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

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Mega Midgley Moths!

OK perhaps not mega but two are new for us up here, Drinker and Buff Arches and the Scarce Silver Y we've only had the odd time.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth Todmorden 27 07 12

Hummingbird Hawkmoth seen nectaring on Honeysuckle in her Todmorden Garden on 27 07 12 Portia.