Thursday, 20 July 2017

Craggs Friday night 9 o clock..

We will be there at 9 whatever the weather ...cheers

Met Office Report for Friday 21st July 2107. Given at 5 p.m. Thursday 210 July


I shall post another report before 12 noon.  I will not be able to post after that, we have guests arriving at noon.

Northowram MV light trap 19th July 17

Despite the storm and wind last night it was a bit of a bumper night for Northowram , White Satin , Yellow Barred Brindle , with 100 moth of 31 species.

Stainland 20 July 2017

Five moths today. Sadly I'm at a loss with three of them, so they need confirmation please. Colin told me that it was better to get them recorded and get the names later, than not record them because you don't know their names.

At 3 a.m. I let our cat out. By the door was a Swallow-tailed moth, then I saw the others. I'd been awake about 5 minutes, but had to take the photos. That's dedication, or possibly lunacy. They had all gone except the Swallow-tailed this morning.

The photos are in the order below.
Blastobasis adustella TBC.
Eudonia truncicolella TBC (I can't see any ring or X marks).
Grass moth sp. TBC. I really have no idea what it is.
Marbled Beauty - Bryophila domestica. (I'm showing this as the orange brown varietal form are becoming more frequent than the grey and white ones now).
Swallow-tailed moth. Ourapteryx sambucaria. Such a lovely moth.

Blastobasis adustella.

Eudonia truncicolella TBC.

Grass moth sp. TBC.

Marbled Beauty.

 Swallow-tailed moth - 
Ourapteryx sambucaria.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Met Office Forecast for Hebden Bridge. As given Wed. 19th July 2017. 1900 hours.

That's very flattering of you Andy, thank you. I've screen dumped the Met office forecast, things may change. I'll keep an eye on it. If there is a big change I shall post it.

I'm sorry to say that I was not sure what you meant when you said, "Friday night 10 - first light in Hebden". I assume you meant 10 a.m. "First light" would be Saturday morning about 5 a.m., so I am puzzled.

Stainland 19 July

Blastobasis adustella.

Blastobasis adustella

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Beacon Hill Butterflies

Had a group working on Beacon Hill today, so took the opportunity to view the butterflies.

Red Admiral
Small Tortoiseshell
Large White
Small Skipper
Meadow Brown

With the exception of the first 2 there were lots of each species around.

Stainland, 18 July

2 Eudonia sp (too high up for me to get good ID).
2 Marbled Beauties.
1 Phoenix - Eulithis prunata.

It's first time I have managed to get a photo of a Phoenix, they seem flighty. Two years ago, one flew off as I got the camera near it. This one did the same after three quick shots. I'm pleased I got a photo.

The Phoenix - Eulithis prunata. 

Hardcastle Craggs Friday

Looks like we will be running a few traps at the rangers hut near the car parks at Hardcastle craggs on friday night ..all welcome.The weather looks a bit iffy so we may change to sat if it looks any better.

Lee Mount - 18th July

A new one for here this morning.
 Blue-bordered carpet

Monday, 17 July 2017

Copley 17th July

Set the trap up last night and came down in the morning to find it knocked off the table and on the floor. Not major damage to trap thankfully.

1175 Bramble shoot moth
1887 Clouded border
1906 Brimstone moth
1917 Early thorn
1956 Common wave x2
2000 Iron prominent
2050 Common footman
2089 Heart and dart
2107 Large yellow underwing x10
2330 Dusky brocade
2477 Snout

There are a couple more but I am working on identifying them and will add when sorted out.

Lee Mount - 17th July

Not a lot this in the trap this morning but this Slender Brindle was very nice to find.
 Slender Brindle
Later in the morning this moth below fluttered out from the Buddleia bush and I  thought at first - 'Butterfly' with closed wings ! I managed to catch it but this was the best photo I could get as it landed briefly on the window frame. It wouldn't open it's wings at rest though. 
Early Thorn 


This banana cut and tied to a branch of a tree in the garden is as good as sugaring to attract moths just after dark  ??? ..will keep you posted.

Scarce Silver Y

Stainland 17th July.

2 Eudonia mercurella by the door.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

Stainland 16th July 2017.

Riband Wave.

Eudonia mercurella. (Fairy sure anyway). I saw three, the other two were by the door in the middle of the night, when I let our cat out.

The third moth is proving difficult. It needs an ID.

Riband Wave

The Eudonia was in a very tight corner in the hall. I had to crop the photo to make it look OK.

Eudonia mercurella


Saturday, 15 July 2017

Mid July

Another Varied Coronet last night with Plain Wave ,Light Arches ,Uncertain , Short Cloaked Moth and 6 Swallow - tailed Moth

Pugs this week
V - Pug x 1
Green Pug x 1 (very worn)
Foxglove Pug x 2
Double Striped Pug x 3
Narrow winged Pug x 1

Next Weekend Fri / Sat we will be trying to run 4/5 traps in the Craggs overnight all welcome will update during the week

Friday, 14 July 2017

Ogden golf course

Struggling with his one below and apologies for the rubbish photo... I thought at first it was a Silver-ground Carpet but it doesn't look right for that and it doesn't seem to fit Common Carpet either. It seems to have a greyish band through the darker central cross band which gets paler towards the black marks.

Lots of Ringlets up there in the long grass early afternoon - and it was still pretty dull.

Cromwell Bottom

Had a quick walk round today before the sun came out.....
Small Skipper x 2
Comma x 1
Red Admiral x 2
Gatekeeper x 1
Speckled Wood x 2
Meadow Brown x 2
Ringlet x 5
Green veined White x 3
Small White   x 1
Large White x 1
Brown Hawker x 2
Common Darter x 3
Emperor x 1



Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Stainland 12 July.

Today, seen but not photographed. How many photos of common moths can one take?

1 Marbled Beauty.
1 Twenty Plume.
1 Eudonia lactustrata.

Varied Coronet

Another good night in Northowram , ran the MV 125 all night and this produced 107 moths of 22 species , there was a cool wind but no rain . Other moths were Dark Arches 25 , Heart and dart 11 , LY Underwing 5 , Common Footman 6 , Riband Wave 9 , Light Emerald 2 , Swallow Tailed Moth 1 , Purple Clay 1 ,  Garden Pebble , Snout , Flame , Green Carpet   etc... Varied Coronet was a first here and only the 3rd local record.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Garden Moths Sun 10th July 2017

Garden Moths Sun 10th July 2017, Parish of Shelf

Weather : Warm 17o  Dry . Moon Phase  Near Full. Occ. light breezes

The usual Large Clumsy Onion Rings in abundance . Small Magpie,, Snout.and Heart & Dart in relative abundance +5 Some species reflected adjacent garden cutting and or fruit trees ( Apple)
Quite a few micros flying  A wave of Common Footman occured later in the eveing

Other Entomology Green Lacewing, Orange ladybird , Beetle

17.012 BF462      Ypsolopha sequella  x1
16.001 BF424      Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella  x1
73.368 BF2136    The Gothic Naenia typica
63.081 BF1294    Inlaid Grass Veneer Crambus pascuella x1
63.025 BF1376    Small Magpie Anania hortulata  x3
70.207 BF1887    Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata  x3
70.226 BF1906    Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
73.342 BF2107    Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba x10
73.162 BF2321    Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha  x5
72.003 BF2477    The Snout Hypena proboscidalis  x5+
70.283 BF1961    Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria
70.016 BF1713    Riband Wave Idaea aversata ab. remutata, x
70.016 BF1713    Riband Wave Idaea aversata
73.317 BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis  x5
70.252 BF1931    Peppered Moth Biston betularia  x1
73.012 BF2434    Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis x1
73.173 BF2337    Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis
73.267 BF2160    Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea x3
65.009 BF1653    Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides
73.040 BF2280    The Miller Acronicta leporina
72.045 BF2050    Common Footman Eilema lurideola
73.001 BF2450    The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita
73.045 BF2289    Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis

more to add...........

17.012 BF462      Ypsolopha sequella 



16.001 BF424      Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella



73.040 BF2280    The Miller Acronicta leporina


73.368 BF 2136  The Gothic Naenia typica 


65.009 BF1653    Buff Arches Habrosyne pyritoides



73.012 BF2434    Burnished Brass Diachrysia chrysitis x1



70.252 BF1931    Peppered Moth Biston betularia 


70.283 BF1961    Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria


73.317 BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis


70.016 BF1713    Riband Wave Idaea aversata


73.001 BF2450    The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita




73.045 BF2289    Knot Grass Acronicta rumicis


1294  Inlaid Grass Veneer Crambus pascuella ABH 63.081  



73.267 BF2160    Bright-line Brown-eye Lacanobia oleracea


Lee Mount -10th July

In among others, a couple of nice moths in the trap this morning.
 True Lover's Knot
These three shots below are of the same moth - how different the colour can look depending on their pose and the light.
Burnished Brass