Sunday, 23 February 2020

Cromwell Bottom

Dark Chestnut caught by Barry in January and 6 Satellite last night all on sugar....

Saturday, 22 February 2020

Rishworth - A very interesting ID! (EArly Early tooth striped maybe...)

Moth Trapping Session 22nd February 2020
A good night with a very interesting ID.

List of Species
March Moth x1
Tortricodes alternella x1
ID x1

                                                           ID Above
                                                           March Moth Above
                                                        Tortricodes Alternella above

Friday, 21 February 2020

Rishworth - A twenty plume

A twenty plume moth in the house this evening ..

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Moth night at Cromwell Bottom

There will be a moth night at Cromwell Bottom. See

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Grey shoulder knot


Grey shoulder knot, one to keep an eye out for this comin g few weeks (Andy,Gordon)

Only 2 Calderdale records

Netted Carpet Moth Caterpillar videio.

I've just found a nice video of the Netted Carpet moth cat, feeding on Touch-me-not seedheads. After watching it, I think I know why they are decreasing un numbers. The photohgragrapy is stunning.

Monday, 17 February 2020


Moth Trapping Session 17th February 2020
Another March Moth, a much darker individual this time.

List of Species
March Moth x1

Friday, 14 February 2020

Rishworth - It is not March!

Moth Trapping Session 14th February 2020
A march moth, its not march! Trap brought in at 21;00.

List of Species
March Moth x1

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Pale Brindled Beauty and Moth Report update

This was on Daves door today when i popped round........
Many thanks for all the emails and letters received about the moth report it has been selling well and i have now broken even on the sales with 10 copy ' s left ....this money will go to Butterfly Conservation. Many thanks to Dave for all his help.....If anyone still needs a copy please get in contact asap...thanks again Andy

Wednesday, 5 February 2020


Nothing last night

Saturday, 1 February 2020

Lee Mount - 31st January

Nothing since my last post on 25th Jan. Last night - one moth, a dark form of Pale Brindled Beauty.

Friday, 31 January 2020

Rishworth - First micro of the year

Moth Trapping Session 31st January 2020
A good night with the first record of Tortricodes alternella for the garden .

List of Species
Tortricodes alternella x2
Chestnut x2
                                                        Tortricodes alternella


Thursday, 30 January 2020

Moth Night at CB


The Butterflies and Moths of Calderdale is now ready to order......

Copies are £7.50 + £2.00 for post and packing......they can be obtained from -
1 ) e-mail
2) Collect from 9 Hedge top lane Northowram HX3 7ER (correct money please)
3) Hebden Bridge birders meeting at Fox and Goose 7o 'clock Tuesday 4th Feb
4) DJS has 10 copies and will be at the HXSS meeting on 11th Feb ( Askam Bog talk) or speak with Dave and collect...

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Lee Mount - 25th January

All still a bit slow yet with the weather still pretty cool - but it could be a lot colder !!!.
2 Pale Brindled Beauty on and off this week - think they are just hanging about.

A new species for the year this morning on the fence by the trap was very welcome ! With another darker individual turning up on the pebble-dashing this evening.
Spring Usher

Friday, 24 January 2020

Rishworth - A hiding one!

Moth Trapping Session 24th January 2020
A Chestnut hiding next to a rock on a tarpaulin covering wood!

List of Species;

Chestnut x1

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Least Carpet Yorkshire records

One to keep an eye out for in the Summer ................

Rishworth - 2 More!

Moth Trapping Session 23rd January 2020
I had nothing in the trap last night but got 2 Chestnuts tonight.

List of Species
Chestnut x2

Seperately a melanistic Pale Brindled Beauty just flew in the house.
Pale Brindled Beauty F. Monacharia
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Bare Head Tunnel

I could only find 8 Heralds yesterday and no Butterflies in the tunnel..?/ they are probably flying around in this glorious weather...!!!!!

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

The Butterflies and Moths of Calderdale

This will be available as from next week the price will be £7.50 its just short of 200 pages , after i have paid for all the costs , any monies left will be donated to the Yorkshire branch of  Butterfly Conservation....Many thanks to Charlie Streets , DJS , Brian Leesey , Martyn Hayes , Colin Duke , Annie H and Charlie Fletcher  for much help over the years........ Lets go moffing.........

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Rishworth - First Moths of the year!

Moth Trapping Session 21st January 2020
A good night with the first moths of the year. V. pleased. trapping session ended at 8;30 as no point carrying on.

List of Species
Chestnut x2
Pale Brindled Beauty x3 ------- Normal x2
                                                   F. Monacharia x1

                                                           Chestnut Above
                                                    Pale Brindled beauty f.monacharia Above
                                                Pale Brindled Beauty Above

Lee Mount - 21st January

A good start tonight with this Common Plume that arrived soon after sunset.
Emmelina monodactyla

Lee Mount - 20th January

Persisting with the light trap paid off at last with 2 moths.
First was a Dotted Border, it came into the conservatory when I opened the door and I managed to catch it in a plastic cup - hence the hazed photo.
I checked the trap and in the slots on the fence was this melanistic individual - Pale Brindled Beauty. Thought.... I need to careful with identification with this form. I guess the pink on the abdomen is a help so I'm thankful the photo just shows this feature which was impossible to see otherwise.
 Dotted Border

Pale Brindled Beauty

Monday, 20 January 2020

Anomalous in the Rishworth Area


I am planning to go to the green withens area or baitings area one night next month searching for Anomalous larva.

2 Questions :

Are there any records for the Rishworth Area?


Are there tips that may help me other than searching on wavy hair grass and tufted hair grass ?


Sunday, 19 January 2020

Stainland. First Caterpiller this year

I've seen my first moth caterpillar of the year the year, just now. It's an Angle Shades. It's sheltering on the pointing right, by the door. It has it's head tucked into where two strips of pointing meet. All the moths I've had here, put their heads into any small depression with a slight overhang, in wild weather. They're protecting their brain, obviously.

 Angle Shades.

Detail, showing the red-brown side marks
and the whiteish markings on it's back.

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...……..