Saturday, 30 June 2012


This emerged today from a larvae found on beech at hardcastle craggs in late May.

Moth Night IS On Tonight

Meeting at cromwell Bottom tonight  about 9.30.All welcome.....

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Moths at last

Finally got round to putting the trap on last night as the weather for the first time in ages looked pretty good.30+ species of macro including this rather worn Broad Barred white,Cinnabr,Ghost Moth,Pale Sh Brocade,Gothic,Burnished Brass,BGY,,Campion,Buff arches,Freyers Pug(6) and a lot of micros to sort...

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Time to get that new guide out.

Even with the new micro guide I knew the Tortricidae were never going to be straight forward. This was reared from oak, forewing 8mm – anybody any ideas?

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Skircoat Green allotments.

I had a 656 Tachystola acroxantha floating in the water tub yesterday - a bit worn and crumpled but still alive. One to watch out for as it appears to be expanding its range in to Yorkshire.


Sunday, 24 June 2012

Calderdale Wildlife Blog--PROBLEMS?

I have just tried to open the Calderdale Wildlife Blog and I have been warned by my computer security not to open the page as it is a well known fraudulent website! Has anyone else received this message and is there a problem?

Thanks, Philip

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Moth Night Cancelled

To nights moth night at Cromwell Bottom has been cancelled due to the RAIN,..I will try and do it next sat night if this weather ever improves.Many apologies for any inconvenience..Andy,Bri  and robin

I know it's rained a lot but a shark in the garden!

I found this resting on my outside thermometer on the 19th June and passed it off as a Pale Pinion. I took a couple of photos though and have just gotten around to looking at them. Although the moth is very worn it seems to me to be a late Chamomile Shark (a first for me) - anybody have any thoughts?
 There is a patch of Chamomile just a few yards from where the moth was found – I’ll have to have a good search for larvae if it ever stops raining.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Wood Tiger

Heres a few pics of the Wood Tiger emerged on 18 06 12 from a Larva

found on Whiteholme Drain on 05 05 12.only the 2nd ive ever seen both

were emerged 3 weeks after pupating,superb moths.regards Bri.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Friday, 15 June 2012

Batings in the rain

managed to get out between the showers today ,1 Chimney sweeper,1 Yellow shell,1 Small white,2 Speckled wood,1 silver Y and a few grass moths....

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Malachite Beetle

Found this little chap this morning, malachius bipustulatus, the Malachite Beetle, always nice to see them. Win

Monday, 11 June 2012

Bufftip larvae from Todmorden

Bufftip larvae found by Brian leesey. A good night at the craggs on Sat (lots of midges)30 species the pic being 4 devon Carpets , a very late Red Green Carpet and eudonia pallida.10+ Cockchafers

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Sat night

Craggs this sat night weather permitting,top car park about 9.30..all welcome

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

National Moth Night

23 rd June is National Moth Night, cromwell Bottom at 9.30..all welcome bring torch ,net and lets hope its good moth weather for a change.These organised nights allways seem to be a damp squid....If any one has a spare trap brig it along... I am planning to be there till dawn and will leave traps running all night....