Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Moth Night at Cromwell Bottom

There is a moth night at Cromwell Bottom on Saturday. Arrivals from 5pm onwards. Apparently there will a lot of activity with sugar in the wood. other details at if anyone else is going....?

Friday, 8 November 2019

Rishworth. Just the one.

There  was nothing actually in the trap last night. It was -1c here. All there was an Exapate Congelatella on the fence. Looks much warmer tonight 4c so things looking good.

Anyone else trapping tonight in the December Moth chase?

Ogden door light

Had a really barren spell with the normally reliable outdoor light on the Ogden classroom, however a few moths recently.

This morning had a satellite (2256) inside the metal door.

Monday, 4 November 2019

Rishworth- A great night once more!

Moth Trapping Session 3rd November 2019
A good night with a good variation of species.

List of Species
Brick x4
Exapate Congelatella x1
November Moth Agg. x1
Northern Winter Moth x1
Winter Moth Sp. x1
Red Lined Quaker x1
Satellite x5
Feathered Thorn x2

Broadhead Clough - Nov. 1st

I was taking part in a grassland fungi survey in the fields just north of the reserve. Not many moths about but I did see a male Winter Moth and a very late male Scoparia ambigualis. I thought it might have been something good so I took it home and dissected it. Straight away the structure eliminated all the Eudonias which made things a LOT simpler.

Glutinous Earthtongue with yours truly reflected in it's slimy head.

For full walk details see here:

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Rishworth + a MIcro ID

Moth Trapping Session 1st November 2019
Not the Best but a decent night in the trap.

List of Species
Satellite x1
Chestnut x2
ID x1
Angle Shades x1
Feathered  Thorn x3
Yellow Line Quaker x3
                                                        ID Above
                                                                Satellite Above
                                                    Chestnut Above

Friday, 1 November 2019

Rishworth- Satellite madness!

Moth Trapping Session 31st October 2019
The trap was full of Satellites this morning but the species did vary.

List of Species
Satellite x15
Red Green Carpet x3
Brick x1
Chestnut x3
Feathered Thorn x2
Mottled Umber x1
Yellow Line Quaker x3
                                                       Mottled Umber
Is this a v.worn Yellow Line Quaker?

Moth Night at Cromwell Bottom

Charlie has informed me there is a Moth night on at Cromwell Bottom this Saturday. Light on at 5:30. Other details on

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Rishworth- The Usuals

Moth Trapping Session 29/10/2019
A normal night with the usual species.

List of Species
Brick x1
Satellite (white dots) x2
Yellow Lined Quaker x2
Red Lined Quaker x1
Red Green Carpet x1

Monday, 28 October 2019

Rishworth and Bare Head Tunnel

Bare  Head Tunnel 28th October 2019
Herald x8
Peacock x5
Small Tortoiseshell x4

Rishworth 26th October 2019 Moth Trapping Session#
Feathered Thorn x1

Friday, 25 October 2019

Rishworth and an ID

Moth Trapping Session 24th October 2019
Not a bad night with a new form of Satellite for here. LIst below..
                                                    Brick Above
                                                      LAcewing Above
                                              Chestnut Above
                                             Have this down as Dark Chestnut??? ID Please
                                                      Mottled Umber Above
                                                             Satellite  above

List of Species
Mottled Umber x2
Satellite x2 (Both orange dots, the first of that form for here)
Brick x1
November Moth Agg. x1
Dark Chestnut???? X1

---Lacewing x5----


Just one moth today. It arrived in time to avoid the rain, which is what I'm doing.
It's a Mottled Umber.

Mottled Umber.

Lee Mount - 25th October

A little better again last night despite the drizzle

Yellow- line Quaker x 2
Feathered Thorn x 2
Light-brown Apple-moth x 1
Brick x 1
Mottled Umber x 1
November Moth agg x 1

 Feathered Thorns

Mottled Umber

Mottled Umber on the 23rd as well but it was in a spiders web with just the wings intact and the body gone !

Thursday, 24 October 2019


I spotted a Twenty Plume Moth in the house last night so I popped it outside. Also had a November Moth Agg. At the window.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Lee Mount - 23rd October

Slightly better than recent nights....
Feathered Thorn x 2
Common Marbled Carpet x 3 (all with the orange blaze)
Tachystola acroxantha x 1
Common Marbled Carpet  - all 3 similar to this one

Sunday, 20 October 2019


Only one moth today, so I added the only other creature by the door as well, for good measure.

The moth books state that this tortrix flies until September. I don't think the one below knows that, as it's 20th October now. This has to be due to the climate change, warmer temperatures etc. I'm sure we shall see a lot more striking examples of this among all the flora and fauna as time goes by. We already have a spreading of insects from the south of England to the North, and swallows staying a little longer before they start for Africa, as they did here last Autumn.

Garden Rose Tortrix.

The next one can hardly be described as a moth. However, it was near the tortrix. I've never seen a Green Shieldbug in this colouring. They have two winter colours, one is all brown, - the one I've seen. The other livery is the one below. It was a nice discovery for me.

Green Shieldbug in winter colours.

Rishworth- A very good night

Moth Trapping Session Saturday 20th October 2019
A good night with yet more new species for here.
Annoyingly, no  pictures as camera was on low charge. :-(

List of Species
November Moth Agg. x7
Mottled Umber (Obviously Males) x2
Feathered Thorn x4
Red Green Carpet x1 (Finally free from double figured swarms of them every night :-)
Acleris sparsana x1
Brick x2
Yellow Lined Quaker x1
Red Lined Quaker x1
Anyone with an idea of Acleris sparsana's status in Calderdale?

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Lee Mount - 19th October

Empty trap again this morning
Brick x 1 found in the car this, then it disappeared - it might still be there !
Silver Y x 1 around the garden plants this afternoon briefly.


Friday, 18 October 2019


Two hardy moths by the door this morning:

1 x  Silver Y.
1 x Autumn Green Carpet.

I seem to remember reading that the Silver Y tends to be a paler brown in the first brood, (Spring) and darker in the second brood, (Autumn). The colour change tends to be linked to temperature, at least in the UK.

Silver Y.

Autumn Green Carpet.

Withens Clough

Car park and reservoir circuit yesterday late morning produced.

Red Admirals x 5 (1 around the car park, the others >W.
Peacock x 2 ( found on walls facing the sunshine)

Thursday, 17 October 2019

An interesting news item.

This is not strictly applicable to this group, but is well worth reading. A slime mould that move, east and repairs itself if dissected in about two minutes.

Lee Mount -17th October

Just 3 moths this morning
Common Marbled Carpet x 1 - looking a bit worn
November Moth agg x 2

Wednesday, 16 October 2019


Comma butterfly this afternoon fluttering around a small garden near the bridge over the River Calder. It was pretty camera shy !
Spot the Comma !

Shibden Head

Wet, wet morning - what shall I do.??.... oh I know - Bare Head Tunnel, it's always a good bet after summer for hibernation. It didn't disappoint either.

Herald Moths x 12 (possibly a couple more, as I lost count in the crevices ...!!)
Peacock x 6
Small Tortoiseshell x 3
 Cluster of 4 Heralds (2 others were within a foot or so - all on the roof space)

Herald with a Small Tortoiseshell (I think)

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Lee Mount - 15th October

Comma butterfly today - on the last small spike on the Buddleia.

Nothing in the trap from last night - well it did rain again !!
Silver Y x 1 yesterday
This afternoon I found a Tachystola acroxantha  x 1 on the outside door

Monday, 14 October 2019

Holywell Green to Gosport Clough Field Trip

The Lichen Case-bearers seem to be doing well with this impressive count of 17 cases on one small section of wall.

It was a fantastic day for fungi with six new species for myself including the bizarre and extremely rare Powdercap Strangler - a parasitic species that uses the host mushroom's stem to produce it's own cap and gills.

For full details of the walk see here:

Sunday, 13 October 2019

A late post from Edward- Ripponden 8th October

Whilst waiting for a bus back to Rishworth I spotted an Agonopterix Heracliana moth scurrying around on the bus shelter roof...

Stainland, 12th October.

There was an Angle Shades on our doorstep yesterday. I had the opportunity to take some good shots of it.

Angle Shades.


Saturday, 12 October 2019

Lee Mount - 12th October

Very little from the trap the last few nights especially with all the rain. These two below and a Tachystola acroxantha on the window last night.


Red-green Carpet

Hoping for some late butterflies today - the sun is shining, but for how long !!
UPDATE - Comma x 1 and Small Tortoiseshell x 1 - both seen on Fuchsia and Erysimum.

November In Focus

November Moth agg British Leps

An aggregate of 4 . A species were appearance alone can not be taken as reliable although some pointers can be useful in narrowing down  ID eg Over all colour Eg melanic or dark especially when some show marked melanism making it difficult to differentiate .  forking of  vein 3 &4 , relation to discal spot if visible , gender etc  can be taken to narrow down on probability but not definitive enough to be absolute. The Small Autumnal poses less of a problem as size habitat Moorland and phenology earlier aid in its id

British and Irish moths: an illustrated guide to selected difficult species

Gen Det agg species

November Moth                    Epirrita dilutata 
Pale November Moth            Epirrita christyi     
Autumnal Moth                     Epirrita autumnata  
Small Autumnal Moth          Epirrita filigrammaria 

November Moth Epirrita dilutata agg






Moth Trapping Session 11th October 2019
A warm night so I gave it a go with the trap out. Less moths due to 95.6% moon..

List of Species
Satellite x1
Feathered Thorn x3 (one netted at 22:00)
November Moth Agg. (I think...) x1
Copper Underwing Agg. x1 (Very Late...)
                                                       Satellite Above &below
                                                    Satellite&  Feathered Thorn
                          November Moth Below????????
 Below...Copper Underwing Agg.

Thursday, 10 October 2019


1 x Garden Rose Tortrix.
1 x Angle Shades.

Invite to a Field Trip This Saturday

There's a Halifax Scientific Society walk this Saturday (Oct.12th) in the Stainland area. There will be one or two fungi experts present so given the recent weather conditions there should be plenty to look at with waxcaps, clubs and corals being the main targets. I'll be there and I usually focus most of my efforts on searching for leaf mines, bagworms, moths etc. but I do have a keen interest in fungi as well.

It's a pretty laid back affair with no previous experience required, just lots of friendly, like-minded people.

Meet Peechysteve at Station Road car park at Holywell Green at 10.30am. HX4 9AP. Bring good walking boots and a packed lunch, the walk finishes approximately 2.30pm. Approx 3 miles.

More info here:

Everyone welcome.

When moths and fungi meet: The Scarlet Caterpillar Club has been found in previous years on this walk. It feeds on subterranean moth larvae.