Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Northowram last night

Silver Y    x  2
Small Square Spot    x  1
Angle Shades x 1
Black Rustic x  2
Rosy Rustic x 1
Lunar Underwing   x 2
Common Marbled Carpet x 3
Red Green Carpet  x 1
Large Y U  x 7
Lesser Y U   x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth   x  2
Acleris Lat / Com x 2
Garden Rose Tortrix  x 3
Acleris Sparsana   x 2
Acleris Rhombana x 1
Blastobasis Ardustella x 2

Lee Mount etc

Lee Mount on 27th September
1 Copper Underwing agg
1 Beautiful Plume
1 Lesser Yellow Undwerwing
and that was it !

Along the canal from Luddenden Foot to and from Hebden Bridge didn't produce much yesterday
4+ Speckled Wood
1 Small Tortoiseshell
1 Small White
Quite  a few Caddis Fly along the canal towpath

Monday, 28 September 2015


After the gloom had gone , it was like  a summers day....
Small Tortoiseshell  x 47
 Red Admiral           x  5
Small White            x   2
Speckled Wood      x  7
Silver Y                   x 11
Small Copper        x  1

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Lee Mount

Saturday 26th September
This was on the Begonias this morning - is it a Silver Y ?

Last night on the window - Beautiful Plume ?
Nothing else today

Lee Mount

Friday night - a casualty - the Orange Sallow from earlier this week - I found it dead and well consumed, in a spiders web.
 Orange Sallow - dead !

Black Rustic - in the trap showing a V on the head - is this usual for this species ?

Black Rustic same moth as above
Also from tonight ...
2 Large Yellow Underwing
1 Autumnal Rustic
1 Copper Underwing agg

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Last Nights Moths Northowram

A good night last night and my first Feathered Rannunculus since 2011 and first Red Underwing since 2012 .I was a bit worried about the Rannunculus status locally , very pleased to get this one last night.
Black Rustic x 2 , Lunar Underwing x 2 , Orange Sallow x 1 , Autumn Green Carpet x1 .Common Marbled Carpet x 4 , Large YU x 6  , lesser YU x 1 , Light Brown Apple Moth x 2 Silver Y x 3

Feathered Ranunculus

Orange Sallow 

Red Underwing

Thanks to Colin D for posting Pics.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Lee Mount

From last night 22nd September
Not many...
1 Svennson's Copper Underwing
2 Common Marbled Carpet (1 orange and a dark one)
1 Garden Carpet
3 Large Yellow Underwing
1 Acleris sparsana

Plus 2 am not sure of below

 Micro maybe (or maybe not) Blastobasis adustella ?
Is this a Square-spot Rustic OR Lesser Yellow Underwing OR something else?

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Lee Mount

From last night 18th September - and another 2 new macro moths...!
Orange Sallow

 Red-green Carpet (I think)

Micro (but it's a struggle !!)
Acleris sparsana

Others from last night
2 Copper Underwing agg
4 Common Marbled Carpet (2 with the orange blaze)
6 Large Yellow Underwing
2 Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
3 Lesser Yellow Underwing

Friday, 18 September 2015

Lee Mount 17th September

Last night - not a lot of moths about here but 2 I'm not sure of !

 2 above are the same one - worn looking Copper Underwing agg

 2 above - maybe Gothic or Feathered Gothic (antennae look feathered?)- they are one of the same moth looking slightly different colour in the different light conditions.
Lunar Underwing
Least Yellow Underwing (2 last night)

Also 2 Large Yellow Underwing and that was about it.
Earlier in the day we had 4 Red Admiral, 1 Peacock, 1 Speckled Wood  and 3 Small Tortoiseshells on the Sedum

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Unknowns and small coppers

I know it in not a butterfly, moth or dragonfly, but I came across this beastie just over the border in Bradford, it was 1-1.5 inches long but I have no idea what it is - anyone enlighten me. 

Also had 2 small coppers just below Thornton Moor reservoir.

Calderdale Wildlife: Petition to Ban Driven Grouse Shooting

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Lee Mount

Last night 16th September
2 Autumnal Rustic (new one for me) and one each of the others plus a rather bedraggled Large Yellow Underwing.
Please correct any errors !!

Autumnal Rustic

Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Common Marbled Carpet

 Common Rustic ? correction Black Rustic
 Garden Carpet
Lesser yellow Underwing

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


This morning in the warm sunshine I came across a Wall butterfly - the first one I have seen this year though it was mobile and I wasn't able to get a photo unfortunately. 3 Small Coppers as well, all just near the lower end of Ringby Lane opposite the ski-slope.
Last year we found several Wall's on the hillside above Claremount (Pepper Hill) but have not been able to find any there this year despite several searches  !

2 Red Admirals and a Small Tortoiseshell and a Speckled Wood this afternoon in the garden with a load of bees as well on Sedum spectabile

Monday, 14 September 2015

Hydroptilidae Micro Caddis Record Cromwell Bottom LNR Sun 13th September 2015

As pointed by Ben its a small Micro Caddis - Found at vegetaation nr The Weir The Family is  Hydroptilidae  and it could well be  Hydroptila vectis but its not an exact Science . The specimen is 3 - 5 mm  

Sunday, 13 September 2015


Not been a bad week at Northowram with Holly Blue , Speckled Wood , Small Copper , Small Tortoiseshell , Peacock , Large , Small and Green veined Whites and a very tatty Meadow Brown.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Hardcastle Crags National Moth Night 12th September 2015

Harcastle Crags
A good night for NAt Moth night produced  27 species plus one to id (photos below).The highlight were the Devon Carpet and the variety of Dark Marbled Carpets with at least 4 colour forms of this scarce species. One with red spots ( col did you get a pic of that one.) The Caddis was good to get a positive id (Colin)

Weather :

Preceding days warm Evening temperature 12 Degrees Sky mixed cloud Generally Warm for time of year. Rain on the Way.

Present AC, CD, BL, DF Thanks to Brian  Andy and Dave with assistatnce on image placement

Fig 1 Variation in the DMC Dark Marbled Carpet

Carpet 3744

Marbled Carpet 3691

Fig 2 Variation in The CMC Common Marbled Carpet

Marbled Carpet 3680

2265  Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola ABH 73.188
1762  Dark Marbled Carpet Dysstroma citrata ABH 70.098
1751  Devon Carpet Lampropteryx otregiata ABH 70.104
2117  Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa  ABH 73.365
1767  Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata ABH 70.077
1858  The V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata ABH 70.142
2477  The Snout Hypena proboscidalis  ABH 72.003
1764  Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata  ABH 70.097 
1776  Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria ABH 70.100
2134  Square Spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa ABH 73.357
2318  The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina ABH 73.216
1777  July Highflyer Hydriomena furcata ABH 70.074
1767  The Northern spinach Large , Lesser and LBB Y Underwing
0411 Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella ABH 20.012 TBC
Eudonia / Scoparia , Yp Sequela

Other Entomology  Present from the Caddis Club was none other than Caddidfly, Agrypnia varia AKA Speckled Peter, this distinguished black and white Caddis had almost momentarily sneaked into Andys Moth Notebook until "Spotted"  by Brian. A number of Craneflies also presented
Sexton Beetle Nicrophorus humator as well as othe smal Ground Beetles

Caddis Fly Speckled Peter Agrypnia varia

Caddis 3702

The First Moth is a Small Micro. Patternning and colour was evident with difficulty it had a whitish head and mauve colour ,  rolled wings with an edge pattern just evident A possible 1261 Codling Moth Cydia pomonella  ABH 49.338
Query Micro

Micro 3554

Micro 3553

Micro 3563

Micro 3562

2265 Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola ABH 73.188

Flounced Chestnut 3607

1762 Dark Marbled Carpet Dysstroma citrata ABH 70.098

Dark Marbled Carpet 3609

1767 Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata ABH 70.077

Pine Carpet 3625

Larva feeds on Scots Pine and Corsican Pine.

1751  Devon Carpet Lampropteryx otregiata ABH 70.104

Devon Carpet 3573
1776 Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria ABH 70.100

Green Carpet 3567

2117 Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa  ABH 73.365

Autumnal Rustic 3717

 2477 The Snout Hypena proboscidalis  ABH 72.003

The Snout 3724

 1858 The V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata ABH 70.142

v-pug 3658

v-pug 3647

1764 Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata  ABH 70.097 

A common and variable species

Marbled Carpet 3681

Marbled Carpet 3695

0411 Golden Argent Argyresthia goedartella ABH 20.012 TBC

Argyresthia goedartella 3755