Monday, 13 January 2020

First Garden Moth Species Of The Year

Doing a bit of tidying up in the garden yesterday and I noticed a few of these on the Pyracantha. It's the mine of Firethorn Leaf Miner, the upper surface silvery blotches are easy to spot, as are the feeding larvae. I suspect most bushes will have a colony of these, if you have one nearby give it a once over and let me know if it's colonised, apparently supermarket car parks are good places to search.

I wonder what else that garden has to offer this year...……..

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Small Magpie ..!!!!

An interesting record of a Small Magpie flying about a house in Cragg Vale on the 23rd December 2019(Jacki and Nick)...I sent the record to Charlie Fletcher and this was the reply ..... The latest we’ve got is 19th October and the earliest is a couple of March records, both indoors, so nothing in December at all.!!!!!!

Also a Satellite (white spot) to an outside light in Hebden on the 4th Jan (AMills)......

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Out of Calderdale

I have been in Cheshire East for the day and I saw a Pale Brindled Beuty at a security light in  Wrenbury. Not exactly Calderdale but sorry...

Friday, 3 January 2020

National Moth Night 2020 Date

Morning All,

I put this up to notify everyone that NMN (National Moth Night) Date has been confirmed by 'ATROPOS' the theme will be Red/Rosy/Crimson Underwings and the date is 26-28 August.



Blank in the trap. Nothing apart from 100+ flies.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Lee Mount - 1st Jan

Reasonably mild - ish when I went out late evening to check the trap.
Pale Brindled Beauty x 1 with a pinkish abdomen looked freshly emerged.
Mottled Umber x 1
 Pale Brindled Beauty

Mottled Umber looking a bit worn out !

Wednesday, 1 January 2020

Queen bee

Not a moth or butterfly but a very large queen red tailed bumblebee was in the garden this morning. Buzzed me and the kids before continuing her way. Nice start to the new year.

Lee Mount

Trap on last few nights to the year end. A Mottled Umber has been on the fence near the trap for the last four days/nights and it's still here this morning though it keeps moving about. Nothing else but looking forward to some good mothing for everyone in 2020.
All the best


Nothing last night.

Monday, 30 December 2019

Bank Hey Bottom Lane - Ripponden - 28th December

Found a Stigmella Aurella Mine on Saturday. In the left bank of ripponden valley

Also am aiming for early Pale Brindled Beauty tomorrow night anyone else trapping?

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Merry Christmas!

Hello all,

Thought that a merry Christmas would be good. I found A Diptera mine earlier (phytomyza Illicis). Not exactly moths but hey ho. I had a look with my microscope and can confirm it. My pictures later.

THE KEY MESSAGE: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Tuesday, 24 December 2019

Monday, 23 December 2019


At last, I have a moth. I was resigned to not seeing any more until next Spring. It's a Winter Moth - Operophtera brumata, as one might expect.

Winter Moth.

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone., and a peaceful New Year.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

Lee Mount - 22nd December

One here for scrutiny found in the trap this morning. Very small, only 6mm  max

The nearest I can get within any realms of possibility is maybe........

Caloptilia rufipennella or maybe Aspilapteryx tringipennella

The Field Guide (Sterling, Parsons, Lewington) to micros suggests the former usually has no markings but 'has an orange brown form with small black spots in a line below the costa and one below the dorsum with a similar spot before the termen'....

Confirmed (CF) as Caloptilia rufipennella

Rishworth - Yet another!

Moth Trapping 21st December 2019
Yet another moth for the tallies. A Mottled Umber on the trap's umbrella. Annoyingly no pictures as it flew away befor I could get a picture.

List of Species
Mottled Umber x1

Saturday, 21 December 2019

Rishworth - First moth for 4 weeks!

Moth Trapping 20th December 2019
Very pleased as got my first moth this month or since 23rd November so pleased with last night. Another Chestnut for the tallies. Every Record Helps!

List of Species
Chestnut x1

Friday, 20 December 2019

Lee Mount

This week - just one Winter Moth on 17th 
I was just about to give up putting the trap on at night until the new year but put it on tonight in the drizzle not really expecting anything.
This one turned up on the fence by the trap and thought at first Pale-brindled Beauty. Taking a closer look I'm not so certain now. The shape of the wing, I think, suggests Mottled Umber (?) but I've not seen a melanic form previously so I'm still puzzling over it.
Any thoughts ?

It is really dark with a hint of a purple tinge to it and some dark brown. Wing length c22 mm.

Monday, 9 December 2019

The Rishworth Records 2019 UP TO OCTOBER ONLY

My Records This Year
NFG= New For Garden
NFY= New for year

22/7/2019 - Sugar
8 Old Lady
6 Common Rustic Agg.
16 Large Yellow Underwing
8 Dark Arches
6 Copper Underwing Agg.

28/08/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
2 Sallow [NFG]
17 Autumnal Rustic [NFG]
21 Large Yellow Underwing
12 Copper Underwing Agg.
11 Lesser Broad Bordered Yellow Underwing [NFG]
11 Lesser Yellow Underwing [NFG]
1 Dingy Footman (F.Stramineola) [NFG]
1 Blood-Vein [NFG]
2 Garden Carpet [NFG]
2 Mother of Pearl [NFG]
7 Svensson's Copper Underwing [NFG]
3 Dun-Bar [NFG]
2 Chevron [NFG]
3 Least Yellow Underwing [NFG]

30/08/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 Canary-Shouldered Thorn [NFG]
17 Large Yellow Underwing
18 Autumnal Rustic
1 Setaceous Hebrew Character [NFG]
8 Frosted Orange [NFG]
9 Lesser Yellow Underwing
3 Rosy Rustic [NFG]
4 Brown-Spot Pinion [NFG]
1 Angle-Striped Sallow [NFG]
12 Square-Spot Rustic [NFG]
7 Small Wainscot [NFG]
2 Dun-Bar
3 Least Yellow Underwing
1 Antler Moth [NFG]

31/08/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
7 Square-Spot Rustic
8 Dark Arches
4 Rosy Rustic
7 Frosted Orange
18 Large Yellow Underwing
14 Autumnal Rustic
8 Copper Underwing Agg.
6 Small Wainscot
1 Angle Shades [NFG]
3 Common Rustic Agg.

06/09/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
2 Large Yellow Underwing
3 Square-Spot Rustic
2 Common Marbled Carpet [NFG]

07/09/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 Centre-Barred Sallow [NFG]
1 Angle Shades
1 Large Yellow Underwing

10/09/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 Mouse Moth [NFG]
3 Large Yellow Underwing
2 Red Green Carpet [NFG]

14/09/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
6 Lesser Yellow Underwing
5 Large Yellow Underwing
8 Copper Underwing Agg.
4 Yellow-Line Quaker [NFG]
3 Silver Y [NFG]

20/09/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 Copper Underwing Agg.
1 Brown Spot Pinion
3 Large Yellow Underwing
3 Pink-Barred Sallow [NFG]
1 Orange Sallow [NFG]
1 Celypha Lacunana [NFG]
1 Yellow Line Quaker

21/09/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 Black Rustic [NFG]
1 Pink-Barred Sallow
8 Red Green Carpet
1 Lesser Yellow Underwing
1 Brown Spot Pinion
1 Chestnut [NFG]

27/09/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
2 Black Rustic
4 Red Green Carpet
3 Yellow Line Quaker

02/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
2 November Moth Agg.

04/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
3 Yellow Line Quaker
9 Red Green Carpet
2 Red Line Quaker [NFG]
1 Flounced Chestnut [NFG]
1 Epinotia Ramella [NFG]

06/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
6 Yellow Line Quaker
1 Red Line Quaker
12 November Moth Agg.
6 Red Green Carpet
1 Common Marbled Carpet
1 Feathered Thorn [NFG]
1 Satellite [NFG]
1 Angle Shades

07/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 Merveille du Jour [NFG]
2 Chestnut
3 Red Green Carpet
1 Black Rustic
6 November Moth Agg.

11/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
2 Feathered Thorn
1 November Moth Agg.
1 Copper Underwing Agg.
1 Satellite

19/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
7 November Moth Agg.
1 Red Green Carpet
2 Mottled Umber [NFG]
1 Yellow Line Quaker
4 Feathered Thorn
2 Brick [NFG]
1 Chestnut
1 Red Line Quaker
1 Acleris Sparsana

24/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 Brick
2 Mottled Umber
2 Chestnut
2 Satellite
1 November Moth Agg.

26/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
1 feathered Thorn

28/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner 
1 Red Line Quaker
2 Satellite
1 Red Green Carpet
2 Yellow Line Quaker

31/10/2019 - 20w Actinic ALS Compact Skinner
3 Red Green Carpet
1 Brick
3 Yellow Line Quaker
15 Satellite
3 Chestnut
1 Mottled Umber

Sunday, 8 December 2019

Lee Mount - December

Not  a great deal doing this last week
A few Winter Moths with a maximum of 5 to light on 3rd December
Mottled Umber x 2 also on 3rd - one was caught in a spiders web but I released it !
Red-green Carpet x 1 on 4th
Yellow-line Quaker x 1 on 7th

 Winter Moth

 Winter Moths x 2  underwings
 I've also been looking out for Northern Winter Moths to try get a decent under-wing shot but non appeared as yet this winter here.

Yellow-line Quaker from 6th/7th Dec

Wednesday, 4 December 2019


We have been away in our town house for a few days. I came home 100% certain I would not have had any moths. I was wrong. I only looked for moths 10 hours after getting home today. I have one, a Mottled Umber. To me, this moth is one of those that a person new to moth-ing would really struggle with. It's the second of this species I've had this year, the other was on the 25th Oct. They look nothing like each other.

Mottled Umber.

Rishworth- Common Plume

Wandered around the garden at dusk. Just an Emmelina Monadactyla.

Indoor mothing

There's been a Mompha subbistrigella on my landing window sill for the last few days, surprisingly it hasn't moved at all.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Cousin Lane - Halifax

A chestnut reported at 12:30 today...

Lee Mount - end of November

26th November was the best night
5 Winter Moths along with these below

 Mottled Umber x 2

 Red-green Carpet

 Scarce Umber

Tachystola acroxantha

26th still present on 27th November
Pretty sure this is a fading Brick with the outermost cross-line looking jagged under the lens.

Also on 26th I did Shroggs landfill site around part of the tree belt - I managed 18 Winter Moth males between 16:30 and 17:10 - before the torch ran out !!

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Only House Wood

Winter Moth male  x 340
Winter Moth female x 2
Scarce Umber x 1
Mottled Umber x 2
Yellow line Quaker (not Brick)  x 1

Saturday, 30 November 2019

A few from this week

A few from this week , Winter moths peaked on Wednesday evening about 450 + ......