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Wed 29th April 2015 17:09 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 28/4
Traps still dire but new-for-year Mullein worth a mention.
Mon 27th April 2015 22:46 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 26th April
A cold ,clear night. Just 16 moths. Highlights were Dark Sword Grass(2), Silver Y and Muslin Moth.
Sun 26th April 2015 21:02 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 25/4
A few immigrants here: 3 Silver Y, Dark Sword-grass and a Diamond-back.

0464 Plutella xylostella 05 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 26th April 2015 13:53 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 25th April
A very wet night, 7 species including singles of Brindled Beauty, Swallow Prominent, Pale Prominent, Early Thorn, Purple Thorn
Sun 26th April 2015 10:14 by Will Bown
25th April - Winterborne Stickland
Another quite promising looking night that didn't really deliver much.  Just twenty moths of eight species, with Brindled Beauty, Lesser Swallow Prominent and Waved Umber worth a mention.
Sat 25th April 2015 15:10 by Paul Harris
East Parley 24/4
Balsam Carpet taken last night at East Parley (Bagsy). Second record for site, presumably indicating the presence of a low density colony nearby. The site is on private land.

1721 Balsam Carpet 02 Copyright: Bagsy

Sat 25th April 2015 11:25 by Will Bown
24th April - Winterborne Stickland
A more promising night only managed to produce seven species including: Silver Y, Lesser Swallow Prominent and Muslin.
Sat 25th April 2015 09:56 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24th April
Just 16 of 10 species inc: Flame Shoulder, L Marbled Brown, N-t Tussock, Muslin, with FFY Red Twin-spot Carpet, Iron Prominent, Swallow Prominent (rise in min temp to 9.3 degsC/rain)
Fri 24th April 2015 23:22 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 23rd April
Nine species of 24, inc: Frosted Green, Brindled Beauty, Muslin, P. combinella, E.postvittana with FFY Scorched Carpet (min 5.2 degsC)

Scorched Carpet

1888 Scorched Carpet 03 Copyright: Gillian Nash, April 2015

Fri 24th April 2015 17:31 by Paul Harris
22/4: Diamond-back. 23/4: Silver Y
Thu 23rd April 2015 13:38 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22nd April
Interesting line-up of 16 species with just 30, including: Waved Umber, Shoulder Stripe, Nut-tree Tussock, Lunar Marbled Brown, Powdered Quaker, Flame Shoulder, Muslin, Northern Drab, Pale Pinion FFY: Great Prominent, Tawny Pinion, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Semioscopis steinkellneriana FFG: Chamomile Shark

Tawny Pinion

2235 Tawny Pinion 03 Copyright: Gillian Nash, April 2015

Thu 23rd April 2015 09:27 by Will Bown
22nd April - Winterborne Stickland
Still only nine species including: Nut-tree Tussock, Brindled Beauty, Twin-spotted Quaker and Powdered Quaker and two more Scarlet Tiger larvae found during the afternoon.
Wed 22nd April 2015 10:00 by Will Bown
19th April - Winterborne Stickland
Still scratching a bit here with just eight species, including first appearances of: Muslin, Flame Shoulder, Scorched Carpet and what appears to be a Depressaria ultimella, one of which I confirmed by dissection last year.  Also, feeding on Comfrey along the little stream running through the garden were two Scarlet Tiger larvae.

2068 Scarlet Tiger 06 Copyright: Will Bown

Wed 22nd April 2015 09:30 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st April
16 species, including singles of Pebble Prominent, Swallow Prominent, Frosted Green, Brimstone, Pale pinion, Tawny Pinion, Double-striped Pug, Oak-tree Pug and two of Streamer, Great Prominent, Powdered Quaker.
Tue 21st April 2015 22:01 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/4
Traps quite dire but first Waved Umber of the year worth a mention.
Tue 21st April 2015 17:50 by Lawrie de Whalley
Winterborne Stickland 20.4.2015
3 degC 22 moths of 10 species.  Herald 1, Red Sword-grass 1, Swallow Prominent 1, Muslin 1, Nut-tree Tussock 1.
Tue 21st April 2015 17:41 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th April
A good night, cold but still conditions, 12 species, 3 Brimstone Moth, 2 Lunar Marbled Brown, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Shoulder Stripe, 3 Early Grey, 3 Hebrew Character, 7 Clouded Drab, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker, 3 Common Quaker, 1 Powdered Quaker, 1 Great Prominent, 1 Chinese Character.
Mon 20th April 2015 09:14 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th April
Heavy ground frost with min temp of 0 deg C. Only 4 species, 2 Early Grey, 3 Hebrew Character, 2 Clouded Drab, 1 Powdered Quaker.
Sun 19th April 2015 11:59 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18th April
Around 40 with similar species list of 8 here, which included Frosted Green, Powdered Quaker, C Drab, Brindled Beauty and still good numbers of H Character, E Grey and C Quaker.  FFY Brimstone, Muslin Moth, Pale Mottled Willow (min 4.4 degsC/dry/lt breeze)

Frosted Green

1660 Frosted Green 03 Copyright: Gillian Nash, April 2015

Sun 19th April 2015 09:45 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 18th April
Warm during the day but cold at night. Only 6 species, 1 Brindled Beauty, 3 Common Quaker, 2 Early Thorn, 1 Early Grey, 2 Clouded Drab, 5 Hebrew Character.
Sun 19th April 2015 09:24 by Will Bown
18th April - Winterborne Stickland
Clear and quite chilly again and just seven species including: Streamer, Brindled Beauty and Powdered Quaker.
Sat 18th April 2015 21:03 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17th April
Just 23 of 11 species including: Shoulder Stripe, Early Thorn with FFY Purple Thorn and Emmelina Monodactyla (min 5.1 degsC)

Early Thorn

1917 Early Thorn 03 Copyright: Gillian Nash, March 2015

Sat 18th April 2015 13:16 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 17th April
A cold windy night with just 22 moths recorded. Only of note -a worn Double-striped Pug and Dark Sword Grass.
Fri 17th April 2015 23:22 by Gillian Nash
Fri 17th April 2015 22:49 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16th April
50 of 15 species inc: Shoulder Stripe, Streamer, Brindled Pug, 3 Powdered Quaker and Lunar Marbled Brown FFY Nut-tree Tussock, FFG Northern Drab (just one micro, but yet to ID)

Northern Drab

2184 Northern Drab 04 Copyright: Gillian Nash

Nut-tree Tussock

2425 Nut-tree Tussock 03 Copyright: Martin Wood

Fri 17th April 2015 20:03 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/4
New for year last night were: Nut-tree Tussock, Knot Grass, Brindled Pug, Spruce Carpet, Puss Moth and Shuttle-shaped Dart. Also another Tawny Pinion and a dark form Diamond-back. Another Agonopterix subpropinquella. Confirmed P Sterling.

0464 Plutella xylostella 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 17th April 2015 17:25 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,15-16th April
Several new species for the year over the last two nights, including Acleris cristana, Red Sword Grass, Silver Y, Purple Thorn, Red-green Carpet, Early tooth-striped, Maiden's Blush and Nut tree Tussock.
Fri 17th April 2015 12:37 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 16th April
125W MV: 55 moths of 16 species. New for recorder were 2 Northern Drab. Also of note were Plutella xylostella, and new for year species at the site being Streamer, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone Moth, Bright-line Brown-eye and Shuttle-shaped Dart.

2184 Northern Drab 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Fri 17th April 2015 09:39 by Will Bown
16th April - Winterborne Stickland
An improvement in numbers and a few more species including: Mullein, Ruby Tiger, Double-striped Pug and Early Thorn.
Fri 17th April 2015 07:58 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 16 April
It's hotting up!  53 moths of 16 species.  FFYs not already mentioned below: Brimstone, Purple Thorn and Bright-line Brown-Eye.
Thu 16th April 2015 20:33 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15th April
45 of 12 species, including: Powdered, Common & Sm Quaker, March Moth, Streamer, 2 Brindled Beauty, 3 Lunar Marbled Brown FFY: Flame Shoulder, Agonopterix arenella
Thu 16th April 2015 20:21 by Paul Harris
14/4: Dark Sword-grass. 15/4: Diamond-back Moth and Elachista canapennella.

0607 Elachista canapennella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Thu 16th April 2015 16:01 by Lawrie de Whalley
15.4.2015 Winterborne Stickland
8 deg C 76 moths of 14 species. Brindled Beauty one, Herald one, Tawny Pinion one, Dotted Border one, Mullein Moth one.
Thu 16th April 2015 10:34 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 15.4.15 125W MV
Much better here too.  36 individuals of 14 species.  New for garden were Pseudoswammerdamia combinella (pictured) and Lunar Marbled Brown.  FFY included Twenty-plume Moth, Shoulder Stripe, Streamer and Early Thorn. 0436 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 02 Copyright: Mike Hetherington 15.4.15
Wed 15th April 2015 20:42 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,14th April
A better showing than of late with singles of Narrow-winged Pug, Lunar Marbled Brown, Great Prominent, Muslin and Scalloped Hook-tip all NFY. Also of note were 4 Pine Beauty and a single Shoulder Stripe, a species which I only record 1-2 times per year in the garden.
Wed 15th April 2015 16:41 by Lawrie de Whalley
Lawrie deWhalley Winterborne Stickland
14.04.2015 4 degC 10 species 43 moths Brindled Beauty one, Dotted Border one, Pine Beauty one, Small Quaker 2, Mullein Moth one, Early Thorn 2.
Wed 15th April 2015 11:22 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 14th April
63 of 12 species, with H Character (22) / C Quaker (20) making up majority.  Amongst the others, Grey Shoulder-knot, Powdered Quaker, Lunar Marbled Brown.  FFY: 2 Streamer, Brindled Beauty, singles of Brindled Pug and Waved Umber

1852 Brindled Pug 03 Copyright: Dave Foot

Wed 15th April 2015 09:36 by Jack Oughton
14th April Portesham
125W MV: 58 moths of 14 species. Of note were Plutella xylostella, Early Tooth-striped, Nut-tree Tussock & Pine Beauty.
Tue 14th April 2015 21:06 by Jack Oughton
Arne 14th April
By day at RSPB Arne, 3 male Emperor Moths darting about were new for recorder. Also, 2 Horse Chestnut, Incurvaria pectinea, Pachythelia villosella and several Argyrothaenia ljungiana.
Sun 12th April 2015 13:57 by Paul Harris
Preston, Weymouth 11/4
Mullein the best in the traps at Preston last night (per Ricky Lambert)
Sun 12th April 2015 13:35 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11th April 2015
Fall in min temp to 4.1 degsC - resulting in just 15 of 6 species including, once again, Sm Quaker, Oak Beauty, March Moth, Lunar Marbled Brown

Sat 11th April 2015 21:42 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 10th April
Around 30 of 7 species, incl Lunar Marbled Brown, March Moth, Oak Beauty, 3 Early Thorn.  Fall in numbers/ species despite rise of min overnight temp to 7.3 degsC

2015 Lunar Marbled Brown 05 Copyright: Gillian Nash, Apr 2015
Sat 11th April 2015 14:07 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 10/4
Best here a female Small Eggar which laid an egg mass in the trap. Also Powdered and Twin-spotted Quakers, Early Thorn, Double-striped Pug, Chestnut (2) and the usual regulars.

1633 Small Eggar 07 Copyright: Paul Harris

1633 Small Eggar 08 (Egg mass) Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 11th April 2015 08:58 by Will Bown
10th April - Winterborne Stickland
Milder but still just seven species including: Double-striped Pug, Small Quaker and Scalloped Hook-tip.

1645 Scalloped Hook-tip 04 Copyright: Will Bown

Sat 11th April 2015 08:47 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 10 April
Rain overnight.  29 moths of 7 species.  The usual suspects at this time of year.
Fri 10th April 2015 19:23 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9th April
Around 50 of 9 species including: FFY Pale Pinion, Powdered Quaker, Lunar Marbled Brown, E.postvittana.  Amongst the others, Twin-spotted Quaker, 2 Early Thorn, (m&f) Small Eggar (min 4.9 degsC / dry)

1633 Small Eggar 06 Copyright: Gillian Nash, 9 Apr 2015
Fri 10th April 2015 09:38 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 9th April
9 species, 1 Streamer, 5 Early Thorn, 15 Hebrew Character, 4 Clouded Drab, 8 Common Quaker, 6 Early Grey, 2 Small Quaker, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker, 1 Pale Pinion.
Fri 10th April 2015 08:57 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 9 April
24 moths of 7 species including 1 March Moth which I don't get that often.
Thu 9th April 2015 20:37 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 8/4
First Muslin Moth of the year plus Dotted Border and Agonopterix subpropinquella, f. rhodochrella.

0692 Agonopterix subpropinquella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Thu 9th April 2015 10:29 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 8th April
9 species, 1 Dotted Border, 1 March Moth, 6 Early Thorn, 4 Early Grey, 3 Small Quaker, 3 Common Quaker, 9 Hebrew Character, 3 Clouded Drab, and 1 Dotted Chestnut.
Thu 9th April 2015 09:46 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 April
A bit chilly.  20 moths of 6 species.
Wed 8th April 2015 09:08 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th April
Only 4 species, 6 Hebrew Character, 5 Early Grey, 1 Small Quaker, 3 Common Quaker
Wed 8th April 2015 09:05 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 6th April
6 species, 8 Hebrew Character, 1 Early Thorn, 2 Early Grey, 1 Clouded Drab, 3 Small Quaker, 5 Common Quaker.
Wed 8th April 2015 09:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 7 April
First trap of the year.  45 moths of 12 species including 1 Horse Chestnut and 1 Tawny Pinion
Tue 7th April 2015 20:43 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 6.4.15
External lights produced FFY Depressaria daucella, Diurnea fagella and Double-striped Pug.
Tue 7th April 2015 19:07 by Paul Harris
Preston, Weymouth 6/4
2 Small Eggar in trap (per Ricky Lambert).
Tue 7th April 2015 19:07 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/4
Pale Pinion here plus the first Powdered and Small Quaker of the spring.
Mon 6th April 2015 20:08 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 5/4
An Oak Beauty the only moth worth a mention in the traps. However a 'Caloptilia' found in the garden in the afternoon proved to be Povolnya leucapennella. Apparently a rare and restricted Oak feeder.

0292 Povolnya leucapennella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Mon 6th April 2015 11:54 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 5.4.15 15W Actinic
Thought I'd try the Actinic in the front garden for a change. Bad idea. Just four moths of three species, including 2 March Moth.
Mon 6th April 2015 10:06 by Lawrie de Whalley
5.4.2015 Winterborne Stickland Lawrie de Whalley
zero deg C Small Eggar one.  10 moths, 4 species.
Mon 6th April 2015 07:29 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 5.4.15
Slight increase on yesterday, with 49 moths of 11 species. New for year included 3 Oak Beauty & Eudonia angustea. Also, another Pale Pinion.
Sun 5th April 2015 22:05 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 4th April
Just 15 moths. New for year, Pale Pinion (2). Also Oak Beauty, Early Grey (5), Hebrew Character (6) and Common Quaker. Also Depresseria deucella
Sun 5th April 2015 21:42 by David Foot
Merritown Heath 4/4/15
20 species caught, highlights lead-coloured drab 1, horse chestnut 4 and dotted chestnut 1.
Sun 5th April 2015 15:53 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 4.4.15 125W MV
Still poor here: just 14 individuals of 4 species.  Clouded Drab FFY.
Sun 5th April 2015 15:05 by Lawrie de Whalley
Winterborne Stickland 4.4.2015 Lawrie de Whalley
2 degreesC 5 species 25 moths. Oak Beauty one, Semioscopsis steinkellneriana one FFG.
Sun 5th April 2015 08:04 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 4.4.15
First time running the trap for a full night this year produced 48 moths of 10 species. Of note March Moth (2) were new for recorder. Also of note were Pale Pinion(2, new for site) and Red Chestnut. About half the moths (25) were Hebrew Character.
Sat 4th April 2015 10:02 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 3rd April
Six species here also / 18 (half of which Hebrew Character), singles of Oak Beauty, March Moth, 2 each of Early Grey, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab (min 4.9 degsC rain until 11pm / breezy)
Sat 4th April 2015 09:00 by Will Bown
3rd April - Winterborne Stickland
Just six species: March Moth, Common Quaker, Early Grey, Hebrew Character, Chestnut and Clouded Drab.  Also a little Common Footman larva in one of the traps.
Fri 3rd April 2015 12:32 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 2nd April
Better moth trap included 3 Oak Beauties, Brindled Pug and a beautiful FFG Acleris literana

Fri 3rd April 2015 10:14 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/4
An obvious improvement here with Dotted Chestnut, Herald, Twin-spotted Quaker, March Moth and 2 Oak Beauty being the highlights.