Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Painted Lady

Seen in our garden at Todmorden today. First Painted Lady that I've seen in Tod for a few years.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Which species

Standing patiently on our window bottom in Todmorden the other evening. Love to have a name.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Hardcastle Craggs - Life on The Rocks -19th August 2017

Weather :circa 16 o  intermittent light breeze

5 Present AC , CD,  BL, DS, Natalie .

Some micros to follow

1751 Devon Carpet Lampropteryx otregiata ABH 70.104 


1767 Pine Carpet Pennithera firmata ABH  70.077


1647 Barred Hook-tip Watsonalla cultraria ABH 65.003


1645 Scalloped Hook-tip Falcaria lacertinaria ABH 65.001

( Not Found on the evening but added here for comparison )

Scalloped Hook Tip 0224

1648 Pebble Hook-tip Drepana falcataria ABH 65.005


2134 Square-spot Rustic Xestia xanthographa ABH 73.357 


1756 Northern Spinach Eulithis populata ABH 70.091


1344 Eudonia mercurella 63.074  TBC  


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Last Nights Cat 19th August 2017

Last Nights Caterpillar 19th August 2017, Craggs

It looks to me like an Angle Shades Moth 2306 Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa ABH 73.113  see this link  One Mature fresh Adult also found nearby





Hardcastle Crags

What  a great night with just a quick selection below (all new life moths for me + a few more) of some of the fantastic looking moths that turned up.
With thanks to Andy, Colin and Brian for all the encouragement and knowledge and to Natalie and the National Trust for their welcome and use of their facilities.
 Pine Carpet
 Barred Hook Tip
 Pebble Took Tip
 Devon Carpet
Purple Thorn
I guess there will be a few more photo's to follow in due course.....and below a Pug for identification

Craggs 19.08.17

Another cracker last night , ( more to follow)

Purple Bar   x 1
Buff Footman x 12
Dingy Footman x 3
Common Footman x 2
Large Y U     x   104
Lesser YU   x 4
LBBYU     x 9
BBYU x 1
Least Yellow Underwing x 1
Antler  x 4
Square spot Rustic x 16 ( 2 feeding on Ragwort)
Small Phoneix  x 44
Dunbar  x 8
Gold Spot x 3
Mother of Pearl x 8
Yellow Shell x 5
Eudonia Mercuella x 20
Swallow Tailed Moth x 1
Devon Carpet  x 3
Common Carpet x 14
Pine Carpet x 1
Early thorn x 1
Purple thorn x 3
Barred Hook Tip x 3
Pebble Hook Tip x 5
L/C Rustic x 7
Slender Pug x 1
Flame Carpet x 11
Smoky Wainscot x 2
Single dotted Wave x 1
Small fan footed Wave x 1
Light Emerald x 2
Lesser Swallow Prominent x 3
Iron prominent x 1
Pebble prominent x 1
Northern Spinach x 2 ( 1 feeding on Ragwort)
Sallow x 1
Dark Marbled Carpet x 2
Angle Shades x 1 (1 cat feeding on Ragwort)
Marbled Beauty x 1
Dark Arches x 1
Clouded Bordered brindle x 1
Silver Y
Small Wainscot x 2 ( 1 red form 1 normal)
Dotted Clay x 2
Six striped Rustic x 4
Bramble Shoot Moth x 1
Pinion Streaked Snout x 1
Snout x 1
Minor sp x 3
Carcina quercana x 2
Agriphila tristella x 10
Aptomis turbidana  x 5
Blastobasis adustella  x 2
Blastobasis lacticoella x 4
Stenolechia gemmella x 1

Friday, 18 August 2017

Stainland 18 Aug. 2017

1 x Udea lutealis
3 x Blastobasis a.
3 x Garden Rose Tortrix
1 x Light Brown Apple  moth
1 x Bee Moth

Udea lutealis

It took me a while to recognise the Bee Moth for what it was. All the others I've seen have had their wings folded over them. Also, the green shading was more obvious than on this one, particularly round the lower part of the wing costa.

Bee Moth

I'll be away in a few hours time, gigging at the week long, Whitby Folk festival. I've spent all day re-stringing and polishing the stringed instruments I'm taking. Cleaning and polishing the squeeze box and related instruments and finally oiling, waxing and polishing a large range of flutes. There's a pile of instruments waiting to be packed safe. I'm worn out, and aching but it's worth it. Who'd be a musician?

I shall be looking in on the blog via my phone or tablet during the week, to see what I've missed.

Copley, 15.8.17

Another nights trapping int he garden, and bombarded early on by LYU.

1405 Mother of pearl
1712 Riband wave
1722 Flame carpet (below)

2000 Iron Prominent
2017 Large yellow Underwing x26
2109 Lesser Yellow Underwing x2

1 micro that I cannot seem to pin down (below)

For Charile, below is the one I thought was Udea fulvalis, can you confirm or give me a correct ID, thanks.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Stainland 17 Aug 2017

4 x Blastobasis adustella.
4 x Light Brown Apple.
3 x Marbled Beauties.
3 x Garden Rose Tortrix.
1 x unidentified moth.

15 moths is a record for me. The Light Brown Apples all have different markings. I've made a single image of all four, for ease of comparison.

Light Brown Apple moths.

This Garden Rose Tortrix has different marking to the other two so I'm showing that. For  some reason, the three I have here today, all have, (more or less) the same markings.

Garden Rose Tortrix.

Now for the unknown one. It's a poor old veteran of several battles, but it  has survived so far. I thought it may be a Lesser Yellow Underwing at first. As I could see no noctuid kidney marks, I dismissed the idea. Does anyone recognise it?


Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Stainland 16 Aug. 2017

A photo of a Garden Rose Tortrix, with a different pattern than the last one.

Garden Rose Tortrix

Also, as we were going to bed last night, Anne found a moth on the hall floor. She isn't keen on them flying round her, so I caught it in a jam jar we keep by the door for this purpose. It was late, I was very weary and never thought about taking a photo for some reason. (Stupid). It was about 1.5 cm tip to tail, dark brown, with a tuft of scales at the back of it's head, like fur. It didn't seem to have any real markings in that light but it might have been a Purple Clay.

Lee Mount - (Grey Chi ?)

2 Grey Chi (I think) from 15th August. Never had any of these before so just need a check !
One looked really good and the other a bit worn but they were both close together.
 Grey Chi (1)
 Grey Chi (2)
  Grey Chi (2)

Thought this size comparison was interesting between the large Willow Beauty with a Blastobasis adustella. Reminded me, comparison wise, of seeing a Stonechat land next to a Raven on a fence line on Warley Moor some time ago. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a photo of that pair !

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Stainland 15 Aug. 2017

3 Blastobasis a.
1 Marbled Beauty.

It hardly seems worth reporting. However, someone once told me that it lets others know what is around at the time.


We are still planning to trap on sat night at the craggs ...we have 4 traps to run and Devon CArpets should be just starting there second generation ...Meet at 8.30 / 9.00.........

Monday, 14 August 2017

14 August 2017. 4:00 p.m.

I disturbed several small moths in the garden this afternoon, they all looked the same. I managed to catch one in a sample pot. It had an argument with what may have been a bird, judging by the piece missing from it's right wing. It's a Udea lutealis. Hardly the best photo in the world, but good enough for an ID. Ten moths in one day, I'm very pleased.

Udea lutealis

Elephant Cats

There appears to be a flurry of Elephant Hawkmoth Caterpillars to be seen , This one found on the ground layer on Pale Willowherb close to Rosebay as might be expected. This one weighed 8 g and was aprox 7.3cm  cm in length extended








A couple of stigmellas.....

I've spent quite a while over the years searching for Stigmella myrtillella after Paul seemed to have such success in finding mines at several sites. Finally, after a walk up to Norland village on a glorious summer's day yesterday, I came across this one in among the countless, fungal infected Bilberry leaves. As Paul rightly said, it's best searched for on south or south-east facing slopes.

More easily found was this Rose Leaf Miner mining my garden rose bush. I watched it over the course of a few days as the mine developed and then took it indoors to rear through as the mine neared completion.
A couple of days ago the adult emerged - all 3mm of it. Thankfully it posed quite well for a few minutes allowing me to get my first decent shot of a Nepticulid.
Normally they rarely stay still during daylight hours.

Stainland., 14 Aug. 2017. (Amended post).

A nice selection this morning:
3 Marbled Beauties
1 Blastobasis -the pale form
1 Garden Rose Tortrix
1 Riband Wave - banded form
1 Honeysuckle Moth

(I forgot to add the two following moths, call it old age).
1 Edonia lacustrata
1 Common White Wave Cabera pusaria (TBC)

I'm only showing the moths I've not posed before.

 Garden Rose Tortrix

Riband Wave - banded form

 Honeysuckle Moth

Honeysuckle Moth

I think I identified the next moth correctly, but hopefully, someone will provide the right ID for it. It's very worn, but I think it's a Common White Wave.

Common White Wave (TBC)