Monday, 30 September 2013

Micro id..??

Anyone out there like to have a guess at this micro caught on the 27th...Another Merv du jour ,Feathered Thorn, November Moth, Yellow Line Quaker and Teliopsis diffinis on Sat night.

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Did anyone else run a trap last night?

Just wondering as had a really poor night with only 2 Large yellow underwings caught. Not sure if we are doing something wrong or if its the time of year/conditions.

Ran the trap from 8pm till 3am when I got up to cover it up with black cloth cover, trap was fairly tightly packed with egg boxes.

All advice/comments welcome

Thanks guys

frustrated novice

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Merveille du jour................

Merveille du jour , Barred Sallow and Yellow Barred Brindle ( pics) from Tuesday night also Canary shouldered Thorn , Fanfoot, Red line Quaker ,Brick , Blairs shoulder knot , Hawthorn Moth , Black and Rosy Rustic..Looks good for the next week at the moment..might even get some migrants,,?(couple of silver y's last night)

Monday, 23 September 2013

Svennsons Copper Underwing?

believe this to be one but just wanted confirmation

07/09/13 Littleborough

Over the weekend

 Green Brindled Cresent (dark Form)
 Acleris Hyemana
 Setaceous Hebrew Character
Small Dusty Wave

A few interesting moths over the weekend after last weeks clear skies and cold temps.The Green Brindled Cresent dark form is only found in GB and only a handful of local records. Acleris Hyemana is a month early,Setaceous Hebrew Character is a common moth in Yorkshire but here in Calderdale it is rarely recorded and I average 1 a year. I have been recording Small dusty Wave since 2006 in the garden and only yesterday did I realise it had not been recorded in Calderdale before.??

Monday, 16 September 2013

1109 Lobesia littoralis

1109 Lobesia littoralis is a rarely recorded species in Calderdale and to my knowledge it is only the second time it has been recorded.

Weekends Moths

 Autumn Green Carpet
A good night on Friday with the rest of the weekend being a bit of a wash out.A late flame shoulder , Shuttle shaped dart and snout will be the last of the summer species as Large Yellow Underwing numbers plummet with only one last night . Autumn species over the weekend included Lunar Underwing ,Sallow , Autumn Green / Red green Carpets and a cracking Svennson's copper Underwing.A really good year for Garden Rose Tortrix  with 60 + since the 1st September.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Purple Hairstreak 12.9.13

First one I've seen close up, and not just a streak of black whizzing around the tree tops.

I've gone for quantity rather than quality as these were the only shots I could get before it departed!
It was on a south-facing privet hedge on Albert Promenade ( The Rocks ) Saville Park, Halifax.
Below the rocks is Scar Wood, mostly an oak wood.  5.00pm

I think it was a female - there was a tinge of irridescent purple on top - but a very flight-worn one.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Orange Sallow

Orange Sallow (top) and Grey Chi two moths from last night..Also this week plenty large and Lesser Yellow Underwings still around. Mouse Moths are easily overlooked mixed in with the underwings and plenty of Common Marbled and Garden Carpets as well.On the micro front the Acleris species have been well represented with A.sparsana , variegana,  comariana and emargana this week...

Monday, 9 September 2013

Early september

44 species in the trap last week including Black rustic, Autumnal rustic, Frosted orange Copper Underwing ,Antler and Chevron...Red Admiral , Small copper , Large and Small Whites , Speckled Woods still kicking around the garden....

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Baitings Res

Whilst walking round baitings at midday today Cath spotted and photographed this spectacular Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillar. A fantastic find and a lifer for both of us.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Camberwell Beauty

Spotted this last week. Alas not in Calderdale and under glass in the Manchester Museum

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Last Nights Moths Northowram

                                                               2135 Heath Rustic
                                                       455 Ypsolopha scabrella

453 Ypsolopha dentella Honeysuckle Moth 1
455 Ypsolopha scabrella 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 2
969 Pandemis corylana Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix 1
1038x Acleris laterana/comariana 5
1041 Acleris sparsana 3
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 6
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 2
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 5
1759 Ecliptopera silaceata Small Phoenix 3
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet  1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty  1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Y Underwing 63
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Y Underwing 18
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser BB Yellow Underwing 3
2123 Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
2134 Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 1
2135 Xestia agathina Heath Rustic 1
2306 Phlogophora meticulosa Angle Shades 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
2343x Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg.  1
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y  2

Monday, 2 September 2013

Last nights moths Northowram

2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 10
2109 Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 9
2111 Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 2
1038x Acleris laterana/comariana 1
2353 Luperina testacea Flounced Rustic 1
2166 Hadena rivularis Campion 1
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 1
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1048 Acleris variegana Garden Rose Tortrix 1
1764 Chloroclysta truncata Common Marbled Carpet 2
2297 Amphipyra pyramidea Copper Underwing 1
873 Blastobasis adustella 1