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Fri 31st August 2018 14:51 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 30.8.18 125W MV
Only 33 species, including FFY Pale Eggar, Dusky Thorn, Straw Underwing and Centre-barred Sallow.
Fri 31st August 2018 11:29 by Gordon Hopkins
Gillingham, 30th. August. Submitted by Gordon Hopkins
Singles of Barred Sallow and Centre-barred Sallow, the former about half usual size (note Julian's record above.) and Blood Vein.
Fri 31st August 2018 07:53 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 30 August
A chilly night.  29 species.  FFY Centre-barred Sallow.  Also a late, and small (half the usual size), Beautiful China-mark.
Thu 30th August 2018 19:14 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 29th August
I do not catch many moths in the centre of Wimborne 1-Cypress Pug, 3-Willow Beauty, 1-Pale Mottled Willow, 2-Lesser Yellow Underwing and 2-Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing. Min temp in the garden 10.9c
Thu 30th August 2018 15:30 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th August
27 species including 2 Fern, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Pyrausta despicata, 1 Pinion-streaked Snout, 1 Frosted Orange.
Thu 30th August 2018 13:41 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine 30th August
A cool, dry night.  Singles of Frosted Orange, Maiden's Blush, Blood Vein, Flame Shoulder.  Multiples of Large Yellow Underwing, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Heart & Dart and Rosy Rustic.
Thu 30th August 2018 07:46 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 August
A little chilly.  43 species including 1 Diamond-back and 1 Dark Sword-grass.  FFY 1 Pale Eggar.  Also a late (or a second generation?) Mottled Rustic.
Wed 29th August 2018 13:51 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th August
Only 23 species including 1 Centre-barred Sallow, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Pale Mottled Willow
Wed 29th August 2018 10:06 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 28 August
Warm with a little rain.  42 species including 1 Silver Y.  FFY Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix.
Tue 28th August 2018 16:50 by Paul Harris
Moth trap still very quiet but just about worth a mention were:

22/8: 2 Nephopterix angustella.

27/8: A late, and very fresh, Elephant Hawk-moth.

Tue 28th August 2018 16:39 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th August
31 species including 1 Small Blood-vein, 2 Light Emerald, 2 Lesser Yellow Underwing, 1 Flounced Rustic.
Tue 28th August 2018 13:54 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 27th August
Some highlights were: Copper Underwing, Least Yellow Underwing, Treble-bar, Pale Mottled Willow, Small Blood Vein.
Tue 28th August 2018 08:20 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 August
A warmer, stiller night.  40 species including 1 Dark Sword-grass and 1 Silver Y.  FFG 1 Apple Leaf Miner.
Mon 27th August 2018 17:53 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 26th August
A bit warmer of late min temp at 0630 hrs 11.9c in my Wimborne garden and a total of 17th moths the best being a Orange Swift.
Sun 26th August 2018 12:05 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 25th August
Only 6c so only 9 macros species. But last night was quality for me with

Mullein Wave (NFG)

and Copper Underwing agg (NFY)

Sun 26th August 2018 07:58 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 August
A little warmer.  22 species.
Sat 25th August 2018 23:06 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 24th August
A wet start, and cold chilly night, min temp 6.7c ,So not much of a surprise to only find three moth in the trap 2- Square-spot Rustic and a Large Yellow Underwing
Sat 25th August 2018 22:03 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 August
Sat 25th August 2018 11:19 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 24th August
Scarce Bordered Straw to 20w actinic -- a surprise in view of the conditions.
Sat 25th August 2018 09:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 August
Clear and very chilly. Only 17 species.
Fri 24th August 2018 12:58 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 August
A clearer, chillier night.  47 species including 1 Rush Veneer and 1 Dark Sword-grass.  FFY Frosted Orange.  FFG Orange Swift.  Also 1 Old Lady (a year and a day after my first one in 2017).
Fri 24th August 2018 11:38 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine 23rd August
Dry and mostly clear night with bright moon.  Singles of Small Blood-vein, Flame, Snout, Flame Shoulder and Large Yellow Underwing.  Multiples of Mint Moth, Heart & Dart, Setaceous Hebrew Character, Brimstone, Purple Bar and Common Wainscot.
Thu 23rd August 2018 10:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 August
Warm and still; the rain held off until the morning.  63 species including 1 Dark Sword-grass and 2 Silver Y.  FFY Small Wainscot.  FFG E. falciformis, D. forficella and Straw Underwing.  Also 1 E. limbata.
Thu 23rd August 2018 10:27 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd August
34 species including 1 Barred Sallow, 1 Burnished Brass, 1 Agapeta zoegana, 2 Yellow Shell.
Wed 22nd August 2018 17:45 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st August
37 species including 1 Garden Pebble, 1 Yellow Shell, 1 Double-striped Pug, 1 Small Dusty Wave, 1 Frosted Orange.
Wed 22nd August 2018 17:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th August
39 species including 1 Mocha, 1 Flounced Rustic, 1 Ear Moth, 1 Cochylis atricapitana, 1 Captoptria falsella, 1 Wood Carpet, 1 European Corn Borer.
Wed 22nd August 2018 17:03 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 21.8.18 125W MV
47 species including FFG Enarmonia formosanaRusty-dot Pearl (1) and Silver Y (2) the only migrant interest.
Wed 22nd August 2018 15:41 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 21st August
Wax Moth , Ochreous Pearl-Anania crocealis , Rusty-dot Pearl , Rush Veneer , Satin Wave , Purple Bar , Cypress Pug , Dusky Thorn , Six-striped Rustic , Dark Sword-grass , White-point , Dunbar , Silky Wainscot , 8 Silver Y.
Wed 22nd August 2018 08:55 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 August
Warm, still and muggy.  54 species including 1 Rush Veneer and 5 Silver Y.  FFY A. geniculea.  65 European Corn Borer in and around two traps which I think is the most I've ever had.
Tue 21st August 2018 14:25 by Vince Giavarini
Poole, 20 August 2018
Another two European Corn-borer: male and female, Rush Veneer and handful of Silver abundance of Vines Rustic, Double-striped Pug and LBBYU dominate the mid-August traps.
Tue 21st August 2018 10:25 by Gordon Hopkins
Gillingham, 19th. August. Submitted by Gordon Hopkins
European Corn Borer and Pinion-streaked Snout, both nfg.
Mon 20th August 2018 07:59 by Vince Giavarini
August 15 Centre-barred Sallow and another Red Underwing August 18 European Corn-borer
Sun 19th August 2018 11:12 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 18th August
Large Lance-wing - Epermenia falciformis , Wormwood Pug , 2 Red Underwing.
Sun 19th August 2018 11:08 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 17th August
Orange Swift , Chinese Character , Currant Pug , Canary-shouldered Thorn , White-point , Dusky Brocade , Red Underwing , Pinion-streaked Snout.
Sat 18th August 2018 15:33 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 17th August
26 macro spp - NFG was Cream-bordered Green Pea (2nd brood) (I planted a Willow last year?). Also 29 Lesser Broad-bordered YUW, Poplar Hawkmoth, Yellow Shell, Pale Mottled Willow, Six-striped Rustic etc. I find that my last 4 traps over 17 days, hold almost the same moths, just in different quantities.
Sat 18th August 2018 12:34 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 17th August
Only 14 moth caught to the 50WMV the best 2- Silver y, Garden Carpet, Setaceous Hebrew Character and a Square-spot Rustic
Thu 16th August 2018 22:26 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 15th August
Due to the heavy rain and windy condition I did not catch many moths, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, Cabbage Moth a Coronet the best
Thu 16th August 2018 19:23 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 15th August
Mocha , Dark Sword-grass.
Thu 16th August 2018 17:25 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 14th August
A good night with 42 species including 1 Canary-shouldered Thorn, 1Purple Bar, 1 Copper Underwing, 1 Yellow-barred Brindle, 1 Maiden's Blush, 2 Jersey Tiger, 1 Frosted Orange.
Thu 16th August 2018 07:12 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 August
Torrential rain and high winds set in during the night.  29 species including 2 Silver Y.
Wed 15th August 2018 19:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 14th August
Thirty species, including: Silver Y, Gold Spot, Rosy Rustic, Marbled Beauty, Jersey Tiger, Parapoynx stratiotata, Acleris variegana, E.monodactyla, Acrobasis advenella (min 17.2 degC) High numbers of Set.H.Character/6-striped Rustic/Flame Shoulder/Lssr B/B Yellow U/wing, as elsewhere no doubt
Wed 15th August 2018 16:26 by Vince Giavarini
Best here Red Underwing, two Straw Underwing, 6 Silver Y, 4 Dark Swordgrass.
Wed 15th August 2018 12:25 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine 15 Aug
Multiples of Setaceous Hebrew Character and Flame Shoulder; singles of Spectacle, Mother of Pearl, Large Yellow Underwing, Ruby Tiger, Pale Prominent, Brimstone, Poplar Hawk Moth.  Pairs of Early Thorn, Straw Dot, Rosy Rustic and September Thorn.
Tue 14th August 2018 19:01 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 13th August
Not a great night for me with only 11 moths caught, the best were Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing-2, Scalloped Oak, Canary-shouldered Torn, Snout and a Silver Y
Tue 14th August 2018 13:50 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13th August
Around thirty species, including: Jersey Tiger, Pebble Prominent, Lssr Swallow Prominent, Flame Carpet, Square-spot Rustic, Vine's Rustic, Ruby Tiger, Emmelina monodactyla, Nephopterix angustella, Ffy: White-point (min 13.2 degC / cloudy)
Tue 14th August 2018 07:34 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 August
The first dry, still night for a few days.  47 species including 7 Silver Y.
Sun 12th August 2018 10:44 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 10th August
A colder night after heavy rain min temp recorded 7.2c and only 5 moths caught, Willow Beauty,Brimstone, Common Rustic-agg,Rosy Rustic and a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
Sat 11th August 2018 06:38 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 10 May
A cold night following a day of torrential downpours.  Only 12 species including 1 Dark-Sword-grass.
Fri 10th August 2018 06:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 9 May
Cold and clear.  The worst night for a couple of months with only 30 species.
Thu 9th August 2018 22:23 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 8/8
Best here was a new moth for me: Ypsolpha alpella. Very rare and local in the county apparently. (No previous photos of this species on DMG). The exceptional warm summer has affected catches but has also produced a series of unusual micro records here.

0458 Ypsolopha alpella 01 Copyright: Paul Harris

Thu 9th August 2018 18:26 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 7th August
Wimborne, the best of only 13 moths caught using the 20W Actinic bulb, Silver y, Shuttle-shaped Dart,Flame Shoulder and 3 Mint Moths.
Thu 9th August 2018 10:15 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 8th August
34 species including 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Agriphila geniculea, 2 Vine's Rustic, 1 Dark Sword-grass.
Thu 9th August 2018 10:12 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th August
only 23 species including 2 Poplar Hawkmoth, 1 Agonopteryx arenella
Thu 9th August 2018 10:11 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 6th August
34 species including 1 Mocha, 1 Cloaked Minor
Thu 9th August 2018 10:09 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th August
42 species including 1 Euzophera pinguis, Jersey Tiger, 1 Nephopterix angustella
Thu 9th August 2018 08:19 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 August
A cool, windy day followed by a still, cool night. 59 species including 4 Diamond-back and 21 Silver Y.  FFG C. straminea.  Also one male Vapourer.
Wed 8th August 2018 07:16 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 7 August
Cooler.  Only 45 species including 1 Diamond-back and 16 Silver Y.  Also an unexpected Pale-shouldered Brocade which may be a second generation although it wasn't very fresh (photo on the Species Account).
Tue 7th August 2018 17:17 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/8
Best from last night were the second garden record of Satin Beauty, another Channel Islands Pug and Acleris cristana.

Also a couple of recent micros which were confirmed by gen-det (P. Sterling). An unusual dark form of Caloptilia semifascia (31/7) and the utterly diminutive Ectoedemia louisella (1/8). The latter has very few records but is no doubt overlooked.

0290 Caloptilia semifascia 06 Copyright: Paul Harris

0022 Ectoedemia louisella 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 7th August 2018 07:29 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 6 August
Another cool, bright night.  59 species including 1 Diamond-back, 2 Rusty-dot Pearl and 15 Silver Y.
Mon 6th August 2018 12:17 by Gordon Hopkins
Gillingham, submitted by Gordon Hopkins
Friday, 3rd. August Gold Spot

Saturday 4th. August Red Underwing

Mon 6th August 2018 07:18 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 5 August
A cool, clear night with a bright moon.  Numbers down.  54 species including FFG N. angustella.  Also 2 Dark Sword-grass and 15 Silver Y.
Sun 5th August 2018 20:44 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 4/8
Numbers still low, the best here my first garden record of Ypsolopha scabrella.

0455 Ypsolopha scabrella 06 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 5th August 2018 20:36 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 3rd August
52 species including 1 Small Wainscot, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Least Yellow Underwing, 1 Oak Eggar (fm), 2 Mocha, 1 Garden Tiger, 1 Lychnis, 1 Small China-mark, 1 Garden Carpet. On releasing the next day, we were joined by 4 male Oak Eggar of which one mated with the female after a lot of aerial displays by all of the males.
Sun 5th August 2018 20:28 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 4th August
44 species including 1 Mocha, 1 Lime-speck Pug, 1 Small China-mark, 1 Ringed China-mark, 3 Water Veneer, 1 Jersey Tiger, 1 Garden Tiger, 1 Neophopterix angustella.
Sun 5th August 2018 17:29 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 4th August
Oak Eggar , 3 Dark Sword-grass , 42 Silver Y , (30+ Harlequin Ladybird).
Sun 5th August 2018 12:36 by Vince Giavarini
Poole, Garden trap
Mixed bag this morning with single Diamond-back and a few Silver Y the only migrants though still many on Buddleia at dusk: several competing for the same inflorescence. Nice to get first Jersey Tiger and Mullein Wave. A good night for Maiden Blush (5 recorded), Canary-shouldered Thorn and Double-striped Pug (16). Micros included very odd Ringed China Mark which appeared to have singed lower two-thirds of wing, Cochylis molliculana, Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniella and Aristotelia ericinella - this last a spp I've been trying to nail from photographs for, a heather feeder.
Sun 5th August 2018 08:50 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 4 August
A slightly cooler night. 79 species including FFG D. sylvestrella and Crescent (not sure if that's been blown up from the Poole area or whether it's an immigrant).  Also 1 Diamond-back, 1 Dark Sword-grass and 72 Silver Y.
Sat 4th August 2018 16:10 by Martin Wood
Wimborne August 3rd
A total 29 moths for my Wimborne garden the best being, Nut-tree Tussock ffy, Blood Vein, Sharp-angled Peacock, Flame Carpet. Mircos surprised to have 5-Pyrauta aurata (Mint Moth, last year did not have a single one to the trap and this year I have had a total of 9 since the 9th of July), 3 Diamond-backed Moth,and 1 Udea fulvalis
Sat 4th August 2018 12:26 by Vince Giavarini
Poole, Garden trap
A Poplar Kitten and first Rush Veneer of the year only noteworthies today.
Sat 4th August 2018 09:52 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 3 August
Another warm, still night.  84 species and lots of moths including FFG A. emargana and FFY Turnip and a very confusing Cabbage Moth.  Also 3 Diamond-back and 51 Silver Y.
Sat 4th August 2018 00:25 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 2 August
Around forty species, including: Sm Waved Umber, Shaded Broad bar, Purple Bar, Scorched Carpet, Mocha, Six-striped Rustic, B.adustella, Y.dentella, A.variegana, E.forficalis.  Ffy: Coxcomb Prominent, C.falsella, and unconfirmed Y.horridella, Y.nemorella.  Hummingbird Hawkmoth nectaring on Buddleia in the afternoon
Fri 3rd August 2018 17:20 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 2nd August
A decent night with 47 species including 1 Pretty Chalk Carpet, 2 Mocha, 1 Small China-mark, 1 Dun-bar, 1 Dusky Thorn, 1 Canary-shouldered Thorn, 1 Lime-speck Pug, 1 Pyrausta despicata.
Fri 3rd August 2018 15:43 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 2nd August
Diamond-back , Rusty-dot Pearl , Dark Sword-grass , 8 Silver Y.
Fri 3rd August 2018 11:03 by Vince Giavarini
Garden trap...Poole
Dusk...over a dozen Silver Y nectaring on garden Buddliea (wild form)...quite an experience to park oneself in among the shrub and wait. But even more interesting: only two of these (if it was these nectaring individuals) made it into the moth trap overnight. So it seems that in the moth world, the 'call of the wild' beats UV hands down. Moth trap numbers down: just over 100 involving about 20spp each mac/mic. & diversity stalling with the summer juggernaut putting the brakes on. But Copper Underwing, Gold Spot, Cloaked Minor, Beautiful Yellow Underwing, Dusky Thorn, Ear Moth and Small Rufous all still arriving in very good nick. Best of the micros here Apomyclois bistiatella and Opostegia salaciella.
Fri 3rd August 2018 08:27 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 2 August
Warm and still.  A better night with 60 species and lots of moths including 1 Diamond-back and 17 Silver Y.  Vine's Rustic is back!.
Fri 3rd August 2018 08:24 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 1st August
28 macros (only 4 yellow u/w). Most joy from 2xDusky Thorn, 1 Canary-shouldered Thorn, 3x Magpie, 1 Jersey and 1 Garden Tiger. Garden Tiger FFG in 10 year's mothing.
Thu 2nd August 2018 08:25 by Geoffrey Sell
Chaarmouth, 31st July. A Chalk Carpet and a Small Seraphim. 1st. August. A Chalk Carpet.
Thu 2nd August 2018 07:50 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 1 August
Warm and still.  A strangely low 47 species.
Wed 1st August 2018 17:56 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 31/7
Channel Islands Pug, Chocolate-tip, Gothic the best here.
Wed 1st August 2018 16:34 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 31st July
Rusty-dot Pearl , Sharp-angled Peacock , Buff Footman , Dog's Tooth.