Friday, 30 September 2016

30.Sept .2016

Small White and Red Admiral in the garden today...

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Common Marbled Carpet

I have one Common Marbled Carpet by the door today. It's the orange blaze form and VERY worn. I didn't think it worth putting a photo on here because of that. This year, the orange blaze been the most common I've had at the house.

It must have been cold this last three nights as I've had the Feathered Ranunculus by the door in the same position all the time. I wish I could sleep like that.

Lee Mount - 27th September

Windy last night so got light to the windows - glad I did..
Common Marbled Carpet x 12 (8 of which were the orange blaze type)
Light-brown Apple-moth x 4
Blair's Shoulder-knot x 1 (photo below just to check I got identification correct !?)
Blair's Shoulder-knot

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


October can be a great time for trapping '''''well worth keeping it going into November

Lee Mount - 26th September

Despite the heavy rain during the evening, 2 moths appeared on the window. A Silver Y fluttered about for a while and a Copper Underwing agg looking a bit worn.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Lee Mount - 25th September

Just one moth - a Red-green Carpet and that was it, but very nice anyway.

Clifden Nonpareil Catocala fraxini

 Dont Panic

One has NOT arrived just curious to know if one of these Blue Underwings have ever been recorded in Calderdale  ?

They are mainly a continental migrant at Southerly latitudes so I would have thought not Nowadays, only a handful per year are recorded, mainly in the south and south-east of England, September being the most likely month once a favorite with Victorian collectors

Sunday, 25 September 2016

2nd Feathered Ranunculus, Polymixis lichenea.

I have another Feathered Ranunculus today. I thought I'd post it as a record. Also, this specimen is in far better condition than the last one. The markings and the green colour show better on this one.

I'm puzzled as to why it's called "Ranunculus", which is the buttercup plant family. And also why,  "lichenea".  The larval food plants don't seem to feature any of the Ranunculus family. Nor do they seem to eat lichens. Does anyone know about this? I know there are large and small Ranunculus moths as well, so it's a family name, but why?

Feathered Ranunculus, 
Polymixis lichenea.

I also have Caddisfly and two different Craneflies, as yet no ID. This blog isn't the place for them though.

Friday, 23 September 2016

More photos of green moth needing ID

Hi Andy.

I assume (hope) you meant more photos of the green moth. So here they are. If you didn't mean that let me know.

I've had a look at quite a few web sites showing the Feathered Rannunclus. There is quite a lot of the Biting stonecrop food plant round the village. Searching has certainly made me dizzy and my eyes are watering now, but worth it, as it does look like that moth to my untrained eye. It would be quite something to find it here in non limestone country.

I suppose it could have migrated from Derbyshire, which is quite close, in a straight line, if it IS that moth. Then again...

Silver Y, Autographa gamma. Plus one other.


A strange thing. I read Colin's post on the Silver Y and next morning, one was clinging to our door. If the photos look odd, it's because the moth was right by the seal above the door. As soon as we opened it, the moth put half its legs on the inside of the seal. It must have been more comfortable. I took a few photos, but it didn't like the flash. Very kindly, it opened it's wings, I've never seen one with wings open. It started to vibrate, I knew it was ready for take off and took one more shot before it flew. To make the images look better I've rotated them 180 degrees. Purists shudder!

There was another moth by the door. For some reason, my vision has been blurred for two days. I'm having trouble looking through books, the Net and typing. Could anyone give me an ID on the green moth please? Thanks.

Silver Y. Autographa gamma


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Forms of The Silver - Y

Silver - Y Autographa gamma  

There are several different forms with varying colours depending on the climate in which the larvae grow

f. nigricans
F, palida The pale form f. pallida, is considered to have developed in warmer climates before migrating to the cooler Uk.
f. gammina is smaller and can be found in most year and thought to be a result of starved caterpillar although this is in dispute
ab. bipartita
ab  gartneri

I cant find much descriptive detail on the forms of Silver Y but it would be interesting to review what forms have been recorded in Calderdale historically over the quiet months

There are many different forms of this species. The most common is grey, but some are brown, or purple tinged. If the moth is very pale, this is due to a hot climate (form pallida). There is also a small form (form gammina) which is probably due to little feeding as a larva. There is also a black form (form nigricans), though the Y mark is still prescent. There are two rare forms which affect the Y mark; Form gartneri has the Y mark greatly enlarged, and the form bipartita has the Y mark seperated, quite similar to that of the Ni Moth.

2441 Silver Y Moth 2714

The form f. gammina can be up to half the size of other forms

I'll update the post with anything relevant

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Shibden Head

We took a look in Bare Head this afternoon not really expecting anything.....
16 Heralds - including a cluster of six - with 2 more within a few inches and other odd ones scattered around. There were probably more hidden away.

Herald Moths

Lee Mount 19th and 20th

Hardly anything this week - last night (19th) produced just 4 moths - wonder if a full-ish clear moon has anything to do with it as the weather was calm though perhaps it's just because it was 12c cool !!
Large Yellow Underwing x  1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Light-brown Apple-moth x 2

Today the Painted Lady and a single Speckled Wood were still feeding in the garden Sedum

Monday, 19 September 2016

Fly Flats - 19th September

Fly Flats - checked the far end and the embankment this morning but still no sign of Haworth's Minor - no Ragwort and no thistles is not good news - all cut down on the embankment. Also checked several clumps of heather still just about in flower but nothing doing and very little else in flower.
Black Darter x 4 (all males I think) around the far end puddles and pools but not easy to photograph !

Black Darter

Lee Mount

Angle Shades with open wings from 17th
Angle Shades
Not much last night - 18th September
Common Marbled Carpet x 4
Light-brown Apple-moth x 2
Silver Y x 1
Copper Underwing agg x 2

Sunday, 18 September 2016

September Garden Butterflys

Comma  , Red Admiral , Speckled Wood , Small White , Small Tortoiseshell  and Peacock in the garden today

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Lee Mount - 16th September

Very quiet on a rather cool evening but  a nice Angle Shades turned up.
Angle Shades
Large Yellow Underwing x 2
Autumnal Rustic x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 3
Light-brown Apple-moth x 2

Friday, 16 September 2016

Lee Mount - 15th September

Pretty quiet this week though this Green Carpet was a nice moth - looking quite pale (not much green).!

Green Carpet
Also from last night
Copper Underwing agg x 3
Common Marbled Carpet x 5 - (the most common moth this last week or so)
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 1
Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing x 1
This micro below was from the 14th September and pretty sure it's Acleris variegana

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Ogden golf course

I went to the usual spots looking for Fox Moth caterpillars this morning but unfortunately drew a blank. The vegetation was pretty wet after last nights downpours so they may well have been hiding away. Previously they seemed to appear on hot sunny days and move around when the vegetation is dry ! Will try again.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Swales Moor

Quite an afternoon for butterfly's today in that hot sunshine along Ringby Lane on the top and on the weedy banking's facing >W. Not  a lot of butterfly's but a very nice mix of species.
1 Wall Brown - in short grass and flying around but I couldn't get the camera to focus and only got a blurred shot - dash !
1 Painted Lady
1 Small Tortoiseshell
2 Small Copper
1 Small White
2 Red Admiral
1 Peacock
1 Silver Y feeding in heather

 Painted Lady - this one was taken in the garden yesterday
 Red Admiral
Small Copper

Monday, 12 September 2016

Fly Flats

I did a 'recci' today at the far end of the reservoir in anticipation of Haworth's Minor ! Last year I found 36 on 2 nd October feeding on the flowers heads of Ragwort. I think Andy found 44 a few days later at the same spot.
Bad news.... - not a sign of any Ragwort where it was last year, just some dead heads of Sorrel ( I think) and surprisingly a clump of Teasels but definately no Ragwort.
There may be chance of some on the reservoir embankment but I didn't have time to go down there to check today.
Whiteholme drain might be worth a check in the next week or two.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

2 moths for ID.

Hi I've got two moths I'm wanting IDs for please. I'm reasonably sure the first is a badly worn Common Marbled Carpet, so I'm hoping for verification.

The second is certainly a Nocutid, but which one? Again it is a little worn. I took this on the 31st Aug, then misplaced the images until now.
Common Marbled Carpet TBC

Noctuid sp.


Friday, 9 September 2016

Lesser Yellow Underwing - check ?

3 different moths from 6th September. I have the first 2 down as L Y U/w after first thinking they were maybe The Brick but not sure about them now when I look at the third one I missing something I ask ??

Lee Mount - 8th September

The weather went off around 10 pm with increasing wind and light drizzle so didn't get a lot !
This Pug was small, no more than 8mm wing length (total wing-span 17mm) but it isn't giving a lot away towards identification !

Autumnal Rustic x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1 dark form
Large Yellow Underwing x 4
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 1
Copper Underwing agg x 2 looking quite worn and I found  a dead one this morning so got the chance to check the underwing more closely and certainly from that it looked like Svensson's as below !

Canary-shouldered Thorn moth, Ennomos alniaria.

This is a real prize for me, a first in our garden. A Canary shouldered Thorn - Ennomos alniaria. It was on our doorstep this morning, perfect for photography. It was cold and let me move it safely after I'd finished. I had to be quick, it started to vibrate its wings when I disturbed it. I had a vision of our cat Ruskin grabbing it.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Micro ID please.


This micro is a new one to me. It's about the same size as a Eudonia sp. I've searched for it and drawn a blank. Does anyone know this moth please? Thanks.

Lee Mount - 6th September

Very warm and humid again after a very hot and muggy day. Still going through the moths and photos but surprise for here was the number of Common Marbled Carpets -  15+ both with the orange blaze and the darker form
Also an Orange Sallow
Orange Sallow

This one below was a first for me and think it must be a Mouse Moth (?)
Mouse Moth

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Lee Mount - 5th September

Very warm and humid at around 17c, quite cloudy but no wind.
Autumnal Rustic x 1 was a first for the autumn here - a stunning moth
Copper Underwing agg x 2
Large Yellow Underwing x 7 (very subdued)!
Common Marbled Carpet x 2 (both with the orange blaze)
Silver Y x 1

 Autumnal Rustic
Silver Y

Monday, 5 September 2016

Lee Mount - 4th September

12c, light cloud and no wind but not many moths - but an interesting Spider with very very long legs! maybe a Daddy Long-legs Spider ?
Large Yellow Underwing x 14
Dunbar x 1 very worn
Copper Underwing agg x 2
Orange Sallow x 1
Square-spot Rustic x 1
Garden carpet x 1
Dark Arches x 1
Light-brown Apple-moth x 2

 Unidentified (so far) Spider - total leg span c110mm and a very small body - next to a Garden Carpet
Orange Sallow
Dark Arches - think maybe a bit out of season ?

2 Aquilegiae Leaf Miners, ID request.


I've been looking at the leaf mine tracks in our cultivated Aquilegia for a while now. Finally, I got round to photographing them. I think I've got the ID's right, but would like a second opinion as to what they are please. If I'm correct, they are both small flies.Thanks.

Phytomyza aquilegiae leaf mine 1 TBC

Phytomyza aquilegiae Leaf mine 2 TBC

Phytomyza minuscula leaf mine TBC

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Lee Mount - 2nd September

Put the trap out by 8:30 but not too hopeful for much as it was cool with a light breeze strengthening. Went out with a cuppa around 9:15 and a large dark moth came in. Thought at first it was a Hawk-moth by it's size but it didn't just look right for that as it strafed the windows. Couldn't believe the luck as it went straight in the trap and settled. Old Lady, a first for us here, still identifiable despite the very worn out appearance.

Old Lady
Copper Underwing agg x 3 (think these are the same ones coming back each evening)
Dunbar x 1
Small Phoenix x 1
Large Yellow Underwing x 9
Square-spot Rustic x 1
Lesser Yellow Underwing x 1
Unidentified Carpet type below - very similar to one on the 30th August keeps coming back but will it open it's wings - NO !