Monday, 31 October 2011

Harlequin Ladybird - EGP a Harlequin Ladybird in the car park at Cromwell Bottom this afternoon.
I didn't i.d. it until I got home and had a quick google on tinterweb. Apparently, they are an invasive alien species new to Britain and even bite people.....allegedly.

The following link is for an article in t'metro. 

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Craggs sat night

                                               Northern Winter Moth....

1026 Exapate congelatella 1
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 11
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
1795x Epirrita dilutata agg. November Moth agg. 12
1798 Epirrita filigrammaria Small Autumnal Moth 3
1799 Operophtera brumata Winter Moth 4
1800 Operophtera fagata Northern Winter Moth 9
1923 Colotois pennaria Feathered Thorn 3
1935 Erannis defoliaria Mottled Umber 7
2256 Eupsilia transversa Satellite 1
2258 Conistra vaccinii Chestnut 10
2262 Agrochola circellaris Brick 2
A realy good night despite the weather plenty of moths still about , torrential rain at 9 stopped us.

Friday, 28 October 2011

A couple of flightless winter moths - sort of....

At last a female Northern Winter Moth has emerged today,albeit looking a bit bedraggled after emergence.No worries about her flying off during the photography session.

Also this other, quite different moth emerged today - any ideas anyone? Should have labelled the pots :-)

Just waiting for the Mottled Umbers now.

All the larvae were collected from Silver Birch in N.Dean wood in late Apr./early May. Northern Winter Moth was one of the most common surprisingly.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Dark Chestnut

Ive never recorded Dark Chestnut locally and records suggest it is not common in Calderdale.This is the closest Ive seen what does anyboby else reckon.???,Also last night Yellow Line Quaker,Barred Sallow,Spruce Carpet,Red Green Carpet,Silver Y, 4 Exapate congellatella and Acleris Sparana


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Hardcastle Craggs Sat night 15th october

Meeting tonight at 7ish in top car park
22 Nov Moth agg
1 Red Green Carpet
1 Brick
2 satellite
Very cold indeed but not bad for a couple of hours,,,,,,,,,

Thursday, 13 October 2011


Bumped into Martyn at Ringstone today and as we chatted we both noticed larvae Martyn saw the Ruby Tiger and Me the Broom Moth on the wall next to us.??

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Last Nights Moths 11th october

First night for a while produced...
Feathered Thorn.....1
Blairs shoulder Knot    6
Common Marbled Carpet  1
Light Brown Apple Moth   3
Mottled Umber            2
Red Green Carpet      3
Yellow Line Quaker  1
Nov Moth agg         1
Spruce Carpet         1
Acleris Sparasana    3
Looks ok for thew next few days..

SAT Night  meeting at Shepards rest and going up Langfiled Common all welcome.....

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Brick or Flounced Chestnut or what?

caught this one on 1st October and I just cannot make my mind up what it is, any suggestions?

also this worn carpet on the same date

I take my photo's in RAW format and JPEG, does anyone know how to keep the quality on JPEG's, I know it's not going to be as good as RAW but it does seem to loose a lot of quality, any ideas

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Bare Head Tunnel..Shibden(bits and bobbs)

Had a look in the tunnel today,3 Small tortoiseshell,1 Peaock and 1 Herald......
Sat night will be at Hardcastle Craggs 7 onwards
Anyone got any moth reords for this year.???

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Late September

Barred sallow with small micro underneath.??

Orange sallow 2 reorded this september
                                     Ghost Moth larvae doing well and ready for there first winter
A very late Bee Moth reorded on the 29th september