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Sat 31st October 2015 22:03 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30th October
16 Species, inc: Red-green & Pine Carpets, Red-line Quaker, November(agg), Merveille du Jour, ffy Dk Chestnut, Feathered Thorn (higher min temp of 11.4 degsC)
Sat 31st October 2015 19:51 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston .  30th October
Scarce Bordered Straw Dark Sword-grass Rusty-dot pearl.
Sat 31st October 2015 16:30 by Paul Harris
Oak Rustic from Wednesday night (28th).

2246a Oak Rustic 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 31st October 2015 08:46 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 30.10.15 125W MV
25 individuals of 13 species. First for garden Figure of Eight the highlight. Others included Red-green Carpet, Feathered Thorn, Black Rustic, Feathered Ranunculus (2) and Angle Shades. Female Vapourer discovered emerged from pupa.
Thu 29th October 2015 22:23 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 28th October
More moths than previous nights. Highlight was Uresiphita gilvata - first for garden and a migrant. Also Feathered Thorn (3), Feathered Ranunculus, (7) and a single Oak Rustic.
Thu 29th October 2015 18:17 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 28/10
An Oak Rustic in the trap this morning. Can be little doubt this species is now established in Weymouth, this is the third record from three different sites in a week. Also Feathered Thorn, 2 Yellow-line Quaker, Large Wainscot and 4 Epirrita sp.
Wed 28th October 2015 19:58 by Paul Harris
Preston, Weymouth 27/10
Oak Rustic taken by R Lambert.
Wed 28th October 2015 19:57 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 27/10
Standard late autumn fare: Merveille du Jour, Green-brindled Crescent, 2 Red-green Carpet, 3 Red-line Quaker, 3 Epirrita sp.
Wed 28th October 2015 19:54 by Andy Millar
26th October - Durlston
5.30pm til 0130 with Steve Nash at Durlston Head:

E. postvittana, Oak Rustic, Green-brindled Cresent, Feathered Ranunculus, Larger Yellow Underwing, Square-spot Rustic, Red-green Carpet, P. xylostella, Vapourer, Pink-barred Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, Turnip, Double-striped Pug, Sombre Brocade, Feathered Thorn, Lunar Underwing, Light Emerald, P. messaniella, Garden Carpet, L Album Wainscot, Angle Shades, Bloxworth Snout, Pearly Underwing, Brick, Common Marbled Carpet, A. rhombana, Black Rustic, Beautiful Gothic, A. geniculea, Setaceous Hebrew Character, U. ferrugalis, N. noctuella and Dark Sword Grass. 

Also, leaf mines of Acrocercops brongniardella and Sitgmella suberivora.

Wed 28th October 2015 11:51 by Will Bown
27th October - Winterborne Stickland
Feathered Thorn, Garden Rose Tortrix, Green-brindled Crescent and Spruce Carpet in two almost empty traps.
Tue 27th October 2015 18:08 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 26th October
The highlight here was a first garden record of The Streak. I assume that this is a wanderer from nearby heathland rather than a migrant as no other migrant species were recorded. Other species of some note included single Pinion-streaked snout, 2 Red-line Quaker, 2 Green-brindled Crescent and Agonopterix arenella.
Tue 27th October 2015 10:52 by Will Bown
26th October - Winterborne Stickland
Mild and misty and a few more than on recent nights, including: the beautiful and highly photogenic Merveille du Jour, Red-line Quaker, Pale Mottled Willow, Black Rustic, Turnip and Brimstone.

2247 Merveille du Jour 08 Copyright: Will Bown

Sat 24th October 2015 17:20 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston. 23 October
Oak Rustic - thanks to Martin Cade for confirmation.
Sat 24th October 2015 14:14 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 23/10
Two each of Merveille du Jour, Large Wainscot, Red-green Carpet and Green-brindled Crescent. One 'flavescens' type Sallow. Also a Pearly Underwing.

2247 Merveille du Jour 07 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 24th October 2015 13:27 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 23rd October
14 Species, inc: Pale Mottled Willow, CM Carpet, Red-green Carpet, White-point, Red-line Quaker, Rosy Rustic, with ffy Grey Shoulder-knot, Acleris sparsana (min 10.6 degsC/cloudy)
Sat 24th October 2015 08:37 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 23rd October
12 species including 2 Merveille du Jour, 1 Brimstone, 2 Blair's Shoulder-knot, 4 Green-brindled Crescent, 1 Rush Veneer. I never cease to wonder at the amazing complexity of the markings on moths!
Fri 23rd October 2015 20:22 by Paul Harris
Parley: 21/10 and 22/10.
Oak Rustic caught on consecutive nights, different individuals. Notable, as this shows an inland spread for this species. Several Holm Oaks present near the trapping site. News per Bagsy.
Fri 23rd October 2015 20:14 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 22/10
Routine daily fare which included Merveille du Jour, Yellow-line Quaker, 2 Red-line Quaker, Sallow, Green-brindled Crescent and a notable count of 4 Large Wainscot.
Fri 23rd October 2015 14:52 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 22 October
Rusty-dot pearl, Brindled Ochre, Burnished Brass, 4 Large Wainscot, Silver Y and a late Dark Spectacle.
Fri 23rd October 2015 09:50 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 October
17 species including 1 Merveille du Jour and a late and tatty Vine's Rustic.
Thu 22nd October 2015 21:55 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/10
First Yellow-line Quaker of the autumn and another each of Merveille du Jour and Red-green Carpet.
Thu 22nd October 2015 12:34 by Will Bown
21st October - Winterborne Stickland
Brimstone, Pearly Underwing (sadly lacking here this year), Chestnut, Yellow-line Quaker, Green-brindled Crescent and the first November Moth (agg.) of the season among the visitors.
Thu 22nd October 2015 09:36 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 October
A nice autumnal selection including 1 Barred Sallow and a FFG Brick.  Also a late Light Emerald and 1 White-point.
Wed 21st October 2015 23:08 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/10
Reduced numbers. Best was another Merveille du Jour. Also Red-green Carpet and first 'November' Moth of the autumn. New micro for me Acleris schalleriana worth a mention.

1047 Acleris schalleriana 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Wed 21st October 2015 09:11 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th October
A grand evening led to a dreary rainy morning. 12 species including 1 Large Wainscot and 1 Blair's Shoulder-knot. No Sallows!
Tue 20th October 2015 20:52 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/10
An excellent night with 30 sp in two traps. Best was another Merveille du Jour plus Agonopterix alstromeriana, Acleris sparsana, Red-green Carpet, Burnished Brass, Rosy Rustic, Sallow (2), Pink-barred Sallow, Red-line Quaker, Green-brindled Crescent, Willow Beauty and White Point best of rest.
Tue 20th October 2015 09:19 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th October
14 species last night, including 1 Merveille du Jour, 1 Sallow, 2 Barred Sallow (including 1 dark form, never seen before), 2 Red-line Quaker, 1 Willow Beauty.
Mon 19th October 2015 19:44 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/10
First (and hopefully not last) Merveille du Jour of the autumn.
Mon 19th October 2015 11:52 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 18th October
A much better night than recently with 18 species including singles of Pink-barred Sallow, Barred Sallow, Sallow (first time this year with all three species), Dusky Thorn, Mottled Umber, Black Rustic, Green Brindled Crescent, Blair's Shoulder-knot, Silver Y, Red-line Quaker. Mottled Umber unusual to see here.
Mon 19th October 2015 10:48 by Will Bown
18th October - Winterborne Stickland
Still only regulars here and in pretty low numbers.  Among the overnight visitors were: Brimstone, Red-line Quaker, Turnip, Lesser Yellow Underwing and Barred Sallow.

2272 Barred Sallow 04 Copyright: Will Bown

Sun 18th October 2015 19:03 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th October
Only 8 species including 1 Barred Sallow and 2 Green Brindled Crescent.
Sun 18th October 2015 15:10 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston , Weymouth 17/10 Clifden Nonpareil to garden MV.
Sun 18th October 2015 13:05 by Paul Harris
Broadwey Carpet Co. 17/10
Best here were Grey Pine Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Large Wainscot, Bulrush Wainscot and Sallow.

1768 Grey Pine Carpet 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

1769 Spruce Carpet 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 17th October 2015 22:12 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 16th October
Still rather poor numbers here. Best of a rather routine bunch was a single Green-brindled Crescent, Feathered Ranunculus (4) and Blair's Shoulder Knot (4).
Sat 17th October 2015 17:34 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 16th October
A reasonable variety here - 20 species. Most numerous, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Black Rustic (16 each). Migrants represented by single Delicate and Silver Y; green moths by Red-green Carpet, Merveille du Jour (3) and Green Brindled Crescent (2). Also a late Burnished Brass and Brimstone. November moths (agg.) - 3 and Feathered Thorn made their first appearance of the autumn.
Sat 17th October 2015 15:50 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/10
Best here were Scarce Bordered Straw, Green-brindled Crescent, Red-green Carpet and Barred Sallow.

1760 Red-green Carpet 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 17th October 2015 15:14 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 16th October
14 species including 2 Barred Sallow, 2 Green-brindled Crescent, 2 Blair's Shoulder-knot, 1 Sallow, 2 Angle Shades, 1 Feathered Thorn.
Sat 17th October 2015 12:52 by Will Bown
16th October - Winterborne Stickland
Numbers still low and only regulars turning up, including: Clepsis consimilana, Feathered Thorn, Black Rustic and Lesser Yellow Underwing.
Sat 17th October 2015 12:07 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 13.10.15 125W MV
Only 8 species on a chilly night. Single Plutella xylostella. FFY Feathered Ranunculus and Beaded Chestnut.
Fri 16th October 2015 10:26 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 15th October
12 species including 1 Merveille du Jour, 2 Barred Sallow, 2 Sallow, 1 September Thorn, 2 Black Rustic, 5 Green-brindled Crescent.
Thu 15th October 2015 17:46 by Paul Harris
Preston, Weymouth 14/10
Brindled Ochre taken by Ricky Lambert, 1st garden record.
Wed 14th October 2015 23:18 by Gillian Nash
7 Species, inc: Merveille du jour, Yellow-line Quaker (min 7.4 degsC)
Wed 14th October 2015 16:42 by Will Bown
13th October - Winterborne Stickland
Chilly nights continue to produce little of any quality at this site. Regulars include: Pale Mottled Willow, Black Rustic, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Green-brindled Crescent and the less frequent but very attractive Brindled Green.

2248 Brindled Green 02 Copyright: Will Bown

Mon 12th October 2015 22:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11th October
21 species, inc: Merveille du Jour, Red Underwing, Red-line Quaker, 2 (very different) Turnip Moths.  Ffy Yellow-line Quaker, 2 Blair's Shoulder-knot (min 5.9 degsC)
Mon 12th October 2015 18:43 by Will Bown
12th October - Winterborne Stickland
Some autumn colour provided by a single Pink-barred Sallow, otherwise among the routine stuff were: Brimstone, Pale Mottled Willow and Green-brindled Crescent.

2273 Pink-barred Sallow 03 Copyright: Will Bown

Mon 12th October 2015 17:55 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 11/10
Far too chilly but Bulrush Wainscot merits a mention.
Sun 11th October 2015 19:21 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 10th October
21 Species, inc: Merveille du Jour, Lt Emerald, Sallow, Pink-barred, Barred Sallows, attached Pearly Underwing, ffy Pine Carpet (min 7.4 degsC/no rain)

Sun 11th October 2015 17:19 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 10th October
14 species included Blair's Shoulder Knot, Black Rustic, Pale Mottled Willow and Parsnip Moth. A better night at 11c.
Sun 11th October 2015 10:56 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 10/10
White Speck and Barred Sallow the only species worth a mention. White Speck is the 10th this autumn.
Sat 10th October 2015 22:48 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9th October
16 Species, inc: Barred Sallow, Grn Brindled Crescent, Turnip Moth, (2) Angle Shades, E.angustea, A.rhombana.  Ffy: Red-line Quaker, November(agg)
Sat 10th October 2015 16:31 by Terry Box
Night of Thursday 8th October, per Steve Whitehouse
Just got back from a 2 night tour of southeast Dorset (and West Sussex) and the main highlight of the 12 hours trapping at Durlston CP on Thursday was a pristine Radford's Flame Shoulder, taken on the point 60m north of the giant globe. Other migrants included 8 Pearly Underwing, 7 Delicates, 7 Scarce Bordered Straw, a Dark Sword-grass, 9 Silver Y,12 Turnip Moths, 20 Angle Shades, 16 Rusty Dot Pearl and 40 Rush Veneers. Other former migrants were 2 Oak Rustic and 5 Sombre Brocades.
2102a Radford's Flame Shoulder 02 Copyright: Steve Whitehouse
Sat 10th October 2015 10:18 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,9th October
A small but select showing with highlights being singles of Red Sword Grass, Large Wainscot and Clifden Nonpareil (5th garden record this year).
Fri 9th October 2015 23:21 by Lawrie de Whalley
Lawrie de Whalley Winterborne Stickland 10.10.2015
Clifton Nonpariel one.  A life times ambition to see and in our garden settled on a stone pillar just beside the MV trap. I had tales of this species as a 6 year old from my Father. Other Branch members were present to verify the species at 2200 hours.
Fri 9th October 2015 18:44 by Will Bown
8th October - Winterborne Stickland
With little on offer again in rather empty-looking traps, Red-line Quaker, Light Emerald, Lesser Yellow Underwing and Turnip were among the few logged.
Fri 9th October 2015 16:39 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 8/10
Clancy's Rustic and Large Wainscot the best here.
Fri 9th October 2015 12:44 by Lawrie de Whalley
Lawrie de Whalley Winterborne Stickland 9.10.2015
Temp 8 deg C Clouded Magpie one (photo verified), Rush Veneer one, Green Brindled Crescent three, Burnished Brass one. Thirteen species, 43 moths.
Thu 8th October 2015 16:48 by Will Bown
7th October - Winterborne Stickland
Singles of Rush Veneer and White-point from another pretty dismal night.
Thu 8th October 2015 12:05 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th October
10 species including singles of Barred Sallow, Sallow, Angle Shades, November Moth.
Wed 7th October 2015 21:37 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 6th October
A bit more diversity than of late with 18 species recorded. Of note was a second generation Brussels Lace and single Flounced Rustic. Migrants represented by singles of Vestal and Rush Veneer.
Wed 7th October 2015 17:56 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 6th October
Only 8 species including 1 Sallow, 1 Black Rustic and 1 Dusky Thorn.
Wed 7th October 2015 17:24 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/10
Numbers in the traps diminishing, but did have 3 Barred Sallow and a Frosted Orange.
Wed 7th October 2015 11:57 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 6th October
16 Species (13 Macro / 3 Micro) inc: Silver Y, September Thorn, Lg Ranunculus, Sallow, N.noctuella (A.heracliana in greenhouse this am) Min 9.6 degsC / breezy but no rain
Tue 6th October 2015 23:03 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 5 October
No Sallow species here at all so far this year. But on this warm night the best were Feathered Brindle, Delicate, and Pinion-streaked Snout.
Tue 6th October 2015 21:18 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 5/10
Pretty uninspiring. Second generation Endotricha flammealis worth a mention, otherwise two Barred Sallow, Frosted Orange, Sallow and a Red Underwing.
Tue 6th October 2015 14:32 by Will Bown
5th October - Winterborne Stickland
Damp and mild but a pretty dismal turnout.  Frosted Orange, Green-brindled Crescent and Common Plume among the low species total.
Mon 5th October 2015 17:29 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 4th October
2248b Sombre Brocade 04 Copyright: Phyl EnglandTwo more Sombre Brocade last night. I am sure that they are different ones as they don't show the blemishes of yesterday's pair. Also 2 L-Album Wainscot and singles of Feathered Brindle and Feathered Ranunculus. A single Rush Veneer and 3 Silver Y the only migrants. Not bad for a very wet and windy night.
Mon 5th October 2015 11:06 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 4/10
Best here were 2 Barred Sallow and a single Pink-barred Sallow. Also 2 Red Underwing, these now looking a bit worse for wear.
Mon 5th October 2015 08:52 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 3rd October
17 Species, inc: Lg Ranunculus, Brindled Green, Barred Sallow, Red Underwing, Eudonia pallida, angustea (min 4.8 degsC)
Sun 4th October 2015 20:36 by Phyl England
Swanage (Durlston) 3rd October
Apart from the 2 Sombre Brocades, highlights last night were Feathered Brindle (6),Dusky Thorn, the first Black Rustic of the year, Pink-barred Sallow and Cypress Pug.
Sun 4th October 2015 11:59 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 3/10
Best here a Feathered Brindle, only my 3rd ever. Another White Speck continues the amazing run of this species this year. Also Red Underwing, Willow Beauty and Common Wainscot.

2230 Feathered Brindle 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 3rd October 2015 15:36 by Paul Harris
Abbotsbury Gardens 3/10
2 Humming-bird Hawks nectaring in the gardens this morning.
Sat 3rd October 2015 11:03 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2nd October
11 Species, inc: Beaded Chestnut, Angle Shades, with Lunar U/wing still most frequent, but highest number of Black Rustic here to date (16) and Rhomboid tortrix (tbc) the only Micro (min 6 degsC)

2232 Black Rustic 03 Copyright: Gillian Nash

1st October: 10 Species, inc: Pale Mottled Willow, Sallow, Barred Sallow, Dusky Thorn, CM Carpet (min 5 degsC)