5 Clouded Drab, 9 Common Quaker (min 1.7 degsC)
Tue 24th March 2015 20:40 by Vince Giavarini
Monday 23 March...Studland Heath
Just short of 100 moths in three traps this morning. Eighteen species of larger moth including Clouded Drab (seemingly entire range of colour forms), Twin-spotted Quaker, Oak Beauty (dwindling numbers now), Engrailed, Satellite, Pine Beauty, Dotted Border (still about), Red Chestnut, a late Pale Brindled Beauty...but in good nick!, Horse Chestnut...also a very attenuated number of micros e.g. Diurnea fagella and Agonopterix occelana.
Sun 22nd March 2015 11:24 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 21.3.15
Emmelina monodactyla disturbed in the garden (FFY).
Sat 21st March 2015 21:09 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 20th March
A cool night ( 3 deg) - 12 species, with a single Red Chestnut NFY. Relatively low numbers of orthosids still (14 Hebrew Character and 8 Common Quaker) compared to last year and 2011, 2012. Small Quaker starting to make more of an appearance (7 last night).
Sat 21st March 2015 12:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 20th March
Around 80 of 14 species including: 3 Oak Beauty, Grey Shoulder-knot, 2 March Moth, Early Moth, singles of Dotted Border, Shoulder Stripe.  FFY Pale Pinion, Diurnea fagella, Caloptilia stigmatella.  Total boosted by 37 Hebrew Character, but still surprising numbers considering min temp of just 1.2 degsC.
Sat 21st March 2015 11:33 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 21.3.15
A very early Common Pug indoors this morning.
Fri 20th March 2015 14:20 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 19th March
Increase to 50 of 9 species including: Grey Shoulder-knot, Shoulder Stripe, Acleris cristana, 2 Oak Beauty, FFY Dotted Border (min 4.2 degsC
Fri 20th March 2015 14:20 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 19th March
ncrease to 50 of 9 species including: Grey Shoulder-knot, Shoulder Stripe, 2 Oak Beauty, Acleris cristana, FFY Dotted Border (min 4.2 degsC)
Fri 20th March 2015 09:18 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/3
First trapping for several days produced first Eudonia angustea and March Moth of the year.
Thu 19th March 2015 20:12 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18th March
36 of 10 species including Oak Beauty, Early Grey with FFY Satellite, Shoulder Stripe, Grey Shoulder-knot (min 1.5 degsC)
Thu 19th March 2015 06:44 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19.3.15 125W MV
Only Hebrew Character (3) and Common Quaker in the trap. Two Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella at a lighted window.
Wed 18th March 2015 10:21 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17th March
30 of 8 species including: Early Thorn, Early Moth, 2 March Moth, 5 Sm Quaker, FFY Acleris cristana (2nd gdn record), Agonopterix heracliana (min 0.6 degsC/misty am)

FFY Dotted Chestnut 16th March

Mon 16th March 2015 13:55 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15th March
29 of 7 species: 12 Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, singles of Clouded Drab, Early Moth, Sm Quaker with FFY Pale Brindled Beauty, Twin-spotted Quaker (min 3.1 degsC)
Mon 16th March 2015 09:19 by Will Bown
15th March - Winterborne Stickland
Cold again and hardly worth logging the few moths trapped: Hebrew Character, Common Quaker and Chestnut the only species.
Sun 15th March 2015 11:26 by Will Bown
14th March - Winterborne Stickland
Numbers on a par with the cold March of 2013 here, very slow progress.  Small Quaker, Early Moth, Light Brown Apple Moth, Early Grey and Hebrew Character the only species on another cold night.
Sun 15th March 2015 10:06 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 14th March
Five species: 5 Hebrew Character, 2 Common Quaker and Early Grey.  FFG Early Moth and FFY Sm Quaker (min 2.2 degsC /no rain)
Sat 14th March 2015 15:21 by Martin Raper
Humming-bird Hawk-moth
I have a report that came into Dorset Butterflies, of a Humming-bird Hawk-moth in a Pymore garden on the 12th March nectaring on blue Hyacinths
Sat 14th March 2015 11:03 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13th March
Just four species: 2 Hebrew Character and Common Quaker, singles of Early Thorn and FFY Clouded Drab (min 2.3 degsC /no rain)
Sat 14th March 2015 09:50 by Will Bown
13th March - Winterborne Stickland
A colder night again and not much worth a mention. Double-striped Pug, Chestnut and Hebrew Character the only species.
Fri 13th March 2015 18:42 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 12/3
A big jump up to 14 sp last night. These included 2 Dark Sword-grass, Tawny Pinion and Dotted Border. Some apparently quite interesting micros included: Zelleria hepariella, Agonopterix yeatiana, Caloptilia semifascia and a couple of the more regular Agonopterix alstromeriana.

0290 Caloptilia semifascia 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 13th March 2015 14:01 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12th March
22 of five species: 10 Hebrew Character with FFY Sm Quaker, 2 Early Thorn and Early Grey, 7 Common Quaker
Fri 13th March 2015 10:04 by Will Bown
12th March - Winterborne Stickland
Emmelina monodactyla and Chestnut, with Early Grey, Hebrew Character and Common Quaker the only other species overnight.
Fri 13th March 2015 09:00 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 12th March
6 species on a very wet morning, 9 Hebrew Character, 1 Early Grey, 2 Oak Beauty, 5 Common Quaker, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty, 2 Chestnut.
Fri 13th March 2015 07:05 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 12.3.15 125W MV
Only 4 species present on a wet morning. Singles of March Moth and Early Grey were FFY.
Thu 12th March 2015 20:42 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 11th March MV125
A surprising 19 species recorded. The highlights were: Ypsolopha mucronella (2), Agonopterix umbellana (new to the garden), Acleris hastiana, Acleris hyemana, Yellow Horned and Oak Nycteoline (2). Four species of orthosid, with Common Quaker (13) the most numerous.
Thu 12th March 2015 14:59 by Will Bown
11th March - Winterborne Stickland
Mild and misty and a few more moths.  The first Dark Sword-grass of the year, plus Early Grey, Pale Brindled Beauty, and Clouded Drab among the six species present.

2091 Dark Sword-grass 05 Copyright: Will Bown, Mar 2015

Thu 12th March 2015 11:18 by Lawrie de Whalley
11.3.2015 Winterborne Stickland Lawrie de Whalley
11.3.2015 Early Grey one.  only moth.  8 deg C
Thu 12th March 2015 09:28 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 11th March
A good night for moths, 8 species, 10 Hebrew Character, 2 Early Grey, 1 Oak Beauty, 1 Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 Small Quaker, 8 Common Quaker, 1 Red Sword-grass, 1 Shoulder Stripe. Hopefully Spring is on its way!
Wed 11th March 2015 12:08 by Lawrie de Whalley
11.3.2015 Winterborne Stickland Lawrie de Whalley
10.3.2015 Scarlet Tiger larva one. In garden in an egg box on bare ground. Comfrey and bramble nearby.

The egg box was there after a dog had dragged my moth trap across the garden scattering the contents (no moths!).

Mon 9th March 2015 10:39 by Lawrie de Whalley
Winterborne Stickland 8.3.15
Early Moth 2, nothing else 1degC Lawrie de Whalley
Sun 8th March 2015 15:08 by Will Bown
7th March - Winterborne Stickland
Still very slow with Common Quaker and Early Moth the only species,
Sun 8th March 2015 10:48 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 7th March
Much the same, with an Oak Beauty, 4 Hebrew Character and FFY 4 Common Quaker (Min 5.9 degsC)
Sun 8th March 2015 10:00 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8.3.15 125W MV
Still quiet here.  Hebrew Character (2), Common Quaker and Chestnut only.  All FFY.
Sat 7th March 2015 11:03 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/3
Oak Beauty and Common Quaker here.
Sat 7th March 2015 10:24 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 6th March
Just three species: singles of March Moth and Oak Beauty, five Hebrew Character (all FFY).  Min 4 degsC.
Sat 7th March 2015 09:34 by Will Bown
6th March - Winterborne Stickland
Still hard going but a Dark Chestnut was worth the effort and the first Common Quaker of the season the only other species.
Fri 6th March 2015 08:45 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th March
First attempt this year, 2 species, 1 March Moth, 1 Oak Beauty, a good start!
Sun 1st March 2015 09:58 by Will Bown
28th February - Winterborne Stickland
A milder night but only two species: Pale Brindled Beauty and Chestnut.