Sunday, 29 January 2012

Lewington's micro book out soon.

For all you micro lovers out there (and hopefully for all you micro haters as well) it looks like the new micro "bible" will be out in May. At thirty quid it covers 900 species with perhaps another book to follow to fill in the gaps.It looks worth buying for the art work alone and hopefully it will be the starting point for ID-ing the majority of micros in the UK - time will tell.

Here's a thread on the subject from Back Garden Moths.!

Friday, 27 January 2012

Mottled Grey 11 01 12

Found this Male Mottled Grey today while working at Meadows Edge,the earliest ive ever seen.Regards Bri.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

My first of the year

my first Moth of the year turned up last night, a chestnut

despite having a go all winter this is my first Moth since 14th November

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Early Moth This is a good early species to keep an eye out for at the moment,Large areas of hawthorn,Cromwell Bottom should be a good spot.Also the female is another flightless species and may well be found locally.

Monday, 23 January 2012

Sleeping Beauties

Had a look at the Ghost Moths Cats today,seem to be doing ok at 20mm .!!

Monday, 16 January 2012

A nep from last spring.

Harry's just had a look at this one and is confident it's Stigmella lapponica. It was disturbed from Silver Birch in North Dean wood in April last year. Not a rare species by any means but the adults are not often reared because the larvae mine in June/July and the adults don't appear again until the following spring.

Wingspan 5-7mm.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Many thanks

Thanks to all who sent in records for 2011 they are now sent off to the Yorkshire recoreder to be included in the annual report.There were some great records from Calderdale so well done. Also thanks to all who posted on the blogg and also all those who read it .All the best for the new year ahead.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Can you guess what it is yet?

After last night's frost I thought I'd take a look of three of my charges to see how they were coping. No clues as to whether anything is still alive inside but no reason to suggest otherwise. It's little wonder the camouflage is so good having to over winter in such a vulnerable position.

Not much else on the go at the moment other than a few phyllo mines on cherry.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Happy new year

So here we are again,in the quiet of winter.I am planning a trip to hardcastle Craggs tomorrow evening sat,to look for Spring Usher etc...will be there from 4.30 till 7 latest.All the best for the year ahead..........A couple of hours tree searching with torches produced nothing but 2 yellow spot ladybirds and a few spiders...Next week going up langfield common looking for anomalouse larvae..
Some Highlights of 2011 were
Devon Carpets  86 recorded at Hardcastle Craggs only a handful of yorkshire records from one other site..
Pine Carpet ,Buff Footman and Grass Rivulet first calderdale records  from Hardcastle Craggs
Southern wainscot..32 in one night
Silky wainscot....28 same night as southerns.
Golden Rod Brindle at Luddenden Village light trap
Humming Bird Hawkmoth beeding in Charlies garden
Fox Moth to light at Hardcastle Craggs along with dark form of Northern eggar,and eventually finding female Winter moths and sorting out Nov aggs at last..........This year 2012 we will be consentrating our efforts around Cromwell Bottom....Allthe best Andy

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Priority Species Workshop POSTPONED

Please note this event has been POSTPONED until February. The new date will be confirmed ASAP. If you would like more information please contact Hugh Firman: