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Fri 31st March 2017 20:38 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 30th March
Rush veneer (x3), Purple Thorn (x2), Engrailed and an early Great Prominent were new for the year. The surprise visitor was a Brindled Ochre, only the 2nd garden record, and presumably a wanderer from the Purbecks.

Fri 31st March 2017 18:04 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 30/3
2 Dark Sword-grass, Rush Veneer and Turnip (?) represented the migrants. Best of rest were Caloptilia rufipennella, 3 Caloptilia semifascia and a Streamer.
Fri 31st March 2017 18:00 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30 March
Thirty individuals of six species, including Brindled Beauty and ffy Water Carpet
Fri 31st March 2017 14:09 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 30th March
Most plentiful night of the year. Mostly Orthosia with Acleris literana, 2x Twenty-plume Moth, Brindled beauty, March moth, several Early grey and thorn
Fri 31st March 2017 12:02 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 30th March 2017
Quite a decent number overnight, but only Shoulder Stripe is unusual enough here to be worth a mention.

1746 Shoulder Stripe 04 Copyright: Will Bown, March 2017

Fri 31st March 2017 08:25 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 30 March
13 species including Nut-tree Tussock.
Fri 31st March 2017 08:17 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 30th March
25 species, with Ypsolopha mucronella & Dotted Border being new for me. Best of the rest were Northern Drab (my third ever), Aphomia sociella (NFY), Nomophila noctuella, Streamer (NFY), Shoulder Stripe (NFY-NFG), Early Tooth-striped (NFY), & Dark Sword-grass (NFY).

2184 Northern Drab 05 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Thu 30th March 2017 20:06 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 29/3
Migrants represented by 2 Dark Sword-grass and a Diamond-back. Best of rest were Caloptilia semifascia, Eudonia angustea, first Powdered Quaker of the spring and a good count of 31 Common Quaker.
Thu 30th March 2017 16:42 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 29th March 2017
Among the assorted regulars on an exceptionally mild night were: Eudonia angustea, Acleris cristana, Ypsolopha mucronella and a very out of season occurrence of a Cnephasia which visually at least, appeared to be stephensiana.

0451 Ypsolopha mucronella 06 Copyright: Will Bown, March 2017

Thu 30th March 2017 15:46 by Richard Cottle
Tincleton, 29th March
Over 100 moths of 18 species last night. Highlights were NFY Acleris literana, Early tooth striped, powdered quaker, v-pug and shoulder-stripe. Also single dark sword grass.
Thu 30th March 2017 14:33 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 29.3.17 125W MV
Another quiet night. 20 individuals of only 7 species including FFY Small Quaker.
Thu 30th March 2017 09:04 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 March
The usual suspects at this time of year plus a very fresh Rush Veneer.
Thu 30th March 2017 08:16 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 29th March
15 species, with highlights being Alucita hexadactyla (NFY), Nomophila noctuella (2 - NFY), Pale Pinion, Twin-spotted Quaker and Red Chestnut.
Wed 29th March 2017 17:14 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 28/3
Pristine Small Eggar the best here.
Wed 29th March 2017 09:31 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th March
A relatively warm night with a min overnight temp of 11.9 deg C. Not the total answer to good moth numbers though. Only 6 species with just 11 moths, including 2 Shoulder Stripe.
Wed 29th March 2017 08:07 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 28th March
Only 5 moths , but included Oak Beauty , Engrailed and Mullein.
Wed 29th March 2017 00:23 by Josie Emmerson
Broadwindsor 27th March
Four species including 1 Muslin Moth and 1 Red Chesnut
Wed 29th March 2017 00:00 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 27 March
Nine species, including Small Eggar, Shoulder Stripe, ffy Powdered Quaker, Brindled Pug (min 5.4 degC)
Tue 28th March 2017 09:57 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th March
A good night with a min overnight temperature of 7.9 deg C. 11 species including 1 March Moth, 1 Dotted Border, 1 Satellite and 1 amazing Small Eggar. I've never caught one before.
Tue 28th March 2017 08:18 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 27th March
13 species, highlights being 3 Pale Pinion, 3 Twin-spotted Quaker, V-pug, March Moth & Agonopterix yeatiana.
Mon 27th March 2017 20:48 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 26/3
First Brindled Pug of the spring and an Oak Beauty the best here.
Mon 27th March 2017 11:30 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 26th March
What a change with all the fine weather. Relatively high numbers of moths, nine species comprising 6 Early Grey, 4 Oak Beauty, 4 Early Thorn, 14 Common Quaker, 7 Small Quaker, 8 Hebrew Character, 1 Clouded Drab, 1 Brindled Beauty and 1 rather early Oak-tree Tussock. Minimum overnight temperature was 6 deg C.
Mon 27th March 2017 08:18 by Jack Oughton
By day, Hardys Monument 26/03: Plutella xylostella adult plus larvae of Oak Eggar and Scarlet Tiger.

MV light Portesham 26/03: 10 species, with Mottled Grey and Herald being new for garden.

Sun 26th March 2017 18:29 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 25th March 2017
A few more Early Thorn, March Moth, Oak Beauty and Powdered Quaker among the half dozen more numerous regulars logged during the recent spell of chilly nights.
Sun 26th March 2017 10:54 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25 March
Just six species here, including: Sm Quaker, Early Thorn and Oak Beauty (min 3.5 degC)
Sat 25th March 2017 09:33 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th March
Min temp overnight was 3.9 deg C but recorded 7 species including 1 Oak Beauty and 1 Early Grey.
Mon 20th March 2017 11:44 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th March
only five species overnight on our return from Yorkshire but including a fine single Oak Beauty.
Sun 19th March 2017 16:14 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 18th March 2017
Ten species with Shoulder Stripe unusual enough here to be noteworthy.  Among the rest were: Double-striped Pug, Early Thorn and Small Quaker, and Agonopterix heracliana the only micro.
Sun 19th March 2017 11:54 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18 March
Eight species, including Oak Beauty, Early Thorn, Small Quaker and Chestnut, seldom seen here, although common (minimum 10.5 degC cloudy / breezy)
Sun 19th March 2017 08:17 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 18.3.17 125W MV
Little to show for a breezy night. Just 6 individuals of 5 species, inc FFY Pale Pinion.
Sat 18th March 2017 13:13 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 17th March
Common Quaker, Chestnut, Diurnea Fagella and FFG Water Carpet
Fri 17th March 2017 15:48 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 16th March 2017
A clear and chilly night with a touch of frost didn't look very hopeful. But among the sixty plus in the traps were: Early Thorn, Small Quaker, Double-striped Pug, Twin-spotted Quaker and the first immigrant of the year a single Dark Sword-grass, the earliest record here for this species.

1917 Early Thorn 04 Copyright: Will Bown, March 2017

Thu 16th March 2017 22:13 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 14 & 15 March
15 March: nine species, including the fifth recent Small Eggar

14 March: ten species, including Caloptilia stigmatella and Twin-spotted Quaker

Thu 16th March 2017 09:41 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 15th March 2017
A damp and foggy night added Small Quaker, Oak Beauty and Engrailed to the variety.  The resident Great Tits are beginning to get very interested in the traps at dawn now.

1930 Oak Beauty 05 Copyright: Will Bown, March 2017

Wed 15th March 2017 16:22 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 14/3
Easily the most productive night of the year with 65 moths of 20 species. Most unexpected was a Small Mottled Willow. Best of the rest were: Red-green Carpet, Pale Pinion, Twin-spotted Quaker, 2 Small Quaker, 4 Oak Nycteoline, 8 Double-striped Pug, Oak Beauty, 5 Clouded Drab, 3 Early Thorn, Agonopterix ocellana, 4 Diurnea fagella, 2 Caloptilia stigmatella and Epermenia chaerophyllella.
Wed 15th March 2017 09:41 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 14th March. 57 macro moths, but nearly half were Common Quaker. There were a Dark Chestnut, an Engrailed, an Oak Beauty and 2 Twin-spotted Quaker.
Wed 15th March 2017 09:26 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 14th March 2017
The usual early spring species have made up the bulk in recent nights, but a bit more variety now appearing including a little run of Pale Pinion, Early Thorn, Double-striped Pug, Chestnut and Brindled Beauty.
Wed 15th March 2017 07:29 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 14.3.17 125W MV
29 individuals of 14 species, including FFG Caloptilia stigmella and FFY Plutella xylostella, Double-striped Pug, Early Thorn, March Moth and Twin-spotted Quaker.
Tue 14th March 2017 23:11 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13 March
Twelve species, including: Early Grey, Early Moth, March Moth, Brindled Beauty, with ffy Twin-spotted Quaker, Diurnea fagella, Agonopterix alstromeriana
Tue 14th March 2017 20:43 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 13/3
Best here were Oak Nycteoline, Dotted Border and March Moth. Also the impressive, but tiny, Schreckensteinia festaliella.
Tue 14th March 2017 09:49 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 13th March. 9 species including a Pale Pinion, 2 Chestnut, 2 Oak Beauty, and 2 Small Quaker.
Mon 13th March 2017 23:35 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12 March
Seven species, including first for year Grey Shoulder-knot.  Just one micro, Acleris literana (min 8.1 deg C)
Sun 12th March 2017 21:47 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 11/3
3 Diamond-back worth a mention, also, Acleris umbrana.
Sun 12th March 2017 21:45 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11 March
Ten species, 2 Small Eggar, four individuals over past two days (min 8.1 deg C / some heavy rain)
Sun 12th March 2017 09:20 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth, 11th March. 10 species including Brindled Pug, Chestnut,Grey Shoulder-knot, Red Chestnut, Small Quaker and Twin-spotted Quaker.
Sat 11th March 2017 22:07 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 10 March
Fourteen species, including: Early Thorn, Dotted Border, Small Quaker, (different) Small Eggar, with ffy Double-striped Pug, Shoulder Stripe, E.postvittana, A.literana
Sat 11th March 2017 16:23 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 10th March 2017
Double-striped Pug and a pristine Red-green Carpet worth a mention.  Others included Clouded Drab, Twin-spotted Quaker, Common Plume and Early Grey.
Sat 11th March 2017 15:20 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 10/3
Best of the bunch here were: Small Eggar, Dotted Border, 5 Oak Beauty, 2 Diurnea fagella.
Sat 11th March 2017 07:59 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 10th March
9 species, 2 Early Moth, 5 Early Thorn, 6 Hebrew Character, 1 March Moth, 5 Dotted Border, 1 Clouded Drab, 3 Small Quaker, 5 Common Quaker and 2 Early Grey. Min overnight temp of 10.1 deg C.
Fri 10th March 2017 18:26 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 9 March
Seven species, including (ffy) Small Eggar and what I think is (ffg) Ypsolopha mucronella (min 8.1deg C)
Fri 10th March 2017 17:13 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 9/3
A decent night had. Best were: Agonopterix yeatiana, Caloptilia stigmatella, 5 Diurnea fagella, Pale Pinion, 4 Oak Beauty, 2 Early Thorn, Small Quaker.
Fri 10th March 2017 14:45 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 9.3.17 125W MV
9 individuals of 7 species inc FFY Oak Beauty, Early Grey, Clouded Drab & Hebrew Character.
Fri 10th March 2017 10:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 9th March
Total of 8 species, 10 Hebrew Character, 1 Shoulder Stripe, 4 Dotted Border, 4 Early Thorn, 6 Small Quaker, 6 Common Quaker, 1 Early Grey and 4 March Moth, with a min overnight temp of 9.8 deg C.
Thu 9th March 2017 20:18 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 8 March
7 Species / 32 individuals: Early Grey, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character, Brindled Beauty, with ffy March Moth, Clouded Drab, Early Thorn
Thu 9th March 2017 10:24 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 8th March
4 species, 3 Hebrew Character, 5 Common Quaker, 1 Small Quaker and 1 Dotted Border. Min overnight temp was a high of 11.1 deg C.
Wed 8th March 2017 10:18 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th March
4 species, 1 Small Quaker, 1 Common Quaker, 1 Early Moth and 5 Hebrew Character with a min overnight temperature of 8.3 deg C
Sun 5th March 2017 17:50 by Paul Harris
3/3: March Moth, 3 Common Quaker.

4/3: Early Grey, Hebrew Character.

Sun 5th March 2017 12:02 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 4 March: three species: Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, ffy Small Quaker (min 5.2 degsC / heavy rain)