Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Time to go

Nick they have fed very well and are ready for collection to be let go somewhere near you ,hope gladso was good.(click on pic for better view).

Afternoon walk

Took a walk yesterday afternoon from home, up Norcliffe Lane to Sunny Bank Farm, then cut down the fields to Sunny Vale before returning to Badger Lane.

Speckled wood
Small skipper
Meadow brown
Small heath
(all above in large numbers, 50+) on lanes and in fields)
lots of grass moths
1 red admiral
1 large white
Might be worth setting up a few heath traps in the grass one night and leaving to see what we find. Also found a half eaten carcass of a moth (bottom) on the road around the old factory. Is it an emerald?
Sunny Vale lake produced lots of blue damselflies, 2 kingfisher, heron and 27 orchids.
Also included the photo of the moth I am having trouble identifying from the trap any help welcome.

Also Andy you mentioned about another visit to Cunnery Wood, do you want to try this Thursday evening?

Monday, 29 June 2009

whiteholme drain micro,15 06 09

Hi all just to let you know that micro as been i d,by Harry Beaumont,as elachista kilmunella,Ians going to use it on uk moths,so thats great.not sure of calderdale status,no doubt under recorded,will see if i can find a few more ont drain !

bits and bobs

Hi all,thought you might be interested in pic of northern eggar eggs,2mm in lenght laid by the Female from Hinchcliffe trip,i dispersed them in suitable habitat,where found.all the best Bri.

Northowram over the weekend

Poplar Grey

Peach Blossom
Loads of new moths in the trap over the weekend including this Poplar Grey.(new for the garden)Peach Blossom,Brrom Moth,Fanfoot,Mottled Beauty,Green carpet,flame Carpet Light Emerald , 409a Argyresthia trifaciata which looks like a minute piece of gold leaf and 1506 Stenoptillia millieridactyla

Withens Clough Car park

Perfect conditions last night ,it was a pitty we could only manage 1 1/2 hours,Still it was great night,
35 True Lovers Knot
27 Map winged Swift(2 f.gallicus)
7 Green Carpet
1 Antler(an early one)
8 Small angle Shades
1 Purple Bar
2 Small Elephant Hawkmoths
10 Northern Spinach
1 Northern Eggar
30+ Middle Barred Minor(many red forms)
+ common species

Saturday, 27 June 2009

Withens Clough Car park

Meeting sunday night at 10ish.Still loads of Ghost Moths about here with 178 tonight,the tractors are getting forever closer......5 Gothic in with another 40+ species last night was the highlight.

News From Todmorden,26 06 09

Hi all,got this blastodacna hellerella in trap at meadows edge garden,along with 45 macros,including 2 green arches,common lutestring dark northern form,2 small rivulets,2 elephant 1 pop hwk,9 light emeralds,2 elachista argentella,all the best Bri.


Firstly just to say thatnks to Brian for sorting out the Centre Vale Park evening, A really good show of different moths and a good turn out of people as well.

Hot on the heals of the success at Tod, I set the trap going last night
4 Peppered moths
2 orange underwings (not sure which type as they escaped as I was getting them out)
1 brimstone
1 snout
1 flame
1 white ermine
1 green silver line
1 cream wave
1 ghost moth (female)
2 pugs
1 common carpet
1 small magpie

also a few I am having trouble identifying.

Friday, 26 June 2009

Cinnabar Moth

There are far fewer than a few years ago. Perhaps as parasites catch up with them. I watched (a few years back) a couple of Ichneumons hovering near a colony of cinnabar caterpillars in my garden. They responded by flailing their rear ends around but the parasites just kept hanging in the air waiting their chance.

However, one adult cinnabar on Weds 24th June in a field behind the Griffin Inn, Barkisland.

centre vale park moth night,25 06 09,

Heres a coxcomb prominent from centre vale park last night.

Centre Vale Park Moth Night,25 06 09

Hi all,id just like to say a big thanks to Andy Cockroft,Chris Sutcliffe,Roy Johnson Mick Harrop,and every one who managed to make it last night.although clear skies and 1 or 2 midges didnt help ! we still got 20 macros and 6 micro species,and probably quite a few people who will soon be mothing ,which is great.burnished brass,pic included,light emerald,green silver lines,herald,buff arches,peach blossom,coxcomb prominent,brimstone,small angleshades,and beautiful golen y,small magpie impressed every one .Thanks a lot ,All the best Bri,ps a good turn out for a thursday night.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Small Coppers

This was taken a couple of years ago at Northowram,which has a small colony of theses beautiful butterflies.Sorry about poor quality,I started loading then went to make a coffee and it was ready to post.


Hi all
Some cats that had me totally baffled for a couple of days until Reg Fry put me out of my misery. Sue and I spotted a large number of these cats feeding on Meadowsweet on the coast a week or so back. The large ones were around 1cm in length and the slightly different looking earlier instars were about .5cm in length. My first though was footman spp, no go as they all feed on lichens or dried plant material. I looked through every book I had, did searches for cats on Meadowsweet, even went through evey cat in Porter book and zilch. I posted the photos on Regs website and he came back with early instar Emperor Moth !!! I would never in a million years have got this despite rearing many through in the last instar and from pupa. I have never seen the early instars and to find them on Meadowsweet no more than 20 feet from the sea at low altitude was a complete shock.

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

testing testing

testin video image

Another Wood Sage cat emerges.

This looks a bit like Acleris notana/ferrugana
its not postvittana.??

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Ghost Moth 'Spectacular' 2

sallow kitten

An amazing 268 Ghost moths last night including 22 in cop.If any one fancies seeing this spectacular its in the field opposite my house in Northowram just send me an e-mail or turn up about 10 o'clock.The first moth in the trap last night was a Sallow Kitten which was new for the garden(first Gothic,Burnished Brass,Dark Spectacle and Buff Ermine) and Nick C dropped off 12 Puss moth cats to look after while he's in Gladsto,100+ Chimney Sweeper by widop Gate today ....good times.

ID help please

450 Hawthorn Moth.??

Halifax Scientific Society /Crow nest quarry

Halifax Scientific Society has a walk scheduled at Crow Nest Quarry this Saturday 27th June, if anyone wants to goin them.
All are welcome to join them. Meet 10.30 at Lightcliffe C.of E. Primary School on Wakefield Rd., Lightcliffe. (At the Scout Hut.) Bring a packed lunch.
I understand the Bee Orchids weren't fully developed on 14th. Lets hope they're not finished by 27th!
Steve Blacksmith

Monday, 22 June 2009

Beautiful Yellow Underwing,22,06 09

Heres a beautiful yellow underwing at whiteholme drain,all the best Bri.

Ghost Moth 'Spectacular'

Last night returning from work at dusk,I noticed a Ghost moth flying in the headlights, I stopped the car and put the headlights over the field where it was heading it was amazing to see Ghost moths everywhere I counted no less than 48 males and 8 females 'Lekking'over the field .I returned an hour later and found none.Will try againd tonight nothing special about the field just a mix of Dock,Sorrel ,Buttercup,Nettle and various grasses.

Another cracker.....

We dont get many but when we do they are worth the wait! Found this Elephant Hawkmoth in the trap this morning, and the Peppered Moth was on the windowsill on Sunday morning and is still hanging round the area.

Monday morning Northowram

The Snout

Peppered Moth

Lesser yellow Underwing
Far too much work at the moment so it was good to be out this morning,The Lesser yellow Underwing emerged overnight from a cat found in the garden earlier in the year(that makes 10 breeding species now for the garen).The Snout and Peppererd Moth were seen this morning near the local wood ,the full list below from usual walk
Common Carpet 1
Snout 1
Peppererd Moth 1
Meadow Brown 15 +
Painted lady 1
Speckled wood 20+
Garden Grass Veneer 20+
Crambus lathoniellus 10+
Celphya Lacunana 3
Nemophora degeerella 3
Pseudaryrotyrotoza conwagana 8+

Langfield Common,21 06 09

Hi all.2 Grey Scalloped Bars finally ,12 true lovers knot ,10 dark brocade,8 broom,neofaculta ericetella,dark arches,pic of broom moth included,at heath trap last night.All the best Bri.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Centre Vale Park Moth Night,25 06 09

Hi all,Centre Vale Park Moth Night will be on thursday 25 june 09,turn left off burnley rd into ewood lane,and park at Sports Centre car park,and walk through to 1,memorial gardens where a light will be situated,and 2,bandstand where another light will be situated.9 30/10 pm ,people can stay as long as they wish.If any one could help with manning the lights for a couple of hours or so that would be great,if enough response,possibly run another light.photos will be displayed in the memorial gardens the following weekend,hopefully!you can email me on brianleecy@gmail.com

Friday, 19 June 2009

langfield edge,16 06 09

Hi all had a couple of hours with heath trap,map winged swift,2 true lovers knot,dark brocade,c b brindle pale form,2 broom,narrow winged pug,3 dipleurina lacustrata,eudonia pallida,blastobasis decorolla.also last night at m edge garden 18 06 09,at mv ,3 map winged swift,iron prom northern form,3 flame shoulder,flame carpet,c b brindle pale form,broken barred carpet,small clouded brindle,flame,6 b golen y,purple clay,and 1st record of lychnis and pseudargyrotoza conwagana.all the best Bri.

Micro id

I had given this up as lost until Mike took it into photoshop for some trimming and sharpening.?Been a bit quiet with all this wind but managed 50+ Chimney Sweepers by Widdop Gate today,with Green silver lines,Smoky wainscot,Slender Brindle and Bright Line Brown eye in the trap last night.

Mystery Moth

Hi All, whilst things are rather busy with me and I haven't had much time to trap / search for moths I have really enjoyed everyones postings of brilliant descoveries and pics. This pic is of a moth found last week in Gayana! sent to me by my friend who is staying out there for a while. Any ideas?

Thursday, 18 June 2009

Broad-Barred White Headshot

Just a head shot of the Broad-Barred White
moth , as it just looked like a bull with its head
down ready to charge. I know , I need to get
out more

Broad-Barred White

Another first for our garden with this Broad-Barred White last night. Went into trap , out of trap, then back in again. Lucky us .

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

whiteholme drain,15 06 09

Hi all,heres a side view of that micro,forgot to mention i found this cat feeding on heather ,i just assumed svensons copper underwing,but looking at it closely im not so sure,its 18 mm long and feeding well on heather.Cheers Bri,ps theres too much going on !!

Figure of Eighty

Just in case anyone is interested this is a picture of a Figure of Eighty from last night.

A first for us

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Midgley Moth Session Friday

Following on from Andy's offer to bring an MV lamp up to Midgley one evening this week to try and improve on what little we have been catching we have decided on this coming Friday evening. If anyone is interested in joining us you are most welcome, tea, coffee, beer or whatever will be provided and if enough people are interested maybe a chilli or something? Let me know if you fancy it and if you need directions.



Hi all,got 2 of these micros on heather at whiteholme drain yesterday ,15 06 09.5 mm from snout to wing tip,prob common but only saw 2 all day,didnt find a single grey scalloped bar,wonder weather they have struggled with our dreadful early spring, as they over winter as small larva,and yet common heaths seem more abundant then ever,and they overwinter as a pupa,obviously a very successful stratedgy ! would be grateful for out on the micros .all the best Bri.

Mad Friday,12thJune 2009..results

Sorry its taken so long and I know I've missed a couple off so please let me know.A good selection of whats about at the moment.I think we will make this an annual event...Calderdale Moth Nite(CMN)
14 Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 2
17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 1
18 Hepialus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift 8
647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 3
648 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House Moth 2
970 Pandemis cerasana Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 5
1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 1
1076 Celypha lacunana 2
1115 Ancylis achatana 1
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 2
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 3
1356 Evergestis forficalis Garden Pebble 2
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 8
1428 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
1637 Lasiocampa quercus f. callunae Northern Eggar 1
1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 7
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 4
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 4
Silver ground Carpet 120
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 2
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 25
1773 Electrophaes corylata Broken-barred Carpet 5
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 4
1827 Eupithecia intricata Freyer's Pug 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 3
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 2
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 6
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 37
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 4
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 3
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 3
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2006 Pheosia gnoma Lesser Swallow Prominent 1
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 6
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 2
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 6
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 6
2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 22
2122 Diarsia brunnea Purple Clay 1
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 2
2138 Anaplectoides prasina Green Arches 1
2147 Hada plebeja Shears 1
2158 Lacanobia thalassina Pale-shouldered Brocade 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 3
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 2
2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 2
2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 6
2326 Apamea crenata ab. combusta Clouded-bordered Brindle [melanic form] 10
2326 Apamea crenata Clouded-bordered Brindle 8
2330 Apamea remissa Dusky Brocade 4
2331 Apamea unanimis Small Clouded Brindle 4
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 15
2335 Apamea scolopacina Slender Brindle 2
2339 Oligia latruncula Tawny Marbled Minor 5
2422 Pseudoips prasinana Green Silver-lines 1
2439 Plusia festucae Gold Spot 4
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2442 Autographa pulchrina Beautiful Golden Y 4
2450 Abrostola tripartita Spectacle 5
2469 Scoliopteryx libatrix Herald 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 1
2492 Herminia grisealis Small Fan-foot 2

Monday, 15 June 2009

Out & about

Lots of whites and Green Veined whites in the garden, also red damselfly
Colden Clough - lots of dueling speckled wood
Rodmer Clough - Painted lady
Jerusalem Farm - did some sweep netting in the grasslands and found mating gold swift (bottom) and what I'm pretty sure is a carpet (top) - but cannot nail down which one. Also had peacock caterpillar and lots of greeny coloured caterpillars.

Whiteholme Drain,15 06 09

Hi all,got 2 of these superb olethreutes schulziana from heather near whiteholme drain,and a cracking male northen eggar landed near where i was sat sarnies and flask went everywhere ! got two other interesting micros to i d yet.all the best Bri.

More from Wood sage

Another emergence from Wood sage this afternoon???another Cnephasia ??I think the one this morning may have been a Nettle Tap.??

Aliens !

Hi all

The photo shows parasites of some sort emerging from a final instar Northern Egger. This is a larvea I found on Norland Moor a couple of years back and reared through to final instar. I had a few larvea of Northern Egger and they did the usual cat thing of getting restless and roaming around the container looking for pupation sites when they finished feeding. I popped them in seperate containers and spotted this one would still not spin up when suddenly these white grubs started eating their way of the poor cat. When ever I see this photo it reminds me on John Hurt in Aliens ! Notice how the emerging larvae seem to be appearing just above the spiracular line on the cat.

Who Dun It ?

Bad micros shots

The thing with micros is i carnt get any decent photos,The tiny 1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana is a real gem and the other crippled one emerged from wood sage overnight,the only thing of note is its long snout and black/white coloration.???

Sunday, 14 June 2009


In contrast to just about everyone else we are having a lean time of it up here, Friday's moths were

Flame Shoulder 1
Heart and Dart 1 (our first up here)
Cl Bd Brindle 1
Flame 1 (another first)
Green Carpet 1 (we think but was very worn)
Common Swift 1
Magpie Moth 1

Plus three as yet unidentified, photo has gone to Andy, I know we had them at Withens Clough but can't remember their name!

Last night just brought us 1 Miller.

Getting jealous!!!

Last night

another great night in Pellon but the star Moth was a Bufftip in Luddenden, one of my favourite Moths.

I was up half the night trapping Moths in the garden and instead of leaving the common species until the morning, ie to see what is in the trap or hidden in the amongst the vegetation, I kept all the Brimstone in tubs overnight. I had caught 16 by 1.30 and had another 8 in the trap this morning giving a total of 24. A few more than my previous high count of 11.

other goodies were,

The Flame
Small Angle Shades 3
Clouded Bordered Brindle 15
Smoky Wainscot
Beautiful Golden Y 2
Rustic Shoulder Knot 4
Small Clouded Brindle 2
Small Fanfoot

I've now got 11 pugs to try and id

The Flame


Grey Scalloped Bar,13 06 09

Hi all took heath trap up on langfield common last night,4 dark brocade,2 broom,true lovers knot and found 2 grey scalloped bars on heather after dark,its great when you get your target species.all the best Bri.


Yesterday had a small skipper in the garden
Trapped last night
1 Herald
1 Miller
1 Lesser Swallow Prominent (bottom)
2 unknowns (top), I think they are darts but am having trouble pinning them down.
If anyone can ID them it would be appreciated. Also manythanks for ID the moths I had yesterday.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

News From Todmorden 12 06 09

Hi all,much improved last night,29 species of macros,including my 1st small elephant of the year,pic.among the pick,3 pop hawk,shears,green silverlines,iron prominent,3 clouded silver,4 small clouded brindle,2 slender brindle,broken barred carpet3 bright line brown eye,10 rustic shoulder knot.all the best Bri.