Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Hi all, Found this smart chap yesterday near the trees with the beetle holes (see previous thread from feb - http://calderdalemoths.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/beetle-holes_10.html) Is it a longhorn beetle? and I wonder if he and his mates could be responsible for the holes? Any id help appreciated. Win P.S. the tree with the holes was a sycamore

Monday, 28 May 2012

Its Arrived

In the post today the Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great britain and Ireland .On first glance it looks great especially the ..at a glance guide to micro moths ..to put them into familys.and the plume moth section looks excellent as they all have common english names.Brilliant drawings by Richard lewington and very informative teat bySterling and Parsons.A bit thin on Nepticulidae and Eriocraniidae but these are best reared through .Hours and Hours of fun......essencial reading for all moffers

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Craggs last Night and id help

Red Twin spot Carpet(thanks CF) A great night at the craggs with 23 species more than the whole of april.Got stuck on the micro .?? 2 Devon,1 water,1 Common,2 Flame Carpets,8 lesser swallow,2 coxcombe prominent,1 yellow Barred brindle , 1 Purple Thorn,1 small Square spot,1 hebrew Character,1 tawny Barred angle,hebrew Character,flame shoulder,Brindled,Common,V , and Oak tree Pugs,Bee Moth,Brown silver lines and 16 Scalloped hazel,1 Yellow Barred brindle ..

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Foxglove Pug?

Not the best of photos but we think this is a Foxglove Pug? We also had 2 White Ermine, a Scalloped Hazel and a Light Knot Grass last night. The previous night we managed a Herald, the mystery moth (see earlier post) and a White Ermine. Shouldn't there be more??

Craggs Friday Night

Meeting in the top car park at 9.30 all welcome.....hopefully run a couple of traps

Summer day

what a great day to be out,went round Northowram looking for day flyers and was not dissapointed.First of was a Holly Blue,first one here for a few years then 6 Small Tortoiseshell and a couple of Peacocks.large and Small whites and 4 Orange tips.The first small Copper of the year closely followed by 5 speckled woods.The best of the day went to a small yellow Underwing in a new location nectaring on Common Mouse ear allways one of my favourite moths of the year. Last night in the trap was a good Pug night with 3 Foxglove,2 Brindled,1 Double striped and a common.Looks good over the weekend any one up for the craggs on Friday night.??

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Moth ID help please

We caught this moth last night up here in Midgley and are uncertain about its ID. Initial impression was of a very large Rustic type but clearly not one of those, checking books, UK moths etc has led us to think it might be a Dark Brocade but someone else has suggested it might be Glaucous Shears, can anyone help please?
Found this female Emperor up at Scammonden dam on Monday,didnt have my camera so stopped a passer by who took this pic on his i-phone and has just e-mailed it(thanks Gary ).Tecnology is great when it works.Brian found 14 Northern eaggar cats and saw lots of Common Heath egg laying on white holme drain.
Common Heath egg laying by Brian

Sunday, 20 May 2012

It's been a bit quiet

Very few posts on here and I guess the poor weather has something to do with that. We've not run our trap much at all, just didn't seem to be much point (coupled with being away a lot), however, correct me if I'm wrong but tonight looks promising? Our trap is out already.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Eyed Hawkmoth.

A pristine male was found resting in a greenhouse at Skircoat Green allotments today (16th). It was found by a lady plot holder who knew I had an interest in such things. Quite a find!
Photo by finder - Joan Sleight.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Mixenden butterflies

Took a walk around Mixenden this morning. Okay might not be the first place you think to go for a walk but a nice stroll from the flats at the bottom up the side of the stream to Ogden and back down produced quite a few hotspots of butterfly activity. Meadow around adventure play area was busy with Orange Tip, males fighting amongst themselves and females hanging about on the cuckoo flower. Bit further along and the footpath from Mixenden Stones towards Mill Lane found lots of Speckled Wood, many of them mating. Males flying around with females hanging on for dear life! Coming back through the woodlands we saw Peacock and Small Tortoiseshell. Not a bad little spot with plenty of flowers out, works a little look if ever you are passing. Chris

Saturday, 5 May 2012

April Bumblebee Transect

Hi all,

More invertebrate news! Hardcastle Crags Bumblebee Transect is getting underway for the season. Winston and I just managed to get some records for April on the 30th. We recorded 2 white-tailed bumblebee queens on the transect, and saw another two just before starting.

Compared to last year, there have been far fewer records at the site, a likely consequence of April's decent into cold and windy weather. It will now be walked once a month until October, with the records going to the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We're hoping to have more records of Bombus monticola, the uncommon Bilberry bumblebee, before the year is through.

If anyone is interested in getting involved with recording, please get in touch with myself or Winston, and we can provide more information.



Brian Leesey found this today at whiteholme Drain , looks good for wood Tiger which has been a target species for the last few years..Great find Brian

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Books for sale

Nick dawtry has these two book for sale if any one is interested leave a message below. Moths of the British Ilses B Skinner British and Irish Pug Moths Riley and Prior