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Thu 30th June 2016 14:05 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 29 June
All 3 FFY, Common Emerald, Barred Yellow and Common Rustic x 2, were in the first trap so among others on the downward spiral were Silver Y, Dark Sword-grass, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Pale Mottled Willow, Barred Straw, Brussels Lace and (f) Ghost.
Thu 30th June 2016 11:16 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 29th June
Plutella xylostella (2) , Udea ferrugalis (9) , Parapoynx stratiotata , Buff Arches , Common Emerald , Blood Vein , Freyer's Pug , V Pug , Scalloped Oak , Peppered , Clouded Silver , Pearly Underwing , Smoky Wainscot , L-album Wainscot , Dusky Brocade , Burnished Brass , Silver Y , Beautiful Hook-tip.
Thu 30th June 2016 10:29 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th June
Still relatively poor with only 22 species, but brightened up by 1 Peach Blossom and 1 Buff-tip, both always a pleasure to see.
Wed 29th June 2016 21:59 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 28 June
Around 70 of 35 species, inc: Pine Carpet, Barred Straw, Poplar Grey, Lychnis, Pale Mottled Willow, Ghost, ffy Grey Arches.  Micros: Evergestis forficalis, Parapoynx stratiotata, Celypha lacunana, & striana
Wed 29th June 2016 14:52 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th June
A poor night with only 20 species including 2 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 Clouded Silver, 2 Barred Straw and 2 Isotrias rectifasciana, 1 Fern, 1 Brussels Lace.
Wed 29th June 2016 10:59 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 28 June
The highlights from a meagre haul included singles of Sycamore, Yellow-barred Brindle, Pebble Prominent and Dark Sword-grass but all outshone by a FFY Vestal, no doubt assisted by the chill, SSW'ly overnight breeze. Later in the day a Foxglove Pug was found perched on Digitalis.
Wed 29th June 2016 06:05 by Terry Box
Broad-bordered Bee Hawk, 29 MAY 2016
A photo received of a Broad-bordered Bee Hawk for 30 minutes in a garden in Upton on 29 May 2016 and reported by Julie-ann Samways.
Tue 28th June 2016 16:45 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 27 June
Around 40 species: the highlight, Orange Moth (now flown) - the others included: Miller, Double Square-spot, Puss Moth, Beautiful Hook-tip, Barred Straw, 3 Silver Y.  Among the micros: Archips podana, Udea ferrugalis, Lozotaenia forsterana, Eucosma cana, Mompha ochraceella, ffy Nomophila noctuella, Ancylis achatana (min 9.9 degsC)
Tue 28th June 2016 14:32 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 27th June
Udea ferrugalis (4) , Small Dusty Wave , Scorched Wing , Peppered , Clouded Silver , Privet (4) , Eyed & Elephant (4) Hawkmoth , Orange Footman , Broad-barred White , Sycamore.
Tue 28th June 2016 12:47 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 27 June
Overnight temperature still not up to much but nevertheless 241 Macros of 48 Species. FFY included Yellow-tail, Leopard Moth and Lilac Beauty while among the support crew were Poplar & Eyed Hawk-moths, Small Mottled Willow, Brussels Lace plus an unexpected Oak Nycteoline. For the second day there was a 'free-flying' Brown Silver-line but NO Common Heath.
Tue 28th June 2016 12:45 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th June
27 species including 1 Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Barred Straw, 1 Buff Arches, 2 Single-dotted Wave, 2 Fan-foot.
Tue 28th June 2016 12:42 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 26th June
33 species including 2 Brussels Lace, 1 Peppered Moth, 1 Green Pug, 1 Buff Arches, 1 Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 Light Emerald, 1 Tinea semifulvella.
Tue 28th June 2016 08:21 by Vince Giavarini
Poole, 27 June 2016
Best night of the year so far with 110 macros of 31 species. Elephant Hawkmoth and Buff Ermine year firsts; migrants Cream-bordered Green Pea? and micros: rush veneer (1), diamond back (5) and rusty dot pearl (4).
Tue 28th June 2016 08:10 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 June
53 species.  1 Diamond-back, 6 Rush Veneer and 1 Silver Y.  FFY Bramble Shoot Moth (N. uddmanniana), Brown China-mark, Lilac Beauty, Dot Moth, Buff Arches and Beautiful Hook-tip.
Mon 27th June 2016 17:46 by Geoffrey Sell
This morning, 27th July, brought singles of Minor Shoulder-knot, Morris's Wainscot and Obscure Wainscot.
Mon 27th June 2016 11:56 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 26 June
Including c2 'free flying' Common Heath, seemingly having a very poor year, there were 214 Macros recorded of 52 Species. Along with singles of Small Rivulet, Small Seraphim, Ghost (m) and Shoulder-striped Wainscot added as FFY were Lesser Yellow Underwing, Small Mottled Willow, Small Blood-vein and Dun-bar.
Mon 27th June 2016 11:10 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 26th June
Udea ferrugalis (7) , Dwarf Cream Wave , Pale Prominent , Flame , Setaceous Hebrew Character , Shark , Small Dotted Buff , Uncertain , Pale Mottled Willow , Silver Y (3) .
Mon 27th June 2016 08:13 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 June
Cloudy and warmer.  52 species. 1 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 European Corn Borer and 2 Silver Y.  FFY Dwarf Cream Wave, Dingy Shell and Buff-tip.
Sun 26th June 2016 16:39 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 25th June
A drop in numbers with 50 species. Highlights were Plutella xylostella (4), Udea ferrugalis (4), Nomophila noctuella (2), White-point, Turnip Moth & Silver Y.
Sun 26th June 2016 16:19 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 25th June
Barred Straw , Freyer's Pug , Alder Moth , Rustic.
Sun 26th June 2016 09:35 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 25 June
Despite the 'rise' in dawn temperature from +6°C yesterday to +8°C this morning there were no additions to the Year List. Best on offer from a catch of 107 Macros x 51 Species were c6 Small Seraphim, c2 Shoulder-striped Wainscot with singles of Rivulet, Brussels Lace plus another magical Blotched Emerald.
Sun 26th June 2016 08:59 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 June
Still a little chilly.  36 species.  FFY Round-winged Muslin, Heart and Club (a rare moth here) and Plain Golden Y
Sun 26th June 2016 07:32 by Vince Giavarini
Saturday 25 June, 2016, Poole
Cool but relatively still evening with early shower or two. 27 species of macro: the best, a Broken-barred Carpet first, also two Privet Hawks, Sycamore and Shoulder-striped Wainscot. Migrants: xylostella - just the one, and a Silver Y. Heart & Dart continue to dominate the trap totals with 21 today and probably more hiding in the flower beds.
Sat 25th June 2016 12:34 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 24.6.16 125W MV
142 individuals of 47 species.  Immigrants: Udea ferrugalis (3), Silver Y (1). FFG: Eudonia delunella.  FFY included: Small China-mark, Scorched Carpet, Brussels Lace, Small Fan-foot & Dusky Brocade.
Sat 25th June 2016 12:04 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 24th June
Udea ferrugalis (7) , Nomophila noctuella (3) , Acrobasis marmorea , Amblyptilia acanthadactyla , Lilac Beauty , Brussels Lace , Dark Sword-grass , Pebble Prominent , Setaceous Hebrew Character , Obscure Wainscot , Rustic.
Sat 25th June 2016 11:51 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 24 June
More or less ditto, except for occasional rain, brought 184 Macros of 47 Species Four-dotted Footman being the only FFY.
Sat 25th June 2016 11:11 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th June
32 species including 6 Blood-vein, 1 Sharp-angled Peacock, 1 Yellow Shell, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Fern, 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Light Emerald, 1 Lathronympha strigana.
Sat 25th June 2016 08:30 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 June
Chilly again.  33 species.  Only a Cabbage of interest.
Fri 24th June 2016 13:58 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 23 June
No Wind, no Rain and no Warmth (+6°C here at dawn 24/06) resulted in huge tumble in returns. Only Short-cloaked Moth made the cut as FFY.
Fri 24th June 2016 11:57 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 23rd June
Plutella xylostella (8) , Tachystola acroxantha , Carcina quercana , Ostrinia nubilalis (1) , Udea prunalis , Udea olivalis , Udea ferrugalis (7) , Nomophila noctuella (2) , Endotricha flammealis , Lime-speck Pug , Scorched Wing , Peppered , Clouded Silver , Privet , Lime , Eyed , Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoth , White Ermine , Square-spot Rustic , L-album Wainscot , Sycamore , Silver Y (1) , Straw Dot.
Fri 24th June 2016 09:37 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 23rd June
72 species. Highlights and immigrants were Plutella xylostella (4), Pammene fasciana (NFY), Udea ferrugalis (2), Nomophila noctuella, Barred Yellow, Alder Moth, White-point, Silver Y, Green Silver-lines, & Cream-bordered Green Pea.
Fri 24th June 2016 09:27 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22 June
Around 50 species, with Silver Y, Dagger(a), Brussels Lace, Turnip Moth, Lilac Beauty, Lime Hawk-moth, Cypress Carpet.  FFY: Lackey, Ghost Moth(f), Plain Golden Y, Common Footman, Ditula angustiorana
Fri 24th June 2016 08:50 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 23rd June
Only 26 species here but including 2 Bright-line Brown-eye, 1 Drinker, 1 Elephant Hawkmoth, 1 Eyed Hawkmoth, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Anania coronate.
Fri 24th June 2016 06:38 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 June
Chilly. 43 species.  FFY Single-dotted Wave, Clouded Brindle and Lozotaenia forsterana. Also 1 Silver Y.
Thu 23rd June 2016 21:08 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton 22nd June
A case of the the one that got away here. The trap was examined late this afternoon and on lifting the sheet off the top, the first moth that took my notice was a very large geometrid sitting on the underside of the perspex lid. Definitely an Oak Beauty sp., but which one. It had well defined dark and pale apical areas to the undersides of the wings and so my thoughts immediately went to the diagram in Skinner, and to Great Oak Beauty. In moving a couple of egg boxes to get it potted, it took fright and flew - out of the trap via a brief landing on my arm and into the trees, not to be seen again. So, I'm pretty convinced that it was a Great Oak Beauty, but no substantive evidence, so a valid record? Other than that, a few Rush Veneer, Rusty-dot Pearl, Bird's Wing and True Lover's Knot were the other highlights.
Thu 23rd June 2016 18:30 by Geoffrey Sell
Thursday 23rd. Numbers getting back to normal. This morning, singles of Cream-spot Tiger, Beautiful Snout, Lime Hawk and Minor Shoulder-knot.
Thu 23rd June 2016 18:17 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd June
44 species here, including 1 Cypress Carpet, 2 Green Pug, 1 Peppered Moth, 1 Barred Yellow, 2 Light Emerald, 1 Agapeta hamana, 3 Heart and Club, 1 Bright-line Brown-eye.
Thu 23rd June 2016 15:23 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 22nd June
A bit of a soaking but not a bad return considering! 333 Macros of 63 Species included FFY Buff Arches, Fan-foot, Common Footman, Mottled Beauty (escaped) plus one still under scrutiny.
Thu 23rd June 2016 11:55 by Jack Oughton
Hardys Monument 22nd dusking
Dusking produced Gold Swift (22), Ghost Moth (3), Merrifieldia baliodactylus (3), Capperia britanniodactylus (2), Udea ferrugalis (2), Nomophila noctuella (2), and Elophila nymphaeata.
Thu 23rd June 2016 11:52 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 22nd June
80 species. Highlights were Plutella xylostella (7), Blastodacna hellerella, Mompha ochraceella, Udea ferrugalis (2), Nomophila noctuella (2), Scorched Wing, Muslin Footman (2), Silver Y, Alder Moth, Shark, Dark Sword-grass & Cream-bordered Green Pea.
Thu 23rd June 2016 09:29 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 June
64 species. Evidence of migration after the warm weather and wind from the south: 1 very fresh Rush Veneer, 3 European Corn Borer, 2 Rusty-dot Pearl, 3 Diamond-back, 1 White Satin Moth, 1 Dark Sword-grass and 1 Small Mottled Willow.  FFY P. aurana, Sandy Carpet, Brussels Lace (released by the Remain group?), Clay, Dark Arches and Pale-shouldered Brocade. Also 1 Homoeosoma sinuella.
Wed 22nd June 2016 16:58 by Chris Thain
Last night our 4th Agrotera nemoralis of the season! I ran a trap from a generator under Hornbeams this time - no luck there, but once again trapped one on the hill behind the Villa.

Chris Thain

Wed 22nd June 2016 14:16 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 21 June 16
Among 209 Macro of 57 Species 3 x FFY Bordered Beauty, Small Fan-footed Wave and surely 'overlooked' Rustic.
Wed 22nd June 2016 11:36 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 21st June
Common Emerald , Small Dusty Wave , Freyer's Pug , Peppered , Lime Hawkmoth , Cinnabar , Lychnis , Clay , Shark , Burnished Brass.
Wed 22nd June 2016 08:24 by Jack Oughton
Hardys Monument 21st By day
Pyla fusca & Capperia britanniodactylus the best of several species seen by day.
Wed 22nd June 2016 08:24 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 21st June
Largest catch in quite a while, with near 600 moths of 100 species. Highlights were Plutella xylostella (6), Peach Blossom (NFY-2), Buff Arches (NFY-4), Treble Brown Spot (NFG), Scallop Shell, Barred Yellow (NFG), Scorched Wing, Garden Tiger (NFY), Cream-spot Tiger (NFG), Muslin Footman (NFY-3), Beautiful Hook-tip, Small Angle Shades (NFY), and Green Silver-lines (NFY).
Tue 21st June 2016 23:15 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 20 June
Around fifty species, including: Sandy Carpet, Lobster Moth, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Silver Y, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Poplar Grey, Foxglove Pug, with ffy Green Pug, Beautiful Hook-tip.

More micro species than macro with several still to sort and/or confirm, but including: Agapeta hamana, Pandemis cerasana, Epinotia bilunana, Archips podana, with ffy Notocelia uddmanniana, Paraswammerdamia albicapitella, Udea ferrugalis, Ephestia sp, and ffg Prays fraxinella

Tue 21st June 2016 15:58 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 20th June
Plutella xylostella(14) , Celypha striana , Cataclysta lemnata , Myelois circumvoluta , Common Swift , Figure of Eighty , Treble Brown Spot , Yellow Shell , Cypress Carpet , Freyer's Pug , Sharp-angled Peacock , Privet , Eyed , Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoth , Swallow Prominent , Smoky , L-album and Obscure Wainscot , Flame , Alder Moth , Knot Grass , Light Arches , Vine's Rustic , Mottled Rustic , Bordered Sallow , Silver Y , Spectacle , Straw Dot.  No joy with a Red-belted Clearwing lure around the garden Apple trees.
Tue 21st June 2016 13:49 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 19 & 20 June
After the deluge of the 19th when just Light Arches was added to the Year List, the 20th produced 280 Macros of 63 Species of which Small Fan-foot, Cypress Carpet, Cabbage Moth and Dwarf Cream Wave were FFY.
Tue 21st June 2016 08:23 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 20th June
75 species. Highlights were Ghost Moth (male + female), Plutella xylostella (10), Prays ruficeps, Coleophora mayrella, Notocelia rosaecolana, Ostrinia nubilalis, Scoparia pyralella, Scoparia ambigualis, Flame Carpet, Phoenix, Sandy Carpet, Shoulder-striped Wainscot & Least Black Arches.
Mon 20th June 2016 20:58 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 18th June
56 species. Highlights Ghost Moth (f), Nematopogon metaxella (2), Plutella xylostella (12), Aphelia paleana (NFG), Sharp-angled Peacock, Scorched Wing, Beautiful Hook-tip, Silver Y (3), Middle-barred Minor (NFG) and White-point.
Sun 19th June 2016 17:57 by Vince Giavarini
18 June, Poole, 2016
Cool nights bring meagre trappings...just 24 species of macromoth. Populations of Heart & Dart at peak; Riband Wave populations in 'building phase'. New faces here include Buff Arches, Foxglove Pug, Orange Footman and Small Square-spot.
Sun 19th June 2016 17:26 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 18.6.16 125W MV
98 individuals of 37 species. Highlights included: Plutella xylostella (only 4); Freyer's Pug (FFG), Shark and Green Silver-lines (both FFY).
Sun 19th June 2016 16:24 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/6
Grey Arches the best here, a good garden rarity. Also Marbled White-spot, Beautiful Golden Y and Cream-spot Tiger.

2442 Beautiful Golden Y 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

2058 Cream-spot Tiger 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 19th June 2016 12:14 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 18th June
Plutella xylostella (5) , Agapeta hamana , Evergestis forficalis , Udea ferrugalis (2) , Common Swift , Eyed Hawkmoth , Elephant Hawkmoth , Buff-tip(4) , Pebble Prominent , Swallow Prominent , Heart and Club , Cinnabar , Obscure Wainscot , Light Arches , Vine's Rustic , Straw Dot.  Highlight - White Satin.
Sun 19th June 2016 12:06 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17 June
Around 24 species, inc: Lychnis, Privet Hawk-moth, Snout, Treble Lines, Bryothopha terrella, Aphomia sociella.  The majority made up of Heart & Dart, Buff, and White Ermines (min 11.3 degsC)

By day, Anthrophila fabricana, Pyrausta aurata, Dichrorampa sequana, Cacoecimorpha pronubana, but all subject to confirmation

Sun 19th June 2016 11:42 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18 June
Just 43 of 25 species, inc: Lime Hawk-moth, Dk Arches, Peppered Moth, Double Square-spot, Lt Emerald, Eucosma cana, Udea olivalis, H.pseudospretella, Pandemis cerasana, with a single P.xylostella, and first for year: Riband Wave, 2 Heart & Club.  Clear night here too, with fall to 10.3 degsC
Sun 19th June 2016 06:41 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 18 June
Chilly and clear with a bright moon.  Species down to 33 with FFY A. straminella!
Sat 18th June 2016 17:51 by Mike Hetherington
Yetminster 17.6.16 125W MV
58 individuals of 30 species (more tbc). Highlights included Ghost Moth, Treble Brown Spot and Brown Rustic.
Sat 18th June 2016 12:14 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley
FFY 16/06 = Phoenix and putative Rosy Minor, last night Bordered White and Uncertain.
Sat 18th June 2016 10:41 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 17th June
Plutella xylostella (11) , Udea ferrugalis , Yellow-barred Brindle , Privet Hawkmoth , Orange Footman , Heart and Club , Obscure Wainscot , Uncertain.
Sat 18th June 2016 07:26 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 June
41 species.  FFY C. perlella.  Also 1 Pandemis cinnamomeana.  Plus 1 Silver Y and a couple of Diamond-backs.
Fri 17th June 2016 20:07 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/6
Best here were Pinion-streaked Snout, male Ghost, Notocelia trimaculana and a fresh example of Ephestia unicolorella.

0014 Ghost Moth 06 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 17th June 2016 18:44 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 16th June
Smaller numbers, with 186 moths of 57 species. Highlights were Plutella xylostella (25), Prays ruficeps, Epinotia bilunana, Rhodophaea formosa, Shaded Pug (2), Brussels Lace (2), Clouded Brindle & Least Black Arches.
Fri 17th June 2016 11:44 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 16th June
L-album Wainscot to garden MV. Ostrinia nubilalis to 15w actinic Lodmoor.
Thu 16th June 2016 11:26 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 15th June
Evergestis forficalis , Anania hortulata , Udea olivalis , Udea ferrugalis , Emmelina monodactyla , Blood-vein , Single-dotted Wave , Green Pug , Double-striped Pug , Privet Hawkmoth , Poplar Hawkmoth , Buff-tip , White Ermine , Heart and Club , Shuttle-shaped Dart , Flame Shoulder , White-point , Grey Dagger agg. , Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Thu 16th June 2016 08:24 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 15th June
Not so good here with only 25 species, including 1 Cinnabar, 1 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Sharp-angled Peacock, 1 Riband Wave, 1 Scorched Wing.
Thu 16th June 2016 08:10 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 15th June
Returned from uni so ran the trap: 275 individuals of 65 species. Highlights were Ghost Moth, Plutella xylostella (31), Udea ferrugalis, Galium Carpet, Cypress Carpet, Small Seraphim, Scorched Wing (4), Orange Footman (29), Silver Y (2) & Least Black Arches.
Wed 15th June 2016 17:25 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 14th June
28 species including 2 Blood-vein, 1 Light Emerald, 1 Plain Golden Y, 1 Sharp-angled Peacock, 1 Beautiful Hook-tip, 1 Scoparia pyralella, 1 Fox-glove Pug, 1 Dichrorampha alpinana.
Wed 15th June 2016 14:36 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 14 June
Among 215 Macros of 43 Species Rosy Footman, Satin Wave, Riband Wave and Beautiful Hook-tip were FFY. The weekend Moth images are now on and the next 2 days.
Wed 15th June 2016 13:06 by Chris Thain
Today our third Agrotera nemoralis!

Our first was 27th May, second on 9th June and again today. They are different individuals - the middle one succumbed in the fridge.

Is anyone else getting any?

Chris Brownsea

Wed 15th June 2016 10:07 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 14th June
Celypha striana , Anania hortulata , Myelois circumvoluta , Treble Brown Spot , Riband Wave. , Green Pug , Sharp-angled Peacock , Privet Hawk , Poplar Hawk , Pale Tussock , Cinnabar , Heart and Club , Flame , Broad-barred White , Uncertain , Silver Y , Snout.
Tue 14th June 2016 20:51 by Vince Giavarini
Monday 13 June 2016, White Mill, Sturminster Marshall
Rain scuppered what should have been a great moth night but by morning only 61 moths made it into the trap. That's just 26 species of macro. (Should have rammed the trap up against a brick wall or tree bole to aid cryptic survival). Best of the catch was Brown Rustic, Brussels Lace, Dark Spectacle and several Small Clouded Brindle. Best of the micros: Beautiful China Mark.
Tue 14th June 2016 17:57 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 13 June
Only a single FFY the splendid Miller.
Tue 14th June 2016 15:51 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 13th June
Rainy night, but trapped a New for Garden Broom Moth. I see there's not many on the species map for West Dorset. New for Year were Small Elephant, Lobster, Burnished Brass and Miller. and all the best stuff ended up on my house wall by morning - even Elephants.
Tue 14th June 2016 08:31 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 June
45 species including FFY Sallow Kitten, Lychnis and Uncertain/Rustic.
Mon 13th June 2016 16:03 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 12th June
60+ Plutella xylostella , Evergestis forficalis , Myelois circumvoluta , Emmelina monodactyla , Privet Hawk , Buff-tip , Puss Moth , Swallow Prominent , White Ermine , early Square - spot Rustic , Cabbage , Common Wainscot , Obscure Wainscot , Clouded-bordered Brindle , Vines Rustic , Mottled Rustic , Silver Y , Snout.
Mon 13th June 2016 14:07 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12 June
Around 60 species, including: Purple Bar, Cinnabar, Brown Rustic, Pale Mottled Willow, Silver Y, Blood-vein, Brussels Lace, Brown Silver-line, Shears, Sm Elephant Hawk-moth.  First for year: Muslin Footman, Sm Fan Foot, Double Square Spot, Small Angle Shades, May Highflyer, Eudonia murcurella.  Number of P xylostella back to normal - just 3
Mon 13th June 2016 13:32 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 12 June
After the Lord Mayor's Show it was back to reality today with just 2 addition for the year, Scalloped Hazel and Coxcomb Prominent.
Mon 13th June 2016 06:53 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 June
Warm but rain in the night and morning.  46 species including FFY Green Pug and Pinion-streaked Snout.
Mon 13th June 2016 00:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11 June
Around 30 species, including: Straw Dot, Eyed, Poplar and Elephant Hawkmoths, Sharp-angled Peacock, Ingrailed Clay, Lychnis, Bright-line Brown-eye, Celypha lacunana, Evergestis forficalis, Udea olivalis, Hedya pruniana, Scoparia pyralella, Pandemis cerasana, Tortrix viridana(ffg)
Sun 12th June 2016 17:59 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 11 June
Dave Foot stayed with us again overnight but an 05:30 start on the 8 traps was dogged by all sorts of rain from light drizzle to a bit of the heavy stuff. It was p.m. before the whole process was completed. Persistence paid of though resulting in the best night of the year thus far, with totals still to be produced. New 'macros' for myself and the Recording Area were Scarce Merveille du Jour and Silver Hook while the cast of FFY was as follows. Smoky Wainscot, Rosy Marbled, Blotched Emerald, Grass Wave, Pale Oak Beauty, Pebble Hook-tip, Small Yellow Wave, Cream Wave, Birch Mocha, Barred Red, Horse Chestnut, Four-dotted Footman, Cream-spot Tiger, Ochreous Pug, Green Silver-lines, Privet Hawk-moth, Pinion-streaked Snout, Double Square-spot, Satin Wave and Dingy Mocha. The images will be some time in the editing but will be published during this week on
Sun 12th June 2016 17:56 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 11.6.16 125W MV
133 individuals of 52 species (so far). Hawk-moths for Moth Night were Poplar (5), Privet (1) and Elephant (8). Too many FFY to list: highlights included Figure of 80; Flame, Cypress and Broken-barred Carpets; Foxglove Pug; Pale Prominent; Silver and Beautiful Golden Ys; Rustic Shoulder-knot. Only 10 xylostella in trap.
Sun 12th June 2016 14:35 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 11th June
Light Emerald , Privet , Eyed , Poplar & Elephant Hawk , Pale Tussock , Light Arches , Large Nutmeg , Burnished Brass.
Sun 12th June 2016 10:37 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 11 June Moth Night 3
Heavy rain in the morning.  49 species including FFY True Lover's Knot and Beautiful Golden Y.  Another Pretty Chalk Carpet.  1 Silver Y and a few Diamond-back.
Sat 11th June 2016 20:57 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 10th June
37 species. A nice selection included 8 Plutella xylostella , Blastobasis lacticolella , Anania hortulata , Anania crocealis , Hypsopygia glaucinalis , Aphomia sociella , Common Swift , Small Dusty Wave , Treble Brown Spot , Lime-speck Pug , Clouded Silver , Privet , Eyed and Elephant Hawk , Puss Moth , Yellow-tail , Common Wainscot , a very early Feathered Ranunculus , Orange Footman , Grey Dagger agg. , Mottled Rustic , Silver Y.
Sat 11th June 2016 20:06 by Paul Harris
9/6: True Lover's Knot, Small Seraphim.

10/6: Foxglove Pug (2), Small Seraphim, Dog's Tooth, Bryotropha terrella.

0787 Bryotropha terrella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 11th June 2016 14:32 by Vince Giavarini
10 June 2016, Poole
It's Saturday 6.15am so this is a pre-Parkrun trap also coinciding with National Moth Night No.2. News is not earth shattering: 85 moths of 25 species, down a little compared with late. But there's always a glimmer of interest and today it is provided by and immaculate Oak Hook-tip, a Light Brocade and a very fresh Lime Hawkmoth - Target species achieved so big pat on back.
Sat 11th June 2016 09:54 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 10 June
With Mr Foot in residence for the weekend we collectively ran 8 MV's to a total 393 Macros of 69 Species, which included 2 new for our recording area, Poplar Kitten and Freyer's Pug. Additionally there were 8 FFY, Small Rivulet, True Lover's Knot, Marble White Spot, Sycamore, Brussel's Lace, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Clay Triple-lines and Barred Straw.
Sat 11th June 2016 09:23 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 10 June Moth Night 2
Cloudy, muggy with some rain.  The best night so far this year with 70 species including FFY A. coronata, Riband Wave, Light Emerald, Privet Hawkmoth, Coronet, Light Arches and Small Fan-foot. 63 Diamond-backs in two traps.
Fri 10th June 2016 23:16 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9 June
Around fifty species, including: Dot Moth, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Treble Brown Spot, Mottled Rustic, Flame Carpet, Orange Footman, Snout, Sm Elephant Hawkmoth, with ffy Alder Kitten, Lobster Moth, Common Lutestring, Parapoynx stratiotata (greatly reduced P xylostella numbers, for both the trap and garden)
Fri 10th June 2016 15:40 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 09 June
A distinct drop in both quality and quantity from the traps last night, but nevertheless Light Arches and Lychnis were FFY.
Fri 10th June 2016 13:07 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 9th June
22 species included 8 Diamond-back moth , Small Dusty Wave , Treble Brown Spot , Broken-barred Carpet , 3 Eyed Hawkmoth , Mullein ,Pale Tussock , Cinnabar , Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Fri 10th June 2016 09:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 9 June Night 1 of Moth Night 2016
A good night with 54 species including FFG Lathronympha strigana and FFY Treble Brown Spot, Blood-vein, Small Seraphim and Small Elephant Hawkmoth.  Only 2 Hawkmoths in the trap.  Also 1 U. ferrugalis and 1 Silver Y, and a few Diamond-backs.
Thu 9th June 2016 22:12 by Paul Harris
Standard fare lately, worth a mention though were:

7/6: Obscure Wainscot. 8/6: Common Lutestring.

Thu 9th June 2016 13:54 by Will Bown
8th June - Winterborne Stickland
The number of species continuing to increase and among them were: the wonderfully variable and sometimes striking Ingrailed Clay, Eyed Hawkmoth, Silver Y, Shoulder-striped Wainscot, Peppered Moth, Iron Prominent, Light Brocade, Blood-vein, Bee Moth, Mottled Rustic, Scorched Carpet, Common Swift, Anania coronata, Scoparia pyralella, Eudonia lacustrata and Celypha striana.  And plenty of Diamond-backs still appearing in the traps and surrounding areas.
Thu 9th June 2016 10:35 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 8th June
Only 20 Species including 8 Clouded Silver, 5 Common Swift, 1 Orange Footman and 1 Nutmeg.
Thu 9th June 2016 09:14 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 8 June
07/06 produced Ingrailed Clay and Burnish Brass FFY, while last night came up with 257 Macros x 58 Species. Of these The Rivulet, Figure of Eighty, Great Prominent, Brown Rustic and Willow Beauty were also FFY and maybe of interest a second Oblique Carpet.
Thu 9th June 2016 07:40 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 June
A warm, still night.  40 species including FFY Scorched Wing and Lime Hawkmoth.
Wed 8th June 2016 17:54 by Vince Giavarini
NW of Wimborne, 8 June, 2016
Pheromone trial day...but nothing biting at three sites. Skimmed along hedgerows and fields near Badbury Rings with a stick disturbing Clouded Silver, Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, Green Carpet, Light Emerald, Red Twin-spot Carpet, Silver Ground Carpet and Yellow Shells galore. In adjacent wildflower meadows, Cinnabar and good numbers of Burnet Companion.
Wed 8th June 2016 16:10 by Andrew Kirby
Wednesday 8th in Stoke Abbott
3 x Currant Clearwing in garden today, came to tip lure, as did Pammene aurana, which was new for me as well.
Wed 8th June 2016 13:24 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th June
25 species including 30 Diamond-back moths, 1 Snout, 2 Straw Dot, 1 Eyed Hawkmoth, 1 Double Square-spot, 2 Flame, 3 Common Swift, 1 May Highflyer, 1 Myelois circumvoluta.
Wed 8th June 2016 09:35 by Andrew Kirby
Tuesday 7th in Stoke Abbott
46 species of Moths. New for year were Purple Bar, Figure of Eighty, Sharp-angled Peacock, 3 x White-pinion Spotted, Bright-line Brown-eye, Sandy Carpet, Middle-barred Minor and Rusty-dot Pearl Udea ferrugalis. Plus a male Glow-worm.
Tue 7th June 2016 21:54 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton 6th June
An upsurge in the Diamond-back numbers here with 200+ in the Robinson trap and plenty more sitting around in the vegetation. Plenty of NFYs included: Brussels Lace, Alder Moth (2), Cinnabar, Mullein, Green Arches, Little Thorn, Rhyacionia pinivorana, Scoparia pyralella and Crambus lathoniellus. Quite a few Silver Y around in the garden at dusk tonight and a single Painted Lady feeding on thyme flowers during the day.
Tue 7th June 2016 21:13 by Will Bown
6th June - Winterborne Stickland
The last two nights produced a nice selection including: Scorched Carpet, Willow Beauty, Brimstone, Spectacle, Scorched Wing, Pale Tussock, Small Elephant Hawk Moth, Light Arches and Mottled Pug among many others.  The Diamond-back influx continues and other micros included the tiny and impossibly named Pseudoswammerdamia combinella. In a local field where masses of Oxeye Daisies are flowering, many hundreds of Dichrorampha alpinana were flying in the afternoon sunshine, ID now confirmed from genitalia examination.
Tue 7th June 2016 16:51 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell July 7
45 Diamond-back in the trap this morning, also singles of Udea ferrugalis, a Silver Y and FFY an Eyed Hawkmoth, among a total of 26spp.
Tue 7th June 2016 16:42 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 6 June
166 Macros of 45 Species netted Elephant Hawk-moth, Green Pug, Treble Brown-spot and Common Marbled Carpet as FFY.
Tue 7th June 2016 12:23 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 6.6.16 125W MV
156 individuals of 43 species (with a few more to sort out): 75 of these were xylostella. Many new species for the year including: Callisto denticulella (FFG), Mottled Pug (FFG), Spruce Carpet, Scorched Wing, Alder Moth, Lychnis, White-point and Ingrailed Clay.
Tue 7th June 2016 09:06 by Geoffrey Sell
Up to 30 macros this morning, with Cypress Carpet, Large Emerald, 2 Orange Footman, Least Black Arches and a Treble-bar.
Tue 7th June 2016 09:00 by Vince Giavarini
6 June 2016, Poole
Cat enthralled by May-bugs crawling across roof of shed so...good, I can empty the moth trap. 100 macros of 27 species. New are Heart & Club, Poplar Hawkmoth and Eyed Hawkwork...something particularly glorious about this last mentioned and I think it's the blue pigment in the 'eye' spot. Old 'blue-eyes' back again! The DBMs still stream in in force, over 60 last night. This morning they peppered the hood of the trap like rice grains.
Mon 6th June 2016 17:23 by Vince Giavarini
Studland Heath...6 June 2016
Couple of hours well spent taking ferry to stake out low flowery regrowth of Rhododendron near Spur Bog. Rewarded within 5 minutes with Broad-bordered Bee Hawkmoth at 13.37pm. Third time lucky!
Mon 6th June 2016 16:15 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 5 June
Grey Birch confirmed for 04/06/16, while this mornings catch of 139 Macros of 38 Species produced FFY Cream-border Green Pea, Heart & Club, Ghost (male), Gold Spot and Obscure Wainscot.
Mon 6th June 2016 09:51 by Vince Giavarini
5 June 2016, Poole
93 macro-moths of 31 species and as most will have discovered this morning a pretty good night. Nice to see a two-tone Treble Lines along with year firsts Clouded Silver, Dark Brocade, Miller, Nutmeg,Peppered Moth and a black and white marked Seraphim and first ever for here. Micros: about 20 DBM's; also a Rusty Dot Pearl.
Mon 6th June 2016 09:40 by Andrew Kirby
Saturday 5th in Stoke Abbott
About 100 Moths of 47 species, new for 2016 Clouded-bordered Brindle, Brussels Lace, Dagger agg., Lobster Moth and Nematopogon sp..
Mon 6th June 2016 06:58 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 5 June
Chillier.  46 species including FFY E. lacustrata, Poplar Grey and Gold Spot. 1 Silver Y and 33 Diamond-back.
Sun 5th June 2016 22:10 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton,5th June
Like others, a fair few Diamond-backs with 33 recorded in the trap and plenty more flitting about. The highlight here though was a garden first Anania fuscalis, a possible wanderer from the meadows around the River Frome? Other notable records among the 68 species were single Light Brocade, 2 Small White Wave, 9 Pale Tussock (one female, which must have attracted in the other 8 males), 10 Orange Footman, 10 Treble Lines and 5 Scorched Wing.
Sun 5th June 2016 21:46 by Phyl England
Saturday 4th June Swanage (Durlston(
The best trap so far this year with 200 + zylostella , Orange Footman (19), Oak Hook-tip(3) and Clouded Silver (3) were the most numerous among the 45 macro species. Clay Triple-lines was a first for the garden.
Sun 5th June 2016 21:03 by Vince Giavarini
5 June 2016, Poole
85 macro moths of 30 species. Very few among the new, rare or interesting but mention should be made of Current of my favourite pugs...if that's possible? Also Light Emerald and my first Silver Y of 2016. Counted 15 diamond backs in the trap...a few others flitting about the borders, and 4 Garden Pebbles. I'd expected better; but perhaps tonight. We'll see.
Sun 5th June 2016 19:47 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 4 June
194 Macros of 47 Species with one NEVER seen before, Oblique Carpet, along with Grey Birch and a 'free flying' Burnet Companion FFY.
Sun 5th June 2016 16:23 by Andrew Kirby
Saturday 4th in Stoke Abbott
About 100 Moths of 50 species with 3 x Cinnabar, Pebble Hook-tip, Snout, Straw Dot, Blood-vein, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Large Yellow Underwing, Rivulet, Broken-barred Carpet, Garden Pebble Evergestis forficalis, Tinea semifulvella, Nemapogon cloacella, Notocelia cynosbatella and Eudonia lacustrata new for year.
Sun 5th June 2016 15:58 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 4th June
Best night so far. 36 species, 18 NFY inc. 2x Sharp-angled Peacock, 4x Brown Silver Lines, Brussels Lace, the Flame, Alder Kitten, Chinese Character, first few Large Yellow U'wing, Straw Dot, Riband Wave, Lychnis, Alder Moth, Garden Pebble, not to mention a lot of Diamond-back.
Sun 5th June 2016 14:04 by Will Bown
4th June - Winterborne Stickland
The traps dominated by Diamond-back Moth with 108 logged and many others present on and around the traps but quickly taking flight. Also of particular note was a Buttoned Snout.  Among the rest were: Mottled Rustic, Clouded Brindle and Clouded Bordered Brindle, Barred Red, Orange Footman, Mottled Pug and Foxglove Pug.

2480 Buttoned Snout 04 Copyright: Will Bown, June 2016

Sun 5th June 2016 09:25 by Geoffrey Sell
29 species of macro this morning! - including Alder Moth, 2 Orange footman, and a Poplar Kitten.
Sun 5th June 2016 09:15 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 4 June
A cloudy and close night with very little wind.  Much higher numbers than the last two nights and the best night so far this year with 54 species.  FFG Pretty Chalk Carpet.  FFY A. paleana, C. culmella, E. pallida, A. humana, Straw Dot, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Ingrailed Clay, Mottled Rustic and Common Wainscot.  113 Diamond-back Moth in two traps and 2 European Corn Borer.
Sat 4th June 2016 07:31 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 3 June
Improvement in overnight conditions attracted 87 Macros of 26 Species including FFY Straw Dot, Poplar Grey and Yellow-barred Brindle. As an aside and maybe of interest, the Belted Galloway gave birth on Thursday evening (The Bagsy Blog).
Sat 4th June 2016 07:20 by Andrew Kirby
Friday 3rd in Stoke Abbott
34 Moths of 21 species with Lime Hawkmoth and Lychnis new for year. Plus Nemophora degeerella new for me. The numbers of pale Plutella xylostella disturbed in the veg patch earlier in the day were not reflected in the trap with only a couple showing up.
Sat 4th June 2016 00:11 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2 June 2016
Just around 30 moths of 17 species, inc: Set H Character, Ingrailed Clay, ffy Brown Silver Lines, Willow Beauty, Rustic Shoulder-knot.  Micros inc: Udea olivalis, 2 Nematopogon sp, Anania hortulata, ffg Syndemis musculana, with several P xylostella and an Anthophila fabricana in the garden this pm (min overnight temp 10.1 degsC / cloudy, no rain)
Fri 3rd June 2016 11:35 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell June 2nd
Just a single Diamond-back after the flurry of the previous night but a Flame Carpet, only my second garden record and a Small Elephant Hawkmoth, my first here since 2007, were good to see.
Fri 3rd June 2016 09:19 by Geoffrey Sell
3rd June, only 22 macros, including Privet Hawk, Lunar Thorn and Small Seraphim.
Thu 2nd June 2016 22:49 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 1 June
Just 34 of 20 species, including: Peach Blossom, Mocha, Scorched Wing, Chocolate-tip, V-pug, H & Dart, Treble Lines, with ffy Barred Straw and ffg possible Syndemis musculana
Thu 2nd June 2016 22:38 by Gillian Nash
Thu 2nd June 2016 18:29 by Terry Box
Night of Wednesday 1st June, per Chris Thain
An Agrotera nemoralis to light on Brownsea Island Wednesday night, presumably a rare migrant, and a very distinctive and attractive crambid.  A Buttoned Snout to light the previous night there.

1410 Agrotera nemoralis 02 Copyright: Chris Thain, 1 June 2016
Thu 2nd June 2016 17:13 by Will Bown
1st June - Winterborne Stickland
The tally from two traps included Diamond-back Moth (3), Silver Y (1) plus Privet Hawkmoth, Ringed China-mark, Common Wave and Vine's Rustic, plus Treble Lines, Brown Rustic, and the first of the Oligias this year, among the thirty species present. Before midnight there were more Diamond-backs on the trap cone and vanes.  Most also very pale.
Thu 2nd June 2016 09:38 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 1 June
53 Diamond-back Moth in two traps, most of them very pale.  Also FFY Udea olivalis, Small Magpie, Willow Beauty, Shark and Shears.
Thu 2nd June 2016 08:28 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell June 1st
34 Diamond-back in the trap this morning but a far greater number in and around it earlier, at 10pm; almost all of them very pale.
Wed 1st June 2016 23:57 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 31st May
Just 26 of 15 species, including: Buff-tip, Common Swift, Swallow Prominent, Marbled Minor(agg), with ffy Evergestis forficalis (Gdn Pebble) and Parapoynx stratiotata (Ringed China-mark)
Wed 1st June 2016 16:10 by Jack Oughton
1st June
By day near Portesham, several Plutella xylostella, a Burnet Companion, Speckled Yellow and Neofaculata ericetella of some note.
Wed 1st June 2016 11:14 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 31st May
16 species including Chinese Character, 4 Common Swift, 1 Burnished Brass, 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, 2 Reddish Light Arches, 1 Straw Dot, 1 Pale Tussock and i very faded Agapeta hamana. Note the 2 Reddish Light Arches were an incorrect identification and on further study of my photographs, they were the light form of Clouded-bordered Brindle.
Wed 1st June 2016 06:56 by Capt Bagsy
East Parley 31 May
After the previous nights non-event and no improvement in the weather, at least last night saw c2 additions for the year, Pine Hawk-moth and Nutmeg.