Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A Nice way to round off March

My eigth new species of the month came in the form of this Mottled Grey found resting on a dry stone wall at Norland village this morning. Its cold grey forewings matching the cold wet skies of this small pennine village.Charlie


Dear All, shall we have another crack at sallowing. Can I cuggest we combine it with a lamp so at least we get something later on and shall we try somewhere else than Cromwell Bottom which has not been that successful. Any suggestions? Win

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Why did the caterpillar cross the road?

Sandra has just returned from a week in northen Spain (just south of Pyrenees) and took these videos of a line of caterpillars crossing a main road. The photos show the caterpillar and the cocoons she thinks they came from. We reckon they might be Small Eggar but really aren't sure.

Knott Wood sat night

Mottled Grey

Red Chestnut

Met with Bri,Winston and Martyn at Knott wood last night, in Northowram the wind was cold and the skies clear whilst at Hebden it was pleasantly mild with light wind.A good catch followed for the time of year.One Orange underwing was seen whilst setting up ---
Common Quaker 40+
Chestnut 8
Satellite 3(white spots)
Twin Spotted quaker 6
Yellow Horned 10
Mottled Grey 6
Hebrew Character 2
Clouded drab 7
Engrailed 3
Red Chestnut 6
Diurnea fagella 3
Although most were attracted to light all species were also found by searching tree trunks with a torch.

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Friday Night in Hebden

2 x Common Quaker
2 x Satelite (One white spots, on orange)
2 x Chestnut

win :-)

Friday, 26 March 2010

Knott Wood sat 27 03 10

We are having a session tomorrow night if anyone fancies it,sorry its short notice,if we meet at Saville Bowling Club at the small car park bout 1845 ish, its 10 min walk,although it will be muddy in parts.regards Bri.

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Spring Flowers

Hi All, sorry to go a bit off topic, at this time of year these little yellow flowers are everywhere near me. They always come after the snowdrops. what are they? Winston

Entomological Event at Frodsham

Hi all
Just a quick if somewhat belated plug for the Lancashire and Cheshire Annual Entomologcal meeting at Frodsham (around 45 mins up the M62). This is an annual event in which attracts decent (usually a couple of hundred) audiences and many exhibits with a couple of interesting talks given by experts in the afternoon session. Sue and I run a book stall, Ian Kimber usually runs a stall showing his UK Moths site and Rob Edmunds Leaf Mine site. Many moffers who attend such as Ben Smart, Ian Smith, Steve Hind will probably be know to you from various Moth E-forums. Entry is free and its held in a modern hall with decent heating, plenty of parking and you can buy food in ther hall or pubs and shops in the vicinity. Paul Hill of Bio-Equip will also be running a stall selling Moffing and other entomological equipment.

The meeting is open to the public from 11am until around 4/5 pm and opens this coming Saturday 27th March. Sue and I hope to see you there.

FRODSHAM COMMUNITY CENTRE Fluin Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6
Phone 01928 732222,

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Wednesday, 24 March 2010


Did I dream it or are there larvae that feed on catkins?
Are you there Paul?


Monday, 22 March 2010

Fame at last?

See article below from Birdguides, note the comments, we get a mention!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Knott Wood Hebden Bridge,21 03 10

Spent most the day at Knottwood,7 Orange Underwings,had a go with mv,quite overwhelming,30 plus Yellow Horned,10 twinspot 40 common quakers,2engrailed,12 march moth,2 mottled grey,2 clouded drab,2 hebrew characters,5 chestnuts,2 diurnia fagella melanistic forms,2 pics of y horned,anntenae look more orangy to me !

March Moth?

The only moth of last night, am I correct in this being a (well marked) March Moth?

Pixie Wood Sunday

Managed at least 9 Orange underwings today flying just above the canopy at Pixie wood some fantastic ariel displays going on in the sunshine.

Friday night

Cocoon found on wavy hair grass on Friday night aprox 7mm long,any ideas (lep ?)

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Keep the Faith

After the longest coldest winter in living memory at last we have had a couple of warm days.So far this week,
Oak Beauty x 1
Red Sword Grass x1
Pale Pinion x 2
Pale brindled Beauty x2
common Quaker x 5
hebrew Character x 3
March Moth x 3
Satellite x 2
Chestnut x 5
Went with Bri last night up Langfield looking for larvae and found 25 + Clouded Bordered Brindle ,1 lesser yellow underwing and 4 brown and 5 Green form of Anomalous larvae.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Knott Wood Hebden Bridge 19 03 10

Just had a couple of hours scanning the birches saw 2 Orange Underwings,well chuffed,thought it might have been to windy ! its great when you get your target species.regards Bri.

Thursday, 18 March 2010


Hi everybody. I have been dormant for some time. Frozen in on the Rochdale canal! My 4th winter on the canal so far and it stands alone as completely different to all the previous ones. Anyway, really thawing this week. Put trap out for first time last night (17th March) and the following gathered...
Chestnut 5
March Moth 3
Yellow Horned 1
Common Quaker 3
Dotted Border 1
Total - 13
Very pleased with the dotted border as this species has eluded the lens every year so for one reason or another.

Also went through the fallingroyd tunnel 2 days ago - 4 Heralds. probably more as I couldn't stop to look properly. Winston

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Early season Moths

Article on Birdguides website

At Last

Put the trap on tonight and immediatly got Chestnut,Satellite and March Moth.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Heather larvae 2

Larvae swept from heather yesterday at Shibden ,I reckon its the same as the ones Charlie swept at Norland about 6mm and a micro larvae found on gorse?? .Collected E.Sangii from H.Beaumont at the YNU meeting last week,a first for calderdale taken at light at N.Carters house last year.The S,aurella mines are common on bramble throughout calderdale at the moment this is in my back garden.

Case for id,Langfield Edge,13 03 10

Hi all,found this case on cliff face at 6mm in length,made from bits of gritstone and debri,its empty unfortunately,so could prob be anything ?

Midgley GMS

Nothing I'm afraid!

Monday, 8 March 2010

Orange Underwing

Now and over the next few weeks on sunny days is a good time to search local silver /birch woodlands for this day flying species.Cromwell Bottom is good but it must occour else where.????

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Knottwood Hebden Bridge,05 03 10

Found this amazing coleophora species yesterday while searching some heather,nearly discarded it ! but detected a slight movement ! its just over 2mm in lenght.searched for more but nowt,prob better beating than searching.looks like poss juncicolella ? size seems to fit as 4/5mm full size for that species is stated when full size is attained in late April ! see what others think.

Friday, 5 March 2010


Put the trap on tonight and found 688 Agonoptrix heracliana x2 and 1 Pale brindled beauty.
A good leaf mining tip from dereks blogg
And Bramham on Sunday meet Hx train station at 9.30.
Good to hear from winston this week his barge is now now free from ice and look forward to his posts soon.

Monday, 1 March 2010

395 glyphipterix haworthana

Charlie,theres still plenty ,found 18 or so in a small area of Langfield Common,they are quite bedraggled,try and get the largest ones if you have a try.Paul,is Blackstone Edge in Calderdale or Greater Manchester ?

395 glyphipterix haworthana larval cases 28 02 10

Heres a couple of pics of 2 larval cases, checked 7 larval spinnings 2 had larval cases with larva inside,1 larva per seedhead.cases were aprox 7mm.hope this makes sense all the best Bri,ps larvas head can be made out on lower case right side.