Friday, 29 February 2008

Micro for Id

Any one got any ideas about this one .Taken in Hebden in July

Wednesday, 13 February 2008

New Species for Calderdale ?

Whilst walking Norland Moor this morning between 8am and 9.30am Sue and I spotted several small moths flying around the heather in the sunshine. I caught one of these and potted it up to check the species when I got home. Turns out to be a new species for me and perhaps Calderdale in being Philedonides lunana, a member of the Tortricinae. The species exhibits sexual dimorphism in that the males and females are completely different looking. The only moths we saw were males as shown in the photo (borrowed from Ian Kimbers website). The moth is common in Yorkshire in the right habitat (heather) so it might be worth checking out heather moorland near you when the sun reappears again later in the week. I think we were rather lucky this morning in that it was very still and sunny an unusual combination in February in Calderdale ! I am still surprised I have never recorded it before as its flight period is supposed to be from March to May.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Scallop Shell

Keep a look out for one of these in 2008,this was recorded in Todmorden on the 27th July 2007,(BL)

Sunday, 10 February 2008

First Butterfly today

picture not taken today

I Peacock near Todmorden (BL)

Friday, 8 February 2008

News from hebden and Tod

Brian leesey has been recording satellites ,The Chesnut,Pale Brindled beauty at his wine rope and MV125 and Winston reports the following -
Last night looked good for moths, Cloudy and mild.
Trap was on as light faded and I went inside to eat curry! poped out to see if anything had arived and saw that characteristic shadow on the wall of the skinner trap!
My first Pale Brindled Beauty and first moth of the year.
On closer inspection 6 (Six) had arrived in a short time just after dark. Only 2 in the trap, the rest on walls etc. One of these was also A dark Form of the species.

Its certainly better in the lowlands as i have still recorded nothing up in Northowram.

Thursday, 7 February 2008

First Hoverfly of the Year

Not Lepidoptera but I hope we can accept the odd "other" invertebrate report ? Two individuals of Episyrphus balteatus seen hovering around flowering Dwarf Narcissi in my front garden in Elland this afternoon. By far my earliest ever Hoverfly.