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Fri 31st May 2019 10:30 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 30th May. Cream-spot Tiger, Privet Hawk.
Fri 31st May 2019 09:15 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 30 May 2019
Ideal conditions and my best night this year.  54 species including lots of FFYs: N. metazella, C. lacunana, N. trimaculana, Ringed China-mark, Sandy Carpet, May Highflyer, Brussels Lace, Willow Beauty, Lime Hawkmoth, Lychnis and Straw Dot.
Thu 30th May 2019 20:56 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 29/5
A poor night but 44 Vine's Rustic in one trap worth a mention. This species obviously immune to the current reduction in numbers.
Thu 30th May 2019 09:16 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 May 2019
A warm, cloudy night. 32 species including 1 Silver Y.  FFY 1 C. culmella, 1 Green Pug, 3 Common Marbled Carpet, 1 Clouded Silver, 1 Bright-line Brown-eye and 1 Snout.
Wed 29th May 2019 11:03 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 27/5
A new moth for myself and the garden, Argyresthia spinosella.

0417 Argyresthia spinosella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Wed 29th May 2019 07:35 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 28 May 2019
Only 11 species including FFY 1 Timothy Tortrix and 1 Common Wainscot.  Also 1 Silver Y and a late Common Quaker.
Tue 28th May 2019 09:18 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th May
17 species including 1 Garden Pebble, 1 Purple Bar.
Tue 28th May 2019 09:17 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 25th May
26 species including 1 Gold Spot, 1 Brussels Lace, 1 Alder Kitten, 1 Mullein.
Tue 28th May 2019 09:14 by Colin Burningham
Cashmoor 22nd May
Pyrausta nigrata seen during daytime
Tue 28th May 2019 09:12 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th May
25 Species including 1 Pretty Chalk Carpet, 1 Lunar Thorn, 1 Blood-vein, 1 Common Swift, 1 Clouded-bordered Brindle, 1 Buff-tip, 1 Rustic Shoulder-knot.
Mon 27th May 2019 21:06 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 26/5
NFY were Small Elephant Hawk-moth, Elephant Hawk-moth and Iron Prominent.
Mon 27th May 2019 17:48 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 26th May
Treble Brown Spot , Lime-speck Pug , Privet Hawk-Moth , Poplar Hawk-Moth , Orange Footman , White Ermine , Muslin Moth , Cinnabar , Mullein , Dark Arches , Rustic Shoulder-knot , Marbled Minor agg. , Treble Lines , Vines Rustic , Mottled Rustic.
Mon 27th May 2019 08:43 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 26th May
Run the 20W actinic again had a good night with FFY Poplar-hawk Moth x 2, Iron Prominent, Orange Footman, Dark Arches, the best of 14 moths.

Friday 24th May A Diamond-backed Moth,Heart & Darts,Vine's Rustic,Treble Lines,Common Marbled Carpet,Garden Carpet,Shuttle-shaped Dart x2, Double striped Pug,and the best were Treble Brown Spot, Bright-line Brown eye, Archips podana (Large Fruit-tree Tortrix) and a Peppered Moth

Sun 26th May 2019 11:31 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 25th May
A White Spot (Hadena albimacula) in my trap this morning. A new one for me.
Sun 26th May 2019 11:07 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 25th May
A reasonable catch at last - 21 species including several FFY such as singles of Eyed Hawk, Poplar Hawk, Alder Moth, Clouded-bordered Brindle and Small Clouded Brindle.
Sun 26th May 2019 11:00 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 25 May
Overcast & mild night.  Mocha (1), Pale Tussock (2), Cream Wave (1), Silver-ground Carpet (1), Spectacle (1), Flame Shoulder (3), Brown-silver Line (2), Treble Lines (5), Scalloped Hazel (1), Heart & Dart (1), Alder Kitten (1), White Ermine (1).
Sun 26th May 2019 10:27 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth, 25th May. singles of Broad-barred White, Cream-spot Tiger, Fox Moth, Light Brocade and Orange Footman.
Sat 25th May 2019 20:14 by Robin Heawood
Badbury Rings, by day.
Yellow shell (4), Allobania geofrella (10+), Clay triple lines (2), Silver ground carpet, Cream wave (2), Burnet companion (3), Orange footman, Crambus lathoniellus (10+), Common carpet (2), Sydemis musculana.
Sat 25th May 2019 20:09 by Robin Heawood
Broadstone garden.
Privet hawkmoth, Heart & dart (7), Orange doorman, Treble lines (6), Maidens blush, Yellow barred brindle, Cypress carpet, Broken barred carpet, Common marbled carpet, Pale mottled willow, Shuttle shaped dart, Vines rustic, Brown silver lines, Notocelia cynosbatella (2), Argyresthia brockeela, Tachystola acroxanthia & Red barred torrid.
Sat 25th May 2019 13:28 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 24th May
Light Brocade, Middle-barred Minor, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Scorched Wing, Orange Footman were some of the highlights.
Sat 25th May 2019 09:36 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth, 23rd May, a Seraphim : 24th May, A Cream-spot Tiger and a Fox Moth.
Fri 24th May 2019 18:31 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 23rd May
Had the 20 Actinic out last night, Brown-lines Bright-eye (nfy), Treble Lines x3, Heart & Dart x7, Vine's Rustic x2 Hopefully have a better night on Friday with the 50WMV
Fri 24th May 2019 18:26 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 23.5.19 125W MV
35 species, including FFY Notocelia cynosbatella, Thistle Ermine, Chinese Character, Privet Hawk-moth, Scorched & Flame Carpets, Foxglove & Mottled Pugs, Pale & Pebble Prominents and Chocolate-tip.
Fri 24th May 2019 16:51 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 23rd May
Better feel to the variety last night. First for year were Orange Footman, Brown Silver Lines, Flame Carpet, Garden Carpet, Small Square Spot, Poplar Hawkmoth, Common Swift and Clouded-bordered Brindle
Fri 24th May 2019 15:53 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 23/5
Worth a mention (NFY) today were Green Carpet, Peach Blossom, Common Swift and Brown Silver-line.

1776 Green Carpet 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Thu 23rd May 2019 18:02 by Colin Burningham
Lankham Bottom 23rd May
Plentiful numbers of Wood Tiger and Cinnabar Moths seen today at Lankham Bottom B.C. Reserve, near Maiden Newton. Generally spread throughout the site and a great sight to see as well as the butterflies.
Thu 23rd May 2019 17:58 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st May
23 species including 1 Scalloped Hazel, .1 Alder Moth, 1 Pale Pinion, 1 Beautiful Brocade, 1 Knot Grass, 1 Shears.
Thu 23rd May 2019 08:38 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 22nd May
Common Marbled Carpet , Green Carpet , Yellow-barred Brindle.  Buff-tip , Iron Prominent , Flame Shoulder , Lychnis , Knot-grass , Pale Mottled Willow.
Thu 23rd May 2019 07:25 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 May 2019
16 species including FFY 1 Scalloped Hazel and 1 Large Yellow Underwing.
Wed 22nd May 2019 14:00 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 21/5
New for year were Scorched Wing, Brown Rustic, Buff Ermine and Clouded-bordered Brindle.
Wed 22nd May 2019 08:36 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 21 May
A still, mild and clear night.  Cream wave (1), Buff-tip (2), Treble Lines (3), Brown Silver Line (1), Silver-ground Carpet (1), Pale Prominent (1), Buff Ermine (1).
Wed 22nd May 2019 06:43 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 May 2019
Another warm, cloudy night. 19 species including FFY 1 P. rugosana.
Tue 21st May 2019 16:23 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 20/5
A quieter night, best moth being Argyresthia brockeella (photo). Best of rest were Mocha, Notocelia cynosbatella, Ephestia unicolorella and Nematopogon swammerdamella.

0410 Argyresthia brockeella 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Tue 21st May 2019 14:32 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 20.5.19 125W MV
23 species, including FFY Diamond-back Moth (P. xylostella), Garden Pebble (E. forficalis), Yellow-barred Brindle, Buff-tip, Burnished Brass (early!), Mullein and Treble Lines.
Tue 21st May 2019 08:49 by Caroline Leatherdale
Wootton Fitzpaine, 20 May
A milder night, mostly clear.  Singles of Buff Tip, Flame Shoulder, Silver-ground Carpet, Muslin Moth and Pale Prominent.
Tue 21st May 2019 06:44 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 20 May 2019
A warm, cloudy night.  17 species including FFY 1 Buff-tip, 1 Ingrailed Clay and 1 Small Square-spot.
Mon 20th May 2019 19:24 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 19th May
Had a better night with temp dropping down to 8c in my garden, Willow Beauty, Treble Lines x2, Heart and Dart x2,Shuttle shaped Dart, Vine's Rustic, Common Pug, Pyrausta aurata
Mon 20th May 2019 18:02 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 19th May
looking better with 13 species including 1 Cinnabar and 2 Broken-barred Carpet.
Mon 20th May 2019 18:00 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 18th May
Only 5 species including 1 Mocha and 1 Isotrias rectifasciana
Mon 20th May 2019 08:35 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 19 May 2019
A cloudy, warm, dark night. 23 species including FFG 1 Cream Wave and FFY 1 C. albicosta, 1 Clouded Border and 1 Currant Pug.
Mon 20th May 2019 08:02 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 19/5
A few more new for year: Alder Moth, Poplar Hawk, Bright-line Brown-eye, Pale Tussock, Silver-ground Carpet, Peppered Moth (dark form), Currant Pug, Pseudoswammerdamia combinella and Syndemis musculana. Also a Red-green Carpet worth a mention.
Sun 19th May 2019 19:45 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 18/5
Numbers still low but quite a few new for year: White Point, Marbled Minor (agg), Yellow-barred Brindle, Common Pug (3), Mottled Pug (2), Scalloped Hazel, Poplar Grey, Maiden's Blush, Willow Beauty, Treble Lines, White Ermine (2), Epinotia immundana, Celypha lacunana, Cochylis atricapitana (photo). Also a Jersey Tiger larva found in the garden today (19/5/19).

0966 Cochylis atricapitana 03 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sun 19th May 2019 07:05 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 18.5.19 125W MV
16 species inclding FFY Lime-speck Pug, Small Phoenix, Broken-barred Carpet, White Ermine, Orange Footman and Alder Moth.
Sat 18th May 2019 22:35 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 17/5
Dire times here but able to supply a new photo for DMG, Coleophora albicosta from the trap today.

0544 Coleophora albicosta 01 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 18th May 2019 10:46 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 17th May
A damp night with drizzle in the early part of the evening and rain early morning. NFY Pale Tussock, Treble Lines x2,Heart & Dart and Common Carpet the best.
Sat 18th May 2019 08:57 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 May 2019
A cloudy, warmer night brought 17 species including FFY 1 Brown Silver-line, 1 Marbled Minor agg and 1 Pale Mottled Willow.  But still very low numbers.
Fri 17th May 2019 07:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 16 May 2019
Another bad night but FFY 1 Privet Hawkmoth, 1 Rustic Shoulder-knot and 1 White-point.
Thu 16th May 2019 11:11 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 15th May
Rusty-dot Pearl , Eyed Hawk-Moth , Small Elephant Hawk-Moth , Pale Prominent , White Ermine , Cinnabar , Vines Rustic , Silver Y.
Thu 16th May 2019 08:13 by Robin Heawood
12/5. UV Broadstone garden. Still poor due to cold conditions? highlights: Pale tussock, Brimstone, Treble lines (NFY), Early grey, Heart 7 Dart (NFY) and Cockchaffers are back (18 in all). 12/5. Ballard down. 2 Mother shipton, Common carpet, Red twin spot carpet. All by day. 15/5. Ovens Heath. Latticed heath 3, Common heath 2, lackey caterpillar & 4 male Emperor moth (attracted to pheromone lure set up by member of public). All seen during 'Back from the brink' survey for Heath Tiger beetle (2 seen).
Tue 14th May 2019 19:05 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 11th-13th May
Cold conditions meant trapping has been off for me having returned for the weekend. I've been out to Hardys Monument and in the nearby fields after dinner, and this has produced Coptotriche marginea, Luffia ferchaultella (larval cases), Monopis laevigella, Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (larvae), Glyphipterix simpliciella, Elachista argentella, Neofaculta ericetella, Coleophora laricella (larval feeding signs), Esperia sulphurella, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, Rhopobota myrtillana, Scoparia pyralella, Lackey (larvae), Common Footman (larvae), and Speckled Yellow. All adults unless stated otherwise.
Tue 14th May 2019 08:14 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 May 2019
Another chilly night.  Only 6 species including FFY 1 Setaceous Hebrew Character.
Mon 13th May 2019 11:12 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 May 2019
Another chilly night.  Just 8 species including FFY 1 Poplar Hawkmoth.
Sun 12th May 2019 23:04 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 11 May
Just six species, including: Pale Prominent, first for year Pale Tussock, Common Marbled Carpet

Leigh 10 May: six species, including: Flame Carpet, Shuttle-shaped Dart, first for year Mulein, Mocha

Sun 12th May 2019 10:45 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 11th May
Common Pug , Common Wave , Pebble Prominent , Swallow Prominent , Cinnabar , Heart and Dart , Light Brocade , Bright-line Brown-eye.
Wed 8th May 2019 10:59 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 7th May
Pebble Prominent , Muslin Moth , Cinnabar , Heart and Dart , Powdered Quaker , Angle Shades , Vines Rustic , Spectacle.
Wed 8th May 2019 08:24 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 7 May 2019
After a series of cold nights with few moths, a warmer, cloudy night with some rain. 8 species including FFY 1 Pine Hawkmoth.
Mon 6th May 2019 15:23 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5 May
Just five species & five moths, including Brindled Beauty, with first for year Ancylis badiana and Syndemis musculana
Sat 4th May 2019 17:49 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 3rd May
Only 5 species but included 1 Mocha, the earliest sighting of this species at this site. Quite a pleasant surprise.
Sat 4th May 2019 10:53 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 3rd May
Garden Carpet , Streamer , Oak-tree Pug , Common Wave , Puss Moth , Least Black Arches.
Fri 3rd May 2019 15:31 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 1st May
4 species including 1 Lesser Swallow Prominent, first for this year.
Fri 3rd May 2019 15:28 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 2nd May
Only 6 species including 1 Flame Shoulder and 1 Shuttle-shaped Dart, both first for this year.
Wed 1st May 2019 14:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 30th April
14 species including 1 Pale Prominent and 1 Foxglove Pug, both first for this year.
Wed 1st May 2019 13:14 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 30/4
Still quiet, Red Chestnut, Mullein and Hedya pruniana worth a mention.

1082 Hedya pruniana 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Wed 1st May 2019 13:06 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 30th April
Best here was Northern Drab. Also Purple Bar & Elachista canapennella of some note.
Wed 1st May 2019 12:54 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 30th April
Cinnabar moth, Maiden's Blush, Shuttle-shaped dart, Red-green Carpet, Spruce carpet and Early Thorn were nfy.
Wed 1st May 2019 08:43 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 30 April
15 species including FFY 1 Yellow-barred Brindle.