Wednesday, 29 February 2012

First emergence of the year.

320 Phyllonorycter quercifoliella. Reared from a mine on oak found at Elland By-pass 20 days ago. Note the diagnostic basal streak running over half the wing length. A very common moth found almost anywhere the foodplant grows.

First moths

1 orange spot satellite last night and a real cracking 1044/5  Acleris ferrugana / notana .I am going for ferrugana as it shows dark scale tuft.on and photo shopnot working too well at the moment.Any way a good start as micro is new to me and only a few calderdale records and none in feb.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Sunday Night..cancelled

I am planning the first trip out of the year this Sunday to cromwell permiting.Meet at 6 in the car park .Sorry all,not going to be able to make it tonight.Will try again soon.

more Pale Brindled Beauty - 21st February

Saturday, 18 February 2012


only one Moth again last night but what a cracker

Thursday, 16 February 2012

First moth of the year and a new one for me!

Had this rather worn Torticodes alternella attracted to the kitchen light last night.

Pale Brindled Beauty

I've been trying the trap in this milder weather and this beauty turned up last night

Interestingly my only other was on 10th February last year.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Beetle Holes?

Hi All, a tree has fallen near my boat last week to reveal hundreds of these holes in the centre of the rotten trunk. They are about 8-9mm diameter. What larvae could produce such a fine labyrinth of tunnels?

Peppered Moth research

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Rescheduled Priority Species Workshop - 22nd February

Hello all,

The rescheduled Priority Species Workshop will be held on Wednesday 22nd February at 7.15 in the Mytholmroyd Countryside Services Office (above the library). The meeting will include an update on Calderdale's Biodiversity Action Plan and small discussion groups for different species.

It will be a opportunity to discuss actions for priority species in Calderdale for the coming year with Hugh Firman and other interested parties. If you would like to come along and contribute to the meeting please email Hugh to express your interest:

Anybody interested in helping conserve Calderdale's wildlife is welcome to attend.
We look forward to seeing some lepidoptera representatives there!