Thursday, 27 December 2018

Lee Mount - 26th December

Hope you're all had/having a great Christmas.
A lot milder last night and the moth trap on.
A late evening check produced....
Mottled Umbers x 3
Pale Brindled Beauty x 1
Think this second shot also shows a little of the pinkish abdomen a bit better

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Shibden Valley

Small Tortoiseshell hibernating in Pete's kitchen. Happy holidays and a great new Year cheers all 

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Stainland. Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year. I hope everyone enjoys the season in their own way.

 Christmas Market,
by Gordon Jackson.


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

12.12.18 , Only House Wood Northowram

Bitterly cold tonight with fog
Winter Moth x 14
           female x 1

16.12 .18
Winter |Moth x 8

Friday, 7 December 2018

Another Blackthorn emergence

My little Blackthorn project I started in April continues to surprise. After putting the 11 pupae outside to overwinter in the garage I was surprised to see that one had emerged in the last day or so - my first ever female Winter Moth, common enough but still a nice surprise.

Larva collected in May from the hedge by the weir at Cromwell Bottom. I was thinking some of the variously sized pupae left may be Early Moths, time will tell.


Scientists have revealed the first vaccine for insects, and hope it could help save the honeybee.

Not directly about lepidoptera, but I have a feeling that this kind of research could be directed towards moths, butterflies and other vital pollinators. We can only hope.

Only House Wood 6.12.18

Heavy rain and a strong gale in the wood last night and the trees were soaked on all sides. Usually there is at least one dry side .!!

Winter Moth x 10

2 Herald and 1 Peacock(hibernating) in the tunnel at Shibden Park yesterday many thanks Steve Blacksmith...

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Bare Head Tunnel (Dec)

Same as last month........
Herald x 11
Small Tortoiseshell x 4 (Hibernating)
Peacock x 2 (Hibernating)

Sunday, 2 December 2018


9 am Sunday morning.  A single brave moth on the door, sheltering from heavy rain.

I take it to be a Winter Moth, Operophtera brumata. I'm happy to be corrected.

Winter Moth, TBC.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Only House Wood 26th Nov 2018

Winter Moth x 336
          female  x 5
Northern Winter |Moth x 8
Mottled Umber x 4
           Female x 1
Scarce Umber x 1
Blasto lactico..x 1

Collinson's Collection again

I bumped in to Laurence earlier this week and he invited me up to view the collection. As I had my camera on me I decided to photograph each drawer before the whole lot gets shipped over to Leeds to be housed indefinitely.

It would have been better to photograph them outdoors without the glass casing but the results weren't too bad.

I've put a post on my blog with all the photos:

Saturday, 24 November 2018


The moth below was on the door at 6 am today. I've tried to ID it, in fact, I'm sure I know it, but can't concentrate very long.

As with the last knee operation, my mind is very cloudy and confused. I was a bit concerned about it, so asked what was going on in hospital. The surgeon explained that this operation, one of the most serious one performed on the body, affects ALL the bodily organs. Basically, there are a huge number of nerves in the knee, they all get disturbed, and send "odd" messages to the brain. Plus, the enormous about of trauma the body experiences. So now I, and you know.

Please could someone ID it for me? Thanks.

ID Needed.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Friday 23rd Only house wood

 A grim night with dense fog and drizzle

Winter Moth x 135
   female       x 1
Scarce Umber x 1
Lacto  x 1

Sunday, 18 November 2018

More Only House Wood

Winter Moth x 238
          females x 6
Northern Winter moth x 1
Scarce Umber x 2
Blasto lato x 2

Angle Shades taken by B.Sumner on his dustbin today ..(thanks Bri)

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Only horse wood 17.11.18

Winter  Moth x 142
            female x 3
Northern Winter Moth x 1
Scarce Umber x 4
Yellow Line Quaker x 2
Mottled Umber x 2

Friday, 16 November 2018

Hebden Moths

1 x Scarce Umber
1 xYellow Line Quaker
1 x Brick

To lighted Window ,many thanks A .Mills

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Only Hose Wood 15/11/18

Winter Moth male x 115
                      female x 2
Blastobasis lacticolella x 1
Yellow lined Quaker  x 1
Scarce Umber x 6

A few more

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Collinson's Collection

Many thanks to Steve Blacksmith for helping me , to finally get to see this magnificent collection. More to follow...

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Only house wood 10/11/18 (5 - 6)

Winter Moth x 127
           female x 5
Scarce Umber x 6
Chestnut         x 1
Blasto Lacto   x 2

11/11/18 (5 - 6)

Winter Moth x 153
           female x 2
Northern Winter Moth x 2
Scarce Umber x 6
Mottled Umber x 5

                                            Winter Moth in cop
                                                Mottled Umber ..melanic

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Only Hose Wood 7/11/18

                                                               Scarce Umber
                                                             Scarce Umber
                                                    Winter Moth inflating wings
                                                         Male and female winter moths incop
                                                          Scarce Umber
                                                            Blastobasis lacticolella
Winter moth x 30 +
Scarce Umber x 7
Blastobasis lacticolella x 1

 Bare Head Tunnel at lunch time 

Herald x 11
Small Tortoiseshell x 4 (Hibernating)
Peacock x 2 (Hibernating)

8th November.....5.00 - 6.00

Winter Moth male x 23 female x 2
Blastobasis lacticolella x 1
Barred Sallow x 1

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Lee Mount - 6th Nov

Not a bad start to the day...
Mottled Umber x 7 including a very black one - all attracted to light but none in the trap, preferring the fence !
Blair's Shoulder-Knot x 1
Tachystola acroxantha x 1
Red-line Quaker x 1
Silver Y x 2 in the trap
Feathered Thorn x 1

Eventually managed to get around to these images from this morning....
 Feathered Thorn
 Mottled Umber  - they are so variable !
 Red-line Quaker
Mottled Umber - another very variable one, so dark, though the shape seems to suggest Mottled Umber though I still need to get to grips with Scarce Umber !

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Only House Wood

Had half an hour just after dusk tree searching....

4th November (6 -6.30)
Scarce Umber x 1
Mottled Umber x 2
Winter Moth x 5
Agonopterix sp x 1

November 5th (6.30 - 7.0)

Winter Moth x 11
Scarce Umber x 2

November 6th  (7.00 - 7.30)

Winter Moth x 5
Blastobasis lacticolella x 1


Back again, you can't get rid of me so easily. I forgot to say that in a few hours, I will be putting a new post on my blog. It is a selection of what I think, are my best Natural History macro photos, taken over the last three years.

For anyone interested, please wait for about 4-5 hours after reading this. I need to add some text to the images. Unless, of course, any wants a browse around the site anyway. I mounted a new post in Late September. All welcome, tell your friends.


I found the following moth, (Blastobasis lacticolella) on the door, it was 10:30 p.m. on Friday. I've not been in a position to post it before now. I was very surprised to find a moth at all with the rain, wind and cold in the village at the time. It's hardier than it size suggests.

Blastobasis lacticolella.

This will be my last post for a week or two, (I can hear the sighs of relief). I'm going into hospital for the knee operation tomorrow, at 8 am. Goodbye cruel world. *smile*

Friday, 2 November 2018

Northern Winter Moth

Photographed this male at Pixie Wood/Sphagnum Bog at Cromwell Bottom yesterday. Always nice to see any moths at this time of year. Just wish all the fungi were as easy to ID :-(

Wednesday, 31 October 2018


After the doom and gloom post here, (sorry) I thought I'd better express myself in the way I generally am:

Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. I choose to see the beauty.

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

World Wildlife population dropped by ahd 60% since 1970.

I thought some people here may like to see this. If all the insects were wiped out, the human race would die off, never mind ALL wildlife. It's hard to know what to do as individuals.

Sunday, 28 October 2018

28th October 2018

Had 9 Small Coppers today still feeding on Ragwort and 1 Silver Y on a wall at Dean Clough Mills...Will the Small Coppers make it till  November............

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Ogden moths

Two moths at the door light on Monday morning. Have been scrratching my head to ID them so any help would be grateful - I think it might be becuse I have not looked for moths for a few weeks now.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Gosport Clough - Stainland

One obliging Halifax Scientific Society member found this Barred Sallow for me resting in the leaf litter. My first chance to photograph this species :-)

Three Scarlet Caterpillar Clubs (Cordyceps militaris) were found - I excavated this one to reveal it's host - a moth larva.

Also two Lichen Case-bearers (Dahlica lichenella) were found quite a distance from their usual haunts, is there no end to the colony's size?

Saturday, 20 October 2018


One Mottled Umber on the door this morning. It's only the second one I've seen. My first one was banded in brown and cream, this couldn't be more different. I never cease to be surprised by the diversity of markings in the same species. It's really good to have examples different markings of the same moth.

Mottled Umber.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Square Chaple Cafe

Seem to be everywhere
...Thanks for the photo ..Pete Smith

More Small Coppers

In the strong cool wind Small Coppers were hard to find initially.With there wings closed and hiding in the ragwort flower heads, Until I got my eye in and the sun cam out then they seemed to be everywhere and I found 16 and 1 Small White.

Large Midget in Snowberry

I found seven mines of Phyllonorycter emberizaepenella at Cromwell Bottom last Tuesday (16th) feeding in Snowberry. It's not straight forward separating them from the Honeysuckle Midget (P. trifasciella), both of which will use Honeysuckle as well. However, prior to pupating the Large Midget larva spins a rugby ball shaped cocoon which is olive green when fresh (see below) whereas the Honeysuckle Midget doesn't spin a recognisable cocoon.

I also have a couple of mines on my spindly little Honeysuckle bush at home which look more like Trifasciella so I'll have to keep an eye on those.