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Thu 31st December 2015 12:37 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell December 30th
Just one moth - a Hebrew Character.
Tue 29th December 2015 19:58 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 28/12
Much reduced catch in very windy conditions. Just Small Mottled Willow, Rush Veneer and Crocidosema plebejana.
Tue 29th December 2015 08:49 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 28th Dec
Smaller numbers again, with Nomophila noctuella (3), December Moth (7), Silver Y, Scarce Bordered Straw, Small Mottled Willow (3) and a Dark Sword-grass being the species present.
Tue 29th December 2015 08:30 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 28 December
Back to normal with just 1 December Moth.
Mon 28th December 2015 19:30 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 27/12
A very strange night with some good migrants (for December!) and some very unseasonal species. They were: Euchromius ocellea, White Speck, Small Mottled Willow, 4 Rush Veneer, 3 Winter Moth, 5 Double-striped Pug, 2 Crocidosema plebejana, Early Grey, Vine's Rustic and Flame Shoulder!

1289 Euchromius ocellea 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Mon 28th December 2015 18:09 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 December
Another strange mixture. 1 Rusty Dot Pearl and 1 Silver Y with a Common Quaker and a Mottled Umber.
Mon 28th December 2015 15:28 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 27th Dec
A productive night with 72 individuals of 24 species: New for the recorder were Cornifrons ulceratelis, Spoladea recurvalis (2), and a Mottled Umber. Best of the rest were Plutella xylostella, Syncopacma polychromella (6), Acleris schalleriana (2), Acleris hastiana (2), Crocidosema plebejana (2), Udea ferrugalis (2), Nomophila noctuella (5), Ni Moth (2), Silver Y, Bordered Straw (4), Scarce Bordered Straw (6), Small Mottled Willow (9), Common Quaker and Hebrew Character (2).

1404 Hymenia recurvalis 05 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Mon 28th December 2015 10:36 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 27.12.15
A mild night ended my mothing year with a bit of a migrant flurry. 21 individuals of 13 species. Highlights: Syncopacma polychromella, Udea ferrugalis, my second Cornifrons ulceratalis, Nomophila noctuella (2), Dark Sword-grass, Scarce Bordered Straw (FFG), Bordered Straw (2) and Small Mottled Willow (2). Also early singles of Hebrew Character and Common Quaker.
Sun 27th December 2015 11:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 December
1 Euchromius ocellea the only moth in two traps.  But a great one to get!
Sun 27th December 2015 10:53 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 26/12
A single Rusty Dot Pearl the only moth on an extremely windy night.
Sun 27th December 2015 09:18 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 26th Dec
Very windy - a Scarce Bordered Straw the only moth
Sat 26th December 2015 11:26 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 25/12
Scarce Bordered Straw and Silver Y in the traps today.

2400 Scarce Bordered Straw 06 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 25th December 2015 19:03 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 24/12
A single December Moth in the traps on Christmas Day. Also another pic of the Spoladea recurvalis from 21/12.

1631 December Moth 06 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 22nd December 2015 20:13 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/12
Another addition to the recent list of rare immigrant moths in the county: Spoladea recurvalis the only moth in three traps this morning.

Mon 21st December 2015 20:07 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19.12.15 125W MV
Singles of probable Cornifrons ulceratalis and Small Mottled Willow.

Cornifrons ulceratalis 01 Copyright: Mike Hetherington, 19 Dec 2015

Sun 20th December 2015 15:06 by Paul Harris
Some moth photos from this week:

0850 Syncopacma polychromella 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

1990 Striped Hawk-moth 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

2404 Eastern Bordered Straw 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 20th December 2015 10:38 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 19th December
Small Mottled Willow , Silver Y , Dark Sword-grass.
Sat 19th December 2015 16:09 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/12
Astonished to find 2 Striped Hawkmoth in the traps this morning. Also Silver Y, December Moth, Double-striped Pug and a presumed Oak Nycteoline (tbc).
Sat 19th December 2015 09:43 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston. 18th December
Only 5 moths here , but 2 Scarce Bordered Straw , Pearly Underwing , White-speck , Silver Y. Hebrew Character ( and Painted Lady) yesterday.
Sat 19th December 2015 07:56 by Julian Francis
Tolpouddle 18 December 2015
Just one Small Mottled Willow here.
Sat 19th December 2015 01:45 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/12
A jaw-dropping moment with an Eastern Bordered Straw in one of the traps. A new moth for here (Quelle surprise!). Also the hoped for Syncopacma polychromella, 3 Small Mottled Willow, 2 Rush Veneer, 2 Silver Y and Feathered Thorn.
Fri 18th December 2015 21:11 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 17.12.15 125W MV
Singles of Syncopacma polychromella, December Moth, Small Mottled Willow & a late (& worn) Dark Arches.

0850 Syncopacma polychromella 02 Copyright: Mike Hetherington, 17 Dec 2015

Fri 18th December 2015 14:17 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 December 2015
A bizarre mix: 1 Hebrew Character, 1 December Moth, 1 Dark Chestnut and 2 Small Mottled Willow.
Fri 18th December 2015 12:22 by Andrew Kirby
17/12/15 Stoke Abbott
December Moth (5), Winter Moth (4), plus singles of Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis, Crocidosema plebejana & Rush Veneer Nomophila noctuella.
Fri 18th December 2015 11:12 by Will Bown
17th December - Winterborne Stickland
The species logged here were: Cypress Carpet, Turnip, Winter Moth, Epiphyas postvittana, and Udea ferrugalis.
Fri 18th December 2015 08:38 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 17th Dec
31 moths of 12 species. Highlights were 2 new Syncopacma polychromella, plus a 2nd Common Quaker, Small Mottled Willow (7), Silver Y, Dark Sword-grass, Plutella xylostella, Udea ferrugalis (3), Nomophila noctuella (2).
Thu 17th December 2015 16:14 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/12
Moths caught were: Small Mottled Willow, Rush Veneer, RDP, Silver Y, Yellow-line Quaker and Feathered Thorn.
Thu 17th December 2015 08:53 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 16th December
2 Silver Y , 2 Double-striped Pug , Rusty-dot Pearl , Crocidosema plebejana.
Thu 17th December 2015 08:31 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 16th December
Best moth by far as a Crimson Speckled (NFR). Followed by Syncopacma polychromella (NFR).

The rest were December Moth (3), Winter Moth (3), Small Mottled Willow (2), Common Quaker, Pearly Underwing, E. postvittana and C. plebejana (2).

2054 Crimson Speckled 05 Copyright: Jack Oughton

0850 Syncopacma polychromella 01 Copyright: Joseph Oughton

Wed 16th December 2015 10:37 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell December 15th
A White-speck and a Dark Chestnut.
Tue 15th December 2015 10:14 by Will Bown
14th December - Winterborne Stickland
Another very mild and foggy night produced seven species: several Udea ferrugalis, plus White-speck, Dark Sword Grass, Dark Chestnut, and a few each of December Moth and Winter Moth.
Mon 14th December 2015 16:37 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 13th December
A couple of different species from the usual mid-December fare with 4 Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Crocidosema plebeiana, Scrobipalpa costella. Also 4 December Moth, Winter Moth and Red-green Carpet.
Mon 14th December 2015 12:09 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 13/12
2 Silver Y, Red-green Carpet, 2 December Moth and Crocidosema plebejana.
Sun 13th December 2015 15:07 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 12/12
December moth , Silver Y.
Sun 13th December 2015 13:32 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 12/12
Silver Y and December Moth.
Sun 13th December 2015 12:28 by Will Bown
12th December - Winterborne Stickland
A very mild night produced three species: Silver Y, Mottled Umber and Winter Moth
Sat 12th December 2015 17:49 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 11th December
5 species here, 13 individuals - 4 Yellow-line Quaker, 4 Winter Moth, 2 Mottled Umber, Angle Shades and a Turnip.
Sat 12th December 2015 16:21 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 11/12
Silver Y the only moth in two traps.
Sat 12th December 2015 13:32 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 11/12
Silver Y , Rusty-dot Pearl , Epiphyas postvittana.
Tue 8th December 2015 20:53 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 7/12
Silver Y and ♂ December Moth.
Mon 7th December 2015 19:40 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/12
4 Silver Y, Yellow-line Quaker, Angle Shades and the first December Moth of the winter, a ♀
Mon 7th December 2015 08:48 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 6/12
Silver Y , Double-striped Pug.
Fri 4th December 2015 17:09 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/12
Mild but slightly less windy night produced one Silver Y and 2 Angle Shades.
Wed 2nd December 2015 12:16 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 1/12
Mild but very windy night produced 2 Silver Y and an Angle Shades.
Tue 1st December 2015 13:44 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell, November 30th
Three moths in the garden trap last night; 1 each of Rusty Dot Pearl, Silver Y and Pearly Underwing.