Latest Sightings

You need to be registered and logged-on to post sightings here: see guidance.  If you are not registered but have sightings, news or events please email to Webmaster.  Please note that all observations and comments published on the Dorset Moths Latest Sightings webpage or any other external website, especially with respect to notable and important Dorset moth records, are unconfirmed and remain so until the record is forwarded to and ratified by the appropriate county moth recorder: see Moth Recording.

For previous years archived records contact Webmaster (to be available on-line shortly).

Archives:

June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
February 2013

current posts

 
Sun 29th April 2018 12:24 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 28 April
Four species, five individuals, including Lunar Marbled Brown and FFY Pseudoswammerdamia combinella (min 6.2 degC / cloud)
link
Sun 29th April 2018 08:25 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 28th April
Four moths including Waved Umber.
link
Sun 29th April 2018 08:07 by Geoffrey Sell
28th April . Just five moths, one an Iron Prominent.
link
Sat 28th April 2018 22:04 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 27/4
Fairly horrific given that it is nearly May. Just Early Tooth-striped and Streamer worthy of a mention.
link
Sat 28th April 2018 14:39 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 27th April
Just one Red Chestnut (seem to get one every 4 years) and 3 Hebrew Chars
link
Fri 27th April 2018 21:23 by Paul Harris
Broadwey
Hardly an auspicious few days but a few moths worthy of mention:

21/4: Digitivalva pulicariae.

23/4: Gracillaria syringella.

26/4: Dyseriocrania subpurpurella, Streamer, Mullein, Flame Shoulder and Swallow Prominent all new for year. The first species new for garden and a good record for the Weymouth area.

0472 Digitivalva pulicariae 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

0293 Gracillaria syringella 06 Copyright: Paul Harris

0006 Dyseriocrania subpurpurella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

link
Fri 27th April 2018 15:04 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 26th April
Just 3 species including 1 Muslin Moth and 1 Brimstone Moth(FFY).
link
Fri 27th April 2018 09:57 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 26th April
Muslin , Least Black Arches , Powdered Quaker , Early Grey.
link
Thu 26th April 2018 21:24 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 25 April
Just three Hebrew Character (min 6.5degC)
link
Wed 25th April 2018 16:17 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 24th April
A single Streamer was the best of a small bunch, with Purple Thorn, Early Thorn, and one Powdered Quaker among the rest.
link
Wed 25th April 2018 12:32 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 24th April
Streamer , Muslin , Early Grey.
link
Wed 25th April 2018 06:55 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 April
Chilly.  Only 13 moths.
link
Tue 24th April 2018 12:34 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 23rd April
Mullein.
link
Tue 24th April 2018 10:58 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 23 April
Just five species here, including: Nut-tree Tussock and two Water Carpet (a cool 10.3 degC)
link
Tue 24th April 2018 07:38 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 April
Only 7 species.  But lots of flies!
link
Mon 23rd April 2018 13:54 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 22th April
The only modest highlights among just eight species were several Brindled Beauty and Purple Thorn.

1919 Purple Thorn 05 Copyright: Will Bown

link
Mon 23rd April 2018 13:10 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22 April
Just ten of five species, with FFY 2 Muslin Moth (min 8.6 degC)
link
Mon 23rd April 2018 11:22 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 April
A chily night.  11 species including FFG 1 Red Chestnut.  Also 1 Great Prominent.  Plus 1 more Drab-like moth to ID.
link
Mon 23rd April 2018 10:13 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 22nd April
Pebble Prominent , Dark Sword-grass.
link
Sun 22nd April 2018 19:25 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 21 April
Thirteen species,including: Nut-tree Tussock, Shoulder Stripe, Streamer, Brindled Pug.  FFY: Lunar Marbled Brown, Brimstone, Agonopterix yeatiana.  Still low numbers, considering 11 degC /thunderstorms.
link
Sun 22nd April 2018 17:28 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 April
Thunder and lightening during the night with short heavy downpours.  14 species including FFY Waved Umber and Chinese Character.  Also 1 Dotted Chestnut and FFG A. literana.
link
Sun 22nd April 2018 15:31 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 21st April
14 species 26 moths - NFY Pale Pinion, Chinese Character, Pebble Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Streamer and 20-plume Moth. Woke up to thick fog.
link
Sun 22nd April 2018 10:35 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st April
12 species including 1 Brindled Beauty, 2 Lunar Marbled Brown, 2 Muslin Moth, 1 Dotted Chestnut, 1 Oak-tree Pug, 1 Shoulder Stripe, 1 Caloptilia stigmatella
link
Sun 22nd April 2018 09:40 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 21st April
Rusty-dot Pearl.
link
Sat 21st April 2018 19:58 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 20th April
Early Thorn, Nut-tree Tussock and Brindled Beauty among just 34 moths of 6 species.

1927 Brindled Beauty 04 Copyright: Will Bown

link
Sat 21st April 2018 14:47 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/4
Highlight here a Northern Drab, a new species for the garden.
link
Sat 21st April 2018 08:47 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th April
A min overnight temp of 10.3 deg C bought in 10 species including 1 Muslin Moth, 1 Brindled Beauty, 2 Purple Thorn, 1 Powdered Quaker, 1 Common Plume, 1 Scorched Carpet. An interesting selection.
link
Sat 21st April 2018 08:25 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 20 April
Another chilly night after a hot day.  Only 10 species including 1 Engrailed.
link
Fri 20th April 2018 17:49 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19.4.18 125W MV
Much better, with 36 individuals of 14 species.  Highlight was a FFG Acleris literana.  FFY included Twenty-plume Moth, Eudonia angustea, Streamer and Brindled Beauty.
link
Fri 20th April 2018 17:29 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th April
9 species including 1 Scorched Carpet, 2 Nut-tree Tussock, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker, 1 Eudonia angustea
link
Fri 20th April 2018 15:06 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 19th April
3 Double-striped Pug , Small Quaker , 3 Early Grey , Angle Shades , Nut Tree Tussock.
link
Fri 20th April 2018 11:33 by Gillian Nash
Just six species here with low numbers, including three Brindled Beauty ( min 10.5 degC ) It's getting too predictable !
link
Fri 20th April 2018 07:23 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 19 April
A very hot day was followed by a clear sky and chilliness. A disappointing 12 species including FFY Lunar Marbled Brown. Also a very small V-pug (wing length 5mm).
link
Thu 19th April 2018 22:50 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 18 April
Still low numbers here (24 of 10 species), including: Agonopterix arenella, Epiphyas postvittana, Streamer, Brindled, and Double-striped Pugs, Early Thorn
link
Thu 19th April 2018 19:19 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 18th April
Seventy moths of twelve species on a very warm night.  The highlights were: Blossom Underwing (the first for this site), and Tawny Pinion (only the second recorded here), with Brindled Beauty, Brindled Pug and Powdered Quaker among the rest.
link
Thu 19th April 2018 18:26 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 18th April
Streamer , 2 Double-striped Pug , Clouded Drab , Angle Shades.
link
Thu 19th April 2018 09:51 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 18th April
Spring has at last arrived in the moth world. With a min overnight temp of 12.8 deg C, there were 15 species including 1 Scorched Carpet, 2 Nut-tree Tussock, 1 Streamer, 1 Shoulder Stripe, 1 Waved Umber, 1 Twin-spotted Quaker, 1 Light Brown Apple Moth, 1 Lunar Marbled Brown.
link
Thu 19th April 2018 08:19 by Geoffrey Sell
18th April. Singles of Brindled Pug, Chestnut, Satellite and Streamer.
link
Wed 18th April 2018 11:42 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th April
A warm night, minimum temp of 12.2deg C but only 7 species but including 1 Shoulder Stripe and 1 Satellite
link
Wed 18th April 2018 08:48 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 17.4.17 125W MV
18 individuals of 9 species including FFG Chamomile Shark and FFY Brindled Pug, Small Quaker and Powdered Quaker.
link
Tue 17th April 2018 12:44 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16 April
Gusty but dry night, with just two species: 5 Hebrew Character, and single first for year Nut-tree Tussock (min 10.2 degsC)
link
Mon 16th April 2018 10:35 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 4 April
Nine species,including: Shoulder Stripe. Brindled Pug, Streamer, Brindled Beauty, A.Heracliana/ciliella(agg).  First for year: Powdered Quaker, Double-striped Pug
link
Sun 15th April 2018 11:16 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 14th April
March Moth , Early Thorn , Flame Shoulder , Small Quaker , Early Grey , Herald.
link
Sun 15th April 2018 07:27 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 April
Chillier.  Only 6 species including 3 Brindled Beauty.
link
Sat 14th April 2018 23:46 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13 April
Nine species, including: Brindled Pug, with ffy Garden Carpet, A.hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth), and E.sarcitrella (White-shouldered House-moth)
link
Sat 14th April 2018 20:25 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 12th April
A foggy night and just nine species. Dotted Border and Diurnea fagella the only two worth a mention.
link
Sat 14th April 2018 18:31 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 13th April
6 species including 1 Dotted Border, 1 Double-striped Pug, 1 Engrailed
link
Sat 14th April 2018 09:19 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 April
Still and foggy.  14 species!
link
Sat 14th April 2018 08:47 by Geoffrey Sell
13th April. One Brindled Pug, one Dotted Chestnut, two Early Tooth-striped, one Mullein.
link
Fri 13th April 2018 22:53 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 12 April
Nine species, including firsts for year Diurnea fagella, Dotted Chestnut, and (2)Streamer
link
Fri 13th April 2018 13:41 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 12th April
Nothing out of the ordinary with 8 species including 1 Agonopterix arenella, 1 Agonopterix alstromeriana and 1 March Moth
link
Fri 13th April 2018 08:53 by Geoffrey Sell
12th April. One Brindled Pug, One Dotted Chestnut, Three Early Tooth-striped.
link
Fri 13th April 2018 07:55 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 April
12 species including 1 A. yeatiana and 1 Early Tooth-striped.
link
Thu 12th April 2018 18:39 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 11th April
A cooler night with Common Plume, Early Thorn, Double-striped Pug and Common Swift among the visitors.
link
Thu 12th April 2018 17:28 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 11th April
7 species including 2 Early Thorn, 1 Shoulder Stripe. Min overnight temp of 8.8 deg C
link
Thu 12th April 2018 11:48 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 11th April
6 species including Early Thorn, Dotted Border and Powdered Quaker
link
Thu 12th April 2018 07:34 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 11 April
A cold northerly - only 6 species.
link
Wed 11th April 2018 17:30 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 10th April
Damp and mild again and among 70 moths of 10 species the first Dark Sword-grass of the year, with Mottled Grey, Double-striped Pug, and Ypsolopha mucronella also among the routine fare.
link
Wed 11th April 2018 14:49 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 10th April
Pale Pinion.
link
Mon 9th April 2018 17:44 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 8th April
Double-striped Pug , 2 Small Quaker , Clouded Drab , Mullein , 4 Early Grey.
link
Mon 9th April 2018 10:49 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 8 April
Eight species (25) including: Water Carpet (first for year), Shoulder Stripe(3), Early Thorn(2) - min 8.2 degsC / cloud, light rain
link
Mon 9th April 2018 09:47 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 8th April
Overall numbers well up on a mild, damp night. Ten species included Oak Beauty and Engrailed among the regulars.
link
Mon 9th April 2018 09:20 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 8th April. 11 species including singles of March Moth, Oak Beauty, and Streamer, with 30 Common Quaker.
link
Mon 9th April 2018 07:54 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 April
7 species including 1 Shoulder Stripe.
link
Sun 8th April 2018 23:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 7 April
Seven species/forty moths, including Early Grey, Chestnut, Agonopterix heracliana/ciliella (min 7.2 degsC)
link
Sun 8th April 2018 19:11 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 7th April
Nothing unusual so far this year, and quite a few spring regulars have so far failed to appear, though Small Quaker seem to be occurring in better numbers than we usually get. From 58 moths of 10 species on a mild night Oak Beauty, and Pale Pinion probably worth a mention.
link
Sun 8th April 2018 07:44 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 7 April
8 species.
link
Sat 7th April 2018 07:56 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 6 April
10 species including D. fagella and Pale Pinion.
link
Fri 6th April 2018 10:14 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th April
Nothing out of the ordinary with 4 species including 25 Hebrew Character!
link
Thu 5th April 2018 21:22 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 3/4
35 moths of 8 species, best were March Moth and Twin-spotted Quaker.
link
Thu 5th April 2018 19:00 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 4th April
Pale Pinion
link
Thu 5th April 2018 10:32 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5 April 2018
Fewer moths here - ten of five species including ffy Pale Pinion, with minimum overnight temp of min 3.4 degsC
link
Tue 3rd April 2018 21:01 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 2/4
25 moths of 6 species was a surprise given the overnight weather. Best were Dark Sword-grass, 3 Diurnea fagella and an Oak Beauty.
link
Tue 3rd April 2018 16:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 2nd April
5 species including 2 Oak Beauty, 3 Early Grey, 1 Angle Shades
link
Mon 2nd April 2018 18:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 1st April
6 species including 2 Oak Beauty, 2 Early Grey, 1 Diurnea fagella
link
Sun 1st April 2018 08:29 by Robin Heawood
Longfleet School
13 moths of 4 Spp. Early grey (ffy), only 1 of note.
link