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Mon 31st August 2020 16:01 by Debra Saunders
Rosy Underwing
Rosy Underwing trapped last night at "Sea Mist", Southwell, Portland
2453 Rosy Underwing 03 Copyright: Debra Saunders
Mon 31st August 2020 11:04 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 30th August
17 species including singles of Palpita vitrealis and Clifden Nonpareil
Fri 28th August 2020 16:40 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 27th August
2 Dark Sword-grass , Delicate.  Hummingbird Hawk-moth by day , on 28th.
Fri 28th August 2020 11:57 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 27.8.20 125W MV
28 species including FFY Rush Veneer.
Fri 28th August 2020 09:34 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 27 August 2020 National Moth Night 1
One P. vitrealis.  No Underwings!
Thu 27th August 2020 17:23 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 26th August
2 Palpita vitrealis.
Wed 26th August 2020 14:02 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 26 August 2020
One very tatty Humming-bird Hawkmoth in the garden today.  My first this year!
Wed 26th August 2020 07:16 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 25 August 2020
FFG one C. hamella.
Tue 25th August 2020 11:32 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 24th August
Included a very worn Convolvulus Hawk
Mon 24th August 2020 16:36 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 23rd August
Vapourer , Red Underwing.
Mon 24th August 2020 12:31 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 23rd August
Singles of Palpita vitrealis, and FFY Feathered Ranunculus and Clifden Nonpareil.
Mon 24th August 2020 07:35 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 23 August 2020
FFG one Ypsolopha sequella, the so-called Bugs Bunny (or Playboy Bunny) Moth.
Sun 23rd August 2020 10:42 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 22 August 2020
FFG 1 Metalampra italica.  This moth is apparently spreading in Dorset and there have been other reports this year.  Easy to overlook as it looks like a very small brown caddis fly at a quick glance.

Also FGG 1 Latticed Heath.  This is probably a migrant.  Mike Jeffes had another one at Hurn on 21 August.

Thu 20th August 2020 15:19 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 19.8.20 125W MV
The strong overnight winds from the south brought two FFG moths - Rosy Underwing and Portland Ribbon Wave.  31 species in total.

2453 Rosy Underwing 02 Copyright: Mike Hetherington, Puncknowle 19.8.20

1714 Portland Ribbon Wave 01 Copyright: Mike Hetherington

Wed 19th August 2020 09:59 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 17th August
Palpita vitrealis , male Clouded Buff nfg.
Tue 18th August 2020 20:32 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 17th August
58 species including 1 Small Rufus, 1 Beautiful Plume, 1 Mocha.
Tue 18th August 2020 16:30 by Christopher Fox
17th Aug farm.
71 NFY but singles of rush veneer, vestal, Rdp and 5 silver y. Of note 6 small square spot and 2 Jersey tiger.
Tue 18th August 2020 08:46 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 17 August 2020
Rain again. 55 species including one female Wax Moth and one Engrailed.
Tue 18th August 2020 07:30 by Paul Harris
East Dorset 15/8 (VC11)
A stunning Shining Marbled taken at MV by Bagsy on Saturday night, he's a busy fellow so I've put the record on here. Images and the story at: link

Mon 17th August 2020 17:32 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 16th August
Back to lower numbers with 41 species including 1 Iron Prominent, 1 Marbled Green, 2 Jersey Tiger, 1 Maiden's Blush, 1 Clouded Border.
Mon 17th August 2020 17:28 by Colin Burningham
Yetminster 14th August
An amazing night with 81 species including 3 Gold Spot, 2 Orange Swift, 1 Pretty Chalk Carpet, 1 Copper Underwing, 1 Ypsolopha scabrella, 1 Rhomboid Tortrix, 1 Calamotropha paludella.
Mon 17th August 2020 16:51 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 16th August
Chalk Carpet nfg , Bird's Wing nfg.
Mon 17th August 2020 11:39 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 16.8.20 125W MV
54 species here.  Highlights were FFY Pale Eggar and Spruce Carpet.
Mon 17th August 2020 08:00 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 16 August 2020
A much cooler night and only 55 species, including a Cosmopolitan which was a first here.
Sun 16th August 2020 16:48 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 15th August
Bedstraw Hawk-moth nfg ; Pearly Underwing , Oak Nycteoline , Four-spotted Footman female.
Sun 16th August 2020 10:32 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 15 August 2020
The big surprise was a male Gypsy Moth, not sure if it's a migrant or a wanderer.  Also one P. vitrealis and one Scarce Bordered Straw as well as 21 Silver Y and 5 Rusty-dot Pearl.  And another Indian Moon Moth!  FFY Toadflax Pug, Bulrush Wainscoat (very uncommon here) and Straw Underwing. 97 species.
Sat 15th August 2020 12:30 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 14th August
Palpita vitrealis , Pearly Underwing , Dark Crimson Underwing nfg , c50 Silver Y.
Sat 15th August 2020 11:59 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 14th August
Bloxworth Snout (1), Palpita vitrealis (2), Rusty-dot Pearl (2) and influx of Silver Y (47).
Sat 15th August 2020 10:21 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 14 August 2020
Despite the overcast weather, 100 species. Another Scarce Bordered Straw. Also the beautiful form nigrofulvata of Tawny-barred Angle which was a first for me.
Fri 14th August 2020 22:37 by Christopher Fox
Leigh.  13th Aug.  Church farm (survey)
105 species. NFY:Dioryctria abietella, Cryptoblabes bistriga, Tachystola acroxantha, Pandemis corylana, pebble hook-tip, yellow barred brindle and straw underwing. On the migrant front: singles of silver y, rush veneer, vestal, diamond back and 4 rusty dot pearl.
Fri 14th August 2020 12:13 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 13th August 2020
Largest catch of the year so far. An Oblique Striped the most unexpected arrival - must surely be a wanderer from afar here. Other likely migrants - 3 Rusty-dot Pearl, 1 Rush Veneer, 1 Vestal and 13 Silver Y. Among the others 1 Peach Blossom, 3 Blair's Mocha and 2 White Point (both probable residents), 2 Crescent Dart and 1 Shark.  Singles of Small Rufous and Gold Spot too - both of these species for 5 consecutive nights now.
Fri 14th August 2020 12:07 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 13th August
Another Portland Ribbon Wave , of normal size; Vestal , Scarce Bordered Straw , Pinion -streaked Snout.
Fri 14th August 2020 09:25 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 13 August 2020
Some rain overnight after a big downpour during the day yesterday.  88 species including a Scarce Bordered Straw.  Also 16 Silver Y.
Thu 13th August 2020 12:08 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 12th August
Portland Ribbon Wave - a late , very small individual - immigrant ?
Thu 13th August 2020 11:37 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 12th August
Another 3 Palpita vitrealis - 6 different individuals this week. Cream-bordered Green Pea - resembling form hemixantha.

2418 Cream-bordered Green Pea 03 f. hemixantha Copyright: Geoff Lightfoot

Thu 13th August 2020 10:38 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 11th & 12th August 2020
11th August: 1 Vestal, 1 Figure 0f Eighty (fresh condition but late date), 1 Blair's Mocha, 2 Gold Spot and FFY 1 Straw Underwing. 12th August: 1 Palpita vitrealis, 1 Blair's Mocha (diff. individual) and 1 Gold Spot.
Thu 13th August 2020 09:35 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 12 August 2020
The forecast rain never came, so another very hot one. One Vestal amongst 106 species.
Wed 12th August 2020 17:05 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 11th August
A third Palpita vitrealis.
Wed 12th August 2020 14:04 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 11 August 2020
Another very hot day and night.  116 species including one Vestal.  Waved Umber was a surprise (Waring says that there is very occasionally a second generation).
Wed 12th August 2020 00:35 by Christopher Fox
10th Aug Leigh...Church farm (garden)
90 species. NFY:Yponomeuta padella, Ypsolopha horidella and Nephopterix angustella. Of note Dichrorampha acuminatana and singles of dark sword-grass and vestal.
Tue 11th August 2020 18:10 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 10th August
2 Palpita vitrealis , 2 Vestal , 4 Dark Sword-grass , Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 8 Silver Y , Cypress Pug , Dog's Tooth , Sharp-angled Peacock , Crescent , Webb's Wainscot , Small Rufous.
Tue 11th August 2020 16:49 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 10.8.20 125W MV
Best night of the year here - 100 species. Highlights were FFG Leopard Moth, Monopis weaverella, Nemapogon clematella and Cameraria ohridella.  FFY included Agriphila geniculea, Maiden's Blush, Purple Bar and Canary-shouldered Thorn.  A good night for migrants: Diamond-back Moth (3); Palpita vitrealis, Rusty-dot Pearl, Vestal (4), Dark Sword-grass and Silver Y (3). Almost 500 moths in total.
Tue 11th August 2020 14:17 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 10 August 2020
118 species here after another hot night!  It took me 5 hours to unload and record 2 traps.  Highlight was a FFG Porter's Rustic.  Also 2 Vestal.  A second generation Bird's Wing was a surprise (Waring says there is occasionally a second generation).
Tue 11th August 2020 10:29 by Jack Oughton
Portehsam 10th Aug
A heaving trap of 147 species (over 1100 individuals). Best was Porter's Rustic, NFG. Also of note were Nemapogon clematella, Bucculatrix ulmella, Plutella xylostella (10), Oegoconia caradjai (3), Scrobipalpa ocellatella, Teleopsis diffinis, Cochylis molliculana, Acleris cristana, Pammene aurita (2), Dioryctria abietella, Palpita vitrealis (2), Nomophila noctuella (2), Cataclysta lemnata, Acentria ephemerella (3), Udea ferrugalis (7), Vestal (3), Maiden's Blush, Sallow Kitten, Pale Prominent, Lesser Swallow Prominent, Black Arches (2), Four-spotted Footman (5), Jersey Tiger (13), Silver Y (4), Gold Spot (5), Small Rufous (8), Herald, Dark Sword-grass (2) and Marbled Green.

Interesting a Tineola bisselliella in the trap. I don't think they leave housing that much, and this isn't the species which we get in the house, so I'm not sure where it came from!

Tue 11th August 2020 00:22 by Christopher Fox
7th Aug .Leigh ..Church farm (survey)
95 species.NFY: sallow, current pug, vestel, rush veneer, small rufus, Aspilapteryx tringipennella, Caloptilia robustella, Caloptria falsella and Bryotropha affinis.
Mon 10th August 2020 17:10 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 9th August
Clay Triple-lines , Vestal , 4 Dark Sword-grass , 9 Silver Y , Marbled Green , Slender Brindle.
Mon 10th August 2020 13:57 by Anthony Charles Bell
1987 Bedstraw Hawk-moth 03 Copyright: Anthony Charles Bell

Bedstraw Hawk-moth

Mon 10th August 2020 12:08 by Debra Saunders
New For Britain
The Pug Euputhecia breviculata was trapped at Southwell, Portland on 07/08/20

Eupithecia breviculata Copyright: Debra Saunders
Sun 9th August 2020 17:04 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 8th August
Vestal , 2 Dark Sword-grass , Cosmopolitan nfg , 14 Silver Y.
Sun 9th August 2020 14:22 by Andrew Foster
Bridport 8th August 2020
FFG Satin Wave (1), FFY Least Yellow Underwing (1) and Rosy Rustic (1). Among the others Maiden's Blush (1), Swallow Prominent (12), Olive (1), Small Rufous (2), Gold Spot (1), migrants limited to Rusty-dot Pearl (2) and Silver Y (1)
Sun 9th August 2020 08:46 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 8 August 2020
Another hot night. 103 species including 1 Vestal. FFY C. semifascia, Least Yellow Underwing, Brown-veined Wainscot and Twin-spotted Wainscot.  Also a very plain Cloaked Minor with a barely discernible line across the body.
Sun 9th August 2020 08:42 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 7 August 2020
The first of the hot nights. 100 species including 1 P. vitrealis.  FFY Cream-bordered Green Pea.
Sat 8th August 2020 19:28 by Martin Wood
Wimborne 7th August
Had a better night at my Wimborne garden, with two first for me and the garden with Lesser Swallow Prominent and a Gold Spot. Other were Maidens Blush,Dusky Brocade, Straw Dot, Square-spot Rustic,Shuttle-shaped Dart x2, Willow Beauty x 2,Mother of Pearl x2, Acleris variegana x2, Mint Moth x2,Chrysoteutrica culmella x3 plus others
Sat 8th August 2020 17:15 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 7th Aug
After 2 boring nights with no FFY, last night something new with Magpie, Bulrush Wainscot, White Point, Broad-bordered YU, Sallow Kitten, Dusky Thorn, 4x Rusty DP, and Acleris forsskaleana
Sat 8th August 2020 10:23 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 07/08
A warm and windy night produced 101 species, including Aspilapteryx tringipennella (3), Plutella xylostella, Oegoconia caradjai (2), Mirificarma mulinella (2), Teliopsis diffinis, Scoparia subfusca, Cataclysta lemnata, Paraponyx stratiotata (2), Udea ferrugalis, Palpita vitrealis, Barred Hook-tip, Four-spotted Footman (2), Silver Y (3), Gold Spot, and White-point (4).
Fri 7th August 2020 16:32 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 6th August
A 3rd Tree-lichen Beauty - all identifiable as different individuals.
Fri 7th August 2020 13:57 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 7th Aug
By day, Jersey Tiger and Acrolepiopsis assectella.
Fri 7th August 2020 11:12 by Jack Oughton
Abbotsbury Swannery 6th August
100 species, with the highlights being Phalonidia affinitana (2) and a Lesser-spotted Pinion. Also of note were Cosmopterix pulchrimella, Adaina microdactyla (11), Bactra furfurana (2), Cochylis molliculana (2), Pammene aurita (4), Pediasia contimella (2), Udea ferrugalis (8), Small Seraphim, Sallow Kitten (2), Pinion-streaked Snout, Gold Spot, Southern Wainscot (13), White-point (2), Brown-veined Wainscot (4), Small Wainscot (5) and Cream-bordered Green Pea (3).
Thu 6th August 2020 18:25 by Jack Oughton
Alners Gorse 5th August
Bumper catch with 155 species, plus several more to dissect. No doubt the two stars were two Light Crimson Underwing and a single Dingy Mocha. Also of note were two Sorhagenia sp. These are of a trio of species, all scarce, and have been retained for gen det to determine species.

Without doubt the rest of the trap hardly disappointed, which included Yponomeuta plumbella, Argyresthia glaucinella, A. semifusca, Ypsolopha alpella, Y. scabrella, Y. dentella, Y. horridella, Y. parenthesella, Apodia bifractella, Stenolechia gemmella, Psoricoptera gibbosella, Elachista bisulcella, Acleris emergana, Cydia amplana, Anania crocealis, Leopard Moth, The Mocha, Maiden's Blush, Maple Pug, Small Seraphim, Barred Rivulet, Jersey Tiger and Small Rufous.

2454 Light Crimson Underwing 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton

2454 Light Crimson Underwing 03 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Light Crimson Underwing

1675 Dingy Mocha 05 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Dingy Mocha

0755 Stenolechia gemmella 02 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Stenolechia gemmella

0623 Elachista bisulcella 01 Copyright: Jack Oughton

Elachista bisulcella

Thu 6th August 2020 14:16 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 5th August
67 species - 2 Dark sword-grass , Tree-lichen Beauty , Scarce Bordered Straw , 5 Silver Y.
Wed 5th August 2020 18:12 by Christopher Fox
5th Aug Leigh. Church farm. (survey)
68sp NFY: small clouded brindle, orange swift, bird cherry ermine, Clavigesta purdeyi, Blastobasis adustella, Agriphila inquinatella, Bryotropha terrella and Ancylis badiana.Also of note 11 magpies.
Mon 3rd August 2020 16:21 by Christopher Fox
30th July.Leigh church farm (survey)
98 species..NFY:square spot rustic, bulrush wainscot, least yellow underwing, Agonopterix alstromeriana, Exoteleia dodecella, Pyrausta purpuralis, Pyrausta aurata and Pamenne populana.
Mon 3rd August 2020 10:35 by Jack Oughton
Portesham 2nd Aug
55 species, highlight was Dusky Sallow. Also of note, Argyresthia goedartella, Paraponyx stratiotata, Lime-speck Pug, Scorched Carpet, Small Phoenix, Rosy Footman, Buff Footman, Jersey Tiger (6), White-point and Beautiful Hook-tip. Flounced Rustic (2) and Square-spot Rustic (4) were a reminder that summer is drawing to a close.
Mon 3rd August 2020 07:03 by Julian Francis
Tolpuddle 2 August 2020
FFY Square-spot Rustic.
Sun 2nd August 2020 18:57 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 1st August
Good numbers again but no immigrants at all. Among the regulars were: Waved Umber (2nd generation), Brussels Lace, Cloaked Minor, Oak Eggar, Twenty-plume Moth, and Leopard Moth which very rarely occurs in the traps here.

0161 Leopard Moth 03 Copyright: Will Bown

Sun 2nd August 2020 17:31 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 1st August
Sun 2nd August 2020 16:55 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 1.8.20 125W MV
51 species including FFY Pyrausta despicata, Oak Eggar, Four-spotted Footman and White-point. Also single Rusty-dot Pearl.
Sat 1st August 2020 21:38 by Gillian Nash
Leigh 31 July
Mocha, Jersey Tiger, Marbled Green, Canary-shouldered, Dusky thorns, P. porrectella, A.tringipennella(tbc)

30 July: Scarce Footman, Sallow Kitten, Broad-bordered Y.U/wing

Sat 1st August 2020 20:30 by Martin Raper
Beaminster 29th & 31st July
FFY macros include Jersey Tiger, Copper Underwing agg, Leopard Mothx2, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Herald, Lesser Broad-bordered YU, Lesser YU, Currant Pug, Small Yellow wave, Ghost Moth. Spike of Common Carpets
Sat 1st August 2020 17:25 by Mike Hetherington
Puncknowle 30.7.20
71 species including FFY Pyrausta aurata, Channel Islands Pug, Lime-speck Pug, Dusky Thorn, Marbled Green, Twin-spotted Wainscot & Dun-bar. Also singles of Diamond-back Moth and Rusty-dot Pearl.
Sat 1st August 2020 16:44 by Will Bown
Winterborne Stickland - 31st July
An overcast and muggy night produced plenty of moths including: White-point, Lesser Yellow Underwing, Cloaked Minor, Coronet, Lychnis, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Lobster Moth, Sallow Kitten, Rosy Minor, Yellow-tail, European Corn-borer, Acleris forsskaleana, Crassa unitella and a single Vestal.
Sat 1st August 2020 16:17 by Geoff Lightfoot
Preston 31st July
Portland Ribbon Wave , 2 Oak Processionary , Tree-lichen Beauty , Beautiful Marbled.