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Wed 31st July 2019 17:01 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 30th July
39 species including 4 Ruby Tiger, 1 Dark Umber, 1 Mocha, 1 Beautiful Plume.
Wed 31st July 2019 16:59 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th July
36 species including 1 Jersey Tiger.
Tue 30th July 2019 22:45 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 July 2019
Heavy downpours starting at around 3am. 64 species including 1 P. vitrealis. FFY Six-striped Rustic.
Tue 30th July 2019 18:46 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 July 2019
Heavy downpours starting at around 3am. 64 species including 1 P. vitrealis. FFY Six-striped Rustic.
Tue 30th July 2019 09:37 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 28 July 2019
FFG - singles of Crescent Dart & Twin-spotted Wainscot. Also a single worn Rusty-dot Pearl.
Mon 29th July 2019 10:49 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th July
46 species including 1 Lunar Thorn, 1 Suspected, 1 Four-spotted Footman, 1 Mocha, 1 Pale Prominent
Mon 29th July 2019 10:47 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 27th July
Down to 38 species but including 1 Mocha, 1 Antler, 1 Dusky Thorn, 1 Blastobasis adustella
Mon 29th July 2019 10:45 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 24th July
66 species including 1 Ringed Chinamark, 1 Kent Black Arches, 3 Dun-bar, 1 Phoenix, 1 Marbled Green.
Mon 29th July 2019 09:05 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 28th July. A Fen Wainscot and a Marbled Green.
Sun 28th July 2019 14:54 by Martin Wood
Badbury Rings Saturday 27th July
To pheromone lures, 1-Yellow-legged Clearwing and 3 Six-belted Clearwings
Sat 27th July 2019 12:27 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 July 2019
A big surprise was a FFG Saltmarsh Plume just on the trap funnel.  98 species including a Silver Y aberration with no tail to the Y (so maybe Silver V?) - see the DMG Facebook page for a photo.  FFY Small Rufous and Green Silver-lines.
Sat 27th July 2019 11:50 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 26th July. Singles of Black Arches, Kent Black Arches, Bordered Beauty.
Fri 26th July 2019 18:30 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 25/7
Have been remiss at posting on here lately, everything going straight to Living Record. However, this one worth a photo, a first Dorset record of Ancylolomia tentaculella a very rare European Crambid, this being the 8th UK record. Also my first ever Four-spotted, exceptionally rare away from the Portland stronghold.

1327 Ancylolomia tentaculella 01 Copyright: Paul Harris

Fri 26th July 2019 15:54 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 25th July
Total of 46 macro species including two Twin-spotted Wainscots FFgarden !
Fri 26th July 2019 10:26 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 July 2019
After a hot day, intermittent heavy downpours.  94 species.  FFY Small Wainscot.
Thu 25th July 2019 15:37 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 23rd July. 2 Kent Black Arches, 1 Sandy Carpet.
Thu 25th July 2019 09:55 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 24 July 2019
A slightly cooler night with clear skies.  Many fewer moths and no migrants.  94 species.  FFY Flounced Rustic and Square-spot Rustic.  FFG Hoary Plume.
Wed 24th July 2019 21:37 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 23 July 2019
Lots of moth activity on a warm night produced two new garden records for me :Lesser-spotted Pinion and Twin-spotted Wainscot. There is plenty of hedgerow elm here so I hope the former is resident.
Wed 24th July 2019 12:10 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 July 2019
Humid with thunderstorms but the rain held off here.  My best night so far this year with 143 species.  But no interesting migrants.  FFG D. pulicariae, A. mitterbacheriana and Small Purple-barred.  For the second time only: Brown-line Bright-eye and Double Kidney.  FFY E. limbata, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Dusky Thorn, Buff Footman, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Least Yellow Underwing, Ear sp. and Small Fan-foot.
Tue 23rd July 2019 19:49 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd July
39 species including 1 Black Arches, 1 Grey Dagger agg, 1 Kent Black Arches, 1 Ghost Moth.
Tue 23rd July 2019 16:19 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 22nd July. A Kent Black Arches and a Marbled Grren.
Mon 22nd July 2019 18:42 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st July
39 species including 1 Kent Black Arches, 1 Small Phoenix, 1 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana, 1 Crassa unitella.
Mon 22nd July 2019 12:13 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 21 July 2019
FFY - singles of Phoenix, Vapourer, Cloaked & Middle-barred Minors, Dunbar and Copper Underwing. Possible migrants - singles of Dark Sword-grass, White Point, Delicate & Silver Y.
Sun 21st July 2019 12:00 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th July
42 species last night including 1 Small Rivulet, 1 Least Carpet, 1 July High-flyer, 1 Bordered Beauty, 1 Blastobasis adustella.
Sat 20th July 2019 11:32 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 19 July 2018
FFG - 1 Bloxworth Snout
Sat 20th July 2019 11:18 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th July
It's been a little quiet here recently but 61 species were caught this night including 1 Marbled Green, 2 Small Rivulet, 1 Dwarf Cream Wave, 1 Carcina quercana, 1 Gold Triangle, 2 Euzophera pinguis, 1 Dark Umber, 1 Anania crocealis, 1 Dun-bar.
Sat 20th July 2019 08:15 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 19th July. A Crescent Dart.
Fri 19th July 2019 22:32 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 18th July
Best moth last night were, Coronet, Poplar Hawk-moth,Clay,Feston,Bright-line Brown-eye. Micros, Chrysoteuchia culmella,Edotricha flammealis,Udea fulvalisx - 2,Synaphe punctails - 2
Fri 19th July 2019 12:16 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 18th July
Fern, Rosy Rustic, Ruby tiger, Scarce, Dingy, Common and Four-spotted Footman. FFG Synaphe punctalis
Fri 19th July 2019 12:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17 July
17/07/19: First garden record for Dark Umber, Philereme transversata . . . .

Fri 19th July 2019 07:30 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 18 July 2019
Humid again but with more rain than last night.  46 species.  FFG Mompha propinquella.  FFY Black Arches.
Thu 18th July 2019 12:34 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 July 2019
A humid night with some light rain in the early morning.  97 species including 1 Diamond-back, 2 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 Delicate and 2 Silver Y.  FFG Nemapogon clematella and Slender Brindle.  FFY Festoon, Phoenix, Round-winged Muslin and Rosy Rustic.
Thu 18th July 2019 12:04 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 17 July 2019
1 Calamotropha paludella & 1 Blair's Mocha
Thu 18th July 2019 08:55 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 17th July. Two Kent Black Arches.
Tue 16th July 2019 15:30 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 15.7.19 125W MV
50 species on a cooler night, including FFY Slender Pug, Herald & Pale Mottled Willow. Singles of Diamond-back Moth and Delicate the only migrant interest.
Tue 16th July 2019 14:51 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 15th July.  A Crescent Dart.
Tue 16th July 2019 06:53 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 July 2019
A chilly night with a bright moon.  47 species including FFY Large Emerald, Scalloped Oak, Dusky Sallow and Cloaked Minor.
Mon 15th July 2019 21:53 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 14 July 2019
FFG 1 Least Carpet
Mon 15th July 2019 15:45 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 July 2019
55 species including FFY Lackey and Dot Moth.
Mon 15th July 2019 10:21 by Mike Hetherington
A date for your diaries ...


2.00-5.00pm (tea & coffee from 1.30pm) TOLPUDDLE VILLAGE HALL

A chance to get together and find out what's been happening on the Dorset moth scene. Speakers tba If you're thinking of coming along then please let us know by emailing so that we can get an idea of likely numbers. Thanks.

Sun 14th July 2019 20:02 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 July 2019
93 species including 1 FFG Small Marbled. Also FFG 1 Bryotropha senectella.
Sun 14th July 2019 14:32 by Martin Wood
Holt Heath 13th July
3 W LED Heath Trap, Had some new for moths last night, Grass Emerald-5, Clay-1,Striped Wainscot-1,Scarce Footman -5, July Belle-2, Small Purple-barred. others were Horse Chesnut-6, True Lovers knot-3,Clouded Border-1,Satin Wave-1, Plain Wave-2, Riband Wave-1

Sun 14th July 2019 13:24 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 13th July
FFY Nutmeg, Dusky Sallow, Scalloped Oak and Cloaked Minor. FFG Small Dotted Buff
Thu 11th July 2019 10:43 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 7th July
Equalled our best macro total of 60 species together with a few 'easy' micros
125w MV
NFY included Double Lobed The Sycamore , Rosy Footman , Scorched Wing , Blue-bordered Carpet , Peach Blossom , Gold Triangle (Hypsopygia costalis), Palpita Vitrealis , Ghost Moth
Thu 11th July 2019 10:30 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 9.7.19 125W MV
Another good night with 94 species including FFG Scallop Shell and Ancylis achtana, Eucosma obumbratana (below) and Dioryctria sylvestrella (thanks to Phil S for confirming the micros). New for the year included: Engrailed, Large & Small Emeralds, Ruby & Scarlet Tigers, Dingy Footman, Silver Y, Small Dotted Buff and Cream-bordered Green Pea. And 192 Chysoteuchia culmella.

Wed 10th July 2019 20:12 by Andrew Foster
Turnworth Common, 10th July 2019
Put out a pheromone lure for Yellow-legged/Orange-tailed clearwing in the hope of recording Yellow-legged as Turnworth has many old oaks with decay features. Lure with trap was left out from 10.45 -17.45 - alas no Yellow-legged but to my amazement 15 Orange-tailed Clearwings of varying size - some twice the size of others. Luckily the trap was set under the canopy of an oak in shade, so all were alive and released. Curious as no Viburnum was obvious nearby. Incidentally, my clearwing lures are now about 6 years old (freezer stored) but clearly remain highly potent.
Wed 10th July 2019 20:04 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 9th July 2019
Approx. 150 Chrysoteuchia culmella an unusually high number for here, also 10 Large Elephant Hawk, with several FFY - Lappet, Rosy Footman, Four-spotted Footman, Jersey Tiger & Beautiful Hook-tip.
Wed 10th July 2019 11:37 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 9th July. A Marbled Green and an Oscure Wainscot.
Tue 9th July 2019 11:10 by Mike Hetherington
Yetminster 6.7.19 125W MV
Belated entry for an extraordinary night in Yetminster - 1,250 moths (at least) of 75+ species in a single Robinson 125W MV trap.  Highlights included Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Gold Triangle, Tawny-barred Angle, Lilac Beauty & Lunar-spotted Pinion. And 407 Heart & Darts.
Tue 9th July 2019 09:46 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 8th July. A Synaphe punctalis.
Mon 8th July 2019 12:36 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 7th July
Clancy's Rustic
Sun 7th July 2019 15:45 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 6th July
Delicate(2) , Four-spotted Footman, Green Silver-lines, Grey Arches, Lychnis, True Lover's Knot to mention a few.
Sun 7th July 2019 09:46 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 6 July 2019
Approx. 50 species including European Corn-borer (1 male & 1 female) & Small Marbled (1), and among the residents singles of Thistle Ermine, second brood Early Thorn, Brown-tail, Green Arches, Dingy Shears & Blackneck.
Sun 7th July 2019 09:06 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 6th July. Singles of Dark Spectacle, Pretty Pinion, Privet Hawk, and Sandy Carpet.
Sat 6th July 2019 22:30 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 5th July
Had a good night with trap with a couple of 1st for the garden with Small Elephant Hawk-moth and a Clouded Brindle. the others were 3 Elephant Hawk-moths, 2 Swallow-tailed Moths,1 Blood Vain, 1 Common Footman,8 Dark Arches and a Lozotaenia forsterana
Sat 6th July 2019 18:02 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 5 July 2019
Two chalk down-land species in the trap today , both new for the garden:- Reddish Light Arches and Chalk Carpet.
Sat 6th July 2019 16:17 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 5.7.19 125W MV
85+ species (not yet all identified) including FFG Gypsonoma dealbana and Short-cloaked Moth. FFY included Endotricha flammealis, Hypsopygia glaucinalis, Drinker, V Pug, Haworth's Pug, Yellow-tail and Dun-bar.  Also 20 Diamond-back Moths.
Sat 6th July 2019 15:36 by Neil Croton
A good trap full this morning , approx 70 sp some still to id , best where a vestal , four dotted footman and anania stachydalis
Sat 6th July 2019 10:01 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 5th July. Singles of Delicate, Cypress Carpet, Clay Triples-lines, Privet Hawk, Small Elephant Hawk, Dingy Shears, Lobster, Wood Carpet, and 101 Dark Arches.
Sat 6th July 2019 09:58 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 5th July
Small Mottled Willow.
Thu 4th July 2019 17:34 by Martin Raper
Thu 4th July 2019 17:32 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 2nd July
Climbing up to 43 species. First for Garden was the Lackey

Best of FFY were Small Blood-vein, Dun-bar, Beautiful Hook-tip, Light Emerald
Tue 2nd July 2019 18:52 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 1st July
Put the 3w led out last night, had 2 Willow Beauty, 2 Hart & Dart, 2 Heart & Club, 1 Common Plum and 2 Bee Moth.

On Saturday night 29th June I was out on Holt Heath with the 3w led uv heath trap and caught True Love's Knot x 6, Horse Chesnut x 5, Endotricha flammealis x 1, Pempelia palumbella x 3 and the best and 1st for me a Clouded Buff.

Tue 2nd July 2019 11:32 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 1st July
53 species including 1 Small Yellow Wave, 1 Sycamore, 1 Dot Moth, 1 Lilac Beauty, 1 Common Emerald, 1 Small Fan-foot, 1 Lychnis.
Tue 2nd July 2019 09:22 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 1.7.19 125W MV
66 species including FFG Grass Emerald.  New for the year included Carcina quercana, Ditula angustiorana, Anania coronata, Small Blood-vein, Scalloped Oak, Common Emerald, Muslin Footman, Common Footman, Lychnis & Lesser Broad-bordered Underwing.
Mon 1st July 2019 17:28 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 30th June
43 species including 1 Phoenix, 4 Small Blood-vein, 2 Eucosma cana, 1 Four-dotted Footman.
Mon 1st July 2019 17:25 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th June
41 species including 2 Thistle Ermine, 1 Small Emerald, 1 Common Emerald, 1 Agapeta harmana, 1 Swallow-tailed, 1 Magpie, 2 Four-dotted Footman.
Mon 1st July 2019 17:23 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 28th June
A good night with 75 species including 1 Blotched Emerald, 1 Lobster Moth, 1 Barred Yellow, 1 Cypress Carpet, 1 Plain Golden Y, 3 Lilac Beauty, 2 Blue-bordered Carpet, 1 Sandy Carpet, 1 Four-dotted Footman, 1 Kent Black Arches, 1 Privet Hawkmoth.