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Sun 31st May 2015 12:10 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 30.5.15 125W MV
Much better despite a wet night.  31 individuals of 29 species identified.  Highlight a single Bordered Straw. Plenty of FFYs including Common Swift, Pebble Hook-tip, Broken-barred Carpet, Pebble Prominent, White Ermine and Spectacle.
Sat 30th May 2015 19:34 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 29th May
A cool min 8.8 degsC here also - with 27 of 13 species, inc: Brown Rustic, Bright-line Brown-eye, CM & Gdn Carpet, Scalloped Hazel, Pale Tussock, White Ermine
Sat 30th May 2015 07:58 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 May
Cold.  15 moths from 2 traps!
Thu 28th May 2015 15:01 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell, 27/05
FFY Common Wainscot, Treble Lines, White-point and Large Yellow Underwing, among 38 moths of 13 spp.
Thu 28th May 2015 09:44 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 May
23 species including FFY Brown Silver-line, Clouded Silver and May Highflyer (an uncommon moth at Tolpuddle).  Also a mystery Pug which may be Larch.
Thu 28th May 2015 08:08 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th May
13 species, nothing new this year but included 1 Purple Bar and 1 Common Swift
Wed 27th May 2015 23:09 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 26th May
Numbers increasing New moths included Privet Hawkmoth, Pale-shouldered Brocade, Shears, Clouded Silver, Garden Carpet and Red Twin-spot Carpet, Only migrant was Rusty-dot Pearl
Wed 27th May 2015 09:17 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 26th May
15 species including 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Eyed Hawkmoth, 1 Garden Carpet, 1 Brown Rustic, 1 Least Black Arches
Wed 27th May 2015 07:20 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 May
Chilly.  Low numbers but 24 species.  FFY Buff Ermine and Ingrailed Clay.
Tue 26th May 2015 23:55 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25th May
35 of 15 species inc: Peppered Moth, Dk Sword-grass, B-line B-eye, with FFY Poplar Grey, Coronet, Pebble Hook-tip, Poplar Kitten, 3 Marbled Minor agg (min 8.6 degsC)
Tue 26th May 2015 12:56 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 25th May
10 species including 1 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 White Ermine
Tue 26th May 2015 07:01 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 May
Chilly again and not so much cloud.  30 species including 2 White-point but I guess these are just the local population.  FFY Common Marbled Carpet, Marbled Brown and Alder Moth.
Mon 25th May 2015 19:19 by Colin Burningham
Lydlinch Common 25th May daytime
On a guided walk starting at 1400hrs, 2 Forester, 1 Buff Tip
Mon 25th May 2015 19:16 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th May
12 species including 1 Peppered Moth, 1 Cinnabar, 1 Common Swift, 1 Chocolate Tip, 1 Noctocelia cynosbatella, 1 Udea ferrugalis (Rusty-dot Pearl)
Mon 25th May 2015 11:53 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24th May
Fall to just 34 of 17 species inc: Common Swift, Silver-ground Carpet, White Ermine, Chocolate-tip, Treble Lines, with FFY Figure of Eighty, May Highflyer, Brown Rustic, Cataclysta lemnata (Sm China-mk) Min 8.2 degsC
Mon 25th May 2015 07:58 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 May
A little colder than the previous night.  29 species including FFY Ruby Tiger and Treble Lines.
Sun 24th May 2015 21:35 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 23rd May
Around 50 of 26 species inc: Iron Prominent, B-line B-eye, Waved Umber, Evergestis forficalis, with FFY Lst Blk Arches, Sallow Kitten, Dk/G Dagger agg, Orange Footman, Wax Moth, 3 Coxcomb Prominent (min 9 degsC)
Sun 24th May 2015 20:31 by David Foot
Merritown 23/5/15
8 brd-bord bee hawks nectaring at rhododendron and 10 male emperors to pheromone in the afternoon. Overnight traps Sunday morning had 67 species, best being poplar lutestring 1, poplar hk 6, lime hk 2, eyed hk 1, grey birch 3, seraphim 2, dk-barred twin-sp cpt 3, pale oak beauty 5, treble-bar 1 and musotima nitidalis 6. Excellent mothing at last, most bee hks I've seen at one time and all in about 20 mins. One slight surprise though, no lge red-belted c/wing to pheromone.
Sun 24th May 2015 13:16 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 23rd May
15 species including 1 Scorched Wing, 1 Cinnibar, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 1 Small Waved Umber, 1 Common Pug, 1 Evergestis forficalis, 1 Anania hortulata, 1 Brown Rustic
Sun 24th May 2015 12:06 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 23th May
No migrants last night but improving numbers. Best of the new for year were Orange Footman, Mottled Rustic,, Grass Rivulet and Clouded Border
Sun 24th May 2015 09:05 by Geoffrey Sell
Some moths at last. 22nd May, 26 species of macro, including a female Fox Moth.  23rd May, 17 species with a Portland Ribbon Wave and an Eyed Hawk.
Sun 24th May 2015 07:57 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 May
Another warm, still and cloudy night with some mist.  Best night this year.  35 species including 1 Silver Y.  FFY Privet Hawkmoth, Orange Footman, Marbled Minor, Small Clouded Brindle, Burnished Brass, Lychnis and Pale Mottled Willow.
Sat 23rd May 2015 21:52 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 22th May
A much better night with 15 macro species and 32 moths. Migrants were Bordered Straw (2) and Diamond-back Moth. Among new for year were May Highflyer , Common Swift (3), Nut-tree Tussock (2) and Pale Tussock
Sat 23rd May 2015 21:40 by Colin Burningham
Compton Down 1500hrs 23rd May
1 Wood Tiger, great to see!
Sat 23rd May 2015 21:38 by Colin Burningham
Springhead, Fontmell 22nd May
13 species including 4 Pale Tussock (including 1 female), 1 Chocolate Tip, 2 Common Swift, 2 Buff Tip, 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 May Highflyer.
Sat 23rd May 2015 21:33 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd May
11 species, including 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Silver-ground Carpet, 1 Coxcomb Prominent, 1 Pebble Hook-tip, 1 Shoulder-striped Wainscot, 1 Mottled Pug
Sat 23rd May 2015 15:48 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 22nd May
Best catch so far this year - One MV trap in sub-urban garden. A new for the garden Brown Silver-line, together with NFY Orange Footman(2), May Highflyer, and an early Willow Beauty. 22 macro and just 5 micro ID'd.
Sat 23rd May 2015 15:03 by Chris Thain
Brownsea 22nd May
Best trap of the year so far including Orange Footman (4), Birch Mocha, the second Light Brocade of the decade (last in 2002) and the first Alder moth since 1963! Both of these last 2 new for me.

Chris Thain

Sat 23rd May 2015 11:10 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22nd May
Increase in numbers to 56 of 27 species: Common Marbled & Silver-ground Carpet, Spectacle, Pebble & Swallow Prominent, Heart & Dart, White Ermine, Chinese Character, Scalloped Hazel, 12 Sm Square-spot FFY macros: Chocolate-tip, Green Carpet, Poplar Hawk, Common Swift, Treble Lines, Buff Ermine, Set Hebrew Character.  FFY micros: Scoparia ambigualis, Celypha lacunana, Parapoynx stratiotata (R China-mk) Min 11.6 degsC
Sat 23rd May 2015 07:04 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 May
Warm, still and cloudy.  A good night.  53 moths of 27 species in two traps including one very fresh White-point and 1 Phtheochroa rugosana (which may be FFG).  FFY Common White Wave, Scalloped Hazel, Large Yellow Underwing, Chinese Character, Snout, Shears (not a moth I get very often) and Grey Pine Carpet.
Fri 22nd May 2015 11:14 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell, May 21st
A hint of better things to come here, with 24 moths of 10 spp: LBAM, Garden Carpet, FFY Poplar Hawk-moth, 3 Heart & Dart, 3 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Flame Shoulder, Setaceous Hebrew Character, 10 Small Square-spot, FFY Clouded Brindle and FFY Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Thu 21st May 2015 21:30 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 20th May
14 moths of 10 species. Still windy and cold up here. Highlights Bordered Straw and Silver Y . New for year Treble Lines,, Common Pug and White Ermine.
Thu 21st May 2015 20:44 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/5
Grim still here, but Pale Pinion and Silver Y worth a mention. First Poplar Hawk of the year also.
Thu 21st May 2015 18:22 by Mike Hetherington
Kingcombe Meadows (by day)
Singles of Burnet Companion and Mother Shipton by day at DWT Kingcombe Meadows (Stones Common).
Wed 20th May 2015 08:53 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th May
no species caught for two nights running. Where are all the moths?
Wed 20th May 2015 06:35 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19.5.15 125W MV
Slim pickings on a chilly night. Only 8 individuals of 6 species. FFY of Scalloped Hazel, Poplar Hawkmoth, Buff-tip and Flame Shoulder.
Mon 18th May 2015 17:44 by Jan Baker
Monday 18.5.2015. Jan Baker
Marshwood MV lamp. 18.5. 2015.  Fairly cold, very wet night

Reasonable,considering the weather

I each of : Poplar Hawkmoth, Spectacle, Muslin Moth, Brimstone, Flame Shoulder, Hebrew Character

2 Swallow Prominent

Mon 18th May 2015 15:44 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th May
mild night, little wind, yet poor numbers of moths, 7 species, singles of Brimstone, Green Carpet, Hebrew Character, Pebble Prominent, Small Square-spot, Common Quaker and one unidentified micro.
Mon 18th May 2015 09:40 by Paul Harris
14/5: Bordered Straw.

17/5: Mullein, Chocolate-tip.

Sun 17th May 2015 20:02 by Jan Baker
Marshwood 16.5.2015 Jan Baker
Two Hummingbird hawk moths in garden on Bugle. One Garden Carpet
Sun 17th May 2015 19:12 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16th May
Just 11 of 7 species with FFY Scalloped Hazel
Sun 17th May 2015 17:59 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 16th May
7 species, one each of Small Square-spot, Flame Shoulder, Hebrew Character, Pebble Prominent, White Ermine, Common Wainscot, Shears.
Sun 17th May 2015 11:53 by Terry Box
Stubhampton Bottom, 13.5.2015 – 7 Drab Looper. We are keen to encourage survey for this dayflying moth, please report any sightings to
Sun 17th May 2015 10:20 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 16 May
Chilly.  8 moths from 2 traps!
Sat 16th May 2015 19:40 by Colin Burningham
Batcombe 16th May
1 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawkmoth, feeding on Bugle, a fascinating sight to see!
Sat 16th May 2015 13:28 by Clive Pinder
Sat 16th May 2015 13:26 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell May15
Eight species here, including a Dark Sword-grass and a Silver Y.
Sat 16th May 2015 10:11 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15th May
Just 18 of 12 species here also, inc: Great and Swallow Prominent, Muslin, Shuttle-shaped Dart, 2 Pale Tussock, 4 Red Twin-spot Carpet with FFY Plutella xylostella (min 10.7 degsC / cloudy)

Pale Tussock

Sat 16th May 2015 06:06 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 May
Only 12 species including FFY Common Swift.
Fri 15th May 2015 22:03 by Gillian Nash
Fri 15th May 2015 22:03 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 14th May
As yesterday, just 12 of 10 species inc: Silver Y, P.combinella, H. pseudospretella FFY Heart and Dart, Puss Moth, White Ermine (min 10.6 degsC)
Fri 15th May 2015 16:16 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 14th May
Not expecting much, so a Bordered Straw and a Dark Sword Grass were a nice surprise. Also a garden first with a single Mompha raschkiella.
Fri 15th May 2015 06:11 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 May
Only 11 moths including 1 Silver Y.  FFY Angle Shades, Heart and Dart, Small Square-spot and Vine's Rustic.
Thu 14th May 2015 19:11 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13th May
12 of 10 species inc: E Grey, Swallow and Lssr Swallow Prominent with FFY White Ermine, Pale Tussock, Clouded-bordered Brindle (min 10.6 dgsC)
Thu 14th May 2015 05:50 by Terry Box
Lyme Regis, 13 May
A Hummingbird Hawk-moth in the garden in Lyme Regis (per Roger Boswell)
Thu 14th May 2015 05:48 by Terry Box
Merley Park, 10 May
A Dingy Mocha to MV Trap, Map Ref: SZ003978 (photo) (per James Fradgley)
Wed 13th May 2015 23:14 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12th May
Return to min 4.2degsC and just 12 of 9 species, inc: Nut-tree Tussock, Muslin, Pebble Prominent, Brindled Beauty, White-shouldered House Moth FFY Spectacle and Angle Shades
Wed 13th May 2015 08:08 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 12th May
A very calm night but poor results, 4 species only, 1 each of Muslin Moth, Flame Shoulder, Hebrew Character, Spectacle
Wed 13th May 2015 07:14 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 May
Much colder overnight and very few moths.
Tue 12th May 2015 14:29 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11th May
Around 30 of 20 species inc: Great, Swallow and Lssr Swallow Prominent, 4 Muslin Moth, A.arenella, P.combinella with FFY Chinese Character, Common Pug, Silver Y, Twenty Plume (min 9.3 degsC/dry) 2 micros yet to ID
Tue 12th May 2015 08:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 11 May
Another good night.  62 moths of 28 species.  New moths for the year not mentioned below: Water Veneer, Common Wave and 5 very fresh Poplar Hawkmoths.
Mon 11th May 2015 22:26 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 10th May
Similar numbers here (33 of 20sp) inc: Streamer, L Marbled Brown, Dk Sword-grass, Brindled Beauty, Red Twin-spot Carpet with FFY Clouded Silver, Pebble Prominent, Ruby Tiger, V-pug, Bright-line Brown-eye, Evergestis forficalis (min 9.1 degsC)

Evergestis forficalis (Gdn Pebble)

Mon 11th May 2015 10:21 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 10.5.15 125W MV
Reasonable numbers: 30 individuals of 18 species. FFY included Brindled Beauty, Waved Umber, Chocolate-tip, Nut-tree Tussock and Silver Y (my first migrant of the year).
Mon 11th May 2015 08:11 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 10 May
Warm and still.  A good night.  57 moths of 31 species including 1 Mullein - I haven't had one of those for some time.  New for the year moths not mentioned below: Cinnabar, Blood-vein, Poplar Kitten, Clouded-bordered Brindle, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Yellow-barred Brindle and Middle-barred Minor.
Sun 10th May 2015 22:00 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 9.5.15
Didn't manage to get the trap out, but Purple Bar, Brimstone and Pale Tussock at outside lights all FFY.
Sun 10th May 2015 21:23 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 9/5
Most productive night of the year so far, 22 sp recorded. Immigrants represented by 2 Silver Y and a Dark Sword-grass. NFY were Red Twin-spot Carpet, Silver-ground Carpet, Buff-tip, Least Black Arches, Garden Carpet, Blood-vein and Lychnis. Micros represented by Epinotia immundana and Scrobipalpa acuminatella. (see photo)

0822 Scrobipalpa acuminatella 01 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 10th May 2015 13:23 by Jenny Seawright
9th May, Broadstone
45 moths of 22 species made it worth putting the trap out - best were singles of Lime Hawk-moth and Waved Umber. Common Swift, Least Black Arches and Clepsis spectrana were also first records for the garden.
Sun 10th May 2015 12:58 by Will Bown
9th May - Winterborne Stickland
Agonopterix arenella, Depressaria radiella, Depressaria ultimella, Epiphyas postvittana, Pale Mottled Willow, Bright-Line Brown-Eye, Waved Umber and Scorched Carpet among just fourteen species trapped overnight.
Sun 10th May 2015 10:36 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9th May
Around 20 of 11 species inc: Great Prominent, Powdered Quaker, 2 Flame Shoulder, 4 Nut-tree Tussock, 2 E.postvittana (LBAM), 1 Endrosis sarcitrella (W-sHM), with FFY Scorched Wing and Depressaria radiella (Parsnip Moth) Min 8.2 degsC/cloud
Sun 10th May 2015 06:41 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 9 May
First trap for a while.  36 moths of 19 species.  1 Silver Y.  Also some not mentioned below: Pebble Hook-tip, Pebble Prominent, Buff-tip, White Ermine and Shuttle-shaped Dart.
Sat 9th May 2015 13:10 by Will Bown
8th May - Winterborne Stickland
Still dismally low numbers here. Among the limited species logged were: Muslin, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Green Carpet, Brimstone and Treble Lines.  Local Bluebell-filled woodland patch now showing emerging Cameraria ohridella the Horse Chestnut Leaf Miner.

Sat 9th May 2015 11:45 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 8th May
Fall in total by half to 14 of 10 species, despite higher temp of 8.1 degsC/cloudy.  Just one NFY Eudonia angustea.  Others included Lunar Marbled Brown, Flame Shoulder, Brindled Beauty, Muslin, P.combinella, 2 E.postvittana
Sat 9th May 2015 09:00 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell May 7
The best night for me so far this year included singles of Rush Veneer, Herald, Mullein, and (first for garden)Tawny Shears.
Fri 8th May 2015 19:51 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 7/5
4 Dark Sword-grass, Herald, Swallow Prominent and bizarrely, yet another Lunar Marbled Brown were the best here.
Fri 8th May 2015 12:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 7th May
Just 30 of 12 species inc: 3 Brindled Beauty, 2 Swallow Prominent, with singles of Brimstone, Pale Mottled Willow, Waved Umber, Great Prominent, FFY Peppered Moth, Dk Sword-grass (min 7.6 degsC/cloudy/lt rain)
Thu 7th May 2015 20:55 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/5
Dark Sword-grass and Silver Y best on offer here.
Thu 7th May 2015 18:13 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 4/5
Mullein the only species worth a mention.
Tue 5th May 2015 22:24 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,4th May, MV125
Not much flying in the wind and the rain. Best of the 13 species were singles of Scarce Prominent and Maiden's Blush.
Tue 5th May 2015 08:49 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 4th May
6 species, singles of Purple Bar, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Lunar Marbled Brown, Flame Shoulder, plus 3 Brimstone Moth, 3 Hebrew Character
Sun 3rd May 2015 22:17 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/5
Immigrants represented by Dark Sword-grass and Diamond-back. Pale Tussock plus Heart and Dart were new for year.
Sat 2nd May 2015 21:59 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 1/5
Worth a mention were: another Lunar Marbled Brown, Nut-tree Tussock, Pale Prominent, V-Pug and Pale Mottled Willow.

1858 V-Pug 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 2nd May 2015 11:56 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 01 May
Conditions still not good ,but Waved Umber(3) and an early Spectacle.
Sat 2nd May 2015 10:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 1st May
Just 20 but 9 species: 11 H Character, 2 C Drab, singles of Gdn Carpet, Brimstone, E Grey, Brindled Beauty, Nut-tree Tussock, with FFY Mullein and Water Carpet (Dry/min 8.1 degsC)


Fri 1st May 2015 17:49 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 30/4
Rush Veneer, Chocolate-tip and Lunar Marbled Brown the best here, the latter only my third ever I think.

2019 Chocolate-tip 06 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 1st May 2015 12:56 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 30th April
Again low numbers but new for year Brimstone (2) and Tachstola acroxantha