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Sun 30th April 2017 10:19 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 29.4.17 125W MV
Just 7 moths of 7 species, including FFY Red Twin-spot Carpet and Mullein.  Hope it warms up soon.
Sun 30th April 2017 10:14 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 29 April
Just five species / eight individuals, with first for year Poplar Grey (10.4 degC / windy, dry)
Sun 30th April 2017 09:25 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell April 29
A Dark Sword-grass among just 7 species last night.
Sun 30th April 2017 08:16 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 April
Chilly and windy. One P. combinella the only moth of interest.
Sat 29th April 2017 11:23 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 28th April
Tachystola acroxantha , Swallow Prominent , Muslin , Cinnabar , Least Black Arches , Shuttle Shaped Dart , Mullein , Vines Rustic.
Sat 29th April 2017 10:46 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 28 April
Eleven species, including: Pale Pinion, Flame Shoulder, Pebble Prominent, ffy: Pale Tussock, Poplar Hawk, Green Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart (min 7.7 degC / cloudy)
Sat 29th April 2017 08:50 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 28 April
A little chilly. 6 species including FFY Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Fri 28th April 2017 16:08 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 27th April
Pale Pinion is an FFG. Julian Francis kindly checked the ID (as well as the early tooth-striped I got earlier this month). FFY were great prominent, muslin and red twin-spot carpet.
Fri 28th April 2017 11:41 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 27th April 2017
A marginally milder night down to 3C by dawn, but only a couple of dozen moths including: a fairly early Scoparia pyralella, plus Flame Shoulder and Spectacle.
Fri 28th April 2017 08:39 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th April
Min overnight temp was 8.4 deg C and 7 moths were caught, representing 4 species including 1 Early Grey, 1 Flame Shoulder and 2 Muslin Moth.
Thu 27th April 2017 15:58 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 26th April
A total of 2 moths and 2 species, 1 Muslin moth and 1 Hebrew Character.
Thu 27th April 2017 10:23 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 April
Bee Moth (male) inside the house today.
Tue 25th April 2017 10:29 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24 April
Just five species here, including: Pebble Prominent, Brindled Beauty, Muslin Moth (min 1.6 degC)
Tue 25th April 2017 08:57 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th April
only 4 species but including 1 Pale Prominent and 1 Brindled Beauty. Min overnight temperature was 3.1 deg C.
Mon 24th April 2017 15:10 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 23 April
Just ten species, including: Chocolate-tip, Lunar Marbled Brown, Nut-tree Tussock, Flame Shoulder, Pebble Prominent & ffy Red Sword-grass
Mon 24th April 2017 08:23 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 23rd April
V-Pug , Pale Prominent , Muslin , Oak Nycteoline.
Mon 24th April 2017 06:47 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 April
Another chilly night. 12 species including Spectacle.  And also lots of Cockchafers.
Sun 23rd April 2017 07:55 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 22.4.17
22 individuals of 13 species including FFY Gracillaria syringella, Depressaria radiella, Scorched Carpet, V-pug, Waved Umber, Muslin Moth, Angle Shades, Flame Shoulder & Shuttle-shaped Dart.
Sun 23rd April 2017 07:27 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 April
A chilly night.  Only 10 species including a Green Carpet.
Sat 22nd April 2017 08:50 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 21st April
31 species: Highlights of Agonopterix yeatiana (2), Red Twin-spot Carpet (NFY), Common Pug (NFY), Brindled Beauty, Common Wave (NFY), Pale Tussock (NFY), Muslin Moth (4), Nut-tree Tussock (NFY), Powdered Quaker (NFY/G), Northern Drab, Dark Sword-grass & Least Black Arches.

2184 Northern Drab 06 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Sat 22nd April 2017 08:39 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 21st April
Lunar Marbled Brown , Muslin , Ruby Tiger , Shuttle-shaped Dart , Least Black Arches , Mullein , Vines Rustic.
Sat 22nd April 2017 08:23 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 April
A warmer night.  18 species including Waved Umber, Coxcomb Prominent and Least Black Arches.
Sat 22nd April 2017 00:05 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/4
Best here were Rush Veneer, Early Tooth-striped and Epinotia immundana.
Fri 21st April 2017 22:22 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 20 April
Twelve species, including: Brimstone, Early Thorn, Great Prominent, P.combinella, with ffy Mullein, Pale Prominent, Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume)
Fri 21st April 2017 11:32 by Clive Pinder
Chickerell April 20th
Thirteen species, my best catch this year so far, included an early Large Yellow Underwing
Fri 21st April 2017 08:30 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 20th April
28 species, including Dotted Chestnut (this was the first moth I ever trapped, and this is the first time I've seen it since!), Epinotia immundana (NFY), Chinese Character (2 - NFY), Grey Pine Carpet (NFG/Y), Oak-tree Pug (NFG/Y), Yellow-barred Brindle (NFY), Early Tooth-striped, Northern Drab (2), Red Chestnut & Least Black Arches (2).
Thu 20th April 2017 07:54 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 19th April
Silver Y
Wed 19th April 2017 08:31 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 18th April
only 6 species including 1 Brindled Beauty and 1 Frosted Green, with a min overnight temperature of 4.8 deg C.
Wed 19th April 2017 00:51 by Gillian Nash
Leigh April17
Twelve macro / six micro species, including: Powdered Quaker, Great Prominent, 4 Brimstone, ffy Chocolate-tip. micros: P.combinella, E.postvittana, A.literana, Agonopterix sp, ffy Mompha (possibly epilobiella/unconfirmed)
Tue 18th April 2017 21:55 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/4
Lunar Marbled Brown and Purple Thorn of note here.
Tue 18th April 2017 10:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th April
13 species including 1 Pebble Prominent, 1 Lesser Swallow Prominent, 4 Muslin Moth, 1 Flame Shoulder, 1 Ypsolopha mucronella.
Tue 18th April 2017 10:00 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 17.4.17
An unusually early Buff Ermine turned up in the kitchen this evening.
Tue 18th April 2017 09:15 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 17th April
Streamer , V-Pug , Waved Umber , Least Black Arches , Flame Shoulder , Clouded Drab , Mullein , Early Grey.
Mon 17th April 2017 21:20 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/4
The tiny micro Mompha epilobiella the only moth of any note here. Presumably just out of hibernation.
Mon 17th April 2017 18:44 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16 April
Thirteen species, including: Great Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Frosted Green, Muslin Moth, Brindled Beauty, Brimstone, with ffy Spectacle, Lssr Swallow Prominent (min 7.4 degC / cloud, but no rain)
Mon 17th April 2017 09:05 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 16th April
only 4 species including 2 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella and 1 Muslin Moth
Sun 16th April 2017 21:51 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 15/4
Gracillaria syringella found in the house.

0293 Gracillaria syringella 05 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 16th April 2017 10:58 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 15.4.17 125W MV
Only 13 individuals of 6 species, including FFY Powdered Quaker.
Sun 16th April 2017 09:19 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 15th April
Only 5 species but included 3 new this year, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Muslin Moth, 1 Acleris literana. The micro moth was a first to be seen at this location. Quite an amazing sight to see.
Sat 15th April 2017 21:02 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 14/4
First Bright-line Brown-eye of the year and the splendid micro Pseudoswammerdamia combinella.

0436 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 15th April 2017 16:43 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 14th April 2017
Pale Mottled Willow, Yellow-barred Brindle, Small Phoenix, V-pug, Brimstone, and Brindled Pug were all firsts for the year, and a lone Dark Sword-grass was the only immigrant.  Micros represented by a single Gracillaria (Caloptilia) syringella.

0293 Caloptilia syringella 04 Copyright: Will Bown, March 2017

Sat 15th April 2017 09:57 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 14th April
No great numbers of moths but 12 species recorded including singles of Scorched Carpet, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Purple Thorn, Diamond-back Moth, and 2 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, 2 Nut-tree Tussock.
Sat 15th April 2017 07:49 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 14th April
Brindled Pug , Oak-tree Pug , V-Pug , Swallow Prominent , Muslin , Shuttle Shaped Dart.
Fri 14th April 2017 22:50 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17 August
Around thirty individuals of just five species, including Nut-tree Tussock (min 3.3 degC)
Fri 14th April 2017 20:23 by Paul Harris
13/4: Puss Moth, Brindled Pug and Caloptilia stigmatella.

12/4: Purple Thorn.

Fri 14th April 2017 09:41 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 13th April 2017
A colder night with 2C at dawn. The best from the traps were Dotted Border and Purple Thorn.

1919 Purple Thorn 04 Copyright: Will Bown, March 2017

Thu 13th April 2017 12:06 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 13th April
1 Incurvaria masculella seen this morning while gardening!
Thu 13th April 2017 10:51 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 12th April 2017
Another clear and chilly start to the night gave way to cloud and 7C after midnight. The best from the traps was Water Carpet, and among the rest were the first Red Twin-spot Carpet and Flame Shoulder of the season, plus Common Plume, Muslin and Early Thorn.  Hebrew Character appearing in good numbers this spring.
Thu 13th April 2017 09:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 12th April
Just 6 species including 1 Powdered Quaker, 2 Brimstone Moth and 1 Chinese Character. Min overnight temp of 8.8 deg C.
Thu 13th April 2017 07:04 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 12.4.17 125W MV
16 individuals of 10 species, including FFY Brimstone Moth.
Wed 12th April 2017 10:35 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 11th April 2017
A bright full moon and a rather chilly night seem to have had an effect on the numbers here again with just fifteen of four species present; among those trapped were first of the season Muslin and that rather nice woodland species the Nut-tree Tussock.

2425 Nut-tree Tussock 04 Copyright: Will Bown, March 2017

Wed 12th April 2017 08:53 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 11th April
5 species including 1 Brimstone Moth and 1 Streamer, min overnight temp of 6.9 deg C
Tue 11th April 2017 07:51 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 10th April
Agonopterix yeatiana , Alucita hexadactyla , Garden Carpet , Oak Beauty , Powdered Quaker , Angle Shades.
Mon 10th April 2017 14:38 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 9th April
Consecutive trap had 13 species, but the delight was a "First Ever for Us" Chocolate Tip -and an Early Tooth-striped and 2 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella.
Sun 9th April 2017 14:38 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 8th April
No white lawn at last, so 8 species - 4 Brindled Beauties. FFY Shoulder Stripe and Nut-tree Tussock. Repetetive one Early Grey and one Early Thorn
Sun 9th April 2017 10:11 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8.4.17
Numbers still low but nice to see FFY Early Tooth-striped, Brindled Beauty, Herald and Nut-tree Tussock.
Sat 8th April 2017 11:43 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 7.4.17
March Moth and FFG Water Carpet to external light.
Sat 8th April 2017 00:04 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 6 April
Seven species, including ffy Great Prominent and Nut-tree Tussock (min 2.3 degC)
Thu 6th April 2017 09:34 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5 April
Just seven species here (23 individuals), including: Frosted Green, Shoulder Stripe and a slightly early ffy Pebble Prominent (min 2.3 degC)
Thu 6th April 2017 07:08 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 5.4.17 125W MV
Only 19 moths of 9 species, including Depressaria daucella and FFY Shouder Stripe.
Wed 5th April 2017 08:53 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 4th April
only 9 moths and 6 species including 1 Streamer and 1 Powdered Quaker. Min overnight temp. of 4.8 deg C.
Tue 4th April 2017 21:40 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 3 April
A relatively good early season here. On 3 April worth mentioning ones of : Dark Sword-grass, Pale Pinion, and V-pug.
Tue 4th April 2017 11:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 3 April
Fifteen individuals / ten species, including: Shoulder Stripe, Brindled Beauty, ffy Frosted Green, Nomophila noctuella (min 5.4 degC - some late night rain)
Mon 3rd April 2017 09:29 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2 April
Another cool, clear night with eleven species and just twenty individuals, including: March Moth, Early Thorn.  First for year: Brimstone, Pale Pinion, Satellite
Mon 3rd April 2017 09:10 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 2nd April
Min overnight temp of 5 deg C. 11 species including 1 Shoulder Stripe, 1 Nut-tree Tussock, 1 Great Prominent, 1 Streamer and 1 Double-striped Pug.
Mon 3rd April 2017 09:02 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 2nd April
17 species, with Agonopterix subpropinquella, Shoulder Stripe (2), Streamer (2) & Pale Pinion of note.
Sun 2nd April 2017 22:08 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 1 April
Cool, clear night with just six species, including 2 Brindled Beauty and ffy Esperia sulphurella
Sun 2nd April 2017 21:44 by Julian Francis
Rebecca, email the photo to me on if you like or post it here or on the DMG Facebook pageu
Sun 2nd April 2017 18:16 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 1st April
Early this morning, half awake, I was thinking green carpet which of course is impossible. It is dull grey with a very small hint of green. I'm now realising it is probably an early tooth-striped (ffg). Anyone want to verify the photo? Not sure if I should up-load when I'm uncertain. Otherwise very normal for the time of year and my garden.
Sun 2nd April 2017 10:59 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 1st April
Well, the direct correlation between min overnight temperature and numbers of moths does not always hold true. I recorded a minimum of 5.8 deg C but caught 11 species of moth including 1 Powdered Quaker, 1 Pale Pinion, 1 Great Prominent and 1 Early Tooth-striped, a good night! Thanks to all for the great meeting at Puddletown yesterday, a great set of talks and lots to think about.
Sun 2nd April 2017 08:38 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 1.4.17 125W MV
25 individuals of only 7 spp. FFY were singles of Nomophila noctuella and Streamer.
Sat 1st April 2017 21:14 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 31/3
Pale Pinion the only species worth a mention.
Sat 1st April 2017 15:27 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 31st March 2017
A single Dark Sword-grass was our second this spring, while among the rest were Common Plume, Early Thorn, Powdered Quaker and Double-striped Pug.
Sat 1st April 2017 07:38 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 31 March
Rain in the night.  Just 11 moths in 2 traps, including a Pale Pinion.