Saturday, 29 November 2008

Moth for ID

Just going through some old photos and came across this moth. I found it down at Cromwell Bottom on 17th June 2007. Can anyone help me ID it?

Friday, 28 November 2008

Angle Shades

My son shouted ...Dad theres a moth on the wall...... I was suprised to see one of these.......the garden was well frozen this morning. ... as it turns out my latest by 2 weeks.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Caterpilla for id.?

Any one got any ideas on this found today on the outside wall,Speckled Wood/Yellow Shell.?

Friday, 21 November 2008

Silence of the Lambs moth find a mystery

South Yorkshire daily Star November 1st 2008
By Staff Copy,via Yorkshire Moths and my Dad
AN EXOTIC visitor from far, far away is providing a perplexing puzzle for staff at Sheffield's Botanical Gardens.
Gardeners have found a rare Death's Head Hawk Moth – a giant of its kind famous for featuring in the blockbuster chiller The Silence Of The Lambs.
The seven centimetre moth – which can boast a wingspan of up to 13 cms when fully grown and is the largest species ever seen in the UK – was found dead in the glass pavilions.
It was taken to moth enthusiast Ed Kelly, who owns the Gatehouse Gift Shop at the gardens, for identification.
Ed called in Sheffield University etymology expert Richard Naylor, who was equally baffled by the exotic immigrant.
The sinister-looking creature's natural habitat is in southern Europe, and how one ended up in Sheffield is a mystery.

Ed said: "To see a moth like this is an incredibly rare event.

"Richard said they are sometimes blown here across the Channel but only a few arrive each year and they never breed here."

Specimens making it into the UK are sometimes found in southern England, but hardly ever make it north.

Ed added: "Richard wondered if it had been transported here in one of our plants or in the soil, but we've had no recent deliveries like that.

"It looks like it has just emerged from its chrysalis but has died perhaps because it is too cold.

"It is a bit gruesome – it has the distinctive skull marking on its back."

The moth will be on display in Ed's shop for the next few days and will then be donated to the university.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Sugaring Caution

Hi all
Not meant to be scaremongering but please be very, very careful should you decide to boil up your own sugaring mix. As you have to dissolve sugar and the mix turns into the equivalent of runny jam its very very hot when boiling (like jam it boils at a higher temp than water)and it tends to boil over if not watched and it tends to spit and splash out of the pan. If it lands on bare skin in the hot state it sticks like napalm and burns just as badly. Its got a wonderful appetising scent like sweet toffee and is irresistible to kids and pets so must never be left unattended until its cool for obvious reasons.

Second point and this request has been made many times in other forums. Please do not spread the mixture on trees with mosses and lichens on the bark as it kills the moss and lichen and thus spoils the biodiversity of the tree and spoils it for other people who prefer mosses and lichens to moths as a hobby.

Hints on Sugaring

This is taken from the excellent 'Practical Hints for the field Lepidopterist'by J.W. Tutt,a good x-mas present to yourself and can be got from Pennine Books(link on the right of screen) run by P.Talbot.Also the new edition of Skinner is out soon.
Sugaring should be attempted side by side with sallowing. It sometimes happens that when sallows are unattractive moths may be taken at sugar, and vice versa. We are indebted to Alderson for some excellent notes on "sugaring" (Ent. Rec., i., p. 140). He states that he always uses coarse brown sugar, when procurable, but has found old black treacle quite as effective. Blackberries, gathered when ripe, and boiled down with sugar, form an excellent substitute, and is especially attractive to the Xanthiids. When laying the sugar on, it is advisable to add a little rum (methylated spirit, jargonelle, and other substitutes are also used by various collectors), every dozen trees or so, rather than to mix the whole previous to starting. It is also desirable to commence in sufficient time to allow finishing the last tree on the round before dusk, the first hour being as a rule the most productive. A long thin line (the width of the brush) almost to the foot of the tree is better than a small patch, one advantage of the former method being that the insects are not clustered so closely, and fewer escape, especially if one commences by throwing the light first at the bottom of the tree. On a windy night the majority of the moths are frequently on the lowest part of the sugar, the upper portion being almost deserted, whilst those Noctuids that fly nearest the ground are much more likely to be attracted. It is also always worth while to sugar a quantity of small-limbed trees, as these frequently pay well when the bare trunks of large trees are little patronised. It is advisable, too, to shake the brush over low-growing shrubs, and also to carefully let a drop of sugar fall on the centre of thistle and other composite flowers, or to sprinkle a little over the flower-heads of Eupatoriur. Be careful also to keep at work on the same ground, the moths appear to congregate more on a round that is continually worked, and the trees kept constantly sugared. Changing ground does not usually prove particularly productive, especially for the first few nights, besides, the fact that more sugar is required on a new round is important, an old round wanting very little to freshen it up. Boxes should always be ready when renewing old sugar, as many species, early on the wing, will be found already at the bait, and, the spirit having evaporated from the latter, these early-comers are usually exceedingly wary.


Hi all,If any one has there records ready for this year(2008) could they please send them to me at my e-mail adress Thanks to those who have allready sent them in .Andy

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Red sword Grass

2 Red Sword Grass recorded at sugar last night in Todmorden from a new site also 8satellites,Chestnut and yellow line Quaker,from a new recorder called Marolyn.

BBC i player episode/b00fj265 /Inside_Out_ South_West_ 121
A small bit on a moth trapping session on i-player,if this link does'nt work you will av t cut and paste

Monday, 17 November 2008

News from todmorden over the weekend

1 Feathered Thorn
9 Red Green carpet
1 Juniper Carpet
10 Chestnut
14 Satellites
3 Brick
1 angle Shades
2 Yellow Lined Quaker
6 Light Brown apple Moth
Again Brian proves there still out there in good numbers.!
I had 1 Chestnut and 2 Light Brown apple moth up here but I think Wenesday looks ok this week.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Only House wood/Northowram

Just about manage to sugar a few trees this evening before it got too dark ,-
1 Red Green carpet
3 Chestnut
1 Satellite(orange spots)

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Last nights moths

Another productive night at Mv light in Todmorden with Brians first Scarce Umber of the year,he also recorded Winter moth ,Mottled umber,Common Marbled carpet,Red Sword grass in Northowram I recorded 30 moths of 8 species with my first 'white spotted' Satellite,despite the wind it was a good night.

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Red Sword Grass?

Apologies for the poor photo but is this a Red Sword Grass? found in Midgley tonight

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

News from todmorden

Brian recorded the following at his Mv125 last night in Todmorden
13 Red Green carpet
1 autumn Green Carpet
1 red sword Grass
1 feathered thorn
1 blairs Shoulder Knot
1 yellow line Quaker
1 Light Brown apple Moth
and 2 Torts to id

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Last Night's 3 visitors

1 Common Marbled Carpet
1 Rather worn (poss yellow) Quaker
and this male Mottled Umber which shows no sign of a central spot on the forewing

Mondays moffing

Not a bad day for November all in all,started with a daytime Winter Moth flying around the local wood.Then had 8 Chestnut,1 agonoptrix arnella,1 Satellite(orange spots) and this Feathered Thorn at sugar and Angle Shades and Acleris sparsarana at the outside light.