Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Bagworm success

Well kind of. On my way up to Norland yesterday I found this lichen covered tube at Hollas Lane. It's 20mm long, silk-lined and although mainly adorned in lichen there's about a 20% frass covering. I'm assuming it has to be Silver-barred Clothes Moth (Infurcitinea argentimaculella).
Much as I like the English names for micros this one's a real stinker as the larva feed on Lepraria lichens and NOT clothes!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Diurnea Fagella

2 pairs of diurnea fagella found tonight of beech trees in Only House Wood and 1 Chestnut..

18th ,,,10 male and 3 females , with 1 pair ' in cop'

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Angle Shades Cat Head Only.

The Angle Shades caterpillar is still where it was. It changed it's position, so I was able to get a very nice shot of it's head. I decided to post it, as it's possible that not everyone gets the chance to see this amount of detail. You can clearly see it's eyes. On the left side it's a small black dot, on the right, it looks more of a brown colour.

Angle Shades caterpillar head.

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Angle Shades Caterpillar.

First cat of the season for me, an Angle Shades Caterpillar. For some reason, since 2016, I've only seen green Angle Shades cats in the garden. I wonder what the conditions are that create brown ones (as well as green)?

There is a small brown ring with a whitish centre, near it's head. It's visible in the second image. It seems to be diagnostic, but I'm happy to be corrected.

Angle Shades Caterpillar.

Angle Shades Caterpillar.

Friday, 8 March 2019

Counters revisited.

Colin, thank you for the information. I took a look at it, unfortunately, it's not the one I was looking for. My blog has an "sum total of visitors" counter at the bottom.

It's the Day, week, month, year" counter top right of the screen  that stopped working months ago. See below.

I' get the feeling for digging about, that there isn't a way to get it working again. As Andy, said, I'll have to live with it. Still thanks for the help, I hope you are in good health.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Second Dotted Border.

Anne spotted this Dotted Border today, I'd missed it somehow. It's a different form than the one I posted nine days ago. It's always nice to have a few forms of the same moth. I'm hoping for a third form now (Greedy!)

Dotted Border

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Orange Underwing

Had my first Orange Underwing today flying around by the Cabin and newt ponds ....and one Dotted Border in the evening,,,

Oak Beauties

A fantastic find by Matt Fawcett and Aziza Mills at Crimsworth Dean on Sunday, A pair of Oak Beauties 'in cop' .Also one Mottled Grey to an outside light...

Monday, 4 March 2019


Hi, I know this is not the place for this question, sorry. However, I have looked on the net for an answer and spoken to several people  but I still have no answer.

Some months ago, my blog stopped counting page hits. It stuck at 12 for months, then two weeks ago moved to 13 hits. Having had almost 50 hits on the latest post, I know the counter is broken but can't find out how to get it working. Does anyone know please? Thanks in advance.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

Ogden & Copley

Had a good few moths at the light at Ogden, just working through ID, but the one below is really giving me issues - was going with Northern Dart or Nut Tree Tussock but not convinced on either, any help appreciated.

Also found this pupa in the garden, it was in the soil at the bottom of a rotting large wooden barrel/pot. As you can see it is rather large (1.5 inches at least). Any ideas what it might be or what to do with it. At the moment it is under some soil in a bucket in my garage. Really would like to know that this is.

Friday, 1 March 2019


This afternoon

This Small Tortoiseshell (I think) must be well dead as it seemed to be covered in some sort of fungus growth 

Lee Mount

Some from earlier this week...and an i d check !
 Common Quakers with a Small Quaker

 Dotted Border - melanic form but this one still shows the 'dots'

Ypsolopha ustella 

Thursday, 28 February 2019

Grey Shoulder Knot.

Just one this morning, a Grey Shoulder knot. As it's the 1st of March, I'm hoping this will be a good sign of plenty moths this year. Nonsense I know, but one can hope.

Grey Shoulder Knot.


Only House Wood

Diurnea Fagella x 2

Cromwell Bottom ...sugared tree

Satellite x 20
Chestnut x 1

Lee Mount - 28th Feb

An interesting catch this morning
Common Quaker x 1
Chestnut x 2
Common Plume x 1
March Moth x 3
Twin-spotted Quaker x 1
Hebrew Character x 1
Dotted Border x 1
Satellite x 1
Twin-spotted Quaker
Not too good a photo - it seemed reluctant to come out of the egg-box so I left it under the shrubbery and it soon disappeared !

Another Phyllo...........

Seem to have been photographing these for ever......

This one's London Midget (Phyllonorycter platani), it emerged this morning from a mine found on London Plane at Spring Hall sports ground last autumn. They appear to be spreading in Calderdale.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Lee Mount - 26th and 27th February

Still up to 4 March Moths about this last few days. Might get around to posting some photo's when I get round to it !!

Common Quaker x 4
Small Quaker x 1
Dotted Border x 1
Agonopterix heracliana x 1
Common Plume x 1

This morning - 27th
Common Quaker x 4
Chestnut x 1
March Moth x 2
Dotted Border x 1
Agonopterix heracliana x 1

Crimsworth Dean

Just 2 Small Tortoiseshells in the dean today though we were on the look-out for more !

Moth Trap Intruders

This might interest all you moth trappers out there. You'll have to join the group to see all the posts, comments etc.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Ogden Lane.

My first butterfly of the season; a small tortoiseshell was nectering on a daffodil on Ogden lane. The only butterfly I saw all day.

Only House Wood

Dotted Border x 4
Dotted Border melanic x 3
Dotted Border female x 1
Diurnea fagell x 1
Agonopterix Her x 1

An hour in the wood with torch and net

Ogden Water light

A few moths on the light today at Ogden Water.

1x March moth
1x Dotted border
2x Mottled grey

Also one butterfly taking its life in its wings as it fluttered across the A629 - looked like a red admiral but could not get a clear look.

Monday, 25 February 2019

Garden Moths 25th February 2019

Clear Sky. Temps low . Cooling towards 3-4 o

UV 20W

Two this evening

73.244 BF2187    Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi
70.245 BF1663    March Moth Alsophila aescularia

Lee Mount - 24th February

March Moth x 4
Dotted Border x 1
Tortricodes alternella x 2
Satellite x 1
Common Quaker 3
Agonopterix heracliana x 2
Brindled Pug x 1 - well i'm pretty sure that's what it is - pugs, they are always a challenge but time of year seems right.
Brindled Pug

Butterflys 2019

February 2019 so far...
Painted Lady
Small Tortoiseshell
Red Admiral......

First two moths this year for me, Stainland

I was delighted to find two different moths on the door this morning. I haven't seen either of these moths before, so it was a double pleasure. Last night was very cold and foggy, I was surprised to find any moths.

The first is a Dotted Border.

Dotted Border.

The other is a Common Quaker.

Common Quaker.

Sunday, 24 February 2019

73.249 BF 2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica Sun 24th February 2019

Sun 24th February 2019

Weather Very Cold High Humidity

UV 2OW Blue

Checked the last tray about 9 pm one candidate all night .

73.249  BF2190  Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica





Saturday, 23 February 2019

Saturday butterflies

Just fleeting sightings but 2 butterfly species today.
1x small tortoiseshell - Argos car park, Greenmount, Pellon
1x comma - canal towpath at Cromwell Bottom.

Cunnery Wood LNR Fri 23 February 2019

Cunnery Wood LNR  Fri 23 February 2019

Small reserve compose of mixed woodland (Birch Oak Bird Cherry etc) with pond

Weather . Warm 8-10 rapidly falling to colder temps at that location . Wind still occ breeze

MV 120  = 2 1/2 hrs

Other Entomology / Fauna

Spartan , White Legged millipedes , Woodlouse and Slugs . Larinoides spp in Tunnel. No sign of Heralds

Total 6 Species .   March Moth periodic . Influx of Common Quaker about 8 pm . AC noticed  Dotted Border were found on exit located on Tree Saplings with new sticky buds very fresh specimens upper southerly slopes. The PBB looks like a melanic form.

Counts AC .......................................

70.245 BF1663  March Moth Alsophila aescularia
73.244 BF2187  Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi
70.255 BF1934  Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria
73.194 BF2258  The Chestnut Conistra vaccinii
32.018 BF0688  Agonopterix heracliana
70.247 BF1926   Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria

70.245 BF1663  March Moth Alsophila aescularia


70.255 BF1934  Dotted Border Agriopis marginaria




70.247 BF1926   Pale Brindled Beauty Phigalia pilosaria
Male, f. monacharia


73.194 BF2258  The Chestnut Conistra vaccinii


32.018 BF0688  Agonopterix heracliana


73.244 BF2187  Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi


Friday, 22 February 2019

Pepper Hill, Claremount

This afternoon. was so warm up there !
8 Small Tortoiseshells along the field-side wall overlooking Claremount

Lee Mount - 21st Feb

Around, rather than in the trap - they seem to like the rough fencing material next to the trap !
March Moth x 5
Dotted Border x 1
Chestnut x 2
Common Plume x 1
Tortricodes alternella x 1

Thursday, 21 February 2019

First Small Tortoiseshell

Had my first Small Tortoiseshell flying around the  garden today  at Northowram.........and 5 Tortricodes alternella flying in sunshine in the local  wood......3 Chestnut , 2 Dotted Border and 5 Agonopterix Heracliana  at Cromwell bottom/..,,,next few days look interesting

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Lee Mount - 19th Feb

Any thoughts on this one ?
I am leaning towards pale Brindled Beauty though it was certainly smaller than ones here in recent weeks non of which were melanic.
Melanic ?? - well not really, it was pretty brown.
Leaning towards PBB as the golden  fringe to the terman also shows on the underwing. This also shows in a melanic individual in Manley's British Moths but his photo is of a much darker individual ??

Also in and around the trap...
Chestnut x 1
Agonopterix heracliana x 1
Tortricodes alternella x 1

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

keep an eye out..........

These two photos were sent to me this week , top one from Widdop (thanks Niall) and the lower one from Scammonden (thanks Phil). I think with this very warm weather they have come out from hibernation to warm in the sun. I think they are Fox Moths ................