Monday, 27 September 2010

Cracking Nights

Autumn Green Carpet(1),Grey Pine Carpet, Spruce Carpet, Barred sallow,Blairs Shoulder Knot(3)Black rustic(5)Shuttle shaped Dart ,LYU , Common Marbled carpet ,Lunar Underwing ,Feathered Ranunculus(1)Light Brown apple Moth,Garden Rose Tort(3) Acleris Lat /Com....
A real night in Northowram with overcast skies and light drizzle and max temp of 12.

Common Marbled carpet(7)red line Quaker(1)Dark arches(1)Mouse Moth(1)Blairs
Shoulder Knot(14)Black rustic(6)Set heb Character(1)Large YU(4)Lesser
YU(1)Frosted orange(1)Pink Barred sallow(1)Common wainscot(1)Garden carpet(1)Red
Green carpet(1)Autumn Green carpet(1)Flounced Chestnut(1)Dark Sword
grass(1)Light Brown apple Moth(1)Garden Rose tort(1)Lunar Underwing(1)Barred
sallow and a Turnip Moth (thanks CF)

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Red Line Quaker

Still moths out there despite the cold temps,Red Line Quaker,Streak,Common Marbled Carpet,Black Rustic(7)Autumn green carpet,Blairs Shoulder Knot,Light Brown apple Moth and Garden Rose Tortrix.

Another interesting article from birdguides
Makes you wounder what in Hardcastle craggs...........??

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Rosy Rustic Shibden

saw these on tuesday 23rd september,along the new footpath from Beacon Hill to Shibden, 5 in total all feeding on thistles, thanks to andy c for identifying them for me.

Cold in the Craggs a few tips from birdguides

When I left home the temp was 12 degrees as we set the trap up the temp was a very cold 6........only one Ypsolopha ustella braved the cold night.Many thanks to Bri and Elena for there help.
    Northowram was a bit better with 5 large Yellow Underwing,1 Blairs Shoulder Knot,3 Autumn Green Carpet and 2 Black rustic............The temp at Northowram was 7.???

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Hardcastle craggs Friday night

A few caterpillars moving around this week,I should know this one but carny put me finger on it.??

Meeting Bri and Elena at the craggs car Park about 7.45 all welcome..

Monday, 20 September 2010

A good night wasps and all

The trap was covered in wasps this morning about 20 of um all over the place,I was lucky not to get stung as it was still dark(6.15)when I emptied it.A realy good night with Dark sword Grass the first decent migrant so far. Autumn Green Carpet(3) Frosted Orange (4) Black Rustic(4)Barred and Pink barred sallow, Copper Underwing, Silver Y(2) Angle shades and a handfull of yellow underwings...

Sunday, 19 September 2010

September Sallows

Barred and Pink Barred sallows.
The last few nights have produced Blairs Shoulder Knot,Lunar Underwing,Black Rustic,Frosted Orange (6)loads of White shouldered House Moths,Red Green and Autumn Green Carpets.Also my first Angle Shades which must have been affected by last years cold winter.? Light Brown apple Moths are the same with only 4 this September(last year 30+ at this stage)

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Butterflies Northowram

2 Red Admiral,2 Small Tortoiseshell,1 Peacock and 1 Small in the garden.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Last night and September so far

Last night it was ...........raining cats and dogs .......i looked out about 11 and it was like someone was throwing buckets of water over the trap.I was shocked to find ,silver Y (1) frosted orange (1)Rosy Rustic(3)Lesser YU(3)Large YU(5)Pink Barred sallow(1),Red Underwing(1)Mouse Moth and canary Sh Thorn ,this morning.
September has been excellent so far with 56 species and 744 moths.The highlights were Angle Striped Sallow , Orange sallow and 5 nights with Red Underwing.Lets hope we get another bit of decent weather before winter.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Cat ID help

Sorry for poor pic, but colours and features are apparent. It was found wandering on a wall, not on the leaf shown.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Red Underwing ,,,Underwing

Another Red Underwing last night this top photo showing the amazing underwing pattern ,not shown in many guide books.Also first Black Rustic of the year.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Copper underwing

Copper Underwing

September Spectacle

My latest Spectacle last night by about 4 weeks and first Black Rustic of the autumn ,Canary Shouldered Thorn was found by my 12 year old son ...... ,dad theres a well smart moth in that bush over there.......and Pink Barred sallow.Also 1508 Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Withens Clough Car Park(Moorland mothing)

(looks like a Jackson Pollock)

A cold and windy night on the moor with little flying.However we did get Haworths Minor which was the target species and Small wainscot was a bonus.We recorded the bottom species as Suspected but I now think its Common Rustic agg.??The two ear moths are interesting.

2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 5
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 2
2117 Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 2
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2176 Cerapteryx graminis Antler Moth 1
2265 Agrochola helvola Flounced Chestnut 2
2268 Parastichtis suspecta Suspected
2350 Chortodes pygmina Small Wainscot 2
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2360x Amphipoea oculea agg. Ear Moth agg.2
2367 Celaena haworthii Haworth's Minor 4

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Angle striped Sallow and Mystery ID

A first for me in Northowram this Angle striped sallow along with Snout(second generation),Ypsolopha sequella and parenthesella (found in spiders web) new for the month.Anyone guess the bottom one , my round if you get it...
Meeting with Bri at Withens Clough tonight(thurs)about 8ish for a couple of hours trapping.all welcome.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Grey Dagger cats A good tip to find this species locally ,which as yet has not been found.Thanks Derek

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

September so far

Its been a good start to september 2010 at Northowram with more species in the firsrt week than the whole of september 2009 .

455 Ypsolopha scabrella 1
697 Agonopterix arenella 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 6
998 Epiphyas postvittana Light Brown Apple Moth 2
1038x Acleris laterana/comariana 1
1041 Acleris sparsana 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 6
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1305 Agriphila tristella 1
1388 Udea lutealis 2
405 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl 1
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 1
1713 Idaea aversata ab. remutata Riband Wave [non-banded form] 2
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 13
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 2
1761 Chloroclysta miata Autumn Green Carpet 1
1762 Chloroclysta citrata Dark Marbled Carpet 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 13
1832 Eupithecia assimilata Currant Pug 2
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 6
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 3
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba L. Yellow Underwing 210
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Y Underwing 58
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser B-b Yellow Underwing 14
2126 Xestia c-nigrum Setaceous Hebrew Character 2
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 17
2154 Mamestra brassicae Cabbage Moth 1
2176 Cerapteryx graminis Antler Moth 1
2269 Atethmia centrago Centre-barred Sallow 3
2271 Xanthia citrago Orange Sallow 1
2274 Xanthia icteritia Sallow 3
2299 Amphipyra tragopoginis Mouse Moth 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 4
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg.7
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 8
2361Hydraecia micacea Rosy Rustic 19
2364 Gortyna flavago Frosted Orange 1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 2
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 7

Monday, 6 September 2010

Dark Marbled or Common Marbled Carpet..??

Hopefully Brian is putting up a few pics later on this week to help id this tricky couple of moths.
So heres one to get your brains in gear theses are both the same moth ..

Last minute reminder

British Cave Research Association
Summer Cave Biology Field MeetingWednesday 8th September 2010Scoska Cave, Littondale, YorkshireBelow are details of the field trip to the cave where they hav been studying the moths, he would like to invite all Calderdale "moth-ers", The British Cave Research Association is pleased to invite you to its Summer 2010 cave biology field meeting that will be held from 10.00am on Wednesday 8th September 2010. The meeting will be led by David Hodgson of the Craven Pothole Club, who has studied the biology of Scoska Cave for many years. The Village Hall, Arncliffe, (SD93187195, for full details including local accommodation) will be used as the base venue. The aim of the meeting is to present information on the biology of British caves with Scoska Cave as a prime example. Topics covered in talks will include cave flora, Herald and Tissue moths, David’s work at Scoska, and the Hazelton database of British subterranean biology. These talks will be followed by a visit to Scoska Cave where David will describe his work and point out interesting aspects of the ecology of the cave. The day will end back at the Hall with a summary of the days events and will conclude at 1530-1600.This event should appeal to those interested in subterranean biology, especially those who want a brief but diverse introduction to the subject. A collection of books and other literature will be available for consultation. Intending participants should register their interest by Friday 6 August 2010 by email to the meeting secretary, Graham Proudlove: or, for initial queries, by telephone at: +44 (0)1706 839752. Final communications about the programme will be sent by email to those who have registered. There will be a small charge, to include morning and afternoon refreshments, of £6, or £5 for BCRA members, or £4 for students. Parking will be available close by in Arncliffe Village. We are most grateful to Mrs. B. McKenzie for permission to visit Scoska Cave and to the people of Arncliffe for the use if their Hall.Equipment required: We will not be travelling very far into Scoska Cave so full caving gear is not required. Wellingtons are highly recommended as greater than boot-depth water may be encountered. Warm clothing and a waterproof jacket are necessary in case of rain. A helmet and light are certainly required. If you cannot supply your own helmet and light we can do so provided you let us know in advance. A small charge will be made for this. You should also provide your own lunch as there is little provision in the village

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Knottwood 04 09 10,Micros

lft poss 845 anacampsis blattariella or 853 anacampsis populella ?? other poss 1159 holly tortrix rhapobota naevana ??regards Bri,Andy,Martyn,Marolyn

Knottwood 04 09 10

antler 5,flounced chestnut 17,dark arches 2,dunbar 4,autumnal rustic 4,square spot rustic 11,copper underwing 3,yellow shell 2,large yellow underwing 12,heath rustic 1,small autumnal moth 1,clouded border 2,lesser yellow underwing 3,july highflier 2,garden carpet 1,riband wave 1,suspected 2,lssr broad bordered yellow underwng 2,common marbled carpet 2,dark marbled carpet 2,lesser swallow prominent 1,also 1159 holly tortrix ? and either 853 ancampsis blattariella/a populella ? top small autumnal moth,2nd heath rustic and bottom flounced chestnut.regards Bri,Andy,Martyn,Marolyn.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Brimstone butterfly

Philip Marshall reported a female nectaring on Buddleia at Todmorden on 1st Sept.

Whiteholme Dragons

Good day on the drain...... Filming Black Darters ovipositing.......not quite as vigorous as the Common Darters on Tag Loop. This species seems less approachable than Common Darters but I did manage to lie down on the drain within 18 inches of an obliging male for some nice hand-held macro shots. Quite a few late-flying small blue damsels kicking about...probably Common Blue Damselflies....but I would need to check the tapes before giving a positive ID. There was a stunning Common Hawker working the sides of a pond next to the sluice gates at the top of the reservoir, but I struggled to get any shots as he was constantly on the move searching for a mate or chasing off other males. I'll give him another go tomorrow. Loads of blue damsels here. Only 1 Common Darter seen on the drain. 1 x Green-veined White and 1 x Peacock were the only butterflies noticed.

Friday, 3 September 2010

September sallows

O how i love September by far my favorite in the moffing calender,so far Autumn Green Carpet,Currant Pug and above Sallow ,Orange sallow and Centre Barred sallow.

Butterfly Consevation

Yorkshire Branch
Sunday 10th October 2010
10.00 – 10.30 Arrival. Refreshments available to buy at the NAAFI during the day.
10.30 – 10.45 Welcome from the Chair.
10.45 – 11.30 21 years of Moths at Haxby Terry Crawford
11.30 – 12.15 Yorkshire Moths 2000 to 2010. Charlie Fletcher
12.15 – 1330 Lunch Sunday roast / snacks are available at the NAAFI,
or bring your own if preferred.
13.30 – 14.15 Annual General Meeting
14.15 – 14.45 Photo Competition results and Raffle.
14.45 – 15.30 Diptera Studies at Elvington in 2009/10 Roy Crossley
1600 Close.

Bowled Eggs

I was happily filming a male common darter guarding his territory down Tag Loop today. As other males came across the pond, he would chase them off, no doubt giving them a piece of his mind, before returning to his station on his leaf. Shortly, a new couple arrived, intent on spawning in "his" pond. The female interloper was suspended below her mate as they flew along the edge of the pond, and the resident male was clearly not impressed, so gave chase and drove the brazen couple away......who promptly returned to continue their business.......only to be chased off again.  Whenever they were able to pass undetected, the male appeared to swing the female, whilst she made a whiplash motion with her abdomen......together making a movement somewhat like 10-pin bowler casting a ball down a bowling lane towards a set of skittles.....the skittles in this case being the muddy sides of the pond. The "bowling" movement was very fast and jerky, so I may have misinterpreted some of the detail. I'll have a better idea after viewing the tapes.
Another, more bizarre, twist to the story was when the invading couple flew into the resident males territory for the umpteenth time. The resident male gave chase, but on this occasion, the paired male dropped his lady-friend,  rather unceremoniously, into the pond and flew off to have a scrap with the resident antagonist. "Ay up.You just wait there love while I go an kick yon fellas 'ed in.........." Just like town on a Saturday night.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

At the Bus Stop (Worlds biggest moth trap) this morning

Id help please

Dragonflies for sale

I have a mint, unread, soft-back copy of the New Naturalist title "Dragonflies" by Corbet & Brooks up for grabs if anyone is interested

Dragonflies today

Went back to see if I could get any photos today after forgetting camera yesterday.Black Darters and Common Hawkers(pic above looks like its just emerged as wings are not full blown out yet.)also Brown Hawkers and 2 Common darters.
Knott Wood sat night meet 8.30 ish all welcome....

Small Wainscot

after a poor week this little beauty turned up last night, a new moth for me, Andy what is the status of this species locally

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Death's-head Hawk-moth (Acherontia atropos)

Hi all
My sister in Essex sent me this photo yesterday afternoon asking me what it was. She found the moth resting on her washing in the kitchen when she went to put it away late yesterday afternoon. I told her to get the Essex moth recorder round right away as they would be delighted with the record, he called round last night to collect the moth for their records.

So don't bother with the moth traps this month just add to some fabric conditioner to your washing and leave a window open and you too might get a specimen of this magnificent moth :-)