Friday, 30 June 2017

Northowram ,...29.06.17

                                                Clay triple Lines
                                                Large Emerald
                                                 Elephant Hawkmoth
Put the trap on last night only the 3rd time this year,,,was very pleased to find Clay triple lines which is a new species for me here and only  very rarely recorded in the Calderdale area..Spectacle and Dark Spectacle also nice to see ...

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Cromwell Bottom Sat 1 July

I see that there will be a moth night at Cromwell Bottom on Sat night...Always a great night down there...Think they are running the trap near the Cafe(container thing)..........

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Lee Mount - micros !

From this last week or so, 4 micros, which as usual, I am struggling with - though I am pretty determined to try and get as near as I can with them and I don't give up easily. Though they are a tricky bunch.
Any help - or pointers appreciated as ever.
All 4 were around 6mm so they were all pretty small.

 These are two different moths above and below possibly the same species. Thinking maybe Hawthorn Moth - Scythropia crataegella

 Mompha lacteella or ?
 Monopis obviella ?
Pammene fasciana ?

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Luddenden Dean

First Ringlets of the year for me at a spot near 'The Nunnery' near the Lower Lodge for Castle Carr. At least six together in a very 'weedy' area plus a Meadow Brown and 3 Speckled Woods and a Red Admiral nearby.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Lee Mount 21st and 22nd June

Three for checking ?
 This first one baffled me a bit looking at Pyralidae then looked at smallish Snout.
Could it be Pinion-streaked Snout ?
 Green Pug
Knot Grass (I think) c17mm ?

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Brown Pug ID Request, two more images.

Hi Andy.

These are all I have, The angle was difficult, it was right above my head. I had to lean backwards whilst looking up to take photos of it. I've a tendency to fall over when I do that, so was unable to take many shots, sorry.  They probably don't help, but you may see something in one of them.

Blood Vein

Caught this at Mile Cross Road on 19th June, I think its only the second ever for Calderdale.

Brown Pug, no ID

I had a ginger-brown pug on the door this morning. It was above my head so the angle of shot is a bit strange. I'm posting it without having had time to try and ID it as we are going away VERY soon.
I thought it better to post it than ignore it. If someone could ID it I'd be very pleased. Thanks.

Andy, I tried to thank you for the Common Pug ID but Google couldn't contact the Captcha, sorry. The I'm not a robot has become a real pain. I don't have one on my blog, Google must have forgotten me. Mind you, It's not a very visited blog anyway, thye may not think it's worth it.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Lee Mount 19th June

A great night with 78+ moths of at least 36 spp. (some still to go through.) I won't list them all now but just one or two photo's to flavour... check on !
 Bordered White - I didn't see the upper wing but the underwing is really nice
  Green Arches - a new one for here and the best looking moth I have ever seen ! - fantastic moth though this was the only shot I got of it and hardly does it justice.
 Small Angle Shades
 Ruby Tiger (3 of last night)
 I think this must be Currant Pug ?
This large one turned up late on and was in the trap this morning. At first I thought similar to Willow Beauty but think this might be Mottled Beauty ? (which would be another new one for me.)

Monday, 19 June 2017

Unknown Pug moth

I've been unable to ID this Pug, I know they can be tricky. I think I might be a Common Pug. Can anyone give me an ID on it please? Thank you.
Pug needing ID.

Edonia truncicolella.

Just one Edonia truncicolella this morning. There will be more Edonia sp. now they have started to appear.

Edonia truncicolella  showing palps.

Last night, a Small Magpie, Anania hortulata was flying round the garden. It's only the second one I've ever seen, so it was a nice surprise. Also a Brimstone, Opisthograptis luteolata but was unable to photograph either of them.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Garden Moths 17th June 2017

Weather - Warm 18o Light Breeze. Low Humidity ,

General Comments Lots of Small Magpies , and Peppered Moths which seemed to be local to the Pebble Dashing nearby and on shed . A flurry of Large Yellow Clunbsy things have also returned

Other Entomology  Birch Shieldbug

MV 120 W Robinson

73.317 BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
73.162 BF2321    Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
73.176 BF2340    Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula
49.039 BF 998     Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana x12
63.025 BF1376    Small Magpie Anania hortulata  x4
73.173 BF2337    Marbled Minor Agg  Oligia strigilis
70.226 BF1906    Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
70.252 BF1931    Peppered Moth Biston betularia  x3
70.061 BF1738    Common Carpet Epirrhoe alternata
63.018 BF1378    Elder Pearl Anania coronata
62.001 BF1428    Bee Moth Aphomia sociella 
73.329 BF2102    Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta x2
49.156 BF1083    Marbled Orchard Tortrix Hedya nubiferana
72.003 BF2477    The Snout Hypena proboscidalis
70.097 BF1764    Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata
73.113 BF2306    Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa
73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba

70.252 BF1931    Peppered Moth Biston betularia


73.317 BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis


73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba



73.162 BF2321     Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha


73.176 BF2340    Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciuncula


1428 Bee Moth Aphomia sociella ABH 62.001  Female


73.329 BF2102    Flame Shoulder Ochropleura plecta

63.018 BF1378    Elder Pearl Anania coronata


72.003 BF2477    The Snout Hypena proboscidalis


73.113 BF2306    Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa



Pug  For Confirmation - ?????



73.175 BF2338 Rufous Minor Oligia versicolor

One of potentially 3 similars requiring Gen Det but based on superficial looks possibly a Rufous Minor NOTE Not an absolute ID for the reasons above


Pugs and stuff

Well done to Martyn and Dave for getting a couple of new species for Calderdale this last week ,  we have added a few since the blogg started way back in 2008......

Had a few pugs to the trap the last couple of nights....

Green Pug x 7
Freyer's Pug x 4
Currant Pug x 1
Mottled Pug x 1
Common Pug x 2
Foxglove Pug x 2

Lee Mount - 17th June

 Another new one for here in the trap this morning, but not a lot else. A nice easy one to identify for a change but not the best angle for the photo !
Blotched Emerald

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Lee Mount - 16th June

One surprise on the edge of the trap this morning from last night - Beautiful Snout. Just managed to get a shot of it before it was off. Second one here this year.
Beautiful Snout


Martyn recorded this at his moth trap in Luddenden Village this week  a first for Calderdale...

Friday, 16 June 2017

Lee Mount - 13th to 15th June

A lot of moths this week for the garden. Not easy to keep up with them though most I have been able to identify! I won't list them all - one or two gems below and two that are totally  baffling me...
 Setaceous Hebrew Character a first for here on 16th
 I have trawled through the books and web-site for this one and remain baffled. I thought a first 'a 'Prominent' then 'Shuttle-shaped Dart' and lots of others in between and still can't reach a conclusion especially it's pose and with those dark triangle marks at the base of the forewings. I didn't get time to measure as it quickly disappeared but looked 'Prominent' size.

 Can't reach a conclusion with this one either as there seem to be a few similar- maybe 16mm

 Flame Carpet
Lime Hawkmoth - arrived on the evening of 14th and stayed all the following day on the Buddleia bush - a beauty and a first for here.

Whire Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda

Sorry, I forgot the White Ermine -Spilosoma lubricipeda, which I found by the door yesterday and didn't have time to post.

White Ermine, Spilosoma lubricipeda

Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa

I discovered an Angle Shades - Phlogophora meticulosa on the wreath on our door at dinnertime. I'd looked all round the door at 8 am, I didn't expect to find one on the ribbon like that. Still it's at a good height for photography. They really are handsome moths.

Angle Shades, Phlogophora meticulosa