Saturday, 23 June 2018

MId Summer Widdop Reservoir Fri 22 June 2018

Weather Daytime Warm 18 - 20o with rapid drop in temp after sunset coupled with North Westerly breeze blowing down the Valley cool to chilly later in the evening Open Skies and Mid Summer Long Day. 3 Present AC CD CS

Habitat   Widdop Reservoir is less than 10 miles to the north west of Hebden Bridge in Calderdale, West Yorkshire. Nestled in Widdop Valley and surrounded by dramatic rocky crags and exposed open moorland

Sunset 22 June 2018

Other Entomology Hoverfly Larvae on Nettle Epistrophe sp

 2306 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa  ABH 73.113 Caterpillar



Predominant species Flame Shoulder . Images to follow

2442 Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina ABH 73.016



0014 Ghost Moth Hepialus humuli ABH 3.005


1294 Inlaid Grass Veneer  Crambus pascuella ABH 63.081


 TBC  1338 Eudonia ( lacustria)   ABH 63.067 below

Widdop Moor, June 22nd

It was a surprisingly cold night with a persistently chilling breeze and a clear, moonlit sky. Even the moths thought better of it after the first hour or so of darkness. Even so, I was happy to see three new macros species (see below) and there were a few micros to keep us guessing.

Purple Bar

True Lover's Knot

Dusky Brocade - I'm fairly confident of this one? FW 18mm

The first moth of the night was what I assume is a  Bryotropha terrella.  FW 7mm

Friday, 22 June 2018

Swales Moor

Ringby Lane and on the top field this afternoon in hot sunshine with very little breeze - perfect !
Wall x 2
Large Skipper 10+
Meadow Brown 25+
Ringlet x 2
Small Heath 25+
Wall Butterfly - very flighty and the light always the wrong way !

Also  a few moths in the top field
Latticed Heath x 2
Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet x 6 (mostly on red clover but chasing about a fair bit.)
Several Chrysoteuchia culmella in the long grass areas
 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet (tricky to get any decent shots these are the best I could do)

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Cunnery Wood meadow

Had a walk through the meadow above the pond at Cunnery Wood this morning.

Speckled Wood
Small Skipper
Large Skipper
Meadow brown
Chimney sweeper

Also bird cherry ermine in abundance on the path down to the pond.

Mixenden Res’r and Stodfold area

Sunny and breezy.
A short walk from the reservoir on towards the lower end of Ogden golf course this morning turned up a few butterfly's and 1 day flying moth -
1 Yellow Shell.

1 Common Blue
1 Small Copper (on clover)
2 Meadow Brown
10+ Small Heath
1 Speckled Wood

Lee Mount -20th June

Struggling with this one from yesterday morning in the trap...…..thinking either Dark or Dusky Brocade -perhaps leaning towards the latter but there seem to be a few other possibilities -(including - Confused) ?

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Stainland, ID needed.


I had a nice surprise this morning. There is a nicely shaped moth on a picture frame, inside our hall. I've not seen this one before, so I was very pleased. WS: 1.6 - 1.7cm.

Later in the day. it moved position. I got a better photo, so have replaced the first one. 

My stamina and concentration have not fully returned. By the time I'd photographed it and spent a little time in the moth books, I was shaking and muddled. Could someone ID it please? I thought it may be a small Wave but...

ID Needed

For good measure, Anne found a Buff Ermine on the path yesterday.  She bravely brought it to me. It was deceased, I think, a victim of our cat. I took some photos anyway. I love the colour of the Buffs.

Buff Ermine

Buff Ermine

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Lee mount - 19th June

A nice moth in the trap this morning which puzzled me for a while as haven't had hardly any of these before, well maybe just one.
 Coxcomb Prominent along with 2 Greenfly hosts on the top shot -  
very obliging of it to display the underwing
I'm not getting  a lot of moths at the moment but there seems to be something new every morning.
This morning.
Peppered Moth x 1
Small Magpie x 1
Garden Carpet x 1
Silver-ground Carpet x 1
Ingrailed Clay x 1
Tachystola acroxantha x 1
Middle-barred Minor x 1
unidentified very worn Pug x 1

Also just to check I have these correct below
 Beautiful Golden Y - 18th June
Gothic - 15th June

Noctuid for ID

Annie Honjo sent me this for ID - no size given, thanks.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Friday Widdop

I am going to run the trap at Widdop for a few hours on Friday night. Meeting Bri at 10.00 ish...........Colin hows the genny going...or have i GOT IT

Sunday, 17 June 2018

VC63 Garden Moths 15 June 2018 Post Hectar

Weather: Rescinding breeze to Occ Light Breeze  / Still  Temp 17o aprox Air Warm Dry  Post Storm Hectar gale. Dawn.


MV125 Robinson

Moth For ID means unknown for identification
Moth TBC  means The embedded image contains a plausible ID TBC

Despite radical contrast in the winds it is now still this pm and there appears to be  a lot on the move. Annoyingly a cat strike early in the pm part emptied the trap on its side . A list species of Tree that light was reaching from this trap

Birch, Apple , Cherry , Leylandi, Various garden Conifers , Elder , Beech
The location would also be in easy reach of  JW where there is predominant Oak and Beech

The predominant Moth was the Heart and Dart with upward of 12 released. Buff Ermine also had a good Innings

72.019 BF2061   Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea   x4
72.020 BF2060   White Ermine Spilosoma lubriciped  x1
63.018 BF1378   Elder Pearl   Anania coronata
63.025 BF1376   Small Magpie Anania hortulata  x4
73.333 BF2120   Ingrailed  Clay Diarsia mendica
73.264 BF2158   Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina
70.226 BF1906   Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
70.252 BF1931   Peppered Moth Biston betularia  x2
73.317 BF2089   Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis  x12
73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
70.280 BF1958   Clouded Silver Lomographa temerata x1
73.267 BF2160   Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea
73.328 BF1209   The Flame Axylia putris x2
73.329 BF2102   Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

73.264 BF2158   Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina


72.019 BF2061   Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea




73.328 BF1209   The Flame Axylia putris



73.329 BF2102   Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta


73.317 BF2089   Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis



73.267 BF2160   Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea


Dark / Common arpet Dysstroma citrata / truncuata


Difficult to separate but more angular post medium line would point to Dark markable Carpet

Saturday, 16 June 2018

One to Look out for this month................

This is a Smoky Wave  I found on Marsden Moor yesterday there were about 30 + . Its rare in Calderdale with very few recent records. Its seen around heather and bilberry ,and looks white when its flushed , most other day flyers at the moment look brown.. It has been recorded all over Yorkshire in large numbers at the moment.............

Friday, 15 June 2018

Ogden Water

Quite a number of male nemophora deerella around the edge of the reservoir today. Also 2 large yellow underwing in the grass (they survived the cutting).

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Speckled Wood

Some really smart looking Speckled Woods the last few days. We found 5 on Pepper Hill above Boothtown/Claremount yesterday but only managed to get a decent photo of one this morning at Mixenden plantation.

Lee Mount - 13th June

I turned the trap off at 11:30 pm as the forecast was not good with strong winds. I did manage one or two nice moths as I closed it down.
 Not too sure about this one - maybe Blastobasis
lacticolella ?
 Map-winged Swift
 Middle-barred Minor
 Pale-shouldered Brocade
Riband Wave

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Mixenden Surprise

I checked the reservoir area this morning and the lower end of Ogden golf course. No a lot in the way of butterflies or day flying moths though it was quite overcast and breezy.
Golf Course
 1 Small Heath
 1 Large Skipper

On the way back, past the reservoir I came across this surprise which conveniently posed nicely, though I did have the wrong lens on !
 Wall Butterfly
No good on wild flowers but these were the ones it was nectering on. Just a small clump though the reservoir bankings are full of wild flowers which I guess will get mown down before too long. Also there, just one Small White.

Lee Mount

One from last night on the door frame. Baffled me for a while (doesn't take much !) - where would we be without the reference books especially with species that we don't get very often. Think I've got it right.
 Rustic Shoulder-knot
And one from this morning in the trap - which is not giving much away but think I have the right identification
Common Swift

Monday, 11 June 2018

Ogden Water

One of the bird cherry around the edge of the reservoir is getting covered in caterpillars and silk - suspect it will be the bird cherry ermine. Normally get them at Cunnery Wood too - will try to check that site this week.


A nice, pristine one at Cromwell Bottom yesterday morning - they seem to be on the increase in Calderdale?

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Lee Mount

Recent ones not sure about ?
 This one looks like Eudonia/Scoparia though a bit baffled why it should look so faded at this time of year - or is it something else ?

 Pug ?