Monday, 31 August 2009

Norway Maple Mine,31 08 09



Found this mine on norway maple with this phyllo sp just besides it,whether just coincidental,or from the mine im not so sure,as the mine and moth look quite damaged,and no pupal case protruding from mine,anyone know if p geniculella uses norway maple,i think p platanoides uses it,and the little info i can find says mine can be either smooth or with 1 or 2 creases,shape and position on leaf seems ok,but not sure ?

Strawberry mine


Here is a picof the mine found on Strawberry.? Any comments would be appreciated.

Tomato moth!


Can anyone id this very poor photo of a cat that has been decimating my friends Tomatoes recently. He describes the adult as a grey none descript moth but of course this could mean anything Win


Pixie Woods/EGP


Rain and strong winds kept things pretty quiet.Great shot of AR by Martyn
7 Sallow
1 Canary Shouldered Thorn
1 Autumnal rustic
2 Lesser Yeloow Underwing
8 Square Spot rustic
1 Brimstone
2 mother of Pearl
2 Broad Bor Yellow Underwing
5 Large Yellow underwing
4 A.goedartella

Saturday, 29 August 2009

Carpet Sp


Any commoents on this one.A washed out Silver g ,Purple Bar ,Galium.????

Pixie Woods/EGP

Gonna run the trap in Pixie wood tmrw night ,weather looks rubbish but nowt new there.Will set up abour 8.30 all welcome.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Grisly goings on !! 28 08 09



Heres a pic of 4th instar sallow kitten at 25mm now.and a pic of grey dagger larva with parasitic cocoon attached,nature eh !!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Apple Mines 23 08 09



Noticed 1 small apple tree on way to corner shop with quite a few mines on upper surface of leaves,and this 332a phyllonorycter leucographella emerged on 23 08 09,head down wing tips up reminded me of argyresthia sp until seen up closely.

Neglected Rustic/Sallow Kitten larva 22 08 09



Heres pics of neglected rustic from langfield edge and sallow kitten cat 3rd instar,2 cm long including tail like appendages.

Two micros






We would appreciate help IDing these micros. Apologies for poor pics.

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Anomalous 19 08 09



Managed a few hours at langfield edge with actinic,2 male,2 female anomalous,saw this one laying eggs on wavy hairgrass,1st time ive seen it, 2 eggs can be seen to right.

News from Todmorden15 08 09


Hi all,comps finally working again ! Had a try with actinic in attic,and got this common emerald,1st ive seen locally,chequering on fringe isnt very evident due to wear.all the best Bri,ps hoping to get out mothing more now.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

National Moth Night

National Moth Night (NMN) is Britain’s celebration of moths and moth recording. It was launched in 1999
and has taken place annually since then, the date varying each year in order to focus recording effort on
different parts of the season. Atropos (the journal for butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts) founded
the event and it is now run jointly with Butterfly Conservation (the UK charity taking action to save butterflies, moths and their habitats). Is on the 18th and 19th of September 2009 not the 12th as i posted earlier this week.(thanks Chris)

News from Pellon


dark sword Grass

Orange sallow
Martyn caught these on sunday night along with Sallow,Silver Y and Common Carpet

Monday, 24 August 2009

ID request


Not a great photo I'm afraid. Thought at first a rather worn Lychnis, but not sure.

An easy one ??


Bits and Bobbs


Common 'Bedstraw' Carpet
A few decent moths over the weekend including 2 Ruby Tigers last night which were my latest by 10 days.A good show of Common Carpets (i prefer there old name of Bedstraw carpet as they aint that 'Common'),Garden pebble,Straw Dot ,Copper Underwing,Shuttle shaped Dart,Brimstones,Rosy rustic and minor ,Campion,1126 ancylis badiana,Willow Beautys and Flame shoulders.
Brain reports good numbers of Anomalous,Heath,Autumnal and Negleted Rustics and he also found Anomalous eggs on wavy hair grass at Langfield edge.
National Moth Night is on the 12th (Sat night)September and I am planning to go to Withens clough car park for the night.All welcome.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Woss this then?


Sallow feeding
Anyone help ID the top one (from a few days back)? There seem a few candidates but it eludes me nonetheless.

Plum Tortrix




Another new one for our garden is the Plum Tortrix. We also had another Red Underwing last night. Mind you , we are not complaining.


Thursday, 20 August 2009

golden ringed dragonfly green withens res 13th august 2009


a very nice suprise to find this cracking dragon! it was hunting over the north drain before getting carried away by the strong wind and landing in the bracken.
to make things better it was my first ever of this species

Old Lady

Was quite pleased to find this imposing dowager yesterday, it should be ideal territory for them down here by the canal - not too often found in traps though so I was lucky. Less welcome is the carnage caused by wasps of late - is this a common problem in light traps I wonder?

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

A good night 1 & 2


Canary Shoulered Thorn

Sallow Kitten

Scarce Silver Lines
Loads of moths last night with over 200 Yellow Underwing types including a record count of 18 LBBYU's for me, Sallow kitten(an excellent year for this species locally),Scarce Silver lines,Lesser Swallow prominent,Phoneix,Small Phoneix,Campion,Burnished Brass,Snout,Antler,willow beauty,Flounced rustic ,Square Spot Rustic ,Small Square spot Rustic,Ypsolopha sequella,Stigmella sp and a whole\host of micros for id.
Canary s.Thhorn,Gothic,Spectacle(latest by 9 days),Dunbar,Brimstone,and 2 very nice Ypsolopha Scabrella

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Sowerby Bridge over weekend

The Heath Trap attracted the following :

LYUnderwing 27
Lesser Broad bordered YU 9
Common/Lesser Rustic 8
Dark Arches 8
Lesser YU 4
Marbled Beauty 2
The Sallow 2
Svensson's Copper Underwing 1
The Campion 1
Common Carpet 1
Mother of Pearl 1
Light Brown Apple Moth 1

Not to mention one Vespula Vulgaris which had decapitated and partially eaten one of the Lesser Broad bordered LU's. Grisly stuff.

Common Emerald

Brian leesey has been out of action for a couple of weeks with a bad back,but he has been running a heath trap in his attic for the last couple of nights and a Common Emerald appeared as the first moth last night a first for brian and Calderdale.Get well soon Bri and keep up the good work.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Early Appearance?

The Sallow

Found two of these in the Heath Trap this morning. Thought this was a September/October species, maybe they think it's autumn already...

Midgley GMS






Moths from Midgley last night were
LYU 48
Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
L/C Rustic 2
Lesser swallow Prominent 1
Dark Arches 1
Coxcomb Prominent 1 (photo)
Common Wainscot 1
Copper Underwing sp 1 (Photo, forgot about the palps until it was too late)
Broad bordered YU 1
Plus the top moth which we are in dispute about, can anyone help with this please?

Gold-ringed Dragonfly


Just got back from a few days in the Lakes. I was trying to photograph some dragonflies when one obligingly landed on my leg for a close-up. Do we get this species in Calderdale ?

Friday, 14 August 2009









Did anyone else have a bumper moth night on Tuesday? We had our best night ever for numbers of moths, including over 60 LYU. A couple of new ones too inc Chevron, a bit of a worn one, would like to see a " newer " one. Also new was Satin Beauty.









Large yellow Underwing 60+
Lesser Broadbordered Yellow Underwing 3
Least Yellow Underwing 3
Lesser Yellow Underwing 4
Common Wainscot 3
Smoky Wainscot 1
Square Spot Rustic 3
Antler Moth 3
Marbled Beauty 2
Dark Arches 2
Flame Shoulder 1
Ruby Tiger 1
Lesser Common Rustic 4
Chevron 1
Satin Beauty 1
Riband Wave 1








New one this morning (Friday)in trap was Orange Swift, another belter!








Kebcote Moth and Copper Underwings


A bit of a belated post here, but had this (bottom pic) in the heath trap while out camping by the Sportsman, Kebcote last Sat. There were three others of the same species. Six striped Rustic I think - can anyone confirm/correct? Due to various factors, general incompetence resulting from hangover being the main one, I didn't get a complete record from that evening but along with many LYU's, Common/Lesser Rustics and Smoky Wainscots there was one Northern Spinach one Antler Moth and one Grey Mountain Carpet.
Also below from last night in Sowerby Bridge. Was interesting to find a couple of Copper Underwings which I differentiated from Svennson's using the labial paps method described in UK moths and (I've just noticed) featured in a couple of interesting posts from last August by Paul T and Andy C. Anyone know whether the underside of wing method still has any validity as it still seems to be widely quoted?
10 LYU
6 Lesser Broad bordered YU
2 Copper Underwing
2 Common Carpet
1 Purple Thorn
1 Dark Arches
1 Bird Cherry Ermine

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Any ideas?



I'm not sure what this small carpet actually is, it looks like Grey Mountain Carpet or Yellow-ringed Carpet, anyone got any more ideas please........


also i think this is Dark Marbled Carpet, can anyone confirm this please

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Jerusalem Farm

1 small copper feeding on thistles at top of field this morning. Also in the garden the knot grass caterpillar is getting much bigger.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

A few sightings from the last few days

Been out and about over the last few days so not had time to post, here are a few sightings

Friday 7th August
Walk over Walshaw Dean
Green veined white - over 200
Large whites - over 75
Painted lady - 20+
Speckled wood - 5
Ringlet - 6
Meadow brown - 30+
Small copper - 1
Comma - 4

Brown hawker - 2

Antler moth - 1

Saturday/Sunday
Moth trap in garden
Ruby tiger - 1
Clouded border - 1
LYU - 6
Antler moth - 4

Sunday 9th August
Walk from Withens Clough to Stoodley Pike and back
Green veined white - over 50
Large white - over 50
Red admiral - 1
Comma - 4
Small tortoiseshell - 10+
Gatekeeper - 3
Meadow brown - 15
Small heath - 1
Ringlet - 7

Scarce silver Y - 1

Monday, 10 August 2009

Ermine again


Just found a better picture of the Ermine sp.

A few new moths











Had these three on Thursday night but not sure what they are. The Ermine sp. looks most like an Orchard Ermine, almost missed it it was so tiny! The Rustic was also small but can't Christen that either. Think the big one is one of the Beauty's but again can't pin it down. Can anyone help on these three please?