Sunday, 19 February 2017

Neon Moth

It's been sometime since I posted. I've not have any moths at the door in months now. I've not even had insects. Also, for the passed 3 weeks, I've had serious, very painful problems walking. Even across the room. I'm more or less recovered and thought I'd do a silly post, to let you know I'm alive. Not that you missed me. I created this image a while ago.

Neon Moth.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Lee Mount - 17th February 2017

A few more moths
Agonopterix heracliana x 3 but they didn't stay long
Pale Brindled Beauty f monarcharia x 2 together
Pale Brindled Beauty x 1
Satellite x 1
 Agonopterix heracliana (?)

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lee Mount - 16th February 2017

This one tonight is causing some confusion - c15mm wing length...perhaps Chestnut - not sure ?
With another one below of the same moth later in the evening perhaps showing the shape of the wings better when it moved for a better angle.
Spring Usher I think though it's markings are quite different from yesterdays one !

Lee Mount - 15th February 2017

I put the light on more in hope than anything else and got a few nice rewards late evening.
I hope I have identified these correctly....?? (any corrections welcome)
Pale Brindled Beauty (typical form x 2)

 Pale Brindle Beauty f monacharia
Pale Brindled Beauty
(this individual looked larger and had particularly strong markings though I don't think its a Brindled Beauty)?
 Dotted Border
 March Moth
Spring Usher

Friday, 3 February 2017

Rare Goat Moth

Still quiet so I thought I'd liven the blog with this rather rare siting I  expect no one has found one of these in Calderdale

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lee Mount

Still nothing, other than another Pale Bridled Beauty last night when it was a bit milder.
Pale Brindled Beauty

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

Lee Mount - wer'e off again..

First moth of the year here tonight....yippee!

Pale Brindled Beauty

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Early Moth Finds This Year Maybe ???

Not much happening with weather being cold windy or inclement so just a post keeping all things moth on the Radar

I have not been out and about due to lack of Transport on wider rounds however my attention turned to the 70.282 BF1960 Early Moth Theria primaria. and wonder if it will turn up in a Calderdale Finds this year

Larvae feed on It feeds on hawthorn (Crataegus) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in the larval stage. on the wing in January and February except of course the Wingless females

see Andy's Comments 2016  2010

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Cryptic Challenge !

Still working on it Colin. It's been good - Jen has got a lot (I got one or two)!! but we are still struggling with the grid numbers. We are not giving up on it yet though with still a few to do.
Hope everyone had a good Christmas.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry X - mas and happy new Year

Many thanks to all who has used this blog this year and many thanks to all who have posted as well. Lets hope for another great year in 2017.....cheers all

Friday, 9 December 2016

Cryptic Challenge

Christmas is coming Nothing Much is moving on the Moth Front -  but here is an opportunity to Brush up on  50 British Species albeit in a Cryptic Way . This is a great opportunity for Calderdales Moth Gurus to show their Skill Prowess and Knowledge !!!!!!!!! 

I wonder if anyone can complete it ( apologies in advance for the Cryptic Clues but be thankful it was'nt a crossword on Craneflies :-)  ) Best of Luck !!

Apologies on quality of grid Please save from image click and print off to complete the Grid . The saved image can be blown up on Windows viewer if you need to make numbers clearer


  2 Something speckled best served with seasoning ?  
  5 Flown to close to the Lamp ?  
  6 A score of Feathers ?  
  8 Not a Brussels Sprout but same Family  
  12 Spick & Span nicely polished  
  13 A seasonal expectation this time of Year ?  
  17 Combustion at the sides of neck ?  
  19 This one is a big green Jewel  
  20 Two Birds in one !!!!!!  
  22 High Flier with the Cartography  
  24 German Folk likely seen around Whitby ?  
  29 Invasive suite plays its cards right this year  & returns
  31 Calderdales flooring dilemma  
  35 Works in the Woodland ?  
  36 Regal Oriental  
  38 Underneath the Bridge on a dimly lit night ?  
  40 This Common moth is no slow coach  
  42 Geometry in sun glasses ?  
  44 Female Geriatric  
  45 Not a newspaper or revealing angel  
  46 something of a nosy creature ?  
  47 Lawn all in a Tangle ?  
  49 Something of a Romany ???  

  50 A quick sweep and clean up


  1 Citrus gets chilled on cold winter day  
  3 Weather looking overcast at the edge ?  
  4 Fast Citrus  
  7 Butler with healthy complexion  
  9 One fat ladywell proportioned & not much more?Bingo ?
  10 Dull Stain on the best Crockery ?  
  11 here we go round the planet ?  
  14 Moon beneath the flight structures ???  
  15 Nellie and the Raptor ?  
  16 Lets paint the bridge beige and admire its structure ??  
  18 An obvious Stone ?  
  21 Criss Cross across the Moor ?  
  23 Not quite a Popular Raptor ?  
  25 Hot footed flooring ?  
  26 Just as you thought you have bailed the criminal !!  
  27 Bright one on the sea shore ??  
  28 Not a water carpet but a small stream ?  
  30 A maker of Flour ?  
  32 This moth has things in common with Santa Reindeer  
  33 Beware the ides of March ? Get the Point ?  
  34 A ribbon at Sea  
  37 The answer could be right at the side of your Head ???  
  39 The answer would be on the end of your Nose  
  41 Two pints and a Packet of Crisps please ?  
  43 Spooky Candidate  

  48 What the Farmer works with !!!


Saturday, 26 November 2016


Sorry all ,  I managed to log myself out of blogger for thew last few week. GORDON  got a message from you but have lost all my emails as well....cheers

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Phyllonorycter plantani

For several years each November I've checked the fallen London Plane leaves on the road-side at Salterhebble sewage works for the mines of Phyllonorycter platani in the belief that one day they would turn up and today was my lucky day.

I believe it may be a first for Calderdale but the species is spreading slowly northwards and is expected to become more widespread.

One to look out for!

All photos and information from Charlie Streets today...nice one Charlie

From Yorkshire moth website.....
First found in Britain in the London area in 1990, this plane mining species has since spread at a steady pace. The first Yorkshire county records were from adjacent localities in York (VC62 and 61) in 2007 with further records from Hull (VC61) in 2008 and from Doncaster (VC63) in 2009. Likely to be found more widely in the future, mainly in suburban or parkland areas where the host tree has been planted.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Pale Mottled Willow, Caradrina clavipalpis.

This post is late. I found it by the door on the 31st of October this year.  I forgot about it until now. As no one else posted it, I thought I'd do it as a record at least. They are not the best photos I have produced, I'm sorry.

Friday, 4 November 2016

BAGWORM SEARCH....Staninland area ( Wednesday 9th at 11 )

I am up for the bagworm search on  Wednesday  9th  November if anyone else can make it. Charlie I will pick you up  at 10.45....

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Red Sword Grass

Andy Huyton recorded a Red Sword grass this week at Ovenden a day time observation. Very smart moths so keeps your eyes out

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Lee Mount - 2nd November

Just one moth tonight which came early on to the lighted window and stayed all evening - and what a beauty !

Mottled Umber
Then just about to turn the lights off and this one turned up on the front door. Looking quite different from the one above but think this too must be a Mottled Umber and looking a bit worn and much darker than the one above.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Lee Mount - 31st October

An interesting evening with the light on inside and moths on the windows and window frames.

 Silver Y
 Red-green Carpet underside - with the same moth below

 Twenty-plume Moth
 2 different moths above and below - wonder if these are both Tachystola acroxantha ? Quite small and only c7mm wing length and similar to the one Charlie identified for me on from 15th October.

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Lee Mount - 29th October

Feathered Thorn x 5 last night and all within less than a meter of each other - all five below.

Feathered Thorn x 5 individuals
Also 2, which I think are November Moth agg, though they looked much paler than those earlier in the month this time showing pale underwing if someone can check them out. Think the wing could be too pointed for Winter Moth types ?
November Moth agg