Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Angle shades

Found this on the outside wall this morning,looking very fresh.
Happy new year to all blogg readers..................

Monday, 24 December 2012

christmas trapping

Have a great christmas everyone on this site. Had the trap out on 2 mild and dry nights during the last week. total visitors - 1 x winter moth :-( Looking forward to getting out in the spring. Winston x

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Window Winter Moth

This appeared at the window last night,along with a white Shouldered House moth.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

A Beaut on the window

Found this little beauty on the window last night...

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Cold as ice

Found this on a pub windowsill at cragg vale on friday  temp was - 1 degrees.

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Management plans

I am currently updating and writing the management plans for a number of sites around central, north & eastern Calderdale. As part of this I need to put the species lists in. If anyone has any lists of species seen in any of the following sites then I would really appreciate them emailing to me. Site I need records for are:- Ogden Water Cunnary Wood/Beacon Hill Shelf Hall Woods/Sun Woods Beechwood Park Scarr & Long Woods Brackenbeds/Snake Hill Cheers Chris

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Scarlet Caterpillarclub

Cordyceps militaris from the Calderdale Fungi blog. I found it at Saville Park in a private garden this week and Michael Sykes of Halifax Scientific Society identified it.

          It grows on the body of a dead larva or pupa, the mycelium replacing the insides of the insect.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


Had a look in Bare Head Tunnel today and found 7 roosting Heralds,camera and torch were out of power as soon as I got there(dohh)so this is an old photo.Could have been more so will be going back with a decent light again soon,had 4 Spruce Carpets around the outside light last week .Anyone fancy a look give me a bell....

Sunday, 18 November 2012

North Yorkshire

My appologies for posting something outside Calderdale here but took a trip to Stape over the weekend on the North Yorkshire Moors. Friday night brought the following to a kitchen window 2 x December Moth (see pic) 1 x Agonopterix arenella 2 x Winter Moth 1 x Mottled Umber (see pic of moth with v dark cross bands) Winston

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Sexton Beetle

Hi All, Found this Nicrophorus investigator up on a reservoir wall up above Haworth yesterday. Winston

Thursday, 25 October 2012

call for records

Any records for this year will be put into mapmate and sent to the YNU etc.
Thanks Andy

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

On the allotment.

At barely 4mm long this Firethorn Leaf Miner just fitted in to my camera’s field of view as used with the microscope at 20x. It was a awaiting its fate in a spider's web and resembled a small grass seed husk to the naked eye. 

Friday, 19 October 2012

Friday ,19,Oct.2012

A male Common Darter was a good find for up here today along with 3 Small tortoiseshell nectaring on lavendar and a Winter moth type flying in the sunshine .In the trap last night 1 Mottled Umber ,3 Blairs Shoulder Knot,2 Common Marbled Carpet,1 Black rustic,1 November Moth agg,Light Brown Apple Moth,White shouldered House Moth , Spruce and Red green Carpet.

Monday, 15 October 2012

last of the Butterflies

This may well be the last of the butterflies this year, 2 red Admiral,2 small Tortosieshell and a Specled wood in the garden on Sunday,the moths have been hard to find but 2 silver Y's nectaring on lavendar,1 Red Green carpet behind the greenhouse,1 Blairs shoulder Knot to the back light and 2 White shouldered House moth in the garage.The last of the Large yellow Underwings,Lunar Underwing and Light Brown Apple moth in the trap.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Mouth watering stuff!

How the other half live!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Epermenia chaerophyllella.

I had a couple of these emerge today from larvae found feeding on the underside of a Hogweed leaf in North Dean last month. Nice to see a leaf miner from a different family once in a while.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Broom Moth Larva on Hard Fern

Found this Broom Moth Larva feeding on Hard Fern Blechnum spicant. and though a common Moth species, and its Larva are found feeding on various plants,this ones  the first i have seen feeding on Hard Fern.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012


It started raining in Northowram on Sunday 23rd at 18.30 GMT on Wednesday 26th at 18.00 GMT its still raining ,it has'nt stopped at all in  that time.For the last 5 years Ive run my trap every night in september so this rain was'nt going to stop me so I have put it in the greenhouse with all the doors and windaws open for the last 3 nights.(pic above)
amazingly there have been moths out there...
Pink Barred sallow  5
Light Brown apple Moth  1
Black rustic   5
Silver Y  1
Large Yellow Underwing  1
Angle Shades     1
Common Marbled Marpet  3
The Silver Y was most unexpected....,,....

Friday, 21 September 2012

Spider prey

Sunday Night Craggs

Meeting on sunday night at 7 ish top car park.Weather permitting,all welcome..Bri and Andy

Phyllonorycter platanoidella Mines 20 09 2012

Found 3 Phyllonorycter platanoidella Mines on a smallish Norway Maple Tree at Todmorden station,underside of mine top, upperside lower pics,same trees ive noticed them before and where previously this Adult emerged from the above Mine,regards Bri.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

More Caterpillars

Noticed this Green Silver-lines  Larva ,top,on a Elder Tree it wasnt feeding probably looking for a place to Pupate,while this Elephant Hawk Larva was feeding in earnest on Rosebay Willowherb nearby.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Friday, 14 September 2012

Hardcastle Craggs

Meeting tonight at 8ish all welcome......
Great to see Marion and Cheryl and the weather was not bad for us.
Common marbled Carpetr  17
Dark Marbled Carpet            2
Dark arches                           2
Copper underwing agg          2
Spruce carpet                         2
Large YU                              7
Common Carpet                    1
Autumnal   Rustic                 3
Dunbar                                   3
Pine Carpet                             3
Devon carpet                           1
Straw Dot                                1
Lesser YU..                              3
BBYunderwing                       1
Eudonia   mer                         15
The Highlights were 3 Pine Carpets and a freshly emerged Devon Carpet.also not seen Dunbar this late before,next time we should be getting some November aggs to sort through.
Bri and andy

Monday, 10 September 2012

Copper Underwing agg ??

Still struggle with these two......

Pine carpet

Another cracking night last night,with this pine Carpet the pic of the bunch.Only the 4 th local record and the first away from its stronghold in hardcastle Craggs.A beautiful Red underwing also.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Early September

A real start to September with sun and a couple of cloudy nights.Has produced 50 species in the garden,Nettle Tap , Udea lutealis,brown and White shouldered house moth,Garden carpet,agriphila tristella,marbled Beauty and Acleris literana have been netted around the house.
 ,Orange Sallow,Orange Swift, Centre Barred Sallow(pics above) Sallow, Canary Shouldered Thorn,Black Rustic,Autumnal Rustic and Rosy Rustic  have given the week an autumnal feeling .Yellow shell,Campion, Small Phoneix, Brimstone and riband waves are the last of the summer moths.
  The new micro book has been an excellent aid in identifying the micros especially  Epinotia nisella ,ramella and  Gracillaria syringella. (caloptilia).

Well worth a look......

Saturday, 8 September 2012

White-letter Hairstreak

A quite ragged looking White-letter Hairstreak spotted on the canal towpath in Hebden Bridge Today, Never seen one in Hebden before. Alas no camera. Win

Friday, 7 September 2012

Iron Prominent Pupating

Found this Iron Prominent Larva, making its silken cocoon on the underside of an Alder leaf,quite a spectacular Caterpillar,the swirling gale force wind made it difficult to get a decent image,regards Bri.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Acleris literana

Netted this in the garden last night an Acleris literana quite a under recorded moth in yorkshire.The photo has'nt picked up the colour which is like a fresh V-pug,green and black.38 species so far in the trap and 3 species netted around the house .Holly Blue,speckled wood,Large white and Red Admiral seen yesterday in Northowram.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Argyresthia bonnetella

Found this striking little Micro 421 Argyresthia bonnetella in a Hawthorn patch ,noticed quite a few Small Heath Butterflies nectaring on Ragwort,also a Haworths Minor Moth nectaring on same Ragwort along with countless Hoverflies and Bees.regards Bri

Midgley Butterflies

A real morning when the sun came out around the edge of Midgley Moor.
12 small copper
30 green veined white
10 small white
14 Peacock
2 Gatekeeper
8 Meadow brown
22 small Tortoiseshell
14 Small heath

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Canceeled tonight

tonight is cancelled due to weather

Friday, 24 August 2012

Any Cinnabars being seen ?

Anyone finding any Cinnabar Moths/Caterpillars ? Locally in Calderdale,done a lot of searching and only saw 1 Moth and Caterpillars in 2 places in the Todmorden area,think Andy saw a Moth ? Regards Brian 

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Neglected Rustic?

Caught in Midgley last night, not much else of note though.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Ghost moth update

It looks like 40mm+ to me,?? most books and  web sites quote 'when fully grown 28 - 32mm.I wonder if this is a female .?
1.Eggs collected from pair in cop 7th june 2011
2.When laid the eggs were white and turned black within 24 hours
3.4th- 21st  Julyeggs hatched
4.larvae start off clear with pale heads soon turning to white with orange heads after 10 days.
5 After 10- 12 days larvae are about 8/10mm
6.larve feed on the roots of young dandilion
7.By late September only 4 larvae left at 20mm
8.The four soon became 2 as we approached late September
9.the 2 stayed deep in the soil until April 2012( still 20mm) when they were observed feeding in new growth dandilion roots
10.21st august 2012 one larvae left at 40mm and feeding well...

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Craggs Sat night

A hot and humid night ,2 Devon Carpets , 1  Buff Footman,2 Lempke's Gold Spot ,and 2 Dark Marbled CarpetsStill a few micros to sort.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Moth for identifying

This moth came into our house the other evening. Can someone name it? Side on it looked like a small bat!

Also a photo of female Broad Bodied Chaser at Sunnybank, Tod


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Hardcastle Craggs

Will be running trap at hardcastle craggs top car park by the picnic table this sat night from 9ish all welcome.....Target is DEVON CARPET we should get a few with a bit of luck ,this is the best chance to see this species in Yorkshire......................................

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Cromwell Bottom Moth Night

Sat 25th  August  weather permitting more details to follow...all welcome

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Monday, 13 August 2012

Old bird nest

A friend of mine has just cleaned out a nestbox used by Great Tits and mindful of the fact we offered the old nests from the Crags boxes on here for moth IDs has left it with me, does anyone want it?

Orange Swift dark form