Saturday, 25 May 2019

Lee Mount - 25th May

Lime Hawkmoth turned up last night and in the trap this morning along with a single Heart and Dart.
 Lime Hawkmoth

One for a check here, c10mm+ from 23rd May. Think it's a Parsnip Moth but the white collar is throwing me ! or possibly Depressaria pulcherrimella ??

Common Blue

Appeared to be liberated from extensive grass cutting in middle of council estate a suprise on the way to the shops. No image but size distinctive

Friday, 24 May 2019

Cold Edge and Ovenden Moor

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey today on our usual Tetrad route.
Pretty windy up there but the sun shone throughout. The butterflies were not easy to find but the day turned out better than expected.
Wall Brown x 2
Green Hairstreak x 5
Small Copper x 2
Small Heath x 1
Peacock x 2
Small Tortoiseshell x 3
Orange-tip x 4

Day flying moths - just Common Heath x 3

Thursday, 23 May 2019


A Wall today at Wainstalls (thanks Pete Smith) ,and a Brimstone at Cromwell Bottom (thanks JM)

Luddenden Dean - 23rd May

An interesting afternoon from Booth and up the valley to the Lower Lodge at Castle Carr and return down the other side of the valley. It was much better when the sun managed to get through.
Orange-tip butterflies all over the place
Peacock x 1
Speckled Wood x 10 (+)
Wall x 1 (down the track from Saltonstall to Wade Wood (I sat on a seat and it appeared on a wall in front of me - got some photo's but not brilliant - it wouldn't stay still for long.


Green Hairstreak - just before Jerusalem Farm. It took me by surprise sitting and flitting about on an Oak tree. Poor photo unfortunately.

Lee Mount 23rd May

Campion x 1
Heart and Dart x 1
Light-brwon Apple Moth x 2
Many-plumed Moth x 3
Common Pug x 2
Brindled Pug (probably) but well faded !
 Any thoughts on this micro from 18th May ?


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Svensson's Copper Underwing??

Found a few of these caterpillars on the privets when they were cut the other day, are they Svensson's Copper Underwing?

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Cromwell Bottom Sat 18th

2 x Iron Prominent
2 x  Pale tussock
3 x Common Swift
5 x Common Pug
1 x Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 x Green Carpet
1 x Flame Carpet
1 x twenty plume moth
1 x Diamond Backed moth (early migrant)
1 x Cinnabar
2 x White Shouldered House Moth
                                                            A female  Capua vulgana x 1.....

Monday, 20 May 2019

Hollas Lane Dwarfs

My quest for Elachistas this year took a turn for the better yesterday when I found this Swan-feather Dwarf (E.argentella) at Hollas Lane.

Also there I collected this mine on grass sp. It seems to be tenanted with an Elachista larva. They have a reputation for being parasitized so I won't hold my breath.............

Sunday, 19 May 2019

Lee Mount - 19th May

This mornings haul !
Peppered Moth x 1
Bee Moth x 1
Many-plumed Moth x 3
Light-brown Applemoth x 2

Puss Moth from 18th and Pale Tussock from 15th still on the fence tonight..


8:30 pm,  today. I found a Bee Moth on the door. I took it as a good sign, things are looking up.

We are in the final stages of having a new kitchen fitted. It(should) be finished by Wednesday this week. It's been the most stressful thing we have had done to the house, BUT it looks fantastic already. The front room no longer has a four and a half foot high stack of boxes. All we need is to get the fridge and washer back in the kitchen. (And learn how to operate the new computerised cooker).

Bee Moth.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

Lee Mount 18th May

Puss Moth this morning was a belter - still there this lunchtime. Pretty sure it's a first for here, need to check (?)
Also in the trap..
Cinnabar x 1
Heart and Dart x 1
Puss Moth

Also on Ovenden Moor this morning near the wind-farm, it was a bit dull and overcast but I managed to find 4 Green Hairstreak's hanging on to heather, all very still waiting for the weather to warm up !

Friday, 17 May 2019

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Recent sightings

Scarr & Long Wood
Speckled wood x 5
Orange tip x 5
Cinnibar x 2
Peacock x 1

Ogden Water
Mother shipton x 1
Speckled wood x 4
Peacock x 1
Orange tip x3
Mint moth x1

Jerusalem Farm
Mint moth x2
Peacock x1


Lee Mount - 1 overnight moth on the fence..
 Pale Tussock

Hardcastle Crags
Brown Silver-line
Found 3 of these in bracken on 'The Crag' just beyond Gibson Mill. I guess there would be a few more with more time to look.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Lee Mount

Yesterday 14th May
Holly Blue - on a holly bush at home on and off throughout the day
Bee Moth last night and a.....
Pale Tussock x 1 on the fence

Small Copper at Dean Head yesterday (John M)

Also from HSS meeting last night...
Brimstone Butterfly at Cromwell Bottom yesterday
Holly Blue - Hardcastle Crags..... error... it was in Peoples Park

VC63 Garden Moths Mon 13th May 2019

Still warm circa 10-12 o  Generally Catches down

Actinic 20 W

73.325 BF2092   Shuttle-shaped Dart Agrotis puta

A dimorphic species ( male female difference) . Two different specs



And yes it did not take long to find a catch with mites



I was up on the moor above Ogden today. I saw 6 whites, all too far away for an ID, and two Small Tortoiseshells.

I managed to get a sun tan on my face, which surprised me. It's tingling now. Still, I love the sun.


Butterfly's so far 2019

Good numbers of Green Hairstreaks this year and Orange Tip seem to be everywhere...The first Small Copper reported today from Cold Edge (thanks Pete Smith) A few Holly blues and there were 17 + Small Tortoiseshell at Norhtowram yesterday.....Anyone recorded Large White or Common Blue YET...???


I got up there in good time this morning. Perfect conditions at the end of the concrete track that leads from the promenade up towards the golf course. I also checked the open woodland/heath at the top end of the plantation.
Green Hairstreak x 19
Peacock x 6
Small Tortoiseshell x 4
Green-veined White x 32 and counting.
Speckled Wood x 6

Mother Shipton x 8
Common Heath x 22
 Cinnabar (in the trap at home)

 Common Heath's - as far as I can tell

Mother Shipton  - always a blade of grass in the way !

Lee Mount

Very quiet with nothing at all in or around the trap last few days.
Last night - Twenty-plume Moths in numbers (20+) around the shrubbery, mainly honeysuckle, before dusk but none in the trap this morning.

This morning
Cinnabar x 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart x 1
Tachystola acroxantha x 1

Monday, 13 May 2019

A Real Treat

Returning to the previous image below , as I thought , the structures associated with the Palps might well be Mites . ( Thanks A Zilla , NH Museum )  I am therefore going to keep an eye out on future imaging , unfortunately , they are at the limit of macro photography  , but can be put under the microscope or x30 Loupe. The following recommended reading in relation to the Mites of Moths & Butterflies has been recommended and there is a review link below  in case anyone is interested


The Mites of Moths & Butterflies Asher E. Treat

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Withens Clough Reservoir

We did a circuit of the Reservoir this afternoon. Despite the cool wind we managed several butterflies below the embankment and then along the walled track past the Reservoir cottage.
1 Green-veined White
3 Orange-tip
3 Small Tortoiseshell
4 Peacock
Mostly on the abundance of Dandelion flowers.

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Sunday, 5 May 2019


Around part of the golf course this afternoon, without clubs of course. ! I managed to find just one Green Hairstreak but it was off before I could get a photo.
I see Chris J-B also had one in 20th April near Whiteholme.

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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Holly Blue

Manage a record shot of this Holly Blue today in Brighouse , also about Small Tortoiseshell , Loads of Orange tips , Peacock and Small White.....

Lee Mount

Back to it !!
Not a lot doing this week so far other than the ones below

30th April
Hebrew Character x 2
Shuttle-shaped Dart x 1
Twenty-plume Moth x 12
Herald x 1 (think this is only the second record for here - a nice surprise)

Shuttle-shaped Dart

1st May
Shuttle-shaped Dart x 2
Common Quaker x 1
Bee Moth x 1
Twenty-plume Moths x 5
Brindled Pug x 1

Copley meadow - Apr. 30th

A nice hazy, sunny lunchtime and the star of the show was this Small Yellow Underwing busily flitting around the meadow. It follows on nicely from one Andy found there last June but again it was too flighty for a close-up photo. Keep an eye out for these as they are under recorded and resemble funny looking Mint Moths to the untrained eye - well it had me fooled for while!

Grapholita jungiellas were very common wafting about in the slight breeze but again very flighty and getting close was difficult - as was dodging all the dog cr*p everywhere :-(
So this is a stock photo from this site.

The Mouse-ears are now beginning to blossom and it struck me as to how vulnerable this site is to disturbance and vandalism. A few years ago British Waterways, I presume, (now the Canal and River Trust) fenced off a substantial part of the already small site and dumped countless tons of canal dredgings on it killing off the herb rich meadow beneath. It's now regenerating as willow scrub which, let's face it is not endangered habitat. Makes me wonder what the futures are for Small Yellow Underwings and Marsh Pugs on the site with their foodplant Mouse Ear vanishing rapidly. 

Also in a nearby wood was this Ash Bud Moth larval feeding signs on Ash with a typically drooping shoot where the larva has burrowed inside. You can also see the slight web and frass at the base of the shoot. It's tenanted so I'll see if I can rear it through.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

VC63- Garden Moths 30th April 2019

Weather  - Mild circa 8 -10 o Still.

Actinic 20 W

73.250 BF2189  Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda x1
73.249 BF2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica x3
70.183 BF1834  Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata x6

73.250 BF2189  Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda x1

Worn . Interesting to note the structures near on ??  the labial palps ???  last image

Lepidopteran Feeding All you need to know !! below fig 2





Monday, 29 April 2019

Parornix sp....??

Found this at Cromwell today   on Silver Birch ....any ideas..Parornix betulae or the very common angelicana.....

Tuesday, 23 April 2019


Two moths today. I found the first at 3:20 am, it's a Bee Moth. I think it 's a very fresh one, the green is a lot richer and darker than any I've seen before. Subtle, but still a nice moth. It wasn't there at 8:30 am. It's worth me taking the photos when I can.

Bee  Moth.

The other moth is a Pug, I can't decide which one, sorry. Wingspan is 2 cm.

Brindled Pug. (Thanks to Andy for the ID).

Micro for ID

I caught this two days ago at Copley, forewing 4mm, flying in the early morning sun.

Absolutely no idea what it is.

Anybody any ideas?

Sunday, 21 April 2019

VC 63 Garden Moths Pugs 21st Aptil 2019

VC 63 Garden Moths  21st April 2019

Weather Hot 18 o  to  circa 8- 10 o in evening Moon Phase  near Full. Still
First Moth of the Night a Pug

Actinic 20 W

73.249 BF2190   Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica   x4
70.183 BF1834   Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata ????

Two Pugs the First looks like a Brindled the second a Common
  open to correction  ??????????????????? ( but the brindled looks very similar to the Oak Tree Pug )



Pug Number 2



Mompha subbistrigella Garden Cosmet

Sat 20th April 2019 - Garden Cosmet

This little micro conveniently appeared on one of the windows  likely from work on adjacent garden were there has been a lot of dried Willowherb knocking about
Mompha spp for sure and a possibility of one confusion species - the distinct 4 spots near the base of the wings would point me Mompha subbistrigella as opposed toMompha sturnipennella . Size circa 5 - 7 mm very flighty towards light. Not particularly good imaging given the challenge pictured on window glass. Open to correction , Charlie may recognise it





Saturday, 20 April 2019

Butterflies and moths

had a walk to Manor Heath through the woods and back.

Orange tip,
Holly blue (in park and in garden at Copley)
Speckled wood

Also the cocoon that I found a few months ago has finally hatched into a "stonking" poplar hawk moth.