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Fri 31st July 2020 23:17 by Alan Bernard
Coryates 30th July
Warm night but bright moon produced two new species for the garden : Nutmeg and Scarce Footman. Also an early Dusky Thorn.
Fri 31st July 2020 17:39 by Colin Burningham
Osmington Hill 31st July
A butterfly trip but 3 species of moth made their presence known, 1 Rosy Footman, 1 Six-spot Burnet and at least 20 Chalk Carpet.
Fri 31st July 2020 17:35 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 30th July
Another good night for this site with 57 species including 2 Mocha, 6 Ruby Tiger, 1 Maiden's Blush, 1 Ypsolopha mucronella, 1 Honeysuckle Moth, 1 Yellow-barred Brindle, 1 Udea lutealis.
Fri 31st July 2020 17:25 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 30th July
Among the 28 species were: Twenty-plume Moth, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Ringed China-mark, Ruby Tiger, Cherry Bark Tortrix, Rosy Rustic, Early Thorn, Rosy Footman and White Plume. Apart from a day-flying Hummingbird Hawk and an occasional Silver Y immigrants still hard to come by here.

1513 White Plume Moth 03 Copyright: Will Bown

Thu 30th July 2020 18:05 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 29th July
The first time for some days that some new species have arrived. 41 species including Purple Thorn, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Four-spotted Footman and Argyresthia albistria.
Thu 30th July 2020 16:59 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 29th July
3 traps - Small Phoenix , Sharp-angled Peacock , August Thorn nfg , Canary-shouldered Thorn , Sallow Kitten , Pebble Prominent , Pale Prominent , Rosy Footman , Dingy Footman , Ruby Tiger , Kent Black Arches , Turnip Moth , Dark Sword-grass , Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing , Nutmeg , Lychnis , Cloaked Minor , Small Wainscot , Crescent , Fan-foot.
Thu 30th July 2020 15:44 by Christopher Fox
Leigh 29th Jul.  Church farm.
NFY:Plutella porrectella, Mompha propinquella, Hypsopygia glaucinalis and buff footman.Also of note 16 dingy footman which arrived early ( half before 10pm)
Thu 30th July 2020 07:58 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 29 July 2020
The second generation of the following are now appearing in my traps: Swallow Prominent, Small Square-spot, Setaceous Hebrew Character, White-point (and Clay is still around too), Common Wainscot and Vine's Rustic.
Tue 28th July 2020 17:05 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 27th July
Red Twin-spot Carpet , Currant Pug , Black Arches nfy , Rosy Footman , Cloaked Minor , Rosy Rustic.
Mon 27th July 2020 19:21 by Christopher Fox
Should have said 26th July not 23rd
Mon 27th July 2020 19:17 by Christopher Fox
Leigh 23rd July Church farm
45 species.NFY mouse moth. Of note a second Brachmia blandella and 5 Crassa unitella .
Mon 27th July 2020 11:40 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 26.7.20
51 species on a rainy night, including FFG Mompha propinquella and FFY Ypsolopha dentella, Flounced Rustic, Rosy Rustic, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Lesser Yellow Underwing.
Sun 26th July 2020 18:08 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 25th July
Drinker , Scarce Footman , Brown-veined Wainscot , Gold Spot.
Sat 25th July 2020 21:06 by Christopher Fox
Leigh 23rd July Church farm ( survey)
91 sp.FFY: Pandemis heparana, scarce footman, lacky, Acrobasis adventella, dark umber, mere wainscot, Endothernia ericetana, yponomeuta plumbella,Brachmia blandella, vapour moth, bordered beauty, cloaked minor, larch pug, Agriphila salasella and Ypolopha dentella.Also the sixth lappet of the year.
Sat 25th July 2020 17:19 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 24th July
3 traps -- Lime-speck Pug , Peppered Moth , Brussel's Lace , Iron Prominent , Pale Prominent , Kent Black Arches , Dingy Footman , Ruby Tiger , Rosy Footman , Langmaid's Yellow Underwing in 8 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing , Least Yellow Underwing , Nutmeg , Lychnis , Southern Wainscot , Coronet , Mouse Moth , Double Lobed , Rosy Rustic , Dusky Sallow , Crescent , Fan-foot. An early Feathered Ranunculus night of 23rd.
Sat 25th July 2020 16:59 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 23rd & 24th July
23rd - FFY Slender Brindle (1), also Blair's Mocha (2). 24th - FFG Lunar-spotted Pinion (1), and FFY Four-spotted Footman (1) and Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (1), among the others Purple Thorn (1) and Nutmeg (1).
Sat 25th July 2020 15:14 by Mike Hetherington
Yetminster 24.7.20 125W MV
57 species on a humid night, including Gold Spot, Dun-bar and Double Square-spot.
Sat 25th July 2020 11:51 by Martin Wood
Friday 24th July 2020
With the overcast and humid past two night I though I would have had some good moths but not so. MV50W Bulb Common Rustic x3,Light Brown Apple Moth x 5, Enodtricha flammealis x 3, Udea fulvalis x 3, Chrysotrichia culmella x 2, Willow Beauty,Single-dotted Wave and a Scalloped Oak.

Thursday 23rd, 20W bulb Pyrausta aurata x 3, Endotricha flammealis x3, Chrysoteuchia culmella x 2, Cydalima perspectalis x 1 ( found one in the garden two days before), Common Rustic agg x 2, Large Yellow Underwing x 1, Double-striped Pug x 1, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Fri 24th July 2020 19:37 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 23rd July
A mild overcast night produced 46 species including: Silver Y, Marbled Beauty, Broken-barred Carpet, Flounced Rustic, Red-barred Tortrix, White Plume, Black Arches, Dark Arches, July Highflyer, European Corn-borer, Herald, Euzophera pinguis, Endotricha flammealis and Eudonia mercurella.

Black Arches is certainly not a regular here, despite plenty of oak woodland nearby, but more of a surprise came in the form of a single Oncocera semirubella. It was one of several escapees, which after searching nearby vegetation, I eventually found sitting quietly on my shirt.

2033 Black Arches 06 Copyright: Will Bown 1441 Oncocera semirubella 04 Copyright: Will Bown

Fri 24th July 2020 18:54 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 23 July
Yet another disasterous result, with fourteen species of mainly singles which included ffy Vapourer, Dusky Thorn and Dingy Footman
Fri 24th July 2020 09:20 by Colin Burningham
Tout Quarry 21st July
moth arrivals at my trap in Yetminster have been lean lately but our visit to Tout Quarry treated us to a close view of a mating pair of Six-belted Clearwings. Quite amazing!

0382 Six-belted Clearwing 04 Copyright: Colin Burningham
Fri 24th July 2020 08:45 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 July 2020
FFY O. sparganella, Bud Moth and P. aurita.
Thu 23rd July 2020 19:56 by Christopher Fox
Leigh 22nd July church farm (survey)
54 species. FFY: oak eggar 3, rosy rustic, wormwood pug and coxcomb prominent. 16th July. 87 species. FFY: canary shouldered thorn,dingy footman, six stripped rustic, water veneer, marbled green,small emerald, small wainscot, dusky thorn, lime speck pug, garden tiger, kent black arches, Ypsolopha scabrella and small rivulet. 15th July. 62 species. FFY: lesser broad bordered yellow underwing 2, small china-mark.5 Euzophera pinguis was a high number for here.
Thu 23rd July 2020 17:05 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 22 July
Disappointing sixteen species and mainly singles, including: C.pomonella, A.variegana. T.suavella, Delicate
Thu 23rd July 2020 16:31 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 22nd July
Thirty-seven species included: Small Phoenix, Gothic, Garden Tiger, Small Emerald, Early Thorn, Brussels Lace, Flounced Rustic and Pale Prominent.

2011 Pale Prominent 07 Copyright: Will Bown

Thu 23rd July 2020 08:59 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 22.7.20 125W MV
71 species including FFG Digitivalva pulicariae (tbc) and FFY Acleris variegana, Acleris forsskaleana, Agriphila inquinatella, Agriphila straminella, Pebble Hook-tip, Scallop Shell and Cloaked Minor.
Thu 23rd July 2020 07:15 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 July 2020
FFY Flounced Rustic.
Wed 22nd July 2020 07:45 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 21 July 2020
FFY Dusky Thorn.  Also a Peppered Moth of the form carbonaria which was a first for me (see our Facebook page for a photo).
Tue 21st July 2020 07:24 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 20 July 2020
FFY Oak Eggar, Six-striped Rustic and Marbled Green.
Mon 20th July 2020 18:03 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 18.7.20 125W MV
65 species, including FFG Batia lunaris, Eucosma hohenwartiana and Scoparia subfusca. Ringed China-mark & Lesser Broad-bordered Underwing were FFY. Also a single Silver Y.
Mon 20th July 2020 06:34 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 19 July 2020
FFY M. choragella (my first since 2009), S. subfusca, Pretty Chalk Carpet, Canary-shouldered Thorn and Double Lobed.
Sun 19th July 2020 20:43 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 17 July
Around twenty species, including ffy A. holmiana, Y.plumbella, Shark

16 July: twenty six species, including P.heparana, Y.evonymella, A.hamana, P.ruralis, Sm Blood-vein, Coronet, Yellow Shell

Sun 19th July 2020 16:46 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 18th July
Buff Arches , Dwarf Cream Wave , Red Twin-spot Carpet , Wormwood Pug , Swallow-tailed Moth , Brussels Lace , Muslin Footman , Dingy Footman , Scarce Footman , Broad-barred White , Southern Wainscot , Ear agg. , Crescent , Fen Wainscot , Nut-tree Tussock , Fan-foot.
Sat 18th July 2020 22:08 by Martin Wood
July 18th 2020
Went out this afternoon to try out a SAL lure for Sallow Clearwing, this is the first time using this lure out in the field and it worked very well with it luring in 6 Sallow Clearwings and my 1st of this species
0377 Synanthedon flaviventris 01 Copyright: Martin Wood
Fri 17th July 2020 14:39 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 16.7.20 125W MV
70+ species including FFY Blastobasis adustella, Jersey Tiger, Herald and Dingy Footman.
Fri 17th July 2020 07:46 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 16 July 2020
A big surprise was an Indian Moon Moth Actias selene by the trap this morning (photos on our Facebook page) - no doubt an escape from a local breeder.  Beats counting culmella - 83 today!  FFY B. adustella, P. aurata, Rosy Rustic and Ear sp.
Thu 16th July 2020 22:48 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 15 July
First for year Black Arches and Shaded Broad-bar

1732 Shaded Broad-bar 02 Copyright: Gillian Nash, 15 July 2020

Thu 16th July 2020 21:55 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 15th July
Riband Wave x 3, Heart & Dart, Dark Arches x 2, Common Rustic agg x 3,nfy Square-spot Rustic, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Endotricha flamealis, Synaphe punctalis, nfy Udea fulvalis
Thu 16th July 2020 10:34 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 15th July 2020
FFG Dark Umber
Thu 16th July 2020 08:43 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 July 2020
FFY G. dealbana, Slender Pug and Small Angle Shades.
Wed 15th July 2020 16:40 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 14 July
At last a new moth for my garden trap - True Lover's Knot
Wed 15th July 2020 15:58 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 14th July
Least Carpet , Dwarf Cream Wave , Slender Pug , Bordered Beauty , Brussels Lace , Rosy Footman , Buff Footman , Dusky Sallow , Ear agg. , 4 Silver Y , Small Purple-barred.
Wed 15th July 2020 13:13 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 13.7.20 125W MV
59 species including FFG Dwarf Cream Wave and FFY Phycitodes binaevella, Drinker, Grass Emerald, Rosy Footman, Ruby Tiger & Oak Nycteoline.
Wed 15th July 2020 07:15 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 July 2020
FFG Dusky Plume.  FFY E. limbata.
Tue 14th July 2020 22:53 by Christopher Fox
Tues 13th farm (survey).
76 species.NFY:small phoenix, dusky sallow, August thorn, round winged muslin, drinker, lesser yellow underwing, Acleris emargana, Acleris variegana and Acleris forsskaleana.Also of note a lappet, 2 silver y and a single diamond back. .
Tue 14th July 2020 14:15 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 13th July
Drinker , Peach Blossom , Dwarf Cream Wave , Magpie , Swallow-tailed Moth , Scarce Footman , Garden Tiger , Ruby Tiger , Jersey Tiger , Nutmeg , Broad-barred White , Southern Wainscot , Coronet , Ear agg. , Fen Wainscot , 9 Silver Y , Herald.
Tue 14th July 2020 10:32 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 13th July 2020
45 species including FFY Lappet (2) and Dunbar (2). Among the others, singles of 2nd brood Pale Prominent and Nut-tree Tussock, and FFG Bulrush Wainscot.
Tue 14th July 2020 08:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 July 2020
FFY A. crocealis, July Highflyer and Small Dotted Buff.
Mon 13th July 2020 15:44 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 12th July
Forty two species with highlights: Silver Y, Plain Golden Y, Yellow Shell, Brussels Lace, Drinker Swallow-tailed Moth and Synaphe punctalis.

1414 Synaphe punctalis 03 Copyright: Will Bown

Fri 10th July 2020 16:46 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 9.7.20 125W MV
55 species including FFY Euzophera pinguis, Acrobasis suavella, Anania coronata, July Highflier, Muslin Footman and Dark Spectacle.
Thu 9th July 2020 07:25 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 July 2020
FFY Jersey Tiger.
Wed 8th July 2020 17:51 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 7th July
Langmaid's Yellow Underwing , 5 Silver Y.
Wed 8th July 2020 14:48 by Christopher Fox
7th July..Leigh Church farm (survey)
84 sp.NFY: small emerald, cloaked carpet, wood carpet, small scallop and Anania crocealis.
Wed 8th July 2020 11:56 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 7th July
Blair's Mocha (1) and Silver Y (4)
Wed 8th July 2020 10:03 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 7.7.20 125W MV
Down to 22 species, including FFY Bryotropha terrella. Also Silver Y (2).
Wed 8th July 2020 07:41 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 7 July 2020
FFY Dingy Footman and Dusky Sallow.
Tue 7th July 2020 17:37 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 6th July
Least Carpet , Pine Hawk-moth-nfg. , Jersey Tiger , Nutmeg.
Tue 7th July 2020 00:41 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 5 July 125w MV
Seventeen species, including: Sandy Carpet, Poplar Grey, Muslin Footman, with ffy Brachmia blandella

0866 Brachmia blandella 02 Copyright: Gillian Nash, 5 July 2020

Mon 6th July 2020 06:50 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 5.7.20 125W MV
32 species including FFY Ancylis achatana and Delicate.
Mon 6th July 2020 06:41 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 5 July 2020
FFG Crassa unitella.  FFY R. formosa and Bordered Beauty (without any border).
Mon 6th July 2020 00:25 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 4 July 125w MV
Eighteen species, including ffy Rosy Rustic, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Cydia pomonella

1261 Cydia pomonella 02 Copyright: Gillian Nash, 4 July 2020

Sun 5th July 2020 21:40 by Christopher Fox
4th July Leigh ..Church farm (survey)
91sp.NFY:Cydia splendana, Bryoptropha senectella,Anania coronata,Anacampsis populella,Phycita roborella,copper underwing, dunbar, minor shoulder-knot, large emerald, ruby tiger and jersey tiger.
Sun 5th July 2020 07:33 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 4 July 2020
FFY Mouse Moth.
Sat 4th July 2020 17:28 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 3rd July
Dark Sword-grass , 2 Silver Y.
Sat 4th July 2020 11:39 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 3rd July
19 sp. including Crescent Dart (1) and Shark (2), also hint of migration with Dark Sword-grass (1) and Silver Y (4).
Fri 3rd July 2020 17:24 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 2nd July
Leopard , Dark Sword-grass , Silver Y.
Fri 3rd July 2020 07:56 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 2.7.20 125W MV
51 species.  FFY were Eucosma cana, Common Plume and Lilac Beauty.
Thu 2nd July 2020 22:32 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 01/07/20 125w MV
Just thirteen species, including ffy Large Emerald and Lesser Yellow Underwing (minimum 12.6 degsC)
Wed 1st July 2020 23:47 by Christopher Fox
30th June. Leigh... Church farm (survey.)
72 species.NFY: small purple barred, small yellow wave 2, dingy shell, july highflyer 3, Lobesia abscisana 2, Eana incanana 9 ( bluebells),black arches 2 Eudemis profundana and Phycitodes binaevella.
Wed 1st July 2020 12:36 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 30 June 125w MV
Sixteen species, including: another (different) Lappet, Short-cloaked, Shears, Spectacle & Dark Spectacle, Privet Hawk. Considering cloudy and mild conditions, low numbers and species count, with no migrants.
Wed 1st July 2020 07:59 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 30.6.20 125W MV
Down to 39 species.  FFY Mecyna asinalis was the best, straying in from the coast. Also 2 Diamond-back Moths.