Saturday, 18 November 2017

18th November.

Hi everyone. As this is a quiet time for moths, I thought I would post links to two sites which disprove all the myths about the dangers of ragwort. They also demonstrate that the supposed large number of horses that ragwort, is "known" to have killed, to be untrue.

The ragwort issue surfaces regularly and not enough people know the real truth about it. I found the first site about three years ago, it makes for compelling reading. It's a shame that this information is not more widely known. But then, some of the "Ragwort-is-evil-and-must-be-eradicated" brigade, are high profile people, with easy access to getting their hysterical comments into the eye of the media.

The first link disproves the myths about ragwort. The second link looks very carefully at the statements made by the BHS - British Horse Society. It clearly shows the false premises and dodgy "statistics" about horse deaths by ragwort.

http://www.ragwortfacts.com/ragwort-myths.html

http://www.thepoisongarden.co.uk/blog2/blog241114.htm

Spread the good word for ragwort people!






Wednesday, 15 November 2017

15th November.

By the door this morning I spotted what for all the world looked like a lump of fluff about 1 inch long. It looked almost like a scrap of rag. As far as I could tell, it was grey and dark grey, with a yellow/buff part near the tail end. I got the ladder to photograph it. Once I was up it, the thing had gone. Blast! I'd looked at it from floor level for about 1 minute.  I can only think it may have been a December moth, (another one I'd love to see). I wasn't close enough to get a good look. I hope it returns.

However, on the fanlight was my first ever Mottled Umber. I did get some photos of this one. Yet another "common" moth I'd never seen!

Mottled Umber.



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Door moths

A couple of moths from recent weeks, both found on doors, but they are both causing me problems with the ID. Any help would be appreciated.


 Moth 1. Seen 4.11.17 - Ogden Water


Moth 2. Seen 11.11.17 - Copley

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Stainland, 8th November

About 8 pm I found this rather bland moth on the fanlight. That's in spite of the cold and the gusty wind. I don't know what it is, can anyone help, please?

November agg.
Thanks for the ID Andy.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Lee Mount - 5th November

Yesterday on the outside door frame - I think this looks like Pale Brindled Beauty - perhaps a bit early so need to check please !
 
 
Also today 6th from Swales Moor, Ringby Lane, a Red Admiral >W over the top of the hill late morning

Sunday, 29 October 2017

29 October

Just one Angle Shades moth today, it looked like the others I saw this year, so I didn't bother to post an image.

I forgot to say that I was surprised to find any moths in view of the strong, gusting wind, rain and cold. It's a hardy moth!

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Lee Mount - 24th October

In or around the trap this morning - it makes a difference when the weather is mild.
November Moth agg x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1 (worn but still just about showing the orange blaze)
Large Yellow Underwing x 1 (thought it was getting late for them)!
Mottle Umber x 5
Tachystola acroxantha x 1
Light-brown Apple moth x 7
Red-green Carpet x 1
Yellow-line Quaker x 1
Satellite x 1

Will try getting some photos on later if I get time.

Stainland, 24th October .

I have a Red-Green Carpet moth on the door this morning. It's yet another first for me. They really are nice looking little things.

 
Red-Green Carpet.


Saturday, 21 October 2017

Gallows Pole Plantation

Had a wander up to the plantation yesterday - with the rain and leaden skies it looked like something out of a dark fairytale. The ground is permanently water-logged and I regularly flushed flocks of Wood Pigeons from the stunted, gnarly tree tops - very spooky!

There were dahlica bagworm cases on the side of the main road at Greetland and on Norland moor near the plantation - seems they are widespread and locally abundant. That's 6 areas at 4 sites now.

Another interesting find was this Exapate congelatella resting on a dry-stone wall by the plantation. I thought with the cool, wet weather it would hang around for photos but it was up and away from the off allowing just one record shot. Seems they do fly on calm afternoons. 

Friday, 20 October 2017

Stainland 20 October

Hi David, yes the size is right for Angle Shades cats. Below are two photos of the green form which I took this year on the 5th of April.

Updated Comment:
I should have mentioned that I've never seen a Small Angle Shades (in answer to your remarks about them.).


Angle Shades caterpillar.

Lee Mount - 20th October

In the trap this morning..
Blair's Shoulder-knot x 1 (a different individual from the day before)
Light-brown Apple-moth x 1

I think this other one could be a Red-line Quaker which, if confirmed, would be another new one for me after the Yellow-line Quaker from the day before.
A much greyer moth than the YLQ though of a similar size and just about showing the outermost cross line along with darker on the kidney marks. I could be missing something though but not sure what else it might be.

UPDATE after a re-think and looking at the pale marks around the kidney - could more likely be Pale Mottled Willow.
Red-line Quaker or Pale Mottled Willow (?)

Caterpillar trail

Thanks for your help Gordon.With your prompt I just found this on Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara  - which apparently has two colour forms. Though this reference below does not refer to 2 colour forms on the Angle Shades Phlogophlora meticulosa - though it might have (??)

I did find 2 of the same caterpillars of different sizes on the Phlox - I didn't measure them though the larger one was c24mm and the smaller one was c17mm

http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/species/euplexia-lucipara/larvae-2-colour-forms/

Stainland 20 October

I've just found out that the global decline of insects is far more serious than was thought. Follow the link below, it is not happy reading. (Copy the link and past it into your browser).

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/flying-insects-numbers-drop-ecological-armageddon-75-per-cent-plummet-a8008406.html

Stainland 20 October

The attached photos of an Angle Shades Caterpillar were taken last year. They are simply a cross check reference for David with his caterpillar post. The trouble is, David didn't give an proximate size of the cat he found.  I hope this helps, one way or another.

A quote from:

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/angle-shades

"Larvae that hatch in autumn overwinter as caterpillars and pupate in the soil the following spring to produce the first generation of adults that year".


Angle Shades caterpillar.




Thursday, 19 October 2017

Lee Mount - 19th October

Just four moths in the trap this morning
Yellow-line Quaker - x  1 (TBC as it's a first for me. Never had Red-line Quaker either but expect that to be greyer rather than this orangey one)
Mottled Umber x 1
Blair's Shoulder-knot x 1
Acleris sparsana x 1
 Blair's Shoulder-knot
 
 Mottled Umber
 
Yellow-line Quaker
 
Also from earlier in the week
A Red-green Carpet looking a little faded, and a caterpillar found on Phlox with I haven't been able to identify yet.

 Caterpillar still to i d

Red-green Carpet

Stainland 19th October 2017.

Just one moth today, Blastobasis lacticolella. The weather wasn't great during the night, it will have kept most moths safe in bed.

Blastobasis lacticolella.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Lee Mount - 16th October

This morning
Angle Shades x 1
November Moth agg x 3
Common Marbled Carpet x 2 (both faded but still just showing orange blaze)
Light-brown Apple-moth x 3
Tachystola acroxantha x 1
Spruce or Juniper Carpet x 1 - need some help with this one !
 Spruce or Juniper Carpet ?
 
Angle Shades

Northowram 15th October 2017 National Moth Night




Vestal x 1 (first for 10 years )
Feathered Thorn x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth x 11
Red Green Carpet x 2
Blairs Shoulder Knot x 4
Silver Y x 1
Garden Rose Tortrix x 1
Juniper Carpet x  4  ( not seen any for many years so I am tentative about ID )


**Brian Leesey recorded 5 Streak at Meadows Edge Todmorden on Sat Night **

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Lee Mount - 15th October

2 Silver Y from this morning... just wanted to check i d as they look quite different..
The top one was much paler (quite silvery) smaller than the lower one which was larger and darker.
I've never seen Scarce Silver Y - which in any case would seem to be out of season anyway but always worth a check. (?)
c 15 mm
 
c20 mm
 
Also this morning...
Common Marbled Carpet x 3 together  - and all pretty worn
November Moth agg x 5
Blair's Shoulder-knot x 1
Light-brown Apple-moth x 4
Tachystola acroxantha x 1

Friday, 13 October 2017

Stainland 13th October 2017

It's 10 pm. I just open the door to find four moths having a party. They were flying around the door, when they settled, they turned out to be Light Brown Apple moths. There seem to be endless amounts of them round here.

Common Marbled Carpet

                        Half a day old Common Marbled Carpet larvae feeding on Sallow.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

The Streak

This was found by Andy Huyton in Ovenden on the 4th October . a day time observation...Many thanks Andy not seen one for a few years now.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Stainland 11th October 2017.

A moth appeared by our door sometime after 1:00 a.m. this morning. I spent a while trying to ID it. In the end, I put one of my photos of it into the Google image search. It came up with a moth very similar to this one. I was  amazed to find that the site the Google moth was on was Calderdale Moths... I started to read the entry, half was down, I suddenly realised that I was reading my own entry for the Feathered Ranuculus, last September. What an idiot I can be.

I'm still not 100% sure it's the same species but I think it's another Feathered Ranuculus. If so, it proves that there must be a small colony round here somewhere.

Feathered Ranuculus (TBC)

Norland tonight ..

Looking a bit wet for Norland tonight , tomorrow looks good if any one fancies a moth night ..??

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Shibden Head

I had a stroll up there this afternoon and checked Bare Head Tunnel on the way round - torch at the ready ! I could only find 5 Herald Moths but they are still special. Tricky to get any really good photo's through the gaps in the stone and keeping the 'flash' in line, these below are the best I could do.

Herald - Scoliopteryx libatrix

Stainland 10th October 2017

Hi

Apologies to the three people who saw my latest blog post on this site today. I didn't realise that I'd clicked the wrong blog in my list to post to. When I saved it, then looked to see if it was OK. It had gone, not even a draft version was there. Two hours work lost. A short while later I decided to look again. The first site which comes up on my blog list is this one. To my horror, I saw my "lost" graphics post was there. I've deleted it of course, and it's now on my own site. Sorry about this, blame it on old age.

http://gordonartphotoand3dsci-fi.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/art-photography.html


Moth trap on Norland

Chris & Robin from the Countryside Service are holding a moth trapping event on Norland Moor. Wednesday 11th October from 7pm.


We are meeting in the car park opposite the pub and then heading onto the moor to see what is about. Hopefully the weather will be suitable.


If anyone wants to join us they are welcome to come along (your moth ID will probably be better than ours!) if you want to bring any lights, generators etc then feel free!


Thanks, Chris

Monday, 9 October 2017

Stodfold (valley between Mixenden and Ogden)

4 Red Admirals today along with 2 Speckled Woods near the stream but still no sign of Fox Moth caterpillars on the golf course - they must be there somewhere !

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Lee Mount - 7th October

Not much doing this week, other than a Common Marbled Carpet, with the weather as it is... but this moth this morning was worthwhile.
 Blair's Shoulder-knot

I did check it against the possibility of Grey Shoulder-knot but think it's Blair's. I noticed as well that the abdomen underneath had quite a pink tinge about it as described in the Waring/Townsend and Lewington Filed Guide.

Friday, 6 October 2017

70 mile wide flock of Painted Lady Butterflies.

In Denver, Colorado, National Weather Service Radar spotted a 70 mile wide flock of Painted Lady butterflies. More on the BBC site below. NOTE:  The lines of text in orange are NOT links, the real links are on the BBC site.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-41528521

Also further down that BBC page, are two more butterfly links:

Radar solves the mystery of the disappearing UK butterfly

The Great Butterfly Adventure: Africa to Britain with the Painted Lady.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Lee Mount - 5th October

Still at least 5 Red Admirals today finding a few flowers to nectar on and sunbathe on the walls. They are amazing,
Also, I finally got to grips with a day-flying Vapourer Moth which flew about with the Red Admirals for a few moments. That's the fourth one suspected this back-end but the only one I have confirmed for sure what it was. No photo unfortunately, in flight and landed briefly on a neighbours chimney stack.

Less Small Midget (Phyllonorycter froelichiella)

Don't you just love the old English names for micros - shame they're not more widely used. Infrequent (?) this one in Common Alder. Key points are multiple, long mines per leaf with a reddish/brown spot where the side vein meets the mid-rib. Each mine has a larva and frass pile visible.

Found at Copley village by the Calder a few days ago.