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Thu 28th February 2019 22:00 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 27 February
Seven species: Clouded Drab, Early Grey, Common Quaker, Grey Shoulder-knot, H Character, Sm Quaker, Pale Pinion
Wed 27th February 2019 21:36 by Paul Harris
First records for the year of Twin-spotted Quaker and Clouded Drab (25/2), and Small Quaker (26/2).
Tue 26th February 2019 16:39 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 25th February
Another cold night produced just four species: Common Quaker, Early Grey, Hebrew Character and Dotted Border.
Tue 26th February 2019 16:39 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 25th February
9 species including 3 Early Thorn, 3 Dotted Border, 2 Agonopterix heracliana and 29 Common Quaker!
Tue 26th February 2019 10:32 by Gordon Hopkins
Gillingham, 25th. February
Two Common Quaker and singles of Small Quaker and Oak Beauty
Sun 24th February 2019 19:08 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 23rd February
31 moths with 9 species including 1 Pale Brindled Beauty, 1 Oak Beauty, 1 Clouded Drab, 1 Early Grey.
Sun 24th February 2019 18:24 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 23rd February
A cold night here with just sixteen of four species: Acleris cristana, Satellite, Common Quaker and Hebrew Character.

2256 Satellite 02 Copyright: Will Bown

Sun 24th February 2019 16:40 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 23/2
A surprise upturn in numbers: Grey Shoulder-knot, Dotted Border (3), Early Moth, Oak Beauty (2), Chestnut, Acleris cristana, Common Quaker (13).
Sun 24th February 2019 16:21 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth, 23rd Feb. Four species including an Oak Beauty and 32 Common Quaker.
Sun 24th February 2019 08:11 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 23.2.19 125W MV
5 species, including FFY Early Grey, Small Quaker and Hebrew Character.
Sat 23rd February 2019 22:03 by Paul Harris
Far too chilly at night, but easy to forget it is only February! Recent highlights:

20/2: Oak Beauty.

21/2: Early Grey.

22/2: Early Moth, Pale Pinion.

Sat 23rd February 2019 15:34 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 22nd February
nfy singles of Satellite, Early Moth, and Pale Brindled Beauty.  3x Hebrew Character, 5x Common Quaker. Min 2c.
Sat 23rd February 2019 11:17 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 22nd February
Numerous Common Quaker plus Chestnut and single Dark Sword-grass the only species overnight.
Fri 22nd February 2019 14:09 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st February
6 species here with 1 Dotted Border, 1 Oak Beauty, 1 Common Plume, 4 Common Quaker, 1 Small Quaker, 1 Early Moth.
Thu 21st February 2019 10:50 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 20th February
Was hoping for better given no moon, 8c and migrant hype - 1x Dark Sword-grass, 1x Dotted Border both nfy
Wed 20th February 2019 19:58 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/2
Oak Beauty (2), Chestnut, Common Quaker (6), Hebrew Character, Agonopterix heracliana (2).
Wed 20th February 2019 14:17 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 19th February
Common Plume, Chestnut, Early Moth, Hebrew Character and Common Quaker the only occupants totalling seven altogether.
Tue 19th February 2019 11:10 by Mike Hetherington

Just a quick reminder that we are approaching the time for 2017 and 2018 Dorset VC9 records to be submitted to the National Moth Recording Scheme. Many thanks to all of you who have submitted your records so far. We have around 46,600 in the system for 2017 and 40,200 for 2018. Verification of these is progressing well, so do check Living Record (for those of you who use it) to see if there are any comments or queries for you from the team.

New records can be submitted via or by spreadsheet to

Dorset Moths VC9 Verification Team Phil Sterling, Julian Francis, Jack Oughton, Terry Box, Tom Morris, Pete Forrest, Paul Butter, Mike Hetherington.

Mon 18th February 2019 15:16 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/2
Oak Beauty, Chestnut, Hebrew Character, 3 Common Quaker and a Peacock Butterfly!
Mon 18th February 2019 12:23 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 17th February
Double-striped Pug, Dotted Border (3), Oak Beauty and Agonopterix heracliana (3)
Mon 18th February 2019 11:02 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 17th February
Just one Small Mottled Willow
Mon 18th February 2019 09:49 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 17th February
Dark Sword-grass.
Sun 17th February 2019 14:51 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 16th February
Just singles of Chestnut, Satellite and Common Quaker overnight.
Sun 17th February 2019 14:03 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 16/2
Rush Veneer (Nomophila noctuella), 7 Common Quaker and Acleris ferrugana/notana.
Sun 17th February 2019 13:09 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 16 February
Eight species, including: Grey Shoulder Knot, Early Moth, with ffy Early Grey, Satellite, Ypsolopha mucronella (minimum overnight 10.1 degsC / cloud)
Sun 17th February 2019 12:41 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 15.2.19 125W MV
Singles of Acleris umbrana, Common Quaker and Chestnut.
Sun 17th February 2019 09:10 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 16th February
Beautiful Plume , Turnip , Common Quaker.
Sat 16th February 2019 20:44 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 15/2
Common Quaker and Hebrew Character.
Sat 16th February 2019 16:34 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 15th February
Dotted Border.
Sat 16th February 2019 12:38 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 15th February
Just our first March Moth - moon and 0c at midnight, but clouded up later
Sat 16th February 2019 12:36 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15 February
Seven of five species: Common Quaker, ffy Early Thorn, 2 Early Moth and Hebrew Character, plus ffg Tortricodes alternella (min 6.8 degsC / cloud)

Fri 15th February 2019 12:26 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland 14th February
Singles of Early Moth, Chestnut, Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and a striking form of Acleris cristana this week. Overnight temperatures between -1 and 3C.  The first Brimstone Butterfly on the wing in the garden today.
Thu 14th February 2019 18:22 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 13th February
3 species, one each of Early Moth, Grey Shoulder-knot, Common Quaker.
Thu 14th February 2019 12:23 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 13 February
Just one moth here. ffy Oak Beauty (minimum overnight 3.1 degsC)
Wed 13th February 2019 15:02 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 12/2
Acleris umbrana, Early Grey, Common Quaker, Depressaria daucella, Acleris notana/ferrugana, and a presumed rather tatty Acleris schalleriana.
Wed 13th February 2019 12:12 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 12th February
After a few zeros, last night produced a Hebrew Character, a Double-striped Pug, a Chestnut and an Agnopterix heracliana
Wed 13th February 2019 11:38 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 12th February
Oak beauty, Early Grey, Early Moth, Chestnut, Common Plume and a Pyralid sp.
Wed 13th February 2019 11:16 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 12th February
Dark-streaked Button-Acleris umbrana , Common Quaker.
Wed 13th February 2019 07:30 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 11/2
Agonopterix heracliana, Hebrew Character, Common Quaker.
Sat 9th February 2019 15:43 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 7th February
Common Quaker.
Fri 8th February 2019 16:42 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 7/2
Early Moth.

Late news: a Blastobasis from 25/1 has turned out to be a very unusual winter record of Blastobasis adjustella after gen det by Phil Sterling. This species would normally overwinter as a larva.

Thu 7th February 2019 14:13 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 6/2
First Common Quaker of the year.
Wed 6th February 2019 21:51 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 6 February
1 Western Conifer Seed Bug.
Wed 6th February 2019 13:34 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th February
2 species, 1 Pale Bordered Beauty, 2 Early Moth, both species first for this year.
Wed 6th February 2019 11:37 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 5.2.19 125W MV
Just a single postvittana here.  Roll on the better weather!
Wed 6th February 2019 11:25 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5 February
Dotted Border and Pale Brindled Beauty the only species, both first for year.  (min 6.9degsC / rain)
Mon 4th February 2019 18:38 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 3/2
Early Moth.