Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Hardcastle Craggs Friday night

This Friday meeting at 9.30 hopefully running 3 traps around Hollin Hall,bring midge repellant....All welcome.

Cork Moth



Hi All, Found this 216 Cork Moth Nemapogon cloacella behind the wireless on Sunday. Win x

Monday, 30 May 2011

Beyond Calderdale

Hi all,

Could somebody tell me what the below moth is? It was in my trap last week, I didn't measure it, but wondered if it was an early Pinion-streaked Snout (Schrankia costaestrigalis)?

sorry for the blurriness...


I'm due to leave Calderdale tomorrow, to take up a position as the Volunteer Ranger for the Large Blue Butterfly at Collard Hill in Somerset. If anyone is interested in hearing how the flight season goes, I'll be writing a daily update for the Large Blue Blog. Do come and visit if you get the chance, it'll be great to welcome some Northern 'moffers' to the hill!

A couple of weeks ago I spent a happy day at Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk, Swallowtail chasing. We saw at least 10, and spent a good hour with one patrolling a huge blossom laden blackthorn. Thought you might like a couple of the pics from the day.

A favoured perch - it returned repeatedly to this vantage point.

On vegetation adjacent to the path.

See you back in the Crags later this year. Christine.

Crags 290511



Devon Carpet and Peeble Hooktip, Crags 290511

Craggs 29th May

14 Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 1

1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 1
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 25
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 20
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1722 Xanthorhoe designata Flame Carpet 3
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 45
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1751 Lampropteryx otregiata Devon Carpet 4
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 6
1760 Chloroclysta siterata Red-green Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 3
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 1
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 3
 1906 Opisthograptis luteolata Brimstone Moth 1
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1957 Lomographa bimaculata White-pinion Spotted 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 2
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 5
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 24
2326 Apamea crenata ab. combusta Clouded-bordered Brindle [melanic form] 3
2326 Apamea crenata Clouded-bordered Brindle 3
2330 Apamea remissa Dusky Brocade 1
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 2




I thought this was an ocherous pug (21mm) last night but now I think its a very worn Currant..(thanks Brian)

Blake Dean Fri 27 05 11



2305 Small Angle Shades Euplexia lucipara 1
2102 Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta 7
1759 Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata 1
2441 Silver Y Autographa gamma 1
2158 Pale-shouldered Brocade Lacanobia thalassina 2
2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica 1
1902 Brown Silver-line Petrophora chlorosata 1
2326 Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata 2

So, At a most excellent private party at Blake Dean hostel, the moth trap and generator were set up just below the ‘Rave tent’. The night felt chilly and quite breezy but the rain held off. Trapped between 9:30 and 10:55. What was nice about the session was that partygoers kept popping by to see if anything had arrived yet and there were many interesting and varied questions from all ages. Just like a national moth night in fact, but in this case there were to be some moths!

I had a glass of red wine on the ground propped up against the trap, which seemed the safest place to avoid the feet of the young ‘tig’ players who kept racing by. First moth of the night (Flame shoulder) dived straight into the glass! And later on whilst I was distracted by other activity 2 more of the same in there too (P.S. All were unharmed. P.P.S. I still drank the wine).

A steady stream of common macros till nearly 11pm. 16 moths and some interesting ones to talk about. Also a Buff tip in the morning with a damaged wing. By midnight gazebos were lifting and things were getting a bit hairy. The rain came and so to bed at 12:20 …

This link has been posted to any interested partygoer and so a big thankyou for letting me trap there and hopefully giving you an insite into the world of moths. Please browse through the pages of this blog for more interesting posts or give me a call if you want to join us in the woods for a nights trapping. Win x (07986 222678).

Sunday, 29 May 2011

Large Skipper butterfly

My first Large Skipper (male) this year, Sunnybank Todmorden

Philip

Saturday, 28 May 2011

Hardcastle Craggs Fri 27 05 11




Pics of Small Phoenix with Devon Carpet for comparison unfortunately s phoenix wouldnt behave in closing wings up,also this freshly emerged Male Bordered White,regards Bri Andy Martyn.report as follows.


17 Hepialus lupulinus Common Swift 2

18 Hepialus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift 5
1301 Crambus lathoniellus 2
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1727 Xanthorhoe montanata Silver-ground Carpet 26
1751 Lampropteryx otregiata Devon Carpet 5
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 2
        Dark Barred twin spotted carpet 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 1
1954 Bupalus piniaria Bordered White 1
1991 Deilephila elpenor Elephant Hawk-moth 1
2006 Pheosia gnoma Lesser Swallow Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 28
2289 Acronicta rumicis Knot Grass 1
2326 Apamea crenata ab. combusta Clouded-bordered Brindle [melanic form] 2
2334 Apamea sordens Rustic Shoulder-knot 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1

More Devons

A cold wind blew up the valley at the Craggs last night but with winston somewhere at the top of the valley with his trap and increasing cloud cover we set two traps around Hollin Hall.No less than 5 DEVON CARPETS to light and a lot to sort out yet(mainly Pugs0full list and photos to follow,.Heavy rain and stong winds at 12.00 stoped us a bit early...

Friday, 27 May 2011

More Pugs

 Common Pug
 Freyers Pug
Grey Pug



Another good night for Pugs on wednesday with therse  species above and a very fine Green silver Lines.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Midgley Moth

Looks like The seraphim to me what does anyone else think..dont know what size it was .???

516 Large Clover Case-bearer Coleophora trifolii

Hi All, Look out for these at the moment in clover fields, a sleek micro with a silvery sheen to the wings tipped in copper an white ends to the antenae. This one found yesterday afternoon in Pecket Well. Win

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Todmorden 23 05 11


Found 1 of these beauties in a Todmorden garden yesterday,3 Micropterix aureatella,regards Bri,also 15 or so Argyresthia trifasciatus on a garden Juniper.

Bradford Ermine Video

Last week I went to Frizinghall to film the Bird Cherry Ermine Cats and uploaded the edited piece last night.......

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheBaldIbis?feature=mhee#p/c/1793C8A30060D976/3/6EZf7ar68Tk

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Weekly round up


A poor night at the Craggs on Friday with only 7 moths caught.Lots of larvae collected from oak with pic showing above  for id.??
  Again at home in the trap a poor week with winds,clear skies and  rain.highlight have been 966 Cocylis atricapitana (pic above)Campion,Gold spot ,Beautiful Golden y and first elephant Hawkmoths of the year.
   Small Copper,orange Tip ,Red Admiral and speckled wood on the butterfly front.
    Trapping at the Craggs on friday and Sunday next weekend weather permitting.
Help Please.
Anyone know a sight in west Yorkshire for Brown argus????

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Mystery Cat?

video

Friday, 20 May 2011

Adonis?

video
This Blue that I filmed down EGP on Thursday, I thought was a Common, but isn't the white border diagnostic for Adonis? Commons have black borders, surely? Undersides are similar in these two species, even down to the spear shaped mark in the centre of the underwings. Any thoughts?

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Pugs...Mid March - Mid May at Northowram


White Spotted Pug(top)and Common Pug (bottom)

This year so far I have been studying the pugs at light in the back garden and trying hard to id them.So far the results are as follows----
Brindled pug   22
V-Pug             1
Double striped Pug  3
Common Pug     13
Foxglove Pug     2 (1 on 18th april very early record)
Oak -tree pug  3
White Spotted Pug   1
Pug sp...7

1011 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana 19 05 11


Quite a few of these very attractive common micros on the wing today,the names a bit of a mouthful !! regards Bri.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Friday evening

Craggs at 9ish ...all welcome..gonna try and run 2 traps if bulbs and gennys let us..................Andy and Bri

Heath Royd 10th May - 18th May

Despite the wind' I've had a few moths over the past few days.

2 Brimstone
1 Pale Tussock
4 Scalloped Hazel
3 Poplar Hawkmoth
1 Elephant Hawkmoth
1 Lime Hawkmoth
1 Clouded- bordered Brindle
1 Heart and Dart
1 Shuttle Shaped Dart
1 Dark Spectacle

Ermine Moth "infestation"

http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/local/localbrad/9028253.Families_boyc/See
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-13425031

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Agonopterix Sp


Hi All, Sheltering from the rain painting in the shed today when this one popped out from under the workbench, proceeded to dive to the floor and spin round on its back for ages. Surprisingly intact I believe it is 697 Agonopterix arenella. Am I right (Don't see many of these). Win

Sunday, 15 May 2011

SUNDAY NIGHT CANCELLED

Sorry all cacelled tonight rain,wind and cold temp.We are planning next Friday night weather permitting.

Friday, 13 May 2011

Hardcastle Craggs thurs 12 05 11



A stark contrast from last weeks temperatures of 17 degrees ! 8 degrees this time reaching no more than 9 degs.only saw 4 moths to light ,Pale Tussock 1 pic,Water Carpet 1,2 Longhorn Moths 140 Nematopogon swammerdamella 2,and a 1007 Capua vulgana 1 found on Alder after dark pic,also a Pale Brindled Beauty larva On Norway Maple and Winter Moth larva also on Norway Maple.regards Andy,Martyn,Bri.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

the other night in Hebden Bridge


Pale Tussock 1
Brindled Pug 1
Pug 1
Cherry Blossom 1
Buff Tip 1
Alucita Haxadactyla 1
Clouded Drab 1
Powdered Quaker 1
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 1
Flame Shoulder 1
Ruby Tiger 1
Grey Birch 1

Hardcastle Craggs thurs 12 05 11

Having a try Thurs night 8 30 ish meet at top car park,lets hope weathers ok.regards Bri Andy.

Butterflies in Tod

Saw a Wall Brown and 2 Small Copper butterflies at Sunnybank wood, Todmorden yesterday, plus Speckled Wood, Orange Tip, Green Veined white and a Large Red damselfly.

Philip

Monday, 9 May 2011

More Small Yellow Underwings 09 05 11

Saw a small yellow underwing while mowing a garden at Mankinholes today it was nectaring on Daisy,felt bad for mowing the Common Mouse Ear its food plant nearby !also saw another at Rodwell End near Todmorden in the meadows there,and lots of Orange Tip eggs on Ladies Smock/Cuckoo flower.regards Bri.

Heath Royd weekend Moths

Better last two evenings given the rather poor start I've had so far. A mixed bag for a change. Amongst others, Lime Hawkmoth in Fridge preparing for photo shoot!

Peppered Moth ( 1 )
Ruby Tiger ( 2 )
Flame Carpet ( 1 )
Poplar Hawk Moth ( 3 )
Lime Hawk Moth ( 1 )
Bright Line Bright Eye ( 1 )
Shuttle Shaped Dart ( 1 )
Early Grey ( 1 )
Flame Shoulder ( 1 )

Sunday, 8 May 2011

last night in Luddenden

Engrailed
Coxcomb Prominent
Small Elephant Hawkmoth

after a great (and wet) night in Hardcastle Crags I had a great night in Luddenden with the following, with the highlight for me this stunning female Engrailed

V-Pug
Foxglove Pug
Brindled Pug 2
White Spotted Pug
Common Pug 2
Garden Carpet
Common Carpet 2
Dark Bordered Twin-spot Carpet
Small Phoenix 3
Flame Carpet
Common White Wave
Engrailed
Small Elephant Hawkmoth
Coxcomb Prominent 4
Lesser Swallow Prominent
Pale Tussock
Early Grey
Ruby Tiger 2
Knot Grass
Light Knot Grass
Grey Dagger
Flame
Flame Shoulder

Small yellow underwing

I found this in the garden this afternoon, thought it was a nice little moth.

Hardcastle Craggs Sat 07 05 11





What a FANTASTIC night,2 lights were run at Gibson Mill and Hollin Hall and it was the latter where it all happened as Andy said,Devon Carpet 1, 1st record of 1st generation in Yorkshire,Grass Rivulet 1,Alder Moth 1,Figure of Eighty 1,Light knotgrass 1,Autumn Green Carpet 2,Purple Thorn 1,Lesser Swallow Prominent 5,Iron Prominent 1,Coxcomb Prominent 1,Pale Tussock 2,Clouded Bordered Brindle 1,Scalloped Hazel 1,Eriocrania subpurpurella 2,Twenty Plume 1,Ruby Tiger 1,Flame shoulder 22,Brown Silverlines 19,Dark Barred Twin Spot Carpet 2,Foxglove Pug 1,Brindled Pug 10,SmallPhoenix 3,Common Wave 1,Common Carpet 1,Oak Tree Pug 1,and quite a few Pugs to be identified yet.although very heavy rain proved trying for both electrics and us !! it was certainly worth the soaking we got,thanks to Andy,Martyn,Nick Dawtrey and myself regards Bri. ps other pic is Light Knotgrass.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Hardcastle craggs .Turns up trumps again..

Another good night at the craggs with Alder Moth ,Figure of Eighty, Light knot grass and this Grass Rivulet which is a first for calderdale and a DEVON CARPET wich is a first spring record for Yorkshire.......full report to follow-----------

6 Eriocrania subpurpurella 1

150 Adela reaumurella 1
150 Adela reaumurella
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 2
1654 Tethea ocularis Figure of Eighty 1
1725 Xanthorhoe ferrugata Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 2
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1750 Lampropteryx suffumata Water Carpet 7
1751 Lampropteryx otregiata Devon Carpet 1
1761 Chloroclysta miata Autumn Green Carpet 2
1802 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet 1
1807 Perizoma albulata Grass Rivulet 1
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 1
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 11
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 1
1902 Petrophora chlorosata Brown Silver-line 37
1919 Selenia tetralunaria Purple Thorn 1
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1947 Ectropis bistortata Engrailed 2
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 1
2000 Notodonta dromedarius Iron Prominent 1
2006 Pheosia gnoma Lesser Swallow Prominent 5
2008 Ptilodon capucina Coxcomb Prominent 1
2028 Calliteara pudibunda Pale Tussock 2
2064 Phragmatobia fuliginosa Ruby Tiger 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 22
2187 Orthosia cerasi Common Quaker 1
2281 Acronicta alni Alder Moth 1
2286 Acronicta menyanthidis Light Knot Grass 1
2326 Apamea crenata Clouded-bordered Brindle 1

Last Nights Moths


647 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House Moth 2
892 Mompha subbistrigella 1
966 Cochylis atricapitana 1
986 Syndemis musculana 1
1174 Epiblema cynosbatella 1
1288 Alucita hexadactyla Twenty-plume Moth 2
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 1
1648 Drepana falcataria Pebble Hook-tip 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 2
1768 Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 1
1769 Thera britannica Spruce Carpet 2
1834 Eupithecia vulgata Common Pug 2
1852 Eupithecia abbreviata Brindled Pug 5
1853 Eupithecia dodoneata Oak-tree Pug 2
1920 Odontopera bidentata Scalloped Hazel 1
1958 Lomographa temerata Clouded Silver 1
1994 Phalera bucephala Buff-tip 1
2060 Spilosoma lubricipeda White Ermine 5
2092 Agrotis puta Shuttle-shaped Dart 11
2098 Axylia putris Flame 1
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 2
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 1
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 2
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1

Friday, 6 May 2011




Hi all, Some interesting moths over tue and wed night here on the canal -

Pale-Shouldered Brocade 1
Flame Shoulder 2
Hebrew Character 3
Pale Tussock (m) 1
Brindled Pug 1
Garden Carpet 1
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet 1

Requiem for a Moth

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b010t6nr
Requiem for a Moth was an interesting program on R4 this morning
11:00–11:30 on Radio 4

Available to listen again here -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/console/b010t6nr

"What does the quest for moths reveal about Britain's human inhabitants?"

Pic - Butterfly Intaglio Print by Ambera Wellmann

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Last Nights Moths

Thinking it would be a realy good night last night I was pleasantly suprised to find 3 Campion ,1 Poplar Hawkmoth and 1 hebrew character but dissapointed with only 5 moths.?

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Hardcastle Craggs sat night

Meeting with Bri on sat to run two traps one at Gibson Mill and one at Hollin Hall and sugaring the Mop tree.Should be the last one before we get attocked by swarms of midges.
All help will be much appreciated looks like it may be a good one with muggy conditions forcast..

All welcome..

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Oak Tree Pugs


A
 couple of oak tree pugs caught at light on the 1st and 3rd May 2011.Strong discal spot,pale area near discal spot both 20mm and early may flight time are good indicators for this species.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Hardcastle Craggs 1st may

 Nematopogon swammerdamella 10
Brindled Pug  32
Brown silver Lines  4
Common quaker        2
Engrailed                 2
Pale Tussock           1
Flame Carpet           1
Autumn Green Carpet    2
Grey Pine carpet               1
Water Carpet                     2
Powdered Quaker              1
Early tooth striped            1
White ermine                   1 
Early Thorn                     1
Coxcomb prominent        1
Hebrew Character          2 
Eriocrania  Subpurpurella    2
Cockchafer bettle              10
Thanks to Sandra for tea and thanks to Bri,Martyn and carol. f

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Oak Tree Pug


Heres a nicely marked oak tree pug at 20mm wingspan,personally i dont think wingspan measurements are the most accurate ie not always are their wings fully extended and often 1 wing is tucked slightly in a tad which could mean the differance of a mm or so,which might be crucial with some species of pug,maybe measuring the forewing from base to tip and width of body ! a bit faffy maybe!interesting to see what others think ?