Saturday, 27 November 2010

Moorwatch website

The following website may be of interest, it has been set up by Pennine Prospects as a means for the public to report damaging activities on our moorlands (eg illegal off roading etc)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Bransdale, North Yorkshire

Spent a weekend in the remote valley of Bransdale (VC62) in the middle of the North Yorkshire Moors. On Friday there were plenty of moths on the wing soon after dark 20+ epirrita sp and the next night this very nice male 1933 Scarce Umber. Also found a peacock hibernating in outbuildings. I have also spent some time this last week or so looking for the females of flightless winter species but no luck here. Sorry to go off the Calderdale subject, Winston

Friday, 19 November 2010

Knottwood18 11 10

Got about 3/4 of an hour in then heavens opened ! did find 5 Winter Moths and possibly 2 Northern Winter Moths which were larger with whitish hindwings pic included,as well as this either worn Scarce Umber or unseasonal Dotted Border ?although very worn the dots on fore and hindwing are prominent ! regards no females found but definately going to keep trying,tried from dusk,all were on birch trunks on the 1st couple of feet.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


Well what a fantastic year it was after the very cold start..Some realy great local records and well done to all those who have been out collecting records from all parts of calderdale. Must apologise for lack of posts recently but been unendated with the horrible four letter word...WORK...yuck.Also many thanks to all who have posted throughout the year on the blogg all post are important to keep us all up to date  .If any one has any records for this year I would very much appreciate them..Cheers all....

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Late sighting of Peacock

A lone Peacock butterfly was seen flying and basking in warm sunshine in fields near Miry Lane, Sowerby today.

Late Peacock 16 11 10

Hi all me and Ros saw a Peacock Butterfly today near Orchan Rocks,think its the latest we have seen.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Flightless Winter Moths - trapping!

This 1938 Wills Cigarette card shows how the application of grease around the circumference of a tree can be used to trap the ascending flightless females.
A search on Ebay for "Moth trap" will show various products, at this time of year, that can be used for this purpose.
I am wondering if any of these could be adapted so that the moths are not harmed but merely slowed down enough to be photographed and then released............?

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Last GMS

1 Light Brown Apple Moth........................................................