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Wed 30th September 2015 22:51 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 29th Sept
13 species here too and with similar line-up, but first for garden Scarce Bordered Straw

2400 Scarce Bordered Straw 05 Copyright: Gillian Nash

Wed 30th September 2015 09:58 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th September
13 species, but including 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Black Rustic, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Beaded Chestnut and a beautiful Large Ranunculus.
Tue 29th September 2015 20:17 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 28th September, MV125
On a cool moonlit night, 13 species, 35 moths, of which one was a superb Clifden Nonpareil. Otherwise, nothing else of note.
Tue 29th September 2015 14:40 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th September
Temperature dropped below 5 deg C and only 8 species. Nothing of note except 1 Silver Y!
Tue 29th September 2015 13:35 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 28th September
40 of 17 species, inc: Black Rustic, Brindled Green, Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, Pale Mottled Wilow, with ffyear Pink-barred Sallow, Green-brindled Crescent, Pearly Underwing (min 7.2 degsC)
Mon 28th September 2015 22:40 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 27st September
Not the best night for trapping -a really bright moon (despite the short respite around 3am). Numbers low. Best of the 12 species were singles of Dusky Thorn, Feathered Ranaculus, Feathered Brindle, L -Album Wainscot and Chestnut.
Mon 28th September 2015 18:50 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th September
Only 6 species including 1 Sallow.
Mon 28th September 2015 17:58 by Malcolm Hamilton-Martin
Large Elephant Hawk moth PUPA (mature)
Seen twice in Lyme Regis garden heading earth wise! Verified by gardener.
Sun 27th September 2015 21:27 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 26th September
Just six species and min 5 degsC: Silver Y, Large Ranunculus, Dusky Thorn and ffy Sallow
Sat 26th September 2015 10:53 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25th September
21 of 9 species: Burnished Brass, Silver Y, Pale Eggar, Red Underwing, Brindled Green, ffy Beaded Chestnut, E.postvittana, H.pseudospretella (min 5.2 degsC)
Sat 26th September 2015 08:24 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 25/9
Pearly Underwing and White Speck the best here on a very chilly night.
Fri 25th September 2015 08:37 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th September
After a few days of mainly Lunar Underwing arriving at my moth trap, only 9 species but including 1 Canary-shouldered Thorn, 1 Light Emerald and 2 Silver Y.
Thu 24th September 2015 22:44 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 23 September
On a relatively warm night, Scarce Bordered Straw and L-album Wainscot were the best.
Thu 24th September 2015 21:56 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 23/9
Rather poor considering the good cloud cover. White Speck and two Dark Spectacle again.
Thu 24th September 2015 20:58 by Richard Cottle
23rd September, Tincleton
Highlight here was a Clifden Nonpareil (3rd this year). Not much else to report other than a second brood Ruby Tiger and a late Magpie. Lunar Underwing (32) the most numerous and out numbering Large Yellow Underwing for a change.
Thu 24th September 2015 09:21 by Will Bown
23th September - Winterborne Stickland
Not much beyond the regulars - Hedge Rustic still infrequent enough here to be worth a mention, otherwise a solitary Silver Y the only immigrant, and Hypatima rhomboidella only the second recorded here.
Wed 23rd September 2015 10:37 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22nd September
Just 18 species, inc: E.monodactyla(+2 to ID), E.sarcitrella, N.noctuella.  Pale Eggar, Lg Ranunculus, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Centre-barred Sallow, 5 Black Rustic (around 100 individuals, including 74 Lunar Underwing) Min 6.7 degsC
Tue 22nd September 2015 13:21 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 21st September
Unfortunately the rarities haven't reached here. However a reasonable variety for a wet and windy night. Best of the bunch Feathered Brindle, Orange Swift,Dark Sword Grass and Rush Veneer(7).
Mon 21st September 2015 23:56 by Terry Box
Durlston CP, night of 18th September
A couple of interesting records from a visiting trapper to Durlston supported by photos: Channel Islands Pug and a Sombre Brocade (per Tom Vorsterman).  Full list to follow for Les.
Mon 21st September 2015 10:02 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 19th September
Just 30 species, inc: Red Underwing, Dk Sword-grass, Yellow Shell, Angle Shades, A.heracliana & arenella, N.noctuella (Lunar surpassed Lg Yellow Underwing, with around 120)
Mon 21st September 2015 08:12 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/9
Hedge Rustic the best here, my first for some time. Also White Speck and two Dark Spectacle.
Sun 20th September 2015 20:35 by Paul Harris
Parley 19/9
Another Clifden Nonpareil at Parley, news per Bagsy.
Sun 20th September 2015 15:59 by Will Bown
19th September - Winterborne Stickland
Foggy by dawn and chilly.  The selection included: Pale Eggar, Small Wainscot, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn and Red Underwing.

2452 Red Underwing 03 Copyright: Will Bown

Sun 20th September 2015 14:14 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19.9.15 125W MV
90 individuals of 23 species.  Of note: Rush Veneer (1), White-point (2), FFY Large Ranunculus (2), FFY Copper Underwing (1) (ID by hindwing) & Silver Y (2).
Sat 19th September 2015 20:44 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18th September
29 Species, inc: A.variegana, C.lacunana, N.noctuella, Black, Rosy, Flounced Rustics, Marbled Beauty, Snout, Silver Y, ffy (2) Brindled Green . . . . .

2248 Brindled Green 03 Copyright: Gillian Nash

Sat 19th September 2015 15:53 by Mike Hetherington
Abbotsbury 17.9.15 125W MV
Pretty quiet trapping session at the Swannery. Of note: Hedge Rustic (new for me), White-point, Southern Wainscot, Feathered Brindle, Rosy Rustic.  (with Jack Oughton)
Sat 19th September 2015 13:51 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/9
A couple of surprise migrants today in the form of a Cosmopolitan and a Convolvulus Hawk. Also a Webb's Wainscot.

Two Humming-birds Hawks seen on the same Buddleia earlier today (19/9) at Osmington Mills

Fri 18th September 2015 21:35 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/9
White Speck and Nephopterix angustella the highlights.
Fri 18th September 2015 19:42 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17th September
28 species, including: U.ferrugalis, N.noctuella, Caloptilia sp(tbc), Pale Eggar, Lssr Swallow Prominent, Sm Wainscot, Copper Underwing(agg).  Ffy: Black Rustic and Large Ranunculus . . . . .

2252 Large Ranunculus 03 Copyright: Gillian Nash, Sept 2015

Fri 18th September 2015 12:24 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th September
Just arrived back from a Butterfly/Moth holiday in Catalonia where there was an amazing variety of species to be seen, including the magnificent Crimson Speckled. We have now returned to normality with a pleasant 19 species including 1 Green Carpet, 1 Maiden's Blush, 1 Common Wainscot, 3 Burnished Brass, 4 Dusky Thorn and 1 Pale Eggar.
Wed 16th September 2015 21:31 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15th September
Just 18 species, comprising mainly Lunar & Lg Yellow Underwing.  Amongst the others: Turnip Moth, Angle Shades, Lssr Pebble Prominent, U.ferrugalis, N.noctuella.  Ffg stunning Cypress Pug
Wed 16th September 2015 18:23 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,15th September
Two superb Clifden Nonpareil in the trap this morning - now 5 years running that this great moth has made an appearance in the garden. Along with them were single Pearly Underwing, 3 Rush Veneer, 37 Large Yellow Underwing and the first Frosted Orange of the autumn.
Wed 16th September 2015 17:36 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 15/9
White Speck, Dark Spectacle and Red Underwing the best here.
Wed 16th September 2015 13:06 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 15th Sept
Highlights and migrants were Udea ferrugalis, Nomophila noctuella, Silver Y, Sallow (NFG), White-speck, Turnip, & Dark Sword-grass.
Mon 14th September 2015 17:39 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 13/9
Best here the rare immigrant Pyrale Antigastra catalaunalis. Also Palpita vitrealis, White Speck and Dark Spectacle.

1400 Antigastra catalaunalis 05 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 13th September 2015 21:46 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12th September
29 Species, inc: Angle Shades, Willow Beauty, Sept Thorn (3), CM & Gdn Carpet, N.noctuella, U.ferrugalis, B.domestica, C.straminea
Sun 13th September 2015 21:31 by Paul Harris
Scarce Bordered Straw and Dark Sword-grass the best of the immigrants. Pinion-streaked Snout, 2 Turnip and a dark form Lyonetia clerkella best of rest.

0263 Lyonetia clerkella 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 13th September 2015 17:30 by Jack Oughton
Alners Gorse 12th Sept
NMN site event - Some rather nice moths, the highlight being Clifden Nonpareil (both new for me, and new for the site).

Also of note, Ypsolopha sylvella, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Acleris emargana, Oak Lutestring (17), Pale Eggar (2), Red Underwing, Silver Y, Scarce Bordered Straw, Pink-barred Sallow (2), Sallow (4), and Centre-barred Sallow(7).

Sun 13th September 2015 17:06 by Will Bown
12th September - Winterborne Stickland
A few Silver Y and Nomophila noctuella representing the only migrants.  Among the rest were: Pale Eggar, Turnip, White-point, and Feathered Gothic.
Sat 12th September 2015 22:56 by Gillian Nash
11th September
Just 26 species, mainly Sq-spot (80) & Sm Sq-spot Rustics, Lg Y & Lssr Y U/wings. Others included: Chinese Character, Pale Mottled Willow, Feathered Gothic, Sm Dusty Wave, Spectacle, Rosy Footman, E.forficalis. Ffy Pale Eggar (rainy night, with min 13.3 degsC)
Sat 12th September 2015 17:21 by Will Bown
11th September - Winterborne Stickland
Around 225 in total, mostly regulars, including: Treble Bar, Maiden's Blush, White-point, and Dusky Thorn.  The highlight was a presumably dispersing Heath Rustic the first record for this site.  Among the few micros was a single Agonopterix purpurea which appears to be another new one for us.
Sat 12th September 2015 17:14 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 11th Sept
70 species to 125W MV. Best were Putella xylostella, Prays fraxinella (NFG), Mompha subbistrigella (NFG), Tebenna micalis (my 3rd ever, and NFG), Udea ferrugalis (2), Maiden's Blush, Rosy Footman (2), Four-spotted Footman (2), Silver Y (4), Centre-barred Sallow, Hedge Rustic (2), & White-point (15).

The most common species were Small Square-spot (135) and Large Yellow Underwing (133).

Sat 12th September 2015 12:10 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 11/9
Evergestis extimalis, Nephopterix angustella and Caloptilia alchimiella the best here.

0286 Caloptilia alchimiella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

1465 Nephopterix angustella 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 11th September 2015 21:29 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 10th September
53 of just 21 species, inc: Green & CM Carpet, Marbled Beauty, Lt Emerald, Turnip Moth, Yellow Shell, Centre-barred Sallow, Small Rivulet, Straw Dot, Nomophila noctuella, Udea ferrugalis
Fri 11th September 2015 15:44 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 10th Sept
Only 181 moths of 31 species. Best were Apomyelois bistriatella (my 2nd ever), Paraswammerdamia albicapitana (NFG), Agonopterix yeatiana (NFG), Cochylimorpha straminea, Silver Y, and 2 Lunar Underwing (NFY).
Wed 9th September 2015 15:00 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8.9.15 125W MV
69 individuals of only 26 species. Highlights/migrants: Agonopterix alstromeriana, Ringed China-mark (both FFG), Garden Pebble, Udea ferrugalis, Nomophila noctuella, Dusky Thorn (FFY), White-point (3).  Also two late Magpie Moths.
Tue 8th September 2015 23:34 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 7th August
30 Species, inc: Lunar Underwing, Ruby Tiger, Centre-barred Sallow, Green Carpet, Marbled Beauty, Snout, E.forficalis, A.geniculea, N.noctuella, E.postvittana.  Ffy Jersey Tiger
Tue 8th September 2015 21:22 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 7/9
Scarce Bordered Straw and Oak Eggar the best of a poor bunch.
Sun 6th September 2015 19:47 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 4/8
Late news just for the records, Phyllonorycter acerifoliella confirmed by gen det (Phil Sterling).

0362 Phyllonorycter acerifoliella 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 6th September 2015 19:37 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 5/9
Very chilly night produced just White Speck and Red Underwing of any note.
Sat 5th September 2015 15:11 by Richard Cottle
Tncleton,4th September
Migrants here included 3 Dark Sword Grass, 3 Vestal and a single Loxostege sticticalis. Amongst the regulars were 6 White Point, 4 Maiden's Blush, Centre-barred Sallow, 64 Large Yellow Underwing and a single (late) Donacaula forficella.
Sat 5th September 2015 14:39 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 4/9
Another 2 Red Underwing the best here.
Fri 4th September 2015 19:12 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 3/9
Two White Speck and Pearly Underwing represented the immigrants. Two Red Underwing and a slightly late Buff Footman best of the local stuff.
Fri 4th September 2015 16:39 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 3rd September
A slight increase in numbers and species, with White-speck being new for garden. NFY were Gem & Hedge Rustic. Also of note were first 2nd gen Light Emerald, Dark Sword-grass (6), Mouse Moth, & Silver Y (3).
Thu 3rd September 2015 17:48 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/9
Pale Eggar rare enough in the garden these days to warrant a mention.
Thu 3rd September 2015 16:58 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 2nd September
Only 45 species, though Red Underwing was new for garden and Feathered Gothic new for year. Other highlights were Maiden's Blush, Four-spotted Footman, Coronet, Pearly Underwing, Dark Sword-grass (4), Mouse Moth & Silver Y (5).
Thu 3rd September 2015 11:47 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 2.9.15 125W MV
Low numbers here - 71 individuals of 27 species.  Highlights were Pandemis corylana (FFG), Canary-shouldered Thorn and Centre-barred Sallow (both FFY) and Silver Y (2).
Wed 2nd September 2015 14:03 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 1st September
Colder, clear night, meant only 46 sp. Highlights & migrants were Galium Carpet, Silver Y (2), Marbled Beauty (2nd garden record), Pearly Underwing (2), Dark Sword-grass (2) & Udea ferrugalis.

For the first time in quite a while, the most common moth wasn't Large Yellow Underwing (there were only 29), but rather Small Square-spot with 50.

Wed 2nd September 2015 08:35 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 1st September
With a clear sky, air temperatures dropped to under 5 deg C overnight with a corresponding reduction in species to 16 including 1 Light Emerald and 1 Flame Carpet.
Tue 1st September 2015 23:40 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 31st August
Just 26 species, inc: Lssr Swallow Prominent, Sm Mottled Willow, White Point, Angle Shades, Marbled Green, September and Canary-shouldered Thorn (min 9.7 degsC/light rain)
Tue 1st September 2015 11:11 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 31st August
Only 26 species, but a few interesting moths caught. Singles of Maiden's Blush, Orange Swift, Buff Ermine, Yellow Shell, Silver Y, Dark Sword-grass, Burnished Brass, Single-dotted Wave, Common Plume.