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Mon 30th September 2019 23:00 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 29/9
Best from the traps today the migrant adventive Tuta absoluta, first I've ever seen. Best of rest was a Large Ranunculus, 15 years since my last one.

0825a Tuta absoluta 01 Copyright: Paul Harris

Mon 30th September 2019 18:15 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th September
12 species including 1 Delicate, and 1 Vapourer, the first time it's been seen at this location.
Mon 30th September 2019 11:39 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 29th September
Included 4 Blair's Mocha (likely resident in the area), also singles of Barred Sallow and Feathered Brindle.
Mon 30th September 2019 11:32 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 29.9.19 125W MV
29 species.  Highlight was a Grass Webworm Herpetogramma licarsisalis (pictured), confirmed by Mark Parsons and Phil Sterling. Other migrant species were Rush Veneer (2) and Delicate (1).  Also a FFG Horse Chestnut, well out of its usual range, and FFY Beaded Chestnut, Sallow and Turnip Moth

Mon 30th September 2019 08:41 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 29th September. 1 Dark Spectacle, 3 Feathered Ranunculus, 1 Four-spotted Footman, 1 Scarce Bordered Straw.
Sun 29th September 2019 08:24 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 28 September 2019 Moth Night 3
Despite the terrible weather, 1 Clifden Nonpareil.
Sat 28th September 2019 11:14 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 September 2019 Moth Night 2
Not so much rain as last night but even fewer moths. The highlight was 1 Convolvulus Hawkmoth.
Sat 28th September 2019 09:40 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 26 September
Just six species, including ffy Brindled Green.  Still Lunar Underwing dominating, with around ninety individuals
Sat 28th September 2019 08:25 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 27th September
L-album Wainscot was FFG
Fri 27th September 2019 18:07 by Julian Francis
Culverwell 24 September
The Geometrician seen by Bob Johnson during the day - the third British record.
Fri 27th September 2019 10:51 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 26 September
19 species including 1 Blair's Mocha, 2 Delicate, 1 Autumnal Rustic (FFY), 5 L-album Wainscot and 1 Dark Spectacle.
Fri 27th September 2019 10:34 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 26.9.19 125W MV
Only six species for the first Moth Night 2019, including singles of Clifden Nonpareil, Silver Y and Angle Shades.
Fri 27th September 2019 09:22 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 September 2019 Moth Night 1
Despite the torrential rain, 1 Clifden Nonpareil.
Thu 26th September 2019 16:13 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 23 - 25 September
Some notable migrants amid the recent rain storms: 23rd - singles of Delicate, Scarce Bordered Straw, Dark Mottled Willow (retained for detailed scrutiny) & Dewick's Plusia 24th - 3 Blair's Mocha & 1 Delicate 25th - 2 Blair's Mocha & 1 Dewick's Plusia, also 13 Angle Shades - unusual number for here.
Thu 26th September 2019 08:57 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 September 2019
Despite the heavy rain, FFG 1 Box-tree Moth, and also 1 Scarce Bordered Straw.
Tue 24th September 2019 19:49 by Paul Harris
Broadwey 23/9
A notable moth for me here in the form of the rare migrant Pyrale Loxostege sticticalis. Back-up cast of Vestal, Delicate and Clancy's Rustic.

1368 Loxostege sticticalis 02 Copyright: Paul Harris

Mon 23rd September 2019 20:28 by Luke Phillips
Whitchurch Canonicorum
121 Lunar Underwing dominated a catch of 27 species. First year of trapping at this site so Feathered Brindle, Pink-barred Sallow, Barred Sallow, Sallow, Beaded Chestnut, Cypress Carpet were all new for the year & site. Micros very few and far between. Elachista canapennella, Celypha lacunana, Scrobipalpa costella and Ypsolopha alpella was a highlight. Only migrant was a single Silver Y.
Mon 23rd September 2019 15:10 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 22nd September
Pearly Underwing , Clancy's Rustic.
Mon 23rd September 2019 10:48 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 22nd September
Only 14 species but including a pristine Clifden Nonpareil in beautiful condition and a Black Rustic.
Mon 23rd September 2019 09:36 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 22.9.19 125W MV
23 species including FFG Clifden Nonpareil (at last!), Red Underwing and FFY Vestal.
Sun 22nd September 2019 15:49 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 21st September
Clancy's Rustic.
Sun 22nd September 2019 14:22 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 21.9.19 125W MV
34 species including FFY Cypress Pug, Feathered Brindle & Black Rustic. Migrants were: Diamond-back Moth (2) & Delicate (3).
Sun 22nd September 2019 14:22 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 21st September
Well the Box Tree Moth as finally reached my Wimborne garden last night,the best moth out of 50 moths caught was a Dewick's Plusia, followed by an Old Lady,Small Blood-vein, Cypress Pug. Others were Diamond-backed Moth -3,Lunar Underwing -12, Square-spot Rustic -10, Large Yellow Underwing -5, Willow Beauty -5, Vines Rustic and a Common Plume, Garden Carpet and LBAM-3
Sun 22nd September 2019 11:43 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 21st September
25 species including 1 Centre-barred Sallow, 1 Angle Shades, 1 Large Ranunculus, 1 Lilac Beauty plus 232 Lunar Underwing!
Sun 22nd September 2019 11:40 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 20th September
23 species including 1 Delicate.
Sun 22nd September 2019 09:16 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 September 2019
At last a better night.  Warm, still and cloudy. September Thorn, L-album Wainscot, Barred and Pink-barred Sallow and Black Rustic were all new for the year. Also 1 M. asinalis.
Sat 21st September 2019 15:34 by Paul Harris
Broadwey, John Gifford
This stunning little micro Ypsolopha sequella trapped by John Gifford last night.

0462 Ypsolopha sequella 04 Copyright: Paul Harris

Sat 21st September 2019 07:54 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 20 September 2019
FFG 1 Heath Rusic, presumably blown to me on the strong easterlies we've been having recently. Also 1 Clifden Nonparial.
Fri 20th September 2019 08:25 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19.9.19 125W MV
FFY Large Ranunculus.  Also single Rusty-dot Pearl.
Thu 19th September 2019 09:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 18 September 2019
2 Scarce Bordered Straw.  Also 1 Brown-pot Pinion form rufa-pallida.
Wed 18th September 2019 12:35 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 17th September
Delicate , Scarce Bordered Straw - different moth to yesterday.
Wed 18th September 2019 07:25 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 September 2019
FFY1 Autumnal Rustic - a very uncommon moth here.
Tue 17th September 2019 18:16 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 16th September
Best moth was a Angle Shades,others were Snout, Setaceous Hebrew Character x2,Square-spot Rustic x4, Brimstone Moth,Lunar Underwing x3,Diamond-backed Moth. Plus 10 Large Yellow Underwing, 1 worn Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing,a Garden Carpet,6 Willow Beauty and 2 Uncertain/Rustic agg
Tue 17th September 2019 14:59 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 16th September
Small Blood-vein , Clancy's Rustic , Scarce Bordered Straw , Pinion-streaked Snout.
Tue 17th September 2019 09:32 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 15.9.19 125W MV
26 species, including FFY Wax Moth, Lunar Underwing and Frosted Orange. Also a Buff Ermine larva.
Tue 17th September 2019 08:38 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 16 September 2019
A late E. limbata.
Mon 16th September 2019 19:49 by Rebecca Porter
Puddletown 15th September
Amongst lots of Large yellow underwing: Light Emerald, Vapourer, Angle Shades and FFG Eudonia augustea (2). Plus Hummingbird hawk-moth everyday recently (even in overcast weather) on the red valerian.
Mon 16th September 2019 08:40 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 September
FFY 1 Beaded Chestnut.
Sun 15th September 2019 16:14 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 13th September
New for Year - Pale Mottled Willow, Flounced Rustic, 1x Copper Underwing agg. , Lunar Underwing, Beautiful Plume.
Sun 15th September 2019 13:09 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 12.9.19 125W MV
Belated entry for last Thursday: 36 spp including FFG Small Wainscot and FFY Pyrausta purpuralis and Bordered Beauty.  Some migrant interest: Rusty-dot Pearl (2), Silver Y (1) and Dark Sword-grass (1).
Sun 15th September 2019 09:34 by Geoffrey Sell
Charmouth 14th September. A Centre-barred Sallow and a Small Wainscot.
Sat 14th September 2019 12:44 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 13th September
A fresh Waved Umber - late even for a second generation.
Fri 13th September 2019 14:39 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 12th September
Palpita vitrealis , Dark Sword-grass , Clancy's Rustic. Hummingbird Hawk-moth at garden buddliea.
Fri 13th September 2019 10:54 by Mike Hetherington
A quick reminder about the ...

DORSET MOTH RECORDERS' AUTUMN MEETING SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER 2019 2.00-5.00pm (tea & coffee from 1.30pm) TOLPUDDLE VILLAGE HALL, TOLPUDDLE, DORSET, DT2 7EW A chance to get together and find out what's been happening on the Dorset moth scene. Speakers will include Dr Phil Sterling and Paul Butter. More to be announced!

Fri 13th September 2019 10:47 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 12 September
1 Blair's Mocha, also a late or 2nd brood Small Emerald and 1 Pale Eggar
Fri 13th September 2019 08:19 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 September
FFG Pretty Chalk Carpet (and a late one). FFY Clifden Nonpareil.  Also 1 Scarce Bordered Straw.
Thu 12th September 2019 13:53 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 11th September
Dark Sword-grass.
Thu 12th September 2019 09:12 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 11 September
FFY 1 Brown-spot Pinion.
Tue 10th September 2019 12:51 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 9th September
Dark Sword-grass , Pearly Underwing , Scarce Bordered Straw.
Tue 10th September 2019 08:50 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 9 September
1 Palpita vitrealis and another Red Underwing.
Mon 9th September 2019 20:20 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 8.9.19 125W MV
36 species including Red Underwing and FFY Pinion-streaked Snout, Centre-barred Sallow and Broad-bordered Underwing. Singles of Diamond-back Moth and Rusty Pearl.
Mon 9th September 2019 14:28 by Jack Oughton
8th Sept Oct Portesham
52 species, including Calybites phasianpennella, Ypsolopha parenthesella, Nomophila noctuella, Pale Eggar, Elephant Hawk-moth, Four-spotted Footman (female), Cabbage Moth, Frosted Orange, Centre-barred Sallow, Lunar Underwing, & Dark Sword-grass.
Sun 8th September 2019 22:21 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 7 September
FFG 1 Anomalous was a surprise.
Sun 8th September 2019 13:28 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 7th September
Dark Sword-grass.
Sat 7th September 2019 13:02 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 7th September
Hummingbird Hawk-moth to garden buddliea.
Fri 6th September 2019 14:17 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 07 September
Just 54 moths of 14 species, including 15 Set.H.Character & 12 Lg.Y.U/wing + first for year Lunar Underwing and Centre-barred Sallow (minimum overnight temp. 10.1 degsC)
Fri 6th September 2019 13:36 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 5th September
Thu 5th September 2019 12:22 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 5th September
Hummingbird Hawk-moth to garden buddliea.
Wed 4th September 2019 14:50 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 3rd September
Only 24 species but including 1 Centre-barred Sallow, 1 female Ringed China-mark, 1 Pale Eggar, 1 Frosted Orange, 1 Pale Mottled Willow.
Tue 3rd September 2019 17:27 by Andrew Foster
Bridport, 2 September 2019
Included singles of Palpita vitrealis, Spectacle, Clifden Nonpareil & FFY Feathered Ranunculus, also big influx of Large Yellow Underwing - in excess of 200.
Sun 1st September 2019 15:39 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 31st August
Rather a cool night with few moths but included a FFG Pale Eggar