Wednesday, 26 September 2012


It started raining in Northowram on Sunday 23rd at 18.30 GMT on Wednesday 26th at 18.00 GMT its still raining ,it has'nt stopped at all in  that time.For the last 5 years Ive run my trap every night in september so this rain was'nt going to stop me so I have put it in the greenhouse with all the doors and windaws open for the last 3 nights.(pic above)
amazingly there have been moths out there...
Pink Barred sallow  5
Light Brown apple Moth  1
Black rustic   5
Silver Y  1
Large Yellow Underwing  1
Angle Shades     1
Common Marbled Marpet  3
The Silver Y was most unexpected....,,....

Friday, 21 September 2012

Spider prey

Sunday Night Craggs

Meeting on sunday night at 7 ish top car park.Weather permitting,all welcome..Bri and Andy

Phyllonorycter platanoidella Mines 20 09 2012

Found 3 Phyllonorycter platanoidella Mines on a smallish Norway Maple Tree at Todmorden station,underside of mine top, upperside lower pics,same trees ive noticed them before and where previously this Adult emerged from the above Mine,regards Bri.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

More Caterpillars

Noticed this Green Silver-lines  Larva ,top,on a Elder Tree it wasnt feeding probably looking for a place to Pupate,while this Elephant Hawk Larva was feeding in earnest on Rosebay Willowherb nearby.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Friday, 14 September 2012

Hardcastle Craggs

Meeting tonight at 8ish all welcome......
Great to see Marion and Cheryl and the weather was not bad for us.
Common marbled Carpetr  17
Dark Marbled Carpet            2
Dark arches                           2
Copper underwing agg          2
Spruce carpet                         2
Large YU                              7
Common Carpet                    1
Autumnal   Rustic                 3
Dunbar                                   3
Pine Carpet                             3
Devon carpet                           1
Straw Dot                                1
Lesser YU..                              3
BBYunderwing                       1
Eudonia   mer                         15
The Highlights were 3 Pine Carpets and a freshly emerged Devon Carpet.also not seen Dunbar this late before,next time we should be getting some November aggs to sort through.
Bri and andy

Monday, 10 September 2012

Copper Underwing agg ??

Still struggle with these two......

Pine carpet

Another cracking night last night,with this pine Carpet the pic of the bunch.Only the 4 th local record and the first away from its stronghold in hardcastle Craggs.A beautiful Red underwing also.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Early September

A real start to September with sun and a couple of cloudy nights.Has produced 50 species in the garden,Nettle Tap , Udea lutealis,brown and White shouldered house moth,Garden carpet,agriphila tristella,marbled Beauty and Acleris literana have been netted around the house.
 ,Orange Sallow,Orange Swift, Centre Barred Sallow(pics above) Sallow, Canary Shouldered Thorn,Black Rustic,Autumnal Rustic and Rosy Rustic  have given the week an autumnal feeling .Yellow shell,Campion, Small Phoneix, Brimstone and riband waves are the last of the summer moths.
  The new micro book has been an excellent aid in identifying the micros especially  Epinotia nisella ,ramella and  Gracillaria syringella. (caloptilia).

Well worth a look......

Saturday, 8 September 2012

White-letter Hairstreak

A quite ragged looking White-letter Hairstreak spotted on the canal towpath in Hebden Bridge Today, Never seen one in Hebden before. Alas no camera. Win

Friday, 7 September 2012

Iron Prominent Pupating

Found this Iron Prominent Larva, making its silken cocoon on the underside of an Alder leaf,quite a spectacular Caterpillar,the swirling gale force wind made it difficult to get a decent image,regards Bri.

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Acleris literana

Netted this in the garden last night an Acleris literana quite a under recorded moth in yorkshire.The photo has'nt picked up the colour which is like a fresh V-pug,green and black.38 species so far in the trap and 3 species netted around the house .Holly Blue,speckled wood,Large white and Red Admiral seen yesterday in Northowram.