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).

Friday, 25 September 2009

Frosted orange

An excellent year for Frosted orange and last night was my 10th of the year including 3 on the 17th .17 Black rustics so far and also good numbers this week of Silver Y,Autumnal and Rosy rustics ,Lunar Underwing,Red Green and Common Marbled carpets.1 Brown Spot Pinion and a lot of Garden rose tortix/Light Brown apple Moth.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009


Hi all this is a sample of Nick and Sandras records(thanks )and the easiest way for me to copy them on to map mate,Thanks
Ive added a link to the maps that are created from all over the UK .Nick theres one for Arran carpet is that where you were.???

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Moth night - Hipperholme

Did not do too well down here either,

1 plume moth (got away before I could ID it)
1 Common Marbled Carpet (banded form)
1 Straw Dot
4 Copper Underwings

Have done much better on the butterflies in the garden with
Speckled Wood
Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell

Also walk up around Holywell Green this afternoon gave
19 Speckled Wood
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Red Admiral
1 Large White
3 Comma

No Moth night

Clear skies,wind and drizzle saw few Moths on the night at withens Clough
Haworths minor 7
Antler 1
Autumnal Rustic 5
Straw Dot 2
Lesser YU 1
Black Rustic 1
Sq Sp Rustic 1
Angle shades 2

In Northowram

Black rustic 3
Large YU 10
Silver Y 1
Rosy Rustic 4
Garden Rose Tx 2

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Dark marbled carpet

Keep a close eye on all Common Marbled carpets for this one above they look very similar.Found this in the trap today along with 7 CMCarpets.

Some sort of carpet ???

News from Todmorden 18 09 09

Hi all,had good night considering clear skies at meadows edge garden,inc this 883 mompha rashciella,autumn green carpet,small phoenix,8 pink barred sallow,5 flounced chestnut,3 green 3 red green,grey pine,19 common marbled carpets,3 aut rustics,rosy rustic,being the pick.all the best Bri.

Caterpillar ID

It has four distinctive white spots. Any ideas ??

Friday, 18 September 2009

ID help please

Any one ot any idedas on this one a large dark Noctuid caught at light on thursday night wing 22m,I pretty sure its not a Square Spot Rustic as its too big,???


There are 7 species of moth in the egg box .can u name them.???

Thursday, 17 September 2009

ID assistance needed

Can someone tell me if this is a sallow or pink barred sallow (it looks like a hybrid betwwen the 2 pics in my book). Despite looking distinctive, I couldn't find the other one.

Last night ,NMN ,Records etc

Brown spot pinion

Black rustic
A good selection of moths last night included Black Rustic,Brown spot Pinion,Lunar Underwing,Frosted Orange,Spruce carpet,Set heb Character,LYU and Lesser YU.
NMN is at Withens Clough car park meet 8.30 onwards,I amy be a bit late will be there def by 9.30.Trying to send lamp with someone else to set up.
Records ..please could you send any records to me for this year,stating Date,Site(with grid ref if poss)Name of moth and how many.Please dont lump records ie 159 Large Yellow Underwing in August.The more accurate the better.I will put all these records on Mapmate and then send them to the Yorkshire recorder.The Butterfly consevation web site uses these records to add to there excellent distribution maps which can be viewed at the BC web site. if you carnt make it to Withens Clough get your traps on at home ,all the best Andy

Friday, 11 September 2009

News from Todmorden,10 09 09

Hi all,great night at meadows edge,considering clear skies,a late scarce siver y small migrant type,neglected rustic,4 flounced chestnut,2 pink barred sallow,canary shouldered thorn,5 autumnal rustic,copper underwing on palps, being the pick of 12 macros and strawberry tortrix,2 lt brown apple moth and 4 micros to be i d yet.pic of flounced chestnut.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Cat for id.?

Cat found today on Birch ??

Plutella porectella(nearly mistook this for diamond backed moth)

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Langfield Edge08 09 09

Quite poor up here to actinic,conditions looked great at 1st till it cleared for a while with the bright moon ,it clouded over again later,but only 7 moths,best heath rustic,ear sp.this mothings a strange game ! ps not a single micro either !

Last nights moths/Northowram

Good numbers around last night ,
1 Rosy rustic
42 Large Y Undwing
14 lesser Y U
1 L/C Rustic
1 Garden Carpet
6 Common M carpet
1 Silver Y
1 Flounced rustic
3 Sq Spt Rustic
5 Light brown apple Moth
1 Garden Rose Tort
2 Acleris lat/com
1 Small sq Spot
1 Lunar Underwing
1 acleris sparsarana
1 Plutella porectella(new for the garden)
2 Blastobasis adustrela
1 White sh House moth
1 brown h moth

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Last nights moths/Northowram

Heath rustic
An excellent night with this Heath Rustic a new one for the garden and a couple of silver y's.Canary shoulderd thorn,Grey pine Carpet,Sq Spt and Rosy rustic and a few yellow Underwings.Wens ,Thurs and Fri look good for a leaf mining trip.?

Friday, 4 September 2009

Anyone ID this micro

Hi all
Like many I have not had the trap out recently, It seems to be raining down here all the time and the odd chance I have put it out has resulted in a flooded trap and I'm fast running out of egg cartons.
Anyway - I found this micro in the garden - actually it has been around for a while just never got the chance to photograph it. I think it is Pyrausta purpuralis, but I'm not sure. Anyone confirm which species it is?

Atrocious weather

Micro taken in Pixie wood.??

1398 Rush Veneer
Hi all weather is grim for trapping but ive had the trap out in the rain and wind,Svensonns Copper Underwing ,Sallow,Setaceouse Hebrew Character,a few Silver Y's,Rosy Rustice best th.The top photo is a pyralid/type taken in Pixie wood the other night it had a purpleish/gold sheen to it.??Rush Veneer a common migrant but a first for me in Northowram.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

Honey I'm Home :-))

I am back to sunny downtown Elland for a week next week moving my mother from hot sunny Brighouse to the chilly climes of Essex where she is to spend her retirement hours at the Tiptree jam factory (excellant cafe according to mum) and hopefully snaring some rich old bloke who will turn his toes up quickly and leave me loads a money ;-)) I might get some time during the week for a leaf-mining session if anyone is around in the daytime and fancies a trip out ? The main reason I am posting though is that I have a brand new hardly used Robinson 125 MV moth trap that I am willing to loan out long term to anyone who wants one. Only condition is that its used mainly in Calderdale to add records for Andy and any damages are replaced before I get it back in the future.

Apologies in advance Charlie I am about to do it again.....we had loads of Lime Hawk Cats last week on a small stunted Apple tree of all things on our local lane. I took four with a large colour variation and they have now departed underground to pupate. Not done much moffing here in recent weeks as we have been battered by a succession of winter gales throughout August and continuing into September with today the only dry day since Saturday so far, yesterday we had floods :-(( The locals reckon this has been the wettest week since Noah left and are having a whip round to pay my fare back to Yorkshire as they blame me for bringing Pennine Weather to the area since I moved. I might be picking your brains or perhaps green-fingers Charlie as it looks like I am about to get my hands on my own allotment in the near future and might need a few tips. My fame has spread around the village as I am not only known as "Paul the Books" but also the lunatic Yorkshire man who looks for horrible crawling things in his spare time. This paid off last week as I met the only other loony in the village who also likes moths and shes invited Sue and I round to her farm to run a moth trap with her whenever we feel like it (which is why my Robinson is spare at the moment). Anyway that's it for now as I have to get making some blackberry jam and the next batch of Sloe Gin needs to be got underway so its ready for Xmas...the excitement just never stops in the country !

PS Its costing me 10 quid a week on bird food for the birds who arrive in droves in daylight and cat biscuits for the seemingly small army of hedgehogs that arrive in the garden each night to eat me out of house and home. I cannot afford the electricity to run the moth trap now anyway by the time I have paid by other wildlife bills each week !

PPS nearly forgot. Andy I have had your new copy of Skinner for weeks now. I brought it back to Elland a few weeks back but you were on Holiday so I could not drop it off.

Pink Barred Sallow,03 09 09

Found a pink barred sallow,i know its common,but for quite a strikingly coloured moth ,they can be hard to spot on appropriately coloured leaves,and its no coincidence as soon as the first leaves start turning to their autumnal colours,they appear in larger numbers.all the best Bri.