Monday, 23 July 2018

VC63 Garden Moths Sun 22nd July 2018

Sun 22nd July 2018

Weather  Warm, Still. Humid Occ Light Breeze

Other Entomology  Forest Shieldbug Green Lacewing One Caddis , notable absnce due to hot dry prolonged UK weather


Method MV125 Robinson    

ABH  73.348 BF2111   Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe
ABH  73.171 BF2342   Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa
ABH  70.013 BF1702   Small Fan-footed Wave Idaea biselata
ABH  71.012 BF2000   Iron Prominent Notodonta dromedarius
ABH  72.002 BF2474   Straw Dot Rivula sericealis
ABH  73.342 BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba
ABH  16.001 BF424     Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
ABH  73.015 BF2441   Silver Y Autographa gamma
ABH  63.038 BF1405   Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
ABH 73.368 BF2136    The Gothic Naenia typica
ABH 70.226 BF1906    Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata
ABH 20.012 BF411      Argyresthia goedartella
ABH 73.169 BF2343    Common Rustic Mesapamea secalis
ABH 73.254 BF2176    Antler Moth Cerapteryx graminis
ABH 73.216 BF2318   The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina

ABH  73.348 BF2111   Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing Noctua janthe




ABH 20.012 BF411      Argyresthia goedartella




ABH  73.171 BF2342   Rosy Minor Litoligia literosa





Albert promenade and Cunnery Wood

Had 10 minutes there today ,12.00 - 12.10
As always happens when you have not got a camera , they were very close .....!!
Purple Hairstreak x 5
Speckled Wood x 2
Gatekeeper x 2
Small White x 6
Large White x 1

Cunnery Wood 15.30 - 16 .15

White -Letter Hairstreak x 1/2
Purple Hairstreak x 6
Small Copper x 30 (1 yellow form which I have not seen before and one almost black form )
Small and Large Skipper 5 of each
Meadow brown 50 +
Comma x 1
Peacock x 2
Speckled Wood x 35
Ringlet x 15 including some very fresh looking ones
Gatekeeper x 4
Small and Large Whites 20 + of each

Do not go in shorts and flip flopps.... the nettles and brambles will win !! as they did today.No sightings of the target species Dark green Fritillary......yet


1 x Brimstone moth.
1 x Blastobasis lacustrata.
5 x Marbled Beauties.

Sarurday's Moths at Cromwell Bottom

A brief summary:

One of five Scalloped Hook-tips

Southern Wainscot

Cochylis atricapitana

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Copley garden 21/22nd July

Trapped last night in the garden...

Shuttle Shaped Dart x6
Brimstone moth (yay finally one in the trap in the morning)
Large Yellow Underwing x12
Antler Moth
Bird Cheey Ermine x5
Mother of Pearl
Common Carpet
Common Rustic x3
Trachycera advenella
Marbled Beauty

and of couse a few more I am still trying to ID. Have we passed into the part of the season where the easy to ID moths have all gone and now I am faced with a plethora of brown/grey/similar moths?

Butterfly records for garden for today
Large White x8
Green Veined White x6
Small White x2
Comma x1
Gatekeeper x1
Holly Blue x1

Ogden ,

Walked round the reservoir today in the sun , 15 Comma , 4 Red Admiral , 5 Peacock , 26 Small Skipper (on one patch of thistles) , 50 each of Green veined , Large and Small Whites.  2 Speckled Wood , 40 + Ringlet and Meadow Brown , 4 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 unidentified Hairstreak sp .(too high in the canopy and not on oak or Elm either Purple or WL).

Scarce Silver Y

Martyn at Luddenden Village  reports Scarce Silver Y last week ,,,thanks Martyn

Big Butterfly count (BC)

I have just entered my first records this year on the BigBC and you can logon to a map with all records from nearby places. Brimstones and Marbled Whites seen near Wyke..???

Saturday, 21 July 2018


I've just discovered a Small Fan-Foot Wave on the door, somehow I missed it earlier. I could only photograph it at an oblique angle. As a result, it's not a fantastic photo.

Small Fan-Foot Wave.


1 x Blastobasis lacustrata.
1 x Riband Wave, non banded form.
3 x Marbled Beauties, (2 grey black, 1 orange/brown). The latter is noticeably larger than the grey form.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Stainland. Britain's declining butterflies.

I think most people are aware of our declining butterfly population - as well as the insect and birds.

There is an item online, this is the first paragraph:

"Britain’s butterflies could face the worst declines in 40 years, conservationists have warned, as the relentless heatwave withers plants just as gardeners are banned from using hosepipes."

You will need to register for free to read the full article, here:

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Purple hairstreaks

Purple Hairstreaks reported from Albert promenade , its a good spot here as you are above the Oaks and you can look down on to them ..Thanks Andrew Sladdin

Lee Mount - 18th July

Any thoughts on these two ?
Struggling with the Pug.....

Maybe Udea prunalis ?

Cunnery Wood

Shibden Hall Road - spent nearly 2 hrs this afternoon in Cunnery Wood with thanks to Chris for doing the 'grand tour' of the woodland and meadow land. I've not been on that site since a long time ago when it was the Council's tree and shrub nursery. Fantastic habitat.

Perfect afternoon conditions for butterflies and other insects. Impossible to count so guestimates below are more appropriate ! Anything I've missed Chris ?

Small Skipper 10+
Holly Blue x 1 gave us the run-around a while till it landed on brambles 15m or so away
Small Copper 10+
Gatekeeper 10+
Large and Small Whites plentiful with just one or two Green-veined Whites in among
Speckled Wood 10+
Comma 10+
Peacock 20+
Small Tortoiseshell x 2
Red Admiral x 1
Ringlet - just a few but now looking pretty worn

Finally we managed to locate a few Purple Hairstreaks fluttering around the lower branches of some mature oak trees in the sunshine and occasionally landing on the leaves to give some reasonable views
We missed out on White-letter Hairstreak though they could be there as there are a few elms on site.

Light Emerald x 1
Udea lutealis x 1
Silver Y x 4
? ermine caterpillars
Cinnabar caterpillars on Ragwort
One or two unidentified Grasshoppers
Unidentified micro in the tunnel was difficult to photograph and an egg case of a large spider (what was the spider Chris ?)
 unidentified - ermine moth caterpillars ?
 Unidentified Grashopper sp.
 Silver Y
 Udea lutialis
Cinnabar caterpillars

Moth Night this Saturday.

There will be a trapping session this Saturday 21st at Cromwell Bottom. Turn up from 8.30pm at the cabin/café area. Light on around 10.00pm.

Hopefully I'll be checking out a few patches of ragwort after dusk that I found today and of course there's the nearby buddleia.

A visit to Tag meadow produced this Sallow Kitten larva on Crack willow. It was right at the top of my target species list for a few years now - hopefully I'll be able to rear it through. The bottom two photos show how the tail appendages are constantly inflated and deflated, presumably it was annoyed at my presence.


A small selection today. I only photographed one, it seemed a lot of work to get the ladders and use them for moths that we see plenty of. The photographed one first. (It was on the door, easy to reach).

Blastobasis lacticolella. I only just discovered that it is sometimes called the London Dowd. According to the Norfolk Moths site:

"Accidentally introduced to Britain around 1946, now established and expanding its range. How it reached Britain (native in Madeira) a mystery!" 

I do know that it was highly unlikely to have been brought over in a bottle of that very fine wine, Madeira.

Blastobasis lacticolella.

Also today:
1 x Marbled Beauties, grey/black form.
1 x Riband Wave, non banded.
1 x Eudonia lacustrata.  - Fairly certain on this. It looked like the standard text book one. Light greyish, very few markings in the lower part of the wings. (Ignoring all the variations they show!).

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Roils Head Moor

Waiting for a group this morning at the Rye Lane entrance produced a number of butterflies.

Comma x2
Meadow Brown x10+
Small Skipper x3
Large white x25+
Small tortoiseshell x3
Peacock x1
Ringlet x30+

Silver Y x2
Wainscott spp x3

Also lots of bumblebees and hoverflies on the rosebay and bramble.

Loose Ends

A couple of worn specimens TBC to add to the previous list

ABH 70.265 BF1941 Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata x2

ABH 70.258 BF1937 Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria

ABH 70.141 BF1862 Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata

The first appears to be a worn Mottled Beauty aside the faint lines and band the size and well scalloped edge to the hind wing point to this variable species about 40 mm accross

ABH    70.265 BF1941   Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata x2



ABH    70.258 BF1937   Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria


ABH    70.141 BF1862   Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Jerusalem Farm 14/15th July & Ogden Water 18th July (WLH)

We had a our wildlife group annual family camp over at Jerusalem Farm, terrorising the local wildlife and hunting bugs, burgers and bats. Part of the session was a butterfly hunt, then a moth trap over night - results below

Meadow brown 10+
Comma 1
Large White 15+
Green Veined White 10+
Ringlet 25+
Small skipper 20+
Small tortoiseshell 1
Silver Y -

Moth trap
Small magpie x2
Light emerald x3
LYU x12
Antler moth x2
Northern Spinach x2
Bird cherry ermine x25+
Plain Golden Y x1
V-pug x2
Coxcombe prominent x1
Hebrew character x1
Clouded border x1
and a few more I am still working on.....

Ogden Water 18.7.18
Found a nice little spot for butterflies, just up from Skirden Clough green bridge on the left is a patch of thistles, grasses, rosebay, ragwort and brambles. Quite a lot of white and skipper activity, but closer to the green bridge found a White letter hairstreak on bramble, looked a bit ragged round the edge, but a nice find and one to add to the site list.

Ringby Lane

This afternoon. A little sunshine but mainly cloud cover whilst I was up there.

Painted Lady
Common Privet - Ligustrum ovalifolium - It isn't given much credence but when it's left to grow and flower it's a fantastic shrub for a wide variety of insects.

Also - all on the Privet with  a multitude of bees and other insects
Painted Lady x 1
Ringlet x 2
Meadow Brown x 8
Small Tortoiseshell x 3
Small White x 3
Silver Y x 1

Lee Mount 17th July

Amongst others, three from this morning
 Antler Moth (they always look good)
Not too familiar with these next two
 Dotted Clay (2 this morning)
Scalloped Oak
Also a single True Lover's Knot (but poor photo)
A Copper Underwing agg - but it was reluctant to show the underwing

Stainland. Updated post on 17th July 10:222 pm.

Updated post on 17th July 10:222 pm.  Andy got the ID for the unknown moth below, it was an Udea prunalis.  
In the comments below, I said I'd seen one some time ago. Looking at my archived files, I found that I had one last year on the 16th July. So, it was one year and a day since I saw it. These moths are nothing if not consistent!

At last, today, I managed to bring the ladders from the cellar and climb them to photograph moths. That's a big improvement for me.

First, the one I'm unable to ID. Anne searched the Internet, whilst I looked through my moth books. An hour later, we still had no idea. I've not seen this moth before. It was in the most difficult place it could be. It was tucked right into the left corner of the stone lintel above the door. I couldn't get right under it with the camera, so the photos are not of the best. It was facing toward me, at the front of it's "face" just under the wings, there was a white area. You can just see some of the scales on the close-up, if it helps. I tried to get it's wingspan but it flew off when I got the ruler near. Blast!

ID needed.

The coloured form of Marbled Beauties seem to be arriving. (As opposed to the grey/black/white ones), which are always first in the season to show, by some two - three weeks. At least in the village.

Marbled Beauty.

As I was up the ladder, Anne said, "We have a hummingbird Hawk moth on the climbing rose, about three feet from you". I was unable to get a photo, it flew over the roof. This is only the third one I've seen. The first was a few years ago in Haworth, outside the Edinburgh Wool Mill. Second time was at Binham Abby, Norfolk. I spent twenty minutes following it, trying to get a photo. It flew off. They seem camera shy, or just to fast for me. Still, we have seen one in the garden, it may return.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Garden Moths Sun 15th July 2018 VC63

Sunday 15th July 2018

Weather 18o Warm Still of recent Heat Wave Ground Conditions Dry little moisture Still.

Other Entomology Small Cantharids (Sodlier Beetles ) Leafhopper , Green Lacwing , Ladybird

A very wide selection of species some of which inevitably escape circa abot 25 - 40 species on the night

MV 125 Robinson

ABH 72.003  BF2477   The Snout Hypena proboscidalis x6
ABH 73.342  BF2107   Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba +10
ABH 16.001  BF424     Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta   + 50
ABH 72.045  BF2050   Common Footman Eilema lurideola
ABH 63.025  BF1376   Small Magpie Anania hortulata
ABH 70.226  BF1906   Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata x3+
ABH 63.038  BF1405   Mother of Pearl Pleuroptya ruralis
ABH 63.018  BF1378   Elder Pearl Anania coronata X2
ABH 70.283  BF1961   Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria  x3
ABH 70.243  BF1922   Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria
ABH 73.254  BF2176   Antler Moth Cerapteryx gramini x3
ABH 73.084  BF2293   Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica
ABH  70.094 BF1759   Small Phoenix Ecliptopera silaceata
ABH  73.015 BF2441   Silver Y Autographa gamma x7
ABH  73.162 BF2321   Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha x9
ABH  73.017 BF2443   Plain Golden Y Autographa jota  x1
ABH  49.004  BF1010  Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana
ABH  3.368   BF2136   The Gothic Naenia Typica x2
ABH  73.291 BF2199   Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens
ABH  72.002 BF2474    Straw Dot Rivula sericealis  x3
ABH  70.142 BF1858   The V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata x1
ABH  70.037 BF1681   Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia
ABH  72.043 BF2049   Buff Footman Eilema depressa  TBC
ABH 49.062  BF1036   Maple Button  Acleris forsskaleana x3
ABH  63.089 BF1305   Common Grass Veneer Agriphila tristella TBC
ABH  70.277 BF1955   Common White Wave Cabera pusaria
ABH  73.160 BF2335   Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina
ABH  73.216 BF2318   The Dun-bar Cosmia trapezina
ABH  63.067 BF1338    Little Gtey   Eudonia lacustrata
ABH  70.277 BF1955    Common White Wave Cabera pusaria
ABH  70.016 BF1713    Riband Wave Idaea aversata (Non Banded)
ABH  73.291 BF2199    Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens
ABH 70.265  BF1941    Mottled Beauty Alcis repandata x2
ABH 70.258  BF1937    Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
ABH 70.141  BF1862    Double-striped Pug Gymnoscelis rufifasciata
                                       Commo Rustic Agg
                                       Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg.

ABH 73.084  BF2293   Marbled Beauty Bryophila domestica



ABH  73.017 BF2443   Plain Golden Y Autographa jota


ABH  73.015 BF2441   Silver Y Autographa gamma


ABH 72.003  BF2477   The Snout Hypena proboscidalis



ABH 70.243  BF1922   Swallow-tailed Moth Ourapteryx sambucaria


ABH 70.283  BF1961   Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria


ABH  3.368   BF2136   The Gothic Naenia Typica x2


second specimen


ABH 73.254  BF2176   Antler Moth Cerapteryx gramini


ABH  73.160 BF2335   Slender Brindle Apamea scolopacina


ABH 70.277 BF1955  Common White Wave Cabera pusaria


ABH 63.089 BF1305 Common Grass Veneer Agriphila tristella
The link here helps compare facial cone of the similar A.selasella



Facial Cone

ABH 49.004  BF1010   Red-barred Tortrix Ditula angustiorana





2049 Buff Footman Eilema depressa ABH  72.043

Open To Correction looks like a BF to me see LINK





Common Rustic Agg


ABH  70.037 BF1681   Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia


ABH 49.062 BF1036    Maple Button  Acleris forsskaleana



ABH  63.067 BF1338    Little Grey   Eudonia lacustrata

well marked


  Marbled Minor agg. Oligia strigilis agg.


ABH  73.291 BF2199    Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens