Monday, 31 May 2010

516 Large Clover Case-bearer Coleophora trifolii

Found this little chap nectering on dandelion a few days ago and unfortunately he has had to wait until today for the weather to be bright enough to take his photo. Can't seem to find this one on UK Moths, anyone any ideas? At first it looked like a rather bland specimen but the lens has revealed his beauty. A shimmering golden black sheen to the wings and white ends to the antenae. (About 9mm long).
See latest comment for id notes.

Friday, 28 May 2010

Mothless Midgley

Ran both the actinic and an MBT lamp tonight with Brian, too clear and too cold we think, nothing caught and just four distant unknown moths seen in flight. Leaving the actinic running all night in case things improve, fingers crossed for tomorrow.

Monday Night

Im thinking of going to elland GPits on Monday night looking for southern wainscot larvae.if any one would like to join me ................................
late May to early June
The reedbeds should be swept after dark for the larvae. I have seen the larvae near the tops of the reeds in large numbers, where they are rather conspicuous, and used to pick off those within reach, and sweep for the more distant ones with a net. The larva pupates in or on the soil, and emerges without much trouble [Tutt]

Last night Northowram

Been a bit cool again this week but had my first Silver y's(2) and 1 dark Spectacle , 1 Spectacle,small square spot and a Scalloped Hazel(melanic) last night.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Birdguides Moth Article

Latest moth related article on Birdguides can be found at

Jerusalem Farm LNR

Working at Jerusalem Farm today, found this 1648 Pebble Hook-tip, also had large red damselfly and green-veined white.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Mother Shipton

Just IDed this one.

Sat. at Cromwell Bottom.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Last Night in Hebden Bridge

Silver-ground Carpet 1 NFY
Brindled Pug 1
Common Quaker 1
Green Silver-lines 1 N
Common Rustic agg 1 NFY
Lesser Swallow Prominent 1 NFY
Red-green Carpet 1 NFY
Scalloped Hazel 1 NFY

Rather excited to get Green Silver-lines which is a new one for me. I have Seen Scarce Silver-lines at a petrol station in France a few years ago however! Will try and get a better pic of him tomorrow and also the Rustic which didn't seem to have the white in the markings but couldn't see what else it could be. Winston


I found some kind of clearwing on Pellon Lane yesterday, near Burdock Way. It was on the pavement and seemed stunned, may have been hit by a car. I'm not familiar with these, so all I can say is it was 'hornet' like, but not as bright as a Hornet moth. After looking at guide book I feel it closet resembles the six-belted or yellow-legged variety, although I didn't notice the leg colour. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera and just left it on a bush.

Midgley last night

Just 2 this morning in trap but good ones, 1 White Ermine and 1 Water Carpet. Will try trap in a different place tonight to see if we can catch any more....

Monday, 24 May 2010

Knot Grass

Had this Moth last night but I could not decide if it was a Knot Grass or Light Knot Grass, any ideas

last few days

Hebrew Character 4
V-Pug 5
Garden Carpet 22
Small Phoenix 22
Brindled Pug 2
Fox Moth
White Spotted Pug 11
Clouded Silver 5
Common Swift 1
Flame Carpet 1
Scalloped Hazel 13
Cinnabar 4
Brimstone 6
Double Striped Pug 3
Small Angle Shades 1
Clouded Bordered Brindle 2
Shears 1
Light Knot Grass ?

Shuttle Shaped Dart 1
Rustic Shoulder Knot 3
Common Pug 1
Silver Ground Carpet 1
Early Grey 1

nice to see some Cinnabar again

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Cunnery Wood

Working on Saturday I had the chance to be in Cunnery Wood for most of the day and see the following

1 Comma
12 Speckled wood
2 Peacock
7 Orange tips (6 males and 1 female)
5 Large white

1 Large red damselfly

Also had 1 Great diving beetle in the pond

Knott Wood sat night

Light knot grass and knot grass last night
1007 Capua vulgana 2
1015 Eulia ministrana 10
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 2
1652 Thyatira batis Peach Blossom 17
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 7
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 3
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet 10
1752 Cosmorhoe ocellata Purple Bar 6
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 3
1761 Chloroclysta miata Autumn Green Carpet 1
1835 Eupithecia tripunctaria White-spotted Pug 4
1858 Chloroclystis v-ata V-Pug 3
1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 5
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn 1
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 27
1951 Aethalura punctulata Grey Birch 12
1955 Cabera pusaria Common White Wave 12
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 3
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 6
1992 Deilephila porcellus Small Elephant Hawk-moth 2
2006 Pheosia gnoma Lesser Swallow Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2163 Melanchra pisi Broom Moth 2
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 7
2190 Orthosia gothica Hebrew Character 4
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 3
2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 2
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2305 Euplexia lucipara Small Angle Shades 3

Broad-bodied Chasers

Saw a couple of females at Cromwell Bottom yesterday afternoon.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Bits and bobbs

Cat found in the folded leaves of billberry about 15mm (July highflyer)
micro.???? (Caloptilia syringella.)

Cat found on birch at knott wood any ideas.?? (mottled umber)

Loads of these Cat s found in lawnmower Lep.?? (white shouldered house moth)

Tinea trinotella found in back garden this week along with laburnum leaf miner.Spruce carpet,red green carpet,Small phoneix,Clouded silver,Scalloped Hazel,Buff ermine,Yellow barred brindle,flame/ shoulder/carpet,pale sh brocade, and Rustic shoulder Knot were new for the trap last nite

Also 25+ Green veined whites,2 green Hairstreak and 10 orange tips today near Hebden.

Knott Wood sat night

Meeting with Bri on sat night about 9.30 all welcome.Brian has put some pheramone lures up hoping to get Red belted Clearwing so fingers crossed.

Fox Moth

after my worst start to May ever things started looking better with the warm weather but despite that numbers were still very low and then this beauty turns up, this was one of the species that first got me in to Moths as I used to find loads of caterpillars in the Peak District. She's even laid some eggs (photo's to follow)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

wanderings this week

Hi all, been working in Manchestr and Leicester this week and came across about 30 caterpillars climbing to the tops of birch saplings to pupate. I think these are Burnets of some kind and were found on some waste ground near the Trafford Centre along with this Caloptilia elongella/betulicola. Yesterday in the sun near Junct 21 of the M1 (Leicester) I saw Speckled Wood and Orange Tip and swarms of 150 Adela reaumurella

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Mothing evening with Ogden Wildlife WATCH group

On Saturday 5th June the Ogden Water Wildlife WATCH group are visiting Shibden Park and Cunnery Wood, meeting in the car park at 9pm for a short walk to look for bats and then into Cunnery Wood to have a look see if we can see any moths. Andy has kindly agreed to run the trap in the nursery area from 9.30pm and hopefully we can see more moths than we did the other day. We hope to get into Cunnery Wood about 9.45pm/10pm depending on the number of bats that we encounter.

Just as a bit of back groups the WATCH group is run for children and meets once a month at Ogden Water, we tend to look at all things environmental, from hedgehogs to trees, pond life to birds. It is a way of getting younger people interested and hopefully caring about their local environment. We also run trips out so have been to Jerusalem Farm, Cromwell Bottom and Robin Hoods Bay in the past. Many of the group have visited Cunnery Wood before to look for wildflowers but this is something different with the visit occurring at night. The kids will be accompanied by their parents/guardians and members of the Countryside Service and volunteers who are the leaders for the group will also be there.

If anyone would like to join us, especially for the identification of the hundreds of moths that we will surely get (fingers, toes and everything else crossed) then please feel free to do so.


Sunday, 16 May 2010

No Moth Night again

A great turn out by the general public about 30 for the bat walk which produced pipistrelles and daubenton's but only 1 Common Quaker at the moth traps was a real let down for all who turned up.Many thanks for all who turned up.and Hugh and chris for the very well organised event.In Hebden bri managed 1 Red Green Carpet,1 herald and 3 Scalloped Hazel.

The whole point of NMN is to get other people involved and because of this I think NMN should be a set date each year ie the last week in June early July so we can show other people how fantastic moths are.May ,sept etc are for real enthusiats no the General Public.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Ramsden Wood moth

Took this pic last Sat.
Can anyone confirm ID ?

Friday, 14 May 2010

Friday Knott wood

Sorry for very short notice but meeting with Bri tonight at 9ish Grey Birch

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Diamond backed moth

My earliest Diamond backed Moth last night along with 8 Hebrew Character and 1 Clouded drab hopefully it will be the last of the freezing nights and could be ok for National moth night.Brian has his new generator and will be up and running on Sat night at Knott wood and I will definatly be at Cunnery wood about 9ish,

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

National Moth Night 2010.Shibden and Cunnery wood all nearly forgot about NMN with all this rubbish weather so far this year.Plan is to start at 8.30pm on sat night with a short talk about bats at Mereside by Hugh Firman and also moths if he gets round to it. People can then go on a bat walk and then look at moths or go straight to moth traps.
I will be putting my moth trap in Cunnery wood in the usuall spot ,I think Chris is putting one near the hall.??I will also be putting one near the pond in Cunnery wood.Brian is setting up at Knott wood hebden bridge.all welcome to join in................hope the weather picks up.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Blogg problems

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Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Last night Northowram

My earliestby two weeks Bright Line Brown Eye last night was a nice suprise as were Autumn Green Carpet,Common Quaker (2)Hebrew Character(6)Early Grey(6)Clouded Drab(1)Small Phoneix(1)Brindled Pug(20)Double striped pug(2)and Twenty Pluned Moth(2)

Last Night a New Carpet

Hi all, Last night there were 5 species in the Hebden trap. One however was new to me. Is this a Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet Xanthorhoe ferrugata? It seems right but only has a very slight 'notch' in the inner whitish line as described on UK moths and W & T. (Possible notch circled). Any opinions?

Monday, 3 May 2010

A few pics from Knott Wood .

Water Carpet

Water Carpet

Early Tooth - striped(f.faciata ??)

Oak Nycteoline

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Ogden Moth

We found this moth at Ogden on Saturday 1st May. I'm pretty sure it is one of the swift family but not sure which one. Can anyone confirm which species it is. Apologies for the bad photo it was happily sitting on a oog until one of the lads picked it up and it got warmed up and active.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Knott Wood Sunday night/cat

Found this cat feeding on heather at Knott wood last week with martyn and still carnt work it out.?Meeting with bri on Sunday night about 8.45 all welcome.Bri reports this week Water and Dark barred twin spot Carpet at knott wood.Autumn Green Carpet and my first very small Garden carpet of the year in Northowram.