Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Many Thanks and merry X-mas

Many thanks to everyone who has conributed to this site over the last year,some excellent records have been gathered and a steady picture is arising of the wealth of calderdales moths and butterfly species.White Letter hairstreaks ,Leopard moths,Broad Barred White, Blacknecks,Double Dart,Puss Moths,Scarce silver Y's,Muslin footman200 Psychoides filicivora(a first for Yorkshire well done CS)Eriocrai sangii and many many more.Look forward to meeting up with you all next year on a field trip near you,all the best for X-mas and the new year.I hope this blogg has help you enjoy this fasinating subject. Andy

Monday, 14 December 2009

Work in progress 2.

I have added a link to a list of moths recorded in Calderdale.It still need a lot of work but you will get the idea.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Last Night in Hebden Bridge

Big fat zero I'm afraid. Seemed like a decent night and hope for something but alas no. Winston

Saturday, 5 December 2009

National Moth Night 2010

National Moth Night 2010 will take place on Saturday 15 May 2010 and the theme will be Moths
and Bats. This will enable us to stress the importance of moths and highlight the links between
these two groups of much maligned creatures, both of which are in decline. Joint moth and bat
events would also be highly appropriate. As usual it will be jointly organised by Atropos and
Butterfly Conservation (through the Moths Count team), but we will also be joined for NMN2010
by the Bat Conservation Trust. You can record moths as usual for NMN, but if you are
organising an event for family, friends or the public, you could incorporate bat recording as an
added feature. You can make contact with local bat groups via

Thursday, 3 December 2009

News from Todmorden 3 12 09

Hi all,found this 1811 acleris hyemana while gardening today in Tod,quite a few types of heather,which prob accounts for it,as its usually moorland/heathland species,apparently.

Is this the final find of 2009

I found this moth today (3/12) clinging to the hanging basket outside the visitor centre at Ogden Water. Any ideas what it might be?

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Not much of a result!

Trap ran as promised but all we got was one moth, to make matters worse we aren't sure what it is! Can anyone help please?

Friday, 20 November 2009

Traps out?

Sandra reports three flying moths seen whilst she was cycling home this evening, our trap is out!

Leaf Mines on Willow

Hi all, a very wet trudge from Hebden to Sowerby Bridge on Wednesday revealed two diffenent signs of activity on willow near Ludenden foot. In the first the usual 'stigmella style' mining in the second the edge of the leaf has been rolled over. Any ideas?

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Last call for records

Hi all,been a busy with work of late and little to reportbut I have been collecting records and have amassed 4,000 for this year so far(many thanks to everyone who has forwarded records).If any body has any records please e-mail me ,,,I can then forward them to the Yorkshire recorder.Cheers

Saturday, 14 November 2009

News from Todmorden 12 11 09

Another Red Admiral seen today 12 11 09, by Ros Berrington,also 4 Plume moth adult, species disturbed from leylandii hedge ?

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Leaf Mine on Oak

Hi All

found this leaf mine on oak today, Any ideas anyone? Winston

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Project Tityrella

Hi All
Found another of these leaf mines today... Had even more od a 'Green Island' effect than Charlie's. It seems that the way the larvae mine the leaf, their food supply is prolonged? Cleaver. I am assuming the larvae fall to earth to pupate or simple crawl out of their leaf once it has fallen?

News from Todmorden 11 11 09

Saw a Red Admiral today at Meadows Edge garden.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Dry Night Tonight?

Looks like a dry night is forecast. Only light winds and about 3 deg. Not great but the best forecast for a while overnight. Might be worth putting the traps on and see ifanyone can actually post a trapped moth on the blog! Lets see.

Monday, 2 November 2009

It's been quiet

Not posted for quite some time for several reasons not least we have been away quite a bit of late, having said that very little on the few nights we have run the actinic at home . Highlights for us were Mottled Umber, Red Line and Yellow Line Quaker.

Friday, 30 October 2009

Moth Tunnel pt 2

Cometh the hour… Cometh the man, oh yes and the woman… well to be honest my 9 year old daughter, Maisy. We had a spare 3 hours today so launched a small craft from near my mooring and snaked our way towards Fallingroyd tunnel to see if the moths we saw a few days ago, were 1) Still in residence and if so 2) What they were. Both of us tried rowing the small boat and both ended up going round in circles! So Maisy took over and we were soon in the tunnel scanning the corrugated matt black roof for the moths with a powerful torch. 4 moths were found in the darkest section of the tunnel, all (as suspected) 2469The Herald Scoliopteryx libatrix. Operation ‘moth tunnel’ was a success due mainly to captain Maisy! We had a dodgy moment when another boat came the other way and was bearing down on us! With this emergency over we managed to collect one of the heralds and take a photo (see above) once safely back on shore as it warmed up for take off.

Win and Maisy

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Project tityrella

Found these today in local beech wood they seemed to be everywhere.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

News from Todmorden 27 10 09

Hi all,found this micro on juniper today,cant seem to track it down as yet,its slightly over a cm from tip of snout to tip of wing,anyone any ideas,any comments would be appreciated.all the best sorry pics are a bit dingy.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Moth Tunnel

Hi All

Living on a canal boat I sometimes see things from a different angle. Today Iwent on a short cruise through Fallingroyd tunnel (Pictured) (Which transports the canal under the main road in between Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd) Iwas amazed to see quite a few large macro moths. There was a problem however, as the boat lights illuminated the moths only as a distance and not close up, and the situation was not one for hanging around. (A 13 ton wide beam boat in a narrow curved tunnel is a difficult navigational feat). The light was fading and it was very mild today so am not sure if this was a factor as I have gone through the tunnel many times and never seen a moth in there. I would say they could have been Feathered Thorn or Herald. I know these species well and also know their differences but couldn't get close up. Time to deploy the torch and rowing boat! Will report my findings.


Saturday, 24 October 2009

Last Night in Hebden Bridge

A mild night which turned very wet at first light, so I was out at 5am to see what was about and found
Various carpets 4
(Red-Green / com mar )
Chestnut 1
Exapate congelatella 1

This last micro is a very nice looking moth I have never come across before (Pic above)

Friday, 23 October 2009

News from Todmorden 22 10 09

Great night at meadows edge,target species streak,2 red swordgrass,autumn green carpet,feathered thorn,2 blairs shoulder knot,18 red green carpet,6 yellow line quaker,3 silver y,being the pick of 12 species of macros and a phyllo sp.


Another good night in Northowram despite the torrential rain,the Streak one of my favorite moths at this time of year was joined by 3 Yellow Line Quaker,2 brick,Angle shades,red green,Spruce,autumn green and Common Marbled carpets,Blairs Sh Knot,Silver Y ,Light Brown apple moth,Garden rose tort and acleris sparsana

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Bits and Bobbs

A few recent sightings--
Painted lady latest 14th october
Red Admiral...." 19th October
Speckled wood 15th October
Blairs Shoulder Knot 15 on the 15th October(largest local record)
Rosy Rustic 1 on the 19th october (latest local record)
Still recording Black Rustics,Silver Y's ,Common Marbled Carpets,Barred sallow and a Autumn Green carpet last night.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Knott Wood Hebden Bridge 15 10 09

Tried a few hours at sugar and mv,5 chestnut,satellite at sugar.20 chestnut,30 november agg,7 c marbled carpet 5 banded/2 dark,brick,7 red green carpet,flounced chestnut,1062 acleris emargana,465 plutella porrectella.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Guyanan insects

Top - Buckeye Butterfly, Bottom - Tersa sphinx Xylophanes tersa. As An exotic interlude I am includinganother couple of excellent photographs from my friend who is out in Guyana. He is actually from the Mirfield are and is posting a photograph a day on his blog to illustrate his adventure out there. You can see this at
I need to say that only a few of his pics are of insects but there are also some amzing shots of birds and the local people and landscape etc.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Last nights moths/Northowram

998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 8
1041 Acleris sparsana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 2
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 4
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 3
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 4
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 3(70 so far this year)
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 6
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 1
2264 Agrochola macilenta Yellow-line Quaker 2(2 red line last night)
2272 Xanthia aurago Barred Sallow 1
2361 Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1(latest recorded)
An excellent night for october.

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Last Night in Hebden Bridge

Epiritta sp 3

Feathered Thorn (Female) 1

The thorn was spotted this morning floundering in the canal. I rescued it with a very long stick and took this pic after it had dried out. Nice to have both the male (take note of his magnificent feathered antanae) and female on consecutive nights.



Hi all,keep the sugaring going,now is the time for merville du jours,got 2 in cloden clough 2006,including this 1 ,allthe best Bri.

Project Tityrella

In response to Charlie's links to Dereks 'Project Tityrella' on Yorkshire moths, I have been out looking and (for once) have been successful in finding what I was looking for. A nice pic of the leaf mine and its occupant below. Does the cat drop to earth to pupate through the winter or stay in the leaf? Also saw many 100's of mines in privet leaves, what are these (see top)

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Cunnery Wood

Sugared the trees in Cunnery Wood about 5pm, returned between 6.45pm & 7.30pm. Had 2 chestnuts on the large sycamore, nothing on anything else.

Last Night in Hebden Bridge

Featherd Thorn (male) 1 :-)
Light-brown Apple Moth 1
Epiritta sp 1
And in Northowram -

2 spruce,1 red Green and 2Common Marbled carpets,2 Epiritta sp,1 chestnut and a Black rustic.

Sunday, 11 October 2009

soil hill caterpillars

yesterday whilst walking up to soil hill i found about four of these wolly bear caterpillars climbing on the road. i find this quite worrying becuase, will they survive the winter and crysalis in time??

large white predation,10 10 09

Working near allotments tuther day,5 out of 8 cabbage whites were parasitised by apanteles wasps,with 1 unfortunate cat had 20 sulpher yellow cocoons attached to it,not for the faint hearted this lepidoptera ist it !!! ,ps im glad i didnt have camera with me !

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Whiteholme drain,10 10 09

Hi all,no sign of fox cats ,but saw this late haworths minor,and northern eggar cocoon,Bri.

Another foxy pic ...

Here's another pic of fox moth cat - I'm pretty sure that's what they are. They're as long as Elephant Hawks, but not as broad - the scat is similar sized though !!

Last nights moths/Northowram

Still plenty of moths about last night and my second Dark sword Grass of the year.
2091 Agrotis ipsilon Dark Sword-grass 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2232 Aporophyla nigra Black Rustic 2
1761 Chloroclysta miata Autumn Green Carpet 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
2240 Lithophane leautieri Blair's Shoulder-knot 4
1795 Epirrita dilutata November Moth 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1

Friday, 9 October 2009

Cunnery wood ..sugar

Had my first try of the year at sugar this evening in Cunnery wood.... produced 1 Chestnut and 2 Brick.

Fox Moth cats

Been seeing lots of these over the last few days on the tops. They don't seem at all shy !!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Last Night in Hebden Bridge

Hi All

A clear cool but dry night resulted in 1 Mottled Umber and 3 Epiritta sp. To try and confirm or otherwise a November Moth I have tried to get a pic of the abdominal detail (with poor results im afraid) doesnt seem to relate to the pics in W &T however? Could this be a female therefore?

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Last nights moths/Northowram

Its was raining hard when I put the lamp on last night and as I went to bed the sky was clear and there were plenty stars to be seen.I was amazed to find this lot in the trap this morning... 40 moths ,12 species
12 light brown apple moth
9 Blairs shoulder knot
4 Common Marbled carpet
4 November Moths
2 Angle Shades
2 Silver Y
1 Black rustic
1 Barred sallow
1 Green Brindled cresent
1 Copper Underwing
1 Grey pine Carpet
1 Rosy Rustic
1 Acleris sparsarana
Also in the field today -
5 Small tortoiseshell
1 painted lady
3 red admiral
1 comma
1 speckled wood
No Clouded yellow but there must be one in calderdale somewhere.????

Monday, 5 October 2009

October butterflies and Moths

2 Red Admiral,1 Painted lady and a speckled wood in the garden today.In the trap the last few days were Mottled umber,black rustic,angle shades,Grey Pine,spruce ,Autumn green,Red Green snd common marbled carpets,Rosy rustic silver y,Brick and Blairs Shoulder Knot.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Short Moth Film

Hi All, Brian has inspired me to get all artistic and I have put together a trial film of this Silver Y which arrived the other night in the Skinner trap. I know this is a common species but now I have the technology I just need something more exciting to come along.

Hope you like the results


Wednesday, 30 September 2009

News From Hebden Bridge

Last night -

2 unidentifyable Carpets
1 Red-green Carpet
1 Brick

Despite being common Brick is a new one for me, (See pic) ;-)

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

News From Hebden Bridge

Hi All

I have had the trap out for the last 3 nights down here in Hebden Bridge in the hope of either 1) Canary-shouldered Thorn 2) Frosted Orange or 3) Sallow sp. with the following results

26 Sept - 2 Caddis flies :-(

27 Sept -
Common Marbled Carpet 1
Large Yellow Underwing 1 :-(

28 Sept -
Large Yellow Underwing 5
Ypsolopha sequella 1
Canary-shouldered Thorn 1 :-)


Monday, 28 September 2009

August / September Thorn

I think this is a September Thorn or is it an August Thorn, any ideas?

Knott Wood,27 09 09

Hi all,tried a 3 hour session with mv,in mainly birch,12 sp macro 4 sp micros,flounced chestnut 9,autumn green carpet,2 green ,7 red green,19 banded form and 17 dark form of common marbled,9 chestnut,straw dot,2 square spot rustic,2 pink barred sallow,pale/nov moth agg,3 autumnal rustic,large y underwing,905 blastodacna hellerella,2 465 plutella porrectella and eudonia mercurella type ?

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Time lapse film of Sallow Kitten pupating by Bri

This film was originally 3 hours long but taken with time lapse it is now aprox 3 mins great bit of film and well done to Brian leesey for this excellent bit of film.

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Hi All Been on Holiday, Camping in Bristol. The following list were attracted to the campsite lights.
18-24 Sep
Woodhouse Park, Bristol

2126 Setaceous Hebrew Character
2199 Common Wainscot
2477 The Snout
1961 Light Emerald
2270 Lunar Underwing
2107 Large Yellow Underwing
1906 Brimstone Moth
1524 Emmelina monodactyla
1913 Canary-shouldered Thorn
1334 Scoparia ambigualis
1042 Rhomboid Tortrix
2310 Angle Shades
1937 Willow Beauty

Midgley GMS

Two moths! Yep, just two individuals a Large Yellow Underwing and a Black Rustic.

Barred Sallow

Another good night in Northowram which was a bit of a suprise as it was GMS night which is generally the worst night of the week.??Barred Sallow,Red Line Quaker ,Autumn Green(1),Red Green(3)Common Marbled(4)Spruce(1) and Garden(1) carpets
Black rustic(5)Silver Y(1)Garden Rose Tortrix(4) and Light Brown Apple Moth(1).