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Sat 30th September 2017 09:30 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th September
Only 11 species but included 3 Frosted Orange.
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Fri 29th September 2017 19:05 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 28th September
My 1st Barred Sallow,Setaceous Hebrew Character,Canary-shoulder Thorn were the best of 11 moths caught on a wet night, temp 14c when light switched on at 7.30pm
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Fri 29th September 2017 17:38 by Paul Harris
East Parley, 26/9.
An astonishing catch here by Bagsy, a Banded Pine Carpet (Pungeleria capreolaria). There are just a handful of records in GB since the first in 2014. This appears to be the most westerly record yet and the first county record. Photo to follow hopefully.
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Fri 29th September 2017 17:32 by Paul Harris
Broadwey
27/9: Palpita vitrealis.

28/9: Humming-bird Hawk, Delicate, Scarce Bordered Straw, Palpita vitrealis, Pearly Underwing and the first Barred Sallow of the autumn.

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Fri 29th September 2017 10:43 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 28.9.17 125W MV
39 individuals of 18 species including FFY Feathered Brindle and Beaded Chestnut.  A scattering of migrants: Udea ferrugalis (2) and singles of Delicate and Silver Y.
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Fri 29th September 2017 09:37 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th September
21 species including 4 Light Emerald, 1 Small Emerald, 1 Pink-barred Sallow, 1 Rush Veneer, 2 Frosted Orange, 1 Barred Sallow, 2 Burnished Brass.
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Thu 28th September 2017 16:01 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th September
24 species including 1 Canary-shouldered Thorn, 4 Light Emerald, 3 Burnished Brass, 1 Barred Sallow, 1 Pink-barred Sallow, 1 Centre-barred Sallow, 1 Riband Wave.
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Wed 27th September 2017 17:10 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 26th September
27 species including 1 Brindled Green, 1 Canary-shouldered Thorn, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Pale Pinion, 1 Dark Sword-grass, 1 Large Ranunculus.
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Wed 27th September 2017 09:37 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth. Correction: I recorded False Mocha on 25th June, but now after dissection, Mark Parsons has pronounced it to be Blair's Mocha. I had a second one on 25th August. This morning, one Clancy's Rustic, two Delicate, a Pearly Underwing and a Palpita vitrealis.
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Wed 27th September 2017 09:20 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 September
A dark, warm, very still night.  Very foggy towards dawn.  35 species including 14 very fresh Angle Shades (perhaps migrants), 9 very fresh Delicate, 1 Pearly Underwing (a long-awaited FFG) and 1 Silver Y.  1 Turnip possibly also a migrant.  Highlights were 1 Clifden Nonpareil (foggy weather seems to be good for them at Tolpuddle) and 1 Orange Sallow (a moth I haven't had for a long time).
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Wed 27th September 2017 00:23 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25 September
25 species, including: Frosted Orange, Ruby Tiger, Large Ranunculus, Rosy Rustic, (16+)Light Emerald, ffy Large Wainscot, Sallow + Barred Sallow, ffg Clifden Nonpareil (min 14.2degC)
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Tue 26th September 2017 16:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 25th September
22 species including 2 Sallow, 2 Garden Carpet, 1 Large Wainscot, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Delicate, 2 Centre-barred Sallow.
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Tue 26th September 2017 16:16 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 25th September
Light Emerald , Yellow-tail , 2 Turnip , 3 Delicate , 3 Black Rustic , Feathered Ranunculus , Clancy's Rustic , Clifden Nonpareil , Silver Y , Straw Dot.
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Tue 26th September 2017 13:18 by Jenny Seawright
Broadstone September 25th
Highlight from 25 species were two Box-tree Moths, Cydalima perspectalis (as I've no Box hedging!)
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Tue 26th September 2017 09:42 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25 September
Clifden Nonpareil here last night on garage wall (ffg)
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Mon 25th September 2017 21:58 by Paul Harris
Poundbury, Dorchester 25/9
Greeted by a Humming-bird Hawk whizzing around our Path Lab today! Had apparently been present since Friday. Duly released.
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Mon 25th September 2017 21:57 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 24 September
Two Clifden Nonpareil trapped by Chris Fox.

24 other species here, including: Pinion-streaked Snout, Small Wainscot, Large Ranunculus, Broad-bordered Y U/wing, Single-dotted Wave, ffy Black Rustic & Pink-barred Sallow.  Micros: Hypsopygia costalis, Nomophila noctuella, Acleris sparsana (min 14.9 degC)

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Mon 25th September 2017 20:50 by Paul Harris
Broadwey
20/9: Nephopterix angustella, Large Wainscot.

22/9: Remarkably, another Clifden Nonpareil, plus Palpita vitrealis.

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Mon 25th September 2017 20:07 by James Watson
Halstock - 25th September
A hugely busy trap for the time of year. A Kent Black Arches was the highlight. Singles of Palpita Vitrealis and European Corn-borer also.
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Mon 25th September 2017 18:44 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th September
A good night with 28 species including 1 Angle Shades, 3 Barred Sallow, 1 Light Emerald, 4 Centre-barred Sallow, 1 Black Rustic, 1 Copper Underwing, 1 Oak Hook-tip, 1 Large Ranunculus.
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Mon 25th September 2017 14:56 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston , 24th September
Small Blood-vein , 2 Cypress Pug , Dusky Thorn , Yellow-tail , 2 Pearly Underwing , Bright-line Brown-eye , L-album Wainscot , Straw Underwing.  13 Angle Shades.  Large Wainscot , Scarce Bordered Straw.  3 Silver Y , Dark Spectacle , 2 Pinion-streaked Snout.
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Mon 25th September 2017 09:01 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 24th September. Singles of Delicate, Cypress Pug, and Large Ranunculus.
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Sun 24th September 2017 19:28 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 23 September
Eighteen species, including: Large Ranunculus, Pale Eggar, Angle Shades, Willow Beauty, and seven Light Emerald (min 13.3degC)
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Sun 24th September 2017 13:17 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston , 23rd September
Four-spotted Footman , Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.  Feathered Ranunculus.
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Sun 24th September 2017 12:03 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 23rd September
Just returned from a week in Catalonia, moth trapping and butterfly searching, to my familiar moth trap and surroundings in Dorset. 21 species including a very welcome Lilac Beauty, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Sallow.
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Sun 24th September 2017 08:13 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 September
A slightly chilly night after a day of southerly winds.  25 species including FFY Brown-spot Pinion and Sallow.  Also 1 Delicate.
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Sat 23rd September 2017 22:18 by Gillian Nash
Twelve species, including: Pale Eggar, Angle Shades, Rosy Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Lilac Beauty (min 9.2 degC)
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Sat 23rd September 2017 10:45 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 22nd September
A new moth for me with my 1st Dusky Thorn, others were Large yellow Underwing x14, Square-spot Rustic x2, Lunar Underwing x 7 and Lesser Yellow Underwing x 2. 20W Actinic, temp 14c when light switched on at 19.30hrs.
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Sat 23rd September 2017 10:22 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 22nd September
Monopis imella , Dusky Thorn , Vapourer , Common Wainscot , L-album Wainscot , Black Rustic , Silver Y , Dark Spectacle.
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Fri 22nd September 2017 16:42 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 21 September
Just four species, with first for year Large Ranunculus (min 5.5 degC)
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Thu 21st September 2017 12:49 by Gillian Nash
20 September
15 species / 45 individuals, including: Red Underwing, Centre-barred Sallow, Pale Eggar, Canary-shouldered and Dusky Thorns, Flame Shoulder, ffy Brindled Green.  Mild but rainy & windy night, keeping numbers down
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Thu 21st September 2017 09:34 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 20.9.17 125W MV
64 individuals of 18 species on a mild but wet night. Best were FFY Cydia splandana and Black Rustic.  A single Rusty-dot Pearl provided the only migrant interest.
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Wed 20th September 2017 18:56 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 19th September
Not so good again with only 12 moths caught using a 50W MV, temp at 2100hrs 12c. Brimstone, Lunar Un-wing x5, Large Yellow Un-wing x2, Lesser Un-wing x1, Square-spot Rustic x2, and Snout x1
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Wed 20th September 2017 15:56 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 19th September
2 Udea ferrugalis , 2 Nomophila noctuella , Common Marbled Carpet , Dusky Thorn , Light Emerald , Broad- bordered Yellow Underwing , White-point , Lunar Underwing , Feathered Ranunculus , Rosy Rustic , Pale Mottled Willow , Scarce Bordered Straw , 7 Silver Y , Straw Dot.
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Wed 20th September 2017 13:31 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 19th September
11 species including rusty dot pearl, pale mottled willow, dusky thorn and lunar underwing. Also hummingbird hawkmoth on the honey suckle three times this week.
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Wed 20th September 2017 09:59 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 19th September. A few wanderers: a Passenger, a White-speck, a Palpita vitrealis and a home grown Pink-barred Sallow.
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Wed 20th September 2017 09:18 by Jack Oughton
Arne 19th Sept
By day at Arne, the only adult moth of interest was Caloptilia betulicolella. Also found was the larval case of Pachythelia villosella, Psyche casta and Coleophora serratella. Many mine species were found, including Stigmella lapponica (Silver Birch), Stigmella perpygmaeella (Hawthorn), Stigmella svenssoni (Oak), Bucculatrix ulmella (on Oak and Hornbeam), Caloptilia semifascia (Maple), Parornix betulae (Silver Birch), and Phyllonorycter esperella (on Hornbeam).
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Tue 19th September 2017 19:22 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18 September
Thirteen species / 70 individuals, including: Feathered Thorn, Frosted Orange, Burnished Brass, Rosy Rustic, Flounced Rustic, Ruby Tiger (min 7.1 degC)

17 September: eight species / 18 individuals, including: Light Emerald, Flame Shoulder, 2 Centre-barred Sallow (min 6.2degC)

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Sun 17th September 2017 11:13 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16 September
Even less here, with nothing new and just ten species, including 4 Light Emerald, 3 Pale Eggar - rest of line-up as yesterday's post
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Sun 17th September 2017 10:43 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 16.9.17 125W MV
Only 22 individuals of 14 species. Large Ranunculus and Lunar Underwing were new for the year. A single Silver Y the only migrant interest.
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Sat 16th September 2017 16:14 by Martin Wood
wimborne 15th September
A poor trap with 12 moths caught, temp 11c when light switched on at 20.00 hrs, but temp down to 6c by morning 0600hrs. Large Yellow Unwing x8, Lunar Unwing x2, Square-spot Rustic x2
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Sat 16th September 2017 15:46 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15 September
Sixteen species, including: Frosted Orange, Pale Eggar, Angle Shades, Burnished Brass, Rosy Rustic, Lssr Yellow U/wing, Lunar U/wing, Common Marbled Carpet, Dusky Thorn, ffy Red U/wing (min 6.2degC)
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Thu 14th September 2017 11:31 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 13th September
Cypress Pug , Pearly Underwing , Red Underwing.
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Thu 14th September 2017 08:47 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 13th September
Numbers of moths very low here over the past few days. For this record, there was a min temp overnight of 9.7 deg C with only 8 species but including 1 Canary-shouldered Thorn, 1 Frosted Orange, 1 Lunar Underwing.
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Tue 12th September 2017 14:27 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 11th September
Blood-vein , Cypress Pug , Convolvulus Hawk-moth -- female. ; Turnip , Lunar Underwing , Old Lady.
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Sat 9th September 2017 20:33 by Martin Wood
wimborne 8th September
20W Actinic switched on at 20.00 hrs then a sudden heavy down pour of rain temp 15c Garden Carpet, Large Yellow Underwing x4, Square-spot Rustic x3,Lesser Yellow Underwing and a Lunar Underwing
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Sat 9th September 2017 17:38 by Paul Harris
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens 9/9
Hummingbird Hawk-moth here this morning.
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Sat 9th September 2017 12:02 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8.9.17 125W
57 individuals of 24 species. Highlights: Mullein Wave (FFG) and L-album Wainscot. Only migrant was a single Rusty-dot Pearl.
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Sat 9th September 2017 10:48 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 8th September
Plutella xylostella , Mompha subbistrigella , Anania crocealis , Udea ferrugalis , Mullein Wave , Dusky Thorn , Feathered Ranunculus , Rosy Rustic.
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Sat 9th September 2017 08:01 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 8th September
17 species including 1 Centre-barred Sallow, 1 Scarce Bordered Straw, 1 Pale Eggar, 2 Flounced Rustic.
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Fri 8th September 2017 21:32 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 7/9
2 each of Scarce Bordered Straw and Red Underwing.
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Fri 8th September 2017 11:37 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th September
27 species including 1 Ruby Tiger, 1 Scarce Bordered Straw, 1 Lilac Beauty, 1 Carnation Tortrix, 1 Ypsolopha scabrella, 1 Large Fruit-tree Tortrix.
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Thu 7th September 2017 15:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 6th September
22 species including 1 Frosted Orange, 1 Delicate, 1 Orange Swift, 2 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Double-striped Pug.
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Thu 7th September 2017 14:48 by Paul Harris
Most notable here was my first ever Cosmopterix pulchrimella, all 4mm of it. Also 2 Red Underwing.

0896b Cosmopterix pulchrimella 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

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Thu 7th September 2017 09:16 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 6th Sept
42 species. Highlights were Udea ferrugalis, Nomophila noctuella (2), Mullein Wave, Spruce Carpet, Grey Pine Carpet, Four-spotted Footman, Silver Y, Frosted Orange & Dark Sword-grass.
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Wed 6th September 2017 23:25 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5 September
Thirteen species, including: Pinion-streaked Snout and first for year Pale Eggar(2) . . . .

1632 Pale Eggar 05 Copyright: Gillian Nash, Sept 2017

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Wed 6th September 2017 10:45 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 5th September
Webb's Wainscot.
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Wed 6th September 2017 09:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th September
Only 21 moth species but including 1 Lilac Beauty, 1 Pale Eggar, 1 Nephopterix advenella. Also a Red Admiral butterfly!
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Wed 6th September 2017 07:09 by Martin Wood
wimborne 4th September
Best was two new moths for me with a Scarce Bordered Straw and a micro Eudonia agustea. The rest were Setaceus Hebrew Character and 15 Large Yellow Underwings.
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Tue 5th September 2017 20:40 by Paul Harris
Best moth by far was my 5th Clifden Nonpareil for the garden. There can be little question that this species is now a fairly widespread resident in the county. Also White Speck, Scarce Bordered Straw and a Dagger sp.

2451 Clifden Nonpareil 09 Copyright: Paul Harris

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Tue 5th September 2017 12:14 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 4th September
35 species including 1 Pale Eggar, 2 Orange Swift, 1 Flounced Rustic, 2 Burnished Brass, 1 Pyrausta purpuralis, 1 Acleris laterana.
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Tue 5th September 2017 10:54 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 4th September
Palpita vitrealis.
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Mon 4th September 2017 20:39 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 3/9
2 Scarce Bordered Straw and Palpita vitrealis the best. Also the first Centre-barred Sallow of the autumn plus a Red Underwing.
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Mon 4th September 2017 11:30 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 3rd September
5 Udea ferrugalis , Chinese Character , Vestal.  Cypress Pug , Early Thorn , Brown-tail , Rosy Rustic , Scarce Bordered Straw , Pinion-streaked Snout.
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Sun 3rd September 2017 22:17 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2 September
Sixteen species, including: Lesser Yellow Underwing, Green Carpet, Mouse Moth, Lychnis, Bright-line Brown Eye, Burnished Brass, Spectacle
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Sun 3rd September 2017 22:06 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/9
Best here were: Nephopterix angustella and Anania crocealis.

1465 Nephopterix angustella 07 Copyright: Paul Harris

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Sun 3rd September 2017 15:10 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 2nd September
Agonopterix arenella , Small Blood-vein , Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing , Lunar Underwing , Dark Spectacle , Spectacle , Red Underwing.
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Sun 3rd September 2017 14:16 by Martin Wood
wimborne 2nd September
20 W Actinic, 14c . Old Lady, Setaceus Hebrew Character x2 Garden Carpet, Square-spot Rustic x2 ,Vine's Rustic and nfg and myself a Common Wainscot werethe best out of a total 18 moths trapped
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Sun 3rd September 2017 08:26 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 2nd September
59 species. Highlights were Phyllonorycter genciculella, Udea ferrugalis (3), Nomophila noctuella (2), Chinese Character, Peach Blossom (2), Pale Eggar, Galium Carpet, Lilac Beauty, Four-spotted Footman (3), Dark Spectacle, & Silver Y.
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Sat 2nd September 2017 12:04 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 1st September
Orange Swift , Satin Wave , Light Emerald , Vapourer , Turnip , Feathered Ranunculus , Pale Mottled Willow , 2 Scarce Bordered Straw --- 13 individuals since 10th August. ; Gold Spot , Spectacle.
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Fri 1st September 2017 13:30 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 31st August
25 species including 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Scarce Bordered Straw, 1 Early Thorn, 1 Garden Carpet, 2 Flounced Rustic, 1 Dusky Thorn.
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Fri 1st September 2017 08:11 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 31 August
Clear and cold.  Only 27 species.  FFY Frosted Orange.
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