Thursday, 30 June 2016

Beautiful Golden Y

Beautiful Golden Y on Tuesday resting on  Broccoli plants near Queen's Rd. Halifax. I hadn't seen one before and at first thought of a richly-coloured Silver Y, but then noticed the two creamy marks on each wing. It flew before I could get the camera out!

Speckled Wood Butterfly at Skircoat yesterday.

Well out of the area we found three Scarlet Tigers on a nature reserve near Winchester last Thursday, 23rd June. Another new one for me. They were at Winnal Moor on the River Itchen, a short walk from the town centre and teeming with wildlife. Thank you to Annie's smartphone for knowing it :)

 Scarlet Tiger Moth in Hampshire 23.6.16

Lee Mount - 29th June

Reasonably quiet but again managed a new moth - a Green Arches which was very nice surprise to find in the trap this morning.

Green Arches x 1
Buff Arches x 1
Heart and Dart x 1
Brimstone x 1
Marbled Beauty x 1
Marbled Minor agg x 1 ? (that's what I think - photo below )?
Bright-line Brown-eye x 1
Ingrailed Clay x 1
 Green Arches
Marbled Minor agg ? (wing length c13mm)
I have found using a compass (not a magnetic one of course) - but ones we used at school a long time ago ! Very useful and a little easier to use next to a moth  rather than a ruler which it can be checked against later.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Cunnery Wood

The bird cherry ermine are back again in the woodlands covering the bird cherry with their silk tents. They are near the bottom of the zig-zag path to the pond. No photos yet as it was too wet today!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Lee Mount - 27th June

An interesting couple of hours until midnight with 2 new ones to check (?)
I am pretty sure the first 2 shots are of a Coxcomb Prominent - it threw me a bit until I saw it with it's wings closed and side on view when I noticed the white coxcomb whereas in the first shot I just thought it was worn plumage where it looks pale!.

 Coxcomb Prominent
This other new moth is, I'm a pretty sure, a Coronet but which one ? Forewing length c15mm.
I lean towards Varied Coronet but not 100% sure. A stunning moth whichever it is !
Varied Coronet (confirmed)
Varied Coronet (confirmed)
Coxcomb Prominent x 1
Varied Coronet x 1  (updated 30th June) - confirmed id via Andy and a first for Calderdale)
Clouded Border x 1
Heart and Dart x 3
Anania coronata x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Green Oak Tree Tortrix x 1
Dark Arches x 1
Peppered Moth x 1
Brown House Moth x 1
Flame Shoulder x 1
unidentified micro x 1 (photo below)

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Lee Mount 24th June

Weather not very favourable but I did manage this Gothic which was fluttering about in the garden shed with a damaged wing but it did manage to fly off when I released it. These moths are really nice.
And this little creature below so small it was really difficult to get  a half-decent photo. I thought at first it was a fly on the window but it looks more moth like than anything else. Hardly even a 5mm wing span, really tiny. I haven't found anything remotely resembling this in the books yet. Any ideas welcome ?!!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Garden Moths 23rd June 2016


Periodic breezes blowing in catches in burst. Warm 15 o


Basic Grassed Garden in a corridor of back  facing semis

73.329 BF2102  Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta  x 2
70.226 BF1906  Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata x 1
49.039 BF998    Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana  x 1
70.183 BF1834  Common Pug Eupithecia vulga x 1
70.100 BF1776  Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria  x 1
72.003 BF2477  The Snout Hypena proboscidalis x 3
73.046 BF2278  Poplar Grey Subacronicta megacephal  x 1
69.003 BF1981  Poplar Hawk-moth Laothoe populi   x 1
73.156 BF2326  Clouded-bordered Brindle Apamea crenata  x 1
49.166 BF1076  Common Marbled Celypha lacunana  x 1
70.054 BF1727  Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata  x 1
49.156 BF1083   Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana x 1
63.080 BF1293  Grass Veneeer Chrysoteuchia culmella x 1
72.019 BF2061   Buff Ermine Spilosoma lutea  x 1
72.024 BF2064   Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa x 5
70.133 BF1803  Small Rivulet Perizoma alchemillata   x 1
8.009    BF648   White-shouldered Housemoth Endrosis sarcitrella x 2
73.368 BF2136  The Gothic Naenia typic x 1
73.267 BF2160  Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea
Opens in new windowx 1
70.100 BF1776   Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria  x 1
73.317 BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis  x 1
70.037 BF1681   Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia   x 1
73.001 BF2450   The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita x 1
49.156 BF1083   Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana  x 3
70.252 BF1931   Peppered Moth Biston betularia  x 3
63.025 BF1376   Small Magpie Anania hortulata  x 2

73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba  x 5
73.333 BF2120   Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendic  x 1
63.064 BF1334   Scoparia ambigualis x 2   (Tenuous id )

Tortrix TBC

The List is not quite completed some Pugs and Micros to Add  circa 35 species
















Comments ?  on These and last Unknown - Narrow-winged Pug Eupithecia nanata







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Unknown 2





Friday, 24 June 2016

Ogden & Cunnery Wood

Ogden - 21.6.16
Came across a swarm of bordered white (approx 8) near Skirden Clough.

Cunnery Wood - 22.6.16
An hour with a sweep net and a big stick near the entrance.
Nemophora degeerella
Small Skipper
Clouded Border
Nettle Tap
Silver Ground Carpet
Speckled Wood
Common White Wave
Peacock caterpillar

Lee Mount 23rd June

An interesting night - I chose to moth rather than watch the Referendum results !
With one or two just need checking below.
 Dark Arches
 Figure of Eighty
 Figure of Eighty
 Map-winged Swift
Minor agg ? (very small moth) amended to Middle-barred Minor
 Riband Wave
Peach Blossom x 1
Heart and Dart x 1
Unidentified Pug x 1
Flame Shoulder x 3
Small Fan-foot x 1
Minor agg ? x 1
Map-winged Swift ? x 1
Dark/Grey Dagger x 1
Spectacle x 1
Dark Arches ? x 1
Clouded Border x 1
Figure of Eighty x 1 (new one)
Riband Wave x 1
Peppered Moth x 2
Bright-line Brown-eye x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 2
Small Magpie x 1
L B Apple Moth x 1
Brown Housemoth x 1
Eudonia x 1
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix x 3
Severeal micro's I didn't get around to !

Lee Mount

In the garden yesterday - another Painted Lady on Erysimum 'Boules Mauve'

Painted Lady

Ringby Lane 23rd June

Late afternoon on the track opposite the ski-slope
Large Skipper x 8
Silver-ground Carpet x 2
Small Heath x 8 + all on the hill top
Yellow Shell x 2 both on the underside leaves of Willow Herb
 Large Skippers in cop
 Large Skipper female
Yellow Shell

Thursday, 23 June 2016