Monday, 28 July 2008

Clueless in Shibden Valley

These must be common, even so the mottled one looks interesting. Naturally, I don't know what they are but I have discovered a reasonable website I will start using.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

And Finally........

Finally got the images off the camera from the moths caught in the trap on nearly 2 weeks ago!! Haven't ID'd them yet other than the Snout. The one with green on I was initially thinking Green Arches but then it doesnt seem green enough!! lol

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Gorpley Clough(monsoon)

Out at Gorpley Clough last night with Brian leesey we recorded this Evergestis pallidata (pic above) another possible new species to our area(???Paul where are you when we need you).It rained a lot and there was a rave going on as well but we recorded some good species including Blue Bordered Carpet,Pinion Streaked Snout,Lemke's Gold Spot,Barred Straw,Northern spinachand a plague of Light emeralds.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

Leopard Moth

Great moth from last night.It wasn't in the trap though , just laid on the grass. We thought it was dead when we found it but it soon let us know it wasn't .

Mick and Kath

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Elephant Hawk Moth

After getting the Poplar Hawk Moth a couple of weeks ago we were pleased to get the Elephant Hawk Moth the night before last. Cracking moth

Mick And Kath Sharpe

Poplar Hawk Moth

Had this Poplar Hawk Moth a couple of weeks ago and thought it may be of interest

Mick and Kath Sharpe

Angle Striped Sallow

Having been contacted by Andy I have uploaded this picture for anyone that may be interested as he says it could be a first for Calderdale .It came to the trap around 12 midnight of last night along with a good variety of other species .
Mick and Kath Sharpe

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Last nights moths

A few micros in the trap last night the bottom two look identifiable? and the top one is a Bee Moth,also,(411)Argyresthia goedarella(1497)Amblyptillia acanthadactyla,Pinion streaked snout,Agapeta hammana,Cherry bark moth + lots of LYU,DAarches,Brimstone ,Snout , Heart and Dart,Light Emerald,Swallowtailed Moths,Northern Spinach,etc

Cromwell Bottom 21st July

15 + Gatekeeper
40 + Meadow Brown
6 Speckled wood
1 Purple Hairstreak
1 Peacock
1 Small white
2 small skipper
and my first 6 spot Burnet moth

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Oats Royd, Queensbury

Thanks for the invite Andy and for providing the id of this Meadow Brown. I was interested in lepidoptery as a schooldboy, but my knowledge has disintegrated now.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Cromwell Bottom

Spider taking Narrow -bordered 5 spot burnet

Gatekeeper first sighting on the 16th July

Wednesday, 16 July 2008


Hi Guys
Another location for Ringlet, Nefyn beach ! I spent 15 mins following a small dark butterfly up and down Nefyn beach on Tuesday until it finally settled and its identity was revealed. Talk about a let down, I had been hoping for a small fritillary of some description ! Not done much apart from work so far but we did have a female Bee Moth settle in the caravan on Sunday night when we sat down for a drink on the patio.

Anyone got a decent Ringlet image I can borrow for my blog !

PS Watch the North Wales news tomorrow night and see the launch of the Anglesea Lifeboat in response to Sues 999 call to the coast guard about a possible Reggie Perrin/ John Stonehouse on Nefyn beach this morning!


Now I know that this Blackneck looks to be falling in bits (well not only looks it is!) but I believe it is a pretty rare moth in Yorkshire, are there any other local records?

Now for something that does make a good picture, I also had this Buff Arches last night

is anyone else having lots of Snout, I have had eight in one night this week

I'm also getting a few Small Fan-foot this year

don't be put off by the poor weather, I often find the good Moths turn up in poor conditions


Took a walk today up Dark Lane, over Beacon Hill, down Marsh Lane (via Sunny Banks Farm) and down to Sunny Vale.

Dark Lane
lots of large yellow underwings
2 ringlet
1 gatekeeper
1 speckled wood
lots of meadow browns

Marsh Lane to Sunny Bank Farm
1 Yellow shell

Fields between Sunny Bank Farm and Sunny Vale
Meadow brown
Small heath
Small skipper
All of the above in large numbers, I estimated at least 50 plus of each species. It might be worth having a look at these fields in more details.

Sunny Vale

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Hi All,
I am still busy~busy but managed to put the trap out last night and had had enough time this morning to look at the catch! Quite a variety. I have also seen lots of fritillary's, Clouded Yellow, Purple Emperor etc but these shot past as I traversed the Pyrenees by bicycle (18 mountain Colls, 720km, 100hrs, 11,000m of ascent)

The snout 2
Common Footman 1
Light Emerald 4
Swallow-tailed Moth 1
Marbled Minor agg 1
Green Pug 1
Magpie 1
Poplar Hawkmoth 1 (Pictured)
Dark Arches 3
Small Yellow Wave 1 (Pictured)
True lovers knot 1
Purple Bar 1
Large Yellow Underwing 2

Last nights moths

1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
An excellent night -
Dark arches 19
Large Y Underwing 13
Heart and dart 21
Ghost Moth 1 male
Dusky Brocade 3
Gothic 2
Swallowtailed moth 1
Common footman 2
Beautiful Golden Y 1
Burnished Brass 1
Snout 2
Green carpet 1
Common White wave 1
Brimstone 1
Ribband wave 6(3 banded 3 not)
Bramble shoot moth 1
Agapete hamana 1
Scoparia ambigulis 2
Pandemis cerasana 3
Phlyctaenia coronata 1
Light brown apple moth 10
Clysoteuchia culmella 6
1 Ingrailed Clay
1 Uncertain(I think)
Garden Carpet 2
Bee Moth 1 female
Tawny marbled minor 2
Not bad lets hope tonight is as good

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Cheers and good luck

Paul and Sue reported another Ringlet on Norland Moor this morning it is turning out to be a fantastic year for this species.Paul and Sue have moved to the Llyn peninsular today and we wish them all the best in there new home.I would also like to thank Paul and Sue for all there posts on this blogg and for there sheer enthusiasm for wildlife in calderdale and I know this has rubbed off on us all.
Cheers and good luck

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Unknowns and new records

Here is the photo (sorry about the quality and clarity) of the mothy creature found up at Ogden (top). Any ideas?

Also found a number of these caterpillars in the garden this afternoon, does anyone know what they might be? (middle)

Finally 1 ringlet at Jerusalem Farm today (bottom)

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Tag Loop today


Shaded Broad Bar
Tag loop this morning was in full sunshine and only a slight breeze which is unusual this year.!it was a good morning with 150+ Meadow Brown,200 + Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet moths,7 Latticed Heath,1 Shaded Broad bar,7 Ringlet,3 Small Heath,small and Large Skippers in good numbers and 6 Speckled Wood but no Blues at all which is what I went to look for.

Couple of records

Ogden Water 8/7/08
Painted lady on Withens Road
Small skippers in grassland at side of Withens new road

Also found a strange moth like creature under one of the reptile tins, clear wings about 15-20mm long. I have a poor photo if anyone would like to try to ID it. It might not even be a moth...

Stainland recreation ground 9/7/08
2 Large yellow underwings
Peach blossom (right)

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Cromwell Bottom today

Ringlet and Five spot Burnet(or 6)

Cromwell Bottom today

Male Meadow Brown


Yellow shell
6 Ringlet,1 Common Blue,10 Speckled Wood,30 Meadow Brown,3 Yellow Shell and 4 Large skippers

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Llyn Blog

Hi Andy
Just set up the Llyn blog. Nothing posted yet but a link would be appreciated. Blog is at

Friday, 4 July 2008

Interesting Day

4th site for Ringlet Butterfly today, Boothwood Res, Embankment.

Later on Turley Holes Moor, Crag Vale, found Northern Egger (male) in flight and a 2nd year caterpiller of same, sunning on a boulder. While looking at the cateriller a Beautifull Yellow underwing flew past and landed briefly on our legs, then flew again. A few Common heaths around as well.

Colin Duke

Good day for Butterflies

On my usuall walk today i counted.
81 Meadow Brown
13 Speckled wood
2 Painted lady(first migrants of the year)
1 Red Admiral
2 Large Skipper
6 Small Heath
1 Ringlet
Also E.jolly reports 13 Ringlet at Hove Edge Quarry on the 1st July

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Whiteholme Drain

1073 Olethreutes schulziana,Grey Scalloped Bar and this Caterpillar which I think is an Emperor moth.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Hebble Hole

Spent the day working on footpaths in Hebble Hole, Colden Clough LNR. During the day managed to spot the following:-
Red Admiral
Chimney Sweep
Ruby Tiger
Elephant Hawkmoth

Lots of other moths around but I did not hane the butterfly net with me.
Also a pair of little owls up around the top of the clough giving good views all day.

Just for Dishfish

A fine moth indeed


elephant hawkmoth at my school today. was going to ask my mum to bring the camera but has already left. my first-beautiful specimen. =)


Found this Ringlet on Tag meadow this morning,It was first recorded in Calderdale in 2006 by C.Duke at Lightcliffe quarry.I recorded it at Northowram last year and I think this is the first record for Cromwell Bottom.They look very similar to Meadow Brown in flight but appear almost black with a white trailing edge to the lower wing.Keep an eye out for this new species to our area.Golden plusia at Northowram last night and 56 Meadow Brown,5 large Skipper,5 Small heath and 14 Speckled Wood today at northowram.