Friday, 29 August 2014

Cromwell Bottom 30th August moth Night

The friends of  Cromwell Bottom will be running a moth night on sat , usual place by the lagoon, would be nice to see some local moffers there, I will be there from 10ish, the light will be put on at dusk.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Manchester Moth

Sorry AndyC I have belatedly answered your query in the comments box of 'The Manchester Moth' of 20th July, if you care to have a look.

Friday, 15 August 2014


Was walking up above North Dean Woods yesterday and heading back on Scholes Lane and saw a moth going bananas, decided it was worth a look and to see if it landed. Glad I did it was a male Vaporer with a female and cocoon that then started to mate.It was on the wall just before Scholes Farm heading from Greetland.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Painted lady

On the 8th August I found a freshly emerged Painted lady at Northowram , its wings were still unformed as it climbed a large grass stem. After a few minutes its wings started to inflate. A rare local sighting.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Pepper Hill / Claremount

 Wall Brown
 Small Copper
Small Copper and Small Skipper
What a week or two for butterflies, its been amazing - rounded off today with a walk along Hag Lane at the back of the Ploughcroft  ski-slope and along the track to Claremount and the hillside above Horley Green.
We thought we were doing well near Black Boy Farm on a small patch of weeds with Peacocks, Small Skippers and Gatekeepers as well as Small Tortoiseshells when we came across this Small Copper. we watched it with real pleasure.
Then as we walked further around the hillside facing over Halifax we had a possible Wall Brown but couldn't confirm it, then we found another two and managed a poor photo but it was enough to confirm identification. We came home well satisfied - as good as birding ! (well nearly)

Also a good number of Speckled Woods in that area too.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Butterfly Count / Wall brown ??

The Big Butterfly count is on at the moment and only takes a few minutes to submit your records.

With good numbers of butterfly's recorded in Calderdale over the last couple of years and new species being added over the last couple decades (Ringlet ,Speckled Wood and Gatekeeper etc)  its odd how the Wall Brown is becoming very scarce , 3 years ago I would have had 3 /4 in the garden at this time of year but since then I have had only one sighting in the last 3 years. Has any one seen a Wall Brown this year in Calderdale..??