Thursday, 22 May 2014


Out and about yesterday near the canal at Salterhebble I came across a scattered colony of these tiny longhorns Adela (Cauchas) rufimitrella. At first I dismissed them as some kind of fly with long antennae, it wasn't until I noticed a second group that I gave them a closer look. They have a forewing of around 5mm and an orangey crown (not evident in this worn specimen). The males, which I believe this is, have antennae twice the wing length.

Another worn one which, like most of the others flew around and settled on Garlic Mustard, the larval foodplant. Note the forward facing palps characteristic of this genus.

To clinch the ID of this scarce moth I returned to capture an unworn specimen and photograph it under more controlled light. The orange crown is clearly evident.
It's a shame the site is being sold off to developers!

Monday, 19 May 2014

Cromwell Bottom torts.

About a month ago I paid a visit to Cromwell Bottom and, among other things I collected a few larvae feeding on Dog Rose at Tag meadow. They were pretty random choices so I didn't expect too much, over the last couple of days the first two have emerged. Surprisingly they are both new species to me - all though not that uncommon. Above, Notocelia rosaecolana and below, Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix :-)

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Bankhouse wood, May 4th.

A nice find today was this Phyllonorycter roboris disturbed from Hawthorn. It's my first for the site and unlike the majority of it's relatives it posed quite patiently for the camera. It's not one I've ever found the mines of before so it's nice to see the adult.

Also my first Silver Ground Carpet of the year.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

A few from this week

Quite a few of these Phyllonorycter quercifoliella on oak trunks at the moment both in Bankhouse and Long woods. I had to place the camera underneath them pointing skyward to get a side shot.

The only moths I could find at Copley meadow were lots of these tiny Grapholite jungiellas. Their gleaming white hindwings are clearly visible in flight.

A regular at my woodpile on the allotment are these Esperia sulphurellas (the larvae feed on dead wood).

And one from Norland village, it appears to be feeding on soil for minerals?