17 December 2011: total 1, species 1 (indoors). A very cold night outside. The only month that this species has not been recorded is November. What an amazing species!

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)

5/6 December 2011: total 1, species 1 (9.0C at 22.30, rising overnight to 11.6C before falling back to 9.8C by morning, thick patchy cloud, breezy).

Winter Moth 1799 Operophtera brumata (1)

4/5 December 2011: total 2, species 2 (Max 7.5C, Min 4.5C, medium plus stars, breezy, no dew). Well, here we are again after an absence of a few weeks off-line and overcoming a near death experience on the M25 last week! It feels good to be still alive!

Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)

2/3 December 2011: total 1, species 1 (Max 9.0C, Min 7.5C, medium stars, slight breeze, dew).

Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)

26/27 November 2011: total 1, species 1 (Max 15.1C, Min 14.1C, zero stars, gale).

Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)

25/26 November 2011: total 1, species 1 (Max 9.0C, Min 7.5C, medium stars, slight breeze, dew).

Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)

24/25 November 2011: total 1, species 1 (Max 15.1C, Min 13.3C, zero plus stars, breezy).

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)

21/22 November 2011: total 5, species 5 (Max 16.9C, Min13.3C, zero stars, calm, intermittent drizzle).

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (2)
Scarce Umber 1933 Agriopis aurantiaria (1)

20/21 November 2011: total 3, species 3 (5.3C, Min 4.9C, medium minus stars, calm, foggy).

Scarce Umber 1933 Agriopis aurantiaria (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)

19/20 November 2011: total 2, species 1 (5.3C, Min 4.5C, medium plus stars, calm, dew). After a week away in Devon, where there were moths a plenty (even during the day), yesterday produced nothing at all - they had all flown whilst we were away! (ha, ha). Last night was not that much better either.

Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)

10/11 November 2011: total 5, species 4 (12.6C aty 22.30 then rising to 15.5C by morning, zero stars, hazy full moon, scant breeze, heavy dew).

Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Dark Sword-grass 2091 Agrotis ipsilon (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)

9/10 November 2011: total 2, species 2 (Max 14.1C, Min 10.9C, medium stars, scant breeze, dew).

Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

8/9 November 2011: total 4, species 4 (13.0C at 22.30, rising to 16.2C by morning, zero stars, calm, drizzle).

Ashy Button 1041 Acleris sparsana (1)
Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

7/8 November 2011: total 2, species 2 (Max 13.3C, Min 12.3C, zero stars, calm, drizzle).

Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

6/7 November 2011: total 6, species 3 (Max 13.3C, Min 12.3C, zero stars, cold east wind, merest hint of drizzle). I have just found out that the recent Golden Twin-spot was the first in Sussex for the past five years. So, rarer than I thought!

Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (4)

5/6 November 2011: total 4, species 3 (Max 16.2C, Min 13.3C, zero stars, east wind, no dew). In view of the warm night, a disappointing one, not helped by an east wind.

Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (2)
Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

4/5 November 2011: total 4, species 2 (Max 12.3C, Min 11.9C, zero plus stars, calm, dew). I have a theory that running a moth trap every night not only may attract the same moths back again but, more importantly, does actually attract even more moths, even of differing species. Just look what has happened over recent weeks when I have missed one or more nights.

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (3)

2/3 November 2011: total 22, species 10 (Max 15.8C, Min 13.1C, zero stars, showers, variable wind). What a night - just look at all those micros!

Diamond-back Moth 0464 Plutella xylostella (1)
Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Apple Pith Moth 0906 Blastodacna atra (3)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Common Plume 1524 Emmelina monodactyla (1)
Turnip Moth 2087 Agrotis segetum (2)
Green-brindled Crescent 2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (7)


1/2 November 2011: total 7, species 4 (Max 8.7C, Min 5.3C, medium stars, calm, after drizzle). We are into November and another garden first puts in an appearance! Equally interesting is a mompha seemingly coming out of hibernation.

Garden Cosmet 0892 Mompha subbistrigella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (3)
*New garden species* Large Wainscot 2375 Rhizedra lutosa (1)

31 October/1 November 2011: total 8, species 4 (Max 16.5C, Min 16.2C, medium minus stars, slight breeze, slight dew).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Green-brindled Crescent 2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Merveille du Jour 2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (5)

30/31 October 2011: total 12, species 8 (Max 19.3C, Min 17.9C, zero stars, calm, after rain). This was an incredibly warm night and one that simply warmed up as the night wore on, producing one of the warmest nights of the year. At the end of October, for goodness sake! Also amazingly, that rare immigrant is still hanging around.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (2)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (1)
Grey Shoulder-knot 2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)
Merveille du Jour 2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
Satellite 2256 Eupsilia transversa (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (4)
Golden Twin-spot 2428 Chrysodeixis chalcites (1)

29/30 October 2011: total 5, species 5 (Max 14.4C, Min 14.1C, zero stars, windy, drizzle).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Grey Shoulder-knot 2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)
Green-brindled Crescent 2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

28/29 October 2011: total 10, species 6 (Max 14.8C, Min 13.0C, medium minus minus stars, calm, slight dew). After a stressful fortnight, my new computer is at last almost behaving itself! As last night was humid and warm I switched on the MV trap and was rewarded with a new garden species, a rarish immigrant.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (4)
Feathered Thorn 1923 Colotois pennaria (1)
Grey Shoulder-knot 2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)
Merveille du Jour 2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
*New garden species* Golden twin-spot 2428 Chrysodeixis chalcites (1)

25/26 October 2011: total 5, species 4 (Max 9.4C, Min 7.2C, medium stars, slight breeze, moist).

Rusty Dot Pearl 1395 Udea ferrugalis (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

24/25 October 2011: total 6, species 5 (Max 13.3C, Min 11.6C, zero stars, breezy, rain).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)

23/24 October 2011: total 5, species 5 (Max 12.3C, Min 10.1C, zero stars, breezy, no dew).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

22/23 October 2011: total 9, species 6 (Max 6.4C, Min 5.3C, medium stars, calm, light dew).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (2)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (1)
Green-brindled Crescent 2245 Allophyes oxyacanthae (1)
Merveille du Jour 2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (3)

21/22 October 2011: total 6, species 5 (Max 5.3C, Min 0.9C, medium stars, calm, dew).

Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (1)
Merveille du Jour 2247 Dichonia aprilina (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)

20/21 October 2011: total 1, species 1 (Max 2.5C, Min 1.3C, medium stars, calm, dew).

Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)

19/20 October 2011: total 2, species 2 (Max 4.1C, Min 0.9C, medium stars, breezy, dew).

Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

18/19 October 2011: total 8, species 7 (Max 6.8C, Min 2.1C, medium stars, breezy, no dew).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Bright-line Brown-eye 2160 Lacanobia oleracea (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (2)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)
Sallow 2274 Xanthia icteritia (1)

17/18 October 2011: total 2, species 2 (Max 14.4C, Min 8.7C, zero stars, very windy, no dew).

Turnip Moth 2087 Agrotis segetum (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

16/17 October 2011: total 3, species 3 (Max 11.2C, Min 4.5C, clearing skies, calm, waning moon, dew).

Pine Carpet 1767 Thera firmata (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)

15/16 October 2011: total 2, species 2 (Max 3.7C, Min 0.9C, bright stars, waning moon, calm, dew).

Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Yellow-line Quaker 2264 Agrochola macilenta (1)

14/15 October 2011: total 4, species 4 (Max 4.1C, Min 1.3C, bright stars, waning moon, calm, dew).

Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (1)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)

12/13 October 2011: total 27, species 16 (Max 14.8C, Min 12.6C, medium stars, full moon, slight breeze, dew).

Bird's Nest Moth 0247 Tinea trinotella (1)
London Dowd 0874 Blastobasis lacticolella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (3)
Rhomboid Tortrix 1042 Acleris rhombana (1)
Triple-blotched Bell 1176 Epiblema trimaculana (1)
Twenty-plume moth 1288 Alucita hexadactyla (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (5)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (2)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (2)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

11/10 October 2011: total 19, species 10 (Max 14.8C, Min 13.3C, clearing skies, full moon, bright, breezy, no dew).

White-shouldered House-moth 0648 Endrosis sarcitrella (1)
Triple-blotched Bell 1176 Epiblema trimaculana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta trucata (3)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (2)
Willow Beauty 1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (4)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

9/10 October 2011: total 29, species 16 (16.2C at 22.30 then rising to 17.2C by morning, zero stars, windy, no dew).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (8)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (1)
Turnip Moth 2087 Agrotis segetum (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (3)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Black Rustic 2232 Aporophyla nigra (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (2)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (2)
Sallow 2274 Xanthia icteritia (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

8/9 October 2011: total 35, species 15 (13.3C at 22.30 then rising to 16.9C by morning, developing thick cloud, scant breeze, no dew). The moth gods must have heard my plea!

Brown House-moth 0647 Hofmannophilia pseudospretella (1)
Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (4)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Small Fan-footed Wave 1702 Idaea biselata (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (2)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (10)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (2)
Turnip Moth 2087 Agrotis segetum (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (5)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (2)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)
Sallow 2274 Xanthia icteritia (1)

7/8 October 2011: total 14, species 9 (Max 7.9C, Min 7.5C, bright moon & stars, light breeze, light dew). Just look at what happens when I take a couple of nights off! It was unpleasantly cold and little wonder that so few moths put in an appearance. We have been somewhat spoiled of late with the unusually warm nights, but let us hope that they return soon.

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Spruce Carpet 1769 Thera britannica (1)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (4)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (2)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

5/6 October 2011: total 28, species 18 (Max 16.9C, Min 13.3C, zero stars, windy, drizzle).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (1)
Cypress Carpet 1771a Thera cupressata (1)
Turnip Moth 2087 Agrotis segetum (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (7)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
L-album Wainscott 2202 Mythimna l-album (1)
Grey Shoulder-knot 2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)
Large Ranunculus 2252 Polymixis flavicincta (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Beaded Chestnut 2267 Agrochola lychnidis (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (4)
Barred Sallow 2272 Xanthia aurago (1)
Sallow 2274 Xanthia icteritia (1)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)

4/5 October 2011: total 43, species 18 (Max 15.8C, Min 14.8C, medium stars, breezy, very slight dew).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Beautiful Plume 1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (6)
Cypress Carpet 1771a Thera cupressata (1)
Turnip Moth 2087 Agrotis segetum (1)
Shuttle-shaped Dart 2092 Agrotis puta puta (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (6)
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2109 Noctua comes (4)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (3)
Grey Shoulder-knot 2237 Lithophane ornitopus (1)
Chestnut 2258 Conistra vaccinii (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (3)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (6)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (3)
Common/Lesser Common Rustic 2343 Mesapamea secalis/didyma (1) 
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (1)

3/4 October 2011: total 27, species 13 (Max 16.5C, Min 14.8C, zero stars, calm, fine drizzle).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (2)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (2)
Red-green Carpet 1760 Chloroclysta siterata (1)
Common Marbled Carpet 1764 Chloroclysta truncata (2)
Light Emerald 1961 Campaea margaritata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (7)
Setacious Hebrew Character 2126 Xestia c-nigrum (2)
Black Rustic 2232 Aporophyla nigra (1)
Large Ranunculus 2252 Polymixis flavicincta (1)
Red-line Quaker 2263 Agrochola lota (1)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (4)
Angle Shades 2306 Phlogophora meticulosa (1)
Silver Y 2441 Autographa gamma (2)

2/3 October 2011: total 6, species 4 (Max 11.6C, Min 9.0C, medium stars, calm, dew).

Light Brown Apple Moth 0998 Epiphyas postvittana (1)
Garden Carpet 1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata fluctuata (1)
Large Yellow Underwing 2107 Noctua pronuba (3)
Lunar Underwing 2270 Omphaloscelis lunosa (1)