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 !!!