Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Shibden Head

I ventured up to the top this morning (sun was shining)!! that's a rarity.
I managed to find 8 Herald Moths in Bare Head Tunnel - but they took some finding. Nothing else of note in there where I found 6 on 11th November with 9 for Andy on 22nd/23rd Nov.
They don't seem to pose very well, and it's not easy getting a decent photo in there ! but they are still very nice to see.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Wall Brown Lasiommata megera Decline

There is an excellent treatise here supplemented with NBN Data showing the decline of this once popular species

Wall Brown Decline

I have noted this species on the peripheral Field Margin adjacent to a dry stone wall well trodden and
near cattle. The annual sightings petered of circa 2011/12 and was also mirrored by a specimen at Ogden LNR on the Easterly side of the reservoir near to the stone walling before going onward up the clough

It begs the question as to where if any there might be  strongholds in Calderdale per chance hanging onto to areas of small suitable micro climate  Some of the reasons for its decline are given below

Wall Brown 4656

Evidence suggests butterfly is dying out because warmer weather is causing generations to hatch out too late in the year to survive There is more here Wall Brown and Climate Impact

micro-climate at the inland sites was on average 1.2C warmer than at coastal sites, suggesting that cooler conditions by the sea enabled the butterfly to maintain its traditional life-cycle.

It begs the question where is it seen in Calderdale and Why and whether numbers could be augmented at this sites by adding bred numbers

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Lee Mount

This evening in the porch light a new moth for here. I  think it could be a Pale Brindled Beauty (?) but I'm not sure.
Wing length is c 20 mm (wingspan 30+mm) along with a much smaller Winter Moth another of which is in the porch light tonight.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Lee Mount

One from Monday night 7th December which looked grey rather than brown ! The pale underwing is throwing me  a bit as is the dark spot on the forewing and wondered if it is getting a bit late for November Moth ?
 I think it's a November Moth agg but not sure ?
Correction - Northern Winter Moth

And one from tonight 8th December - a Mottled Umber

Monday, 7 December 2015

More Winter Moths

Plenty moths in the woods tonight , I counted at least 180 but did not have time to leave the path and get it to main part of the wood. No females or other  species tonight.

On the 9th October I had only one winter moth in the gale force winds...

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Lee Mount

Winter Moth last night - but have not identified one previously - wing length approximately 14mm  ?

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Lee Mount

First moth I have had for a while - in the garden this morning and I disturbed it in leaf litter before it landed on the Yew hedge -Taxus baccata
Beautiful Plume (I think)

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Winter Moths 2

At least 25 Winter Moths tonight in the local wood and it was cold and raining hard  and my first female Northern Winter Moth.(forgot to take camera dammm)
At least 50 Winter Moths tonight and 1 Mottled Umber

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Winter Moths

Had a look down the woods tonight  and managed 4 Winter Moths and a Scarce Umber,,This next week or so should produce plenty of these winter species....Also went to Bare Head Tunnel and found 9 Heralds and 1 Peacock butterfly....

Friday, 20 November 2015

Angle Shades , Lee Mount Garden 18.11.15

A nice Angle Shades as I was sweeping up leaves on 18th Nov
Showing quite pink in some areas

Monday, 16 November 2015

Lee Mount

Last night 15th Nov
Still no computer so can't post the photos but pretty sure of a Mottled Umber on the conservatory window with the light on inside.
November Moth agg x 4
Light- brown Apple Moth x 1

And tonight so far 16th Nov
Angle Shades x 1

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Lee Mount

A Scarce Umber today on the door frame - well that's what I think it was after first thinking it was a different looking Feathered Thorn. ! I will post some photos as soon as I can to double check but my computer screen  has gone down and it's now in for repair.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Lee Mount and Shibden Head 10th and 11th November

An interesting couple of days...
Yesterday (10th Nov) there was a Beautiful Plume first thing on some Lobelia which is still flowering in the outside planters .
Then Andy tipped me off about a site at Shibden Head where it was possible to find wintering/hibernating Herald Moths. I had never seen them before so this morning I decided to head up there and was thrilled to find 6 (including 3 together) on the roof of a tunnel.
These were the best photo's I could get in the circumstances - but I was well satisfied.

Also in this lower photo - a wintering Peacock Butterfly, a Herald and 2 spiders - it's a wonder the moths and butterflies don't fall victim to these small predators !! - or maybe they do (??)

And this evening with the light on in the house I found 1 November Moth agg and 2 Light Brown Apple Moths on the windows. I understand this latter species was originally from Australia and first recorded in Britain in 1936.!

Friday, 6 November 2015

More Grizzly Goings On Onth Moor !! 2015

Its been a great Year for Fox Moth Caterpillars.Having never found any over the Years at Langfield only Emperor/Northern Eggar Caterpillars,i found lots this Year in Sept/Oct.I noticed this one quite active and not feeding which looked typical for a Caterpillar searching for a spot to Pupate,but as i looked more closely i noticed at least three tiny Grubs/Maggots possibly from a Parasitic Fly or Wasp !! Dont think any Fox Moth will be emerging from this Caterpillar next Year ! Nature Eh.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Lee Mount

Yesterday evening 2nd Nov this micro was in the house. Just about 10 mm long I am still trying to i d but not getting very far.... ! I thought the white head and collar would be  a give-away !!!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Northowram 30.10.15

A very mild night not dropping below 10 degrees

Common Marbled Carpet      x 3
Red Green Carpet   x  6
Juniper Carpet        x  2
Spruce Carpet         x 2
Silver Y                x  1
Blairs Shoulder Knot  x 3
Feathered Thorn         x 1
Angle Shades           x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth   x 16
Exapate Congelatella x 1
Acleris Sparsana x 2

Friday, 30 October 2015

Northowram 29th October 2015

Brick x 1
Blair's Shoulder knot x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth x 1
Angle Shades   x 1

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

October Dragonflies

 Female Black Darter at Fly Flatts
Common Hawker Northowram

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Northowram 21.10.2015

Angle Shades x 2
Silver Y          x 1
Common Marbled |Carpet x 3
Red Green Carpet x 3
Light Brown Apple Moth x 4
First hour after dark only.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Lee Mount

From last night 20th October
Feathered Thorn x 1
Red-green Carpet x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 3
Light Brown Apple Moth x 1
November Moth agg x 1
Beautiful Plume x 1 on the last Buddleia flowers
Plus one unidentified worn individual x 1

 Feathered Thorn
 Unidentified ?(looks worn with not  a lot to go on)
Think this is a Common Marbled Carpet (but I couldn't check the upper side with this one) !

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Northowram 19.10.15

Autumn green Carpet x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 4
Red |Greet Carpet  x 6
Light brown apple Moth x 7
Angle Shades  x 1
Satellite        x 1
Feathered Thorn x 1
November Moth agg x 5
Blairs shoulder knot x 2

Fly Flats

Haworth's Minor - I thought they were well finished but found 6 on ragwort again this morning at the northern end. Some bees too were clinging on to the last remnants of summer at 9c and a NW windchill. 1 Silver Y and 2 Small Tortoiseshell as well on the ragwort was unexpected in the conditions though the sun was shining !

Lee Mount

From last night's trap 19th October
Light Brown Apple Moth x 4
Red-green Carpet x 1
Beautiful Plume x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 4 ?
November Moth agg x 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 1
Micro possibly Ypsolopha sequella (but it's not as clean as tne other ones recently so mabe not)?
Plus another unidentified macro as yet ! x 1
Any corrections welcome !!!

 Beautiful Plume
4 below are these all Common Marbled Carpet ?

 Lesser Yellow Underwing
 Not sure of this one ?
 November Moth agg
Ypsolopha sequella ?

Monday, 19 October 2015

Garden Actinics

20th October 2015

Actinic 10W

1923 Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria ABH 70.244    x1
1760  Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095     x1

1923 Feathered Thorn Colotois pennaria ABH 70.244 

Feathered Thorn 5210

Feathered Thorn 5189

1760  Red-green Carpet Chloroclysta siterata 70.095  

Red Green Carpet 5213

Lee Mount 18th October

Nothing at all in the trap in the morning - but these were round and about the trap mid evening - they just didn't want to go in !
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth x 1
Red-green Carpet x 1
Brick x 1 (this was a different individual from the one the other night)

Northowram 18.oct.2015

Red Green Carpet x 4
Yellow Line Quaker x 1
Silver Y x 1
Dark Sword Grass x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth x 2
Blairs Shoulder Knot x 2
Common Marbled Carpet x 2
Mottled Umber x 1

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Fly Flats

Earlier this week on 15th Oct there was still just 1 Haworth's Minor clinging on to ragwort flowers at the northern end, along with a few bees.

Lee Mount

From last night 16th October
The Brick was a new one for me if my i d is correct ?

 Blair's Shoulder Knot
Ypsolopha sequella

Caddis ?

 The Brick
Silver Y
Also last night...
Red-green Carpet  x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth x 1

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lee Mount

Just one moth in the trap this morning. 1 Silver Y and that was it ..

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

14.October .2015

5 Small tortoiseshell in the fields in late afternoon sunshine , 1 Beautiful Plume , 1 Agonoptrix arnella and 1 Blairs Shoulder knot last night...

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Lee Mount

From last night 13th October
3 Silver Y's flying about round the Buddleia at dusk
Then in the trap this morning just 2 moths
1 Large Yellow Underwing
1 Blair's Shoulder Knot (which looked quite a bit paler than the one the other night.
Blair's Shoulder Knot

Monday, 12 October 2015

Fly Flats

This afternoon with Nick (and it was cold up there in the northerly)! we found 18 Haworth's Minors still feeding on ragwort (11 were on one plant) at the northern end along with a few bees and a bonus with a single Ear Moth again on the ragwort.
Ear Moth

Sunday, 11 October 2015


I found this along the footpath behind the reservoir lodge this afternoon. Looks like a Fox Moth caterpilllar which had probably been fairly recently trodden on along the footpath - with some of the tail end missing. SE06558 30559.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

9th October Northowram

Red Green Carpet x 4
Common Marbled Carpet   x 5
Garden Carpet    x 2
Light Brown Apple Moth x 7
Large Yellow Underwing x 1
November Moth agg x 3
Rusty Dot pearl x 2
Silver Y x 3
Blairs Shoulder knot x 3
Sallow x 1
Carpet sp either Chevron or N.Spinach (very worn)

Friday, 9 October 2015


Ringby Lane this morning just as the day was warming up I was fortunate enough to come upon this gem - my first for the year.

Painted Lady
Also present up the lane were:-
2 Speckled Wood
c10 Small Tortoiseshell
6 Red Admiral

Lee Mount

And another 3 micro's from last night 8th October that I can't get to grips with....if the shots are good enough !! ?

Lee Mount

From last night/this morning 9th Oct
Please correct any mis-identifications !!
I'm not sure of 2, 3, and 4 as these are new to me but have had a go at them...
 Common Marbled Carpet - darker form
 Blair's Shoulder Knot
 November Moth type
 Pale Mottled Willow
 Red-green Carpet
micro Ypsolopha sequella
I think this is the same type of moth as Brian put on earlier this week - with an amazing photograph. This is a long way off Brian's standard but probably enough for firm i d...?
And another new one for me x 2 of last night
Feathered Thorn