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Tue 30th April 2019 21:02 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 29th April
Not too much, with only 13 species. Plutella xylostella, Waved Umber, Pebble Prominent, Muslin Moth (7) & Red Chestnut probably of most interest.

This was beaten by the shed, which had a Bloxworth Snout in (alongside Endrosis sarcitrella and Depressa radiella.

Mon 29th April 2019 20:42 by Robin Heawood
Longfleet School. Mon 30th.
MV Overnight.  Brimstone 4, Shuttle s dart 4, Dwarf pug 2, Knott grass, D striped pug, Tachystola acroxanthes 4, Light b Apple moth 3, Brindled pug, White s house moth, Twenty plume moth, Nut tree tussock, Argyresthia trifasciata, Eudonia angustea.
Mon 29th April 2019 15:32 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 28th April
Double-striped Pug , Waved Umber , Pebble Prominent , Muslin Moth , Least Black Arches , Heart and Dart , Shuttle-shaped Dart , Powdered Quaker , Angle Shades.
Mon 29th April 2019 08:57 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 28 April 2019
13 species last night with FFY 2 Green Carpet.
Fri 26th April 2019 10:43 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 25/4
Slim pickings with just Mullein and Shoulder Stripe worth a mention. Also my first record here of Phyllonorycter messaniella.

0321 Phyllonorycter messaniella 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 26th April 2019 07:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 April 2019
A cold night with a light frost. Only 9 species including early FFYs 1 Silver-ground Carpet and 1 Light Brocade.
Thu 25th April 2019 20:45 by Robin Heawood
This week.
Lovely Puss moth found by my son & photographed by me on Poole docks (this evening).

MV trap on sun 21st at Broadstone garden. Highlights: Great Prominent, first Brimstone of year, Pebble prominent, Swallow prominent, Nut tree tussock, x3, Early Thorn, Least Black Arches, Brindled Beauty and Pugs (Oak tree, Brindled & Double Striped). Micros: Tachystola, Tinea trinotella & Twenty plume moth.

To outside light Wednesday at Longfleet School: Brimstone and Common plume.

Thu 25th April 2019 07:48 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 April 2019
A much colder night with some rain.  Down to 6 species including FFY 1 Pale Tussock.
Wed 24th April 2019 15:44 by Paul Harris
Another addition to the garden list, the stunning White Spot, no doubt a wanderer from the Purbecks. Also Esperia sulphurella, Ypsolopha mucronella, Chocolate-tip, Red-green Carpet and Small Phoenix.

2172 White Spot 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Wed 24th April 2019 10:26 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 23rd. April. Barred Umber, Least Black Arches, Puss Moth.
Wed 24th April 2019 08:23 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 April 2019
A warm night with cloud and drizzle towards the morning. 34 species including many FFYs, all mentioned below apart from Pebble Hook-tip. Also what looks like the form griseovareigata of Pine Beauty - see the DMG website for a photo.
Tue 23rd April 2019 22:45 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 22/4
Lower moth numbers today but a couple of very good garden moths: First ever record of Ochreous Pug and 2nd record of Cydia strobilella, a very rare resident species on Norway Spruce.

1254 Cydia strobilella 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 23rd April 2019 19:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd April
24 species including 1 Waved Umber, 1 Swallow Prominent, 1 Puss Moth, 1 Maiden's Blush, all first for this year, plus 3 Scorched Carpet, 2 Chinese Character, 2 Streamer, 2 Small Waved Umber, 3 Lunar Marbled Brown, 1 Great Prominent, 1 Frosted Green, plus 1 Scarlet Tiger larva feeding on Forget-me-not in the garden.
Tue 23rd April 2019 16:22 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 22nd April
Red Twin-spot Carpet.  Brindled Pug , Early Tooth-striped , Muslin Moth , Least Black Arches , Shuttle-shaped Dart , Early Grey.
Tue 23rd April 2019 16:09 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 22 April 2019
23 species including Silver Y (1) along with several FFY - Bee Moth (1), Lime-speck Pug (1), Yellow-barred Brindle (1), Scorched Carpet (1), Chocolate-tip (2) & Least Black Arches (1).
Tue 23rd April 2019 10:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 April 2019
Another hot day and a warmer night with very little dew.  My best day so far this year with 27 species.  FFYs not mentioned below: Cinnabar, Red Twin-spot Carpet and Spruce Carpet.
Mon 22nd April 2019 16:11 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/4
Blossom Underwing a surprise find in one of the traps. Two previous records here but they were way back in April 2003. Best of rest were 2 Brindled Beauty (another species which is quite a garden rarity) and a Red-green Carpet.

2183 Blossom Underwing 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Mon 22nd April 2019 13:01 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st April
An amazing improvement in number of species to 21, including 1 Scorched Carpet, 1 Engrailed, 1 Water Carpet, 1 Great Prominent, 1 Nut-tree Tussock plus the following species first for this year 1 Iron Prominent, 1 Small Waved Umber, 1 Muslin Moth, 1 Lunar-marbled Brown, 1 Oak-tree Pug.
Mon 22nd April 2019 12:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th April
Only 8 species including 1 Pebble Prominent and 1 Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, both first for this year.
Mon 22nd April 2019 11:09 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 21 April 2019
11 species including FFY Brimstone Moth (2) & Lunar Marbled Brown (2)
Mon 22nd April 2019 11:04 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 21st April
FFY were Brimstone, Brindled Beauty, Great Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Muslin moth, Streamer, V-pug and Pale Mottled Willow.
Mon 22nd April 2019 10:55 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 April 2019
Another very hot day but a chilly night.  More moths but fewer species including FFY 1 Herald and 1 Pebble Prominent.
Mon 22nd April 2019 07:58 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 21.4.19 125W MV
17 species including a FFG Pine Beauty and several FFY including Common & Brindled Pugs, Small Waved Umber, Iron Prominent, Muslin Moth and Angle Shades.
Mon 22nd April 2019 07:49 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 21 April
A chilly but still and dry night.  Hebrew Character (4), Common Quaker (2), Pebble Prominent (1), Brindled Beauty (1), Early Grey (2), Streamer (1).
Sun 21st April 2019 19:17 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/4
Moth numbers not high but a quite impressive increase in species up to 26, many of which were nfy. These included: Oak-tree Pug (several), Yellow-barred Brindle, Chinese Character, Brimstone, Muslin, Least Black Arches, Pale Prominent, V-Pug, Sallow Kitten, Garden Carpet, Brindled Beauty, Pale Mottled Willow, Pale Prominent, Streamer, Nut-tree Tussock, Chocolate-tip, Swallow Prominent and Caloptilia semifascia.

The most impressive local catch was the female Emperor taken by Ricky Lambert at Preston. Sat on top of his actinic trap this morning.

Sun 21st April 2019 16:47 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 19th April
11 species, FFY were Shuttle-shaped Dart, Scorched Carpet, Brimstone. Of note 13 Brindled Beauties
Sun 21st April 2019 10:32 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 20 April 2019
Another very warm day with a chilly night and bright moon. 14 species including FFY 1 Ruby Tiger.
Sat 20th April 2019 21:47 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th April
11 species including 1 Red Twin-spot Carpet, 1 Pale Pinion and 1 Chinese Character, all first for this year.
Sat 20th April 2019 21:01 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 19 April
Eleven species, including: Great Prominent, Early Thorn, Muslin Moth, Semioscopis steinkellneriana

Leigh 18 April Fifteen species, including: Water Carpet, Streamer, Pale Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Waved Umber, Brindled Pug.  Ffy: Chinese Character, Brimstone, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Alucita hexadactyla

Sat 20th April 2019 10:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 19 April 2019
A very hot day (24C at its peak) but a chilly night with a full moon. 11 species including FFY 3 Nut-tree Tussock.  Also my first Cockchafer of the year.
Sat 20th April 2019 08:22 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 19th April
The best from the trap last night was my 1st Waved Umber and a Streamer, temperature dropped from 16.5c to 5.5c in my garden
Fri 19th April 2019 21:11 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 18th April
11 species including 1 Scorched Carpet and 2 Frosted Green, both first for this year.
Fri 19th April 2019 19:43 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 18th April
Had a poor night when I though it would of been ideal, Twenty Plume -3, Garden Carpet -1, Streamer -1
Fri 19th April 2019 17:06 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 18 April 2019
7 species including Shuttle-shaped Dart (1) & FFY Brindled Beauty (3)
Fri 19th April 2019 15:08 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 18th April
V-Pug , Brimstone , Muslin Moth , Least Black Arches , Shuttle-shaped Dart , Pine Beauty , Powdered Quaker , Angle Shades.
Fri 19th April 2019 09:33 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 18 April
Four species: Brindled Beaty (1), Brindled Pug (2), Water Carpet (1), Hebrew Character (3).
Fri 19th April 2019 08:55 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 18 April 2019
Another hot day but a slightly chilly night. 15 species.  FFG Acleris cristana. FFY 1 Oak-tree Pug and 1 Brimstone
Thu 18th April 2019 17:36 by Gordon Hopkins
Gillingham, 17th. April
Only three species, two Brindled Beauties and a Mullein Moth.
Thu 18th April 2019 08:52 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 April 2019
A very warm day.  Back into double figures with 13 species!  FFG 1 Digtivalva pulicariae.  FFY 1 Brindled Pug, 1 White Ermine and 1 Red Chestnut.
Wed 17th April 2019 17:15 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 16th April
Only 3 species but including 1 Powdered Quaker, first for the year.
Tue 16th April 2019 14:59 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 15/4
First trapping for a while, worth a mention were Early Tooth-striped, Streamer and Agonopterix ocellana.
Tue 16th April 2019 11:39 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 15th April
9 species including 1 Brimstone Moth and 1 Great Prominent, both first for the year
Tue 16th April 2019 07:06 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 April 2019
A much warmer night.  7 species including FFY 1 Lunar Marbled Brown.
Mon 15th April 2019 08:27 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 April 2019
A run of bad nights with the bitter easterly winds.  Five species last night including FFY 1 Flame Shoulder.
Sat 13th April 2019 19:13 by Robin Heawood
Avon Heath.
Records from overnight Robinsons. Temp down to approx +2 degrees.

Brindled beauty 2, Ringed carpet, Common Quaker 2, Hebrew character, Pine beauty, Red chestnut, Clouded drab 2 & Swallow prominent. Robin Heawood.

Thu 11th April 2019 10:25 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 10th April
A cold night here including a frost with only 5 species but including 1 Streamer, 1 Shoulder-stripe plus 1 Nut-tree Tussock, (last one first for the year).
Thu 11th April 2019 09:13 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 10 April 2019
A cold night with frost.  7 species including FFY 1 Pine Beauty and 1 Dotted Chestnut, both uncommon here.
Wed 10th April 2019 08:51 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 9 April 2019
A chilly night.  9 species including FFY Mullein which is a rare moth in my trap.
Tue 9th April 2019 11:48 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 April 2019
Getting more exciting!  12 species. FFG 1 A. literana.  FFY 2 Swallow Prominent.  Also 2 A. yeatiana.
Tue 9th April 2019 11:43 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 8 April
Twelve species, including: Streamer, Water Carpet, Brindled Pug, with ffy: Pine Beauty, Nut-tree Tussock and two Great Prominent (minimum overnight 5.3 degsC cloud / still)
Tue 9th April 2019 11:00 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine Monday 8 April
A cool, clear and rather still night. Six species: Brindled Beauty (1), Hebrew Character (2), Clouded Drab (4), Water Carpet (2), Common Quaker (5), Shoulder Stripe (2).
Tue 9th April 2019 10:22 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8.4.19 125W MV
First trap for a while - 12 species inc FFY Pseudoswammerdamia combinella, Dotted Border (uncommon here), March Moth, Brindled Beauty, Clouded Drab and an early Knot Grass.
Tue 9th April 2019 09:55 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 8th April
9 species including 1 Streamer (fresh specimen with a strong violet tint), plus 1 Mullein and 1 Ypsolopha mucronella (both first for this year).
Mon 8th April 2019 16:06 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 7th April
Warmer weather brought 11 species to my trap last night including 1 Angle Shades, 1 Acleris schalleriana, 1 Streamer, all first for this year.
Mon 8th April 2019 10:33 by Caroline Leatherdale
Saturday 6th April, Wootton Fitzpaine
Cool, easterly breeze but dry.  Hebrew Character (7), Early Grey (1), Clouded Drab (8), Common Quaker (3), Twin-Spotted Quaker (1), March Moth (1).
Sun 7th April 2019 15:31 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 6th April
5 species including 1 Water Carpet (first for this year).
Sun 7th April 2019 10:41 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 6th April
Muslin Moth , Powdered Quaker.
Sat 6th April 2019 10:26 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 5th April
7 species including 1 very welcome Satellite, first this year.
Fri 5th April 2019 11:07 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 4 April 2019
Only 6 moths of 5 species but included ffy Shuttle-shaped Dart & Angle Shades. Oddly, no Common Quaker.
Tue 2nd April 2019 10:48 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 1st April
March Moth , Shoulder Stripe , Brimstone , Early Thorn , 3 Small Quaker , Powdered Quaker , Early Grey.
Tue 2nd April 2019 08:54 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine 01 April
Clouded Drab (2), Hebrew Character (10), Common Quaker (6), Shoulder Stripe (3), Brindled Beauty (1), Water Carpet (1), Mullein (1).
Mon 1st April 2019 17:42 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 31/3
Early Tooth-striped the only moth of note.