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

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Mystery from France

August  or  September

Fly Flats

This morning there were still at least 7 Haworth's Minor on Ragwort at the northern end of the reservoir along with 1 Angle Shades
Still quite a few bees on the ragwort as well seeking nectar on the few remaining flowers from summer.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Lee Mount

Waiting for 'meat and tati pie' about half-five so had a look round the garden till it was ready....
Found this Beautiful Plume flying about - it was hard to keep track of in poor light then it landed on the window frame.

 Beautiful Plume

October 6th

One Small Copper and a Diamond Backed Moth ( a migrant ) today at Ringstone, 5 Red Admiral , 8 Small Tortoisehell and 1 Speckled Wood at Northowram


This morning the sunshine started to get out and it was quite warm
I managed 5 Haworth's Minor still on Ragwort and this moth below which looked slightly smaller than them. ? Not identified yet if anyone can help..wondered about Ear Moth but am probably way off the mark !

Also along the drain and the res'r embankment
5+ Black Darters with another 2 in cop
1 unidentified large blueish Dragonfly
1 Sexton Beetle
3 Red Admirals
12+ Small Tortoiseshells
5 Silver Y's
And a large very white butterfly that took me by surprise when I disturbed it along the track. I thought it was like a Swallowtail Moth by it's size and similar shape only it was pure white. It flew off over the moor and I lost it in the distance. Was it just a fresh Large White (?) though there did not appear to be any black on it at all - baffled again !!! It was away too fast for the camera.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Micro Moth Ypsolopha sequella

Heres a pic of the Ypsolopha sequella approx 11mm,
which feeds on Field Maple and Sycamore,that  came to the light on National Moth Night at Hardcastle Crags.I persevered with a Stacking Technique of taking a series of photos at different Focal Points,a challenging idea with a living Moth ! This pic was the result of 17 pics each one manually focussed and stacked together in order to get the complete Depth of Field from front to back,unfortunately there is still slight movement of the outer part of the anntenae,this was the best of 3 series of pics of this Beautiful Micro Moth,which was released after.Camera Canon 40D,60mm Canon Macro Lens with a 13mm Extension Tube .Regards Brian Leecy.

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Whiteholme Reservoir

Along the drain to Whiteholme this afternoon I turned up 8 more Haworth's Minor
7 on Ragwort and 1 on a Thistle

Haworth's Minor

Also 2 Silver Y were disturbed along the catchwater drain
and 5 or more Black Darter dragonflies along the drain
10+ Small Tortoiseshell along the reservoir embanklment

Haworths Minor update....

I had 44 + today at Fly flats feeding on Ragwort very close to the reservoir  some very tatty individuals but some quite smart ones too. A few Black Darter ,1 Ruby Tiger larvae , 1 Silver Y , 1 Small Tortoiseshell and a large moth over the moor which was unidentifiable..............

Saturday, 3 October 2015

France 2015

 False Mocha
 Jersey Tiger
Glanville Fritillary
Epilecta linogrisea

A few from France ...August 2015

Broad Bordered Bee Hawkmoth
 Brown Hairstreak
 Silver Washed Fritillary
Pine Tree Lappet
Trebble Bar