Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Lee Mount

Just three moths this week - not much expected given the cool temperatures - but it's a start.

Satellite x 1 (25th)
Common Quaker x 1 (25th)
Agonopterix heracliana x 1 (26th)

Satellite

Friday, 23 March 2018

Bulrush Wainscot

Whilst on a visit to the Cromwell Bottom compound yesterday I noticed this exit/entry hole in a Bulrush stem. After peeling back the outer layers I could see extensive internal feeding and more holes. Obviously an invertebrate of some kind I can only assume it's a Bulrush Wainscot larva as no other species bore in to typha stems like this - a nice find for me as I've not recorded this species before :-)



Saturday, 17 March 2018

NBN Gateway map service has been terminated

Hi all

I assume everyone already knows the following information, after all it's almost 12 months old. I'm always the last to find things out, so thought I'd better pass it on:

Please note that the NBN Gateway map service has been terminated as of 1 April 2017.
As soon as a replacement map service is available, distribution maps will hopefully appear here again.
In the meantime, you can get some idea of distribution from the NBN Atlas websitePlease note that the NBN Gateway map service has been terminated as of 1 April 2017.
As soon as a replacement map service is available, distribution maps will hopefully appear here again.
In the meantime, you can get some idea of distribution from the NBN Atlas website.

View the NBN Atlas Map

The above was taken from:

http://ukmoths.org.uk/species/thyatira-batis/distribution-map

I'm off to go and sit in my cardboard box again now. Sigh.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Moth Report

After many years of collecting records (past and present) , I can see the end in sight. Charlie has been working very hard putting the photos together and Annie has done a great job proof reading the document. If any one has any articles on Calderdale moths stories past and present  , poems etc and would like them included please send them to me ....Cheers Andy

Friday, 9 March 2018

Lee Mount - 9th March

A solitary Hebrew Character in the trap this morning was a nice surprise. Also a Dotted Border the previous day, though that was on the garage door.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

New micro book

Maybe one for the micro enthusiasts

https://www.atroposbooks.co.uk/a-field-guide-to-the-smaller-moths-of-great-britain-and-ireland

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Shibden Head

Pouring with rain early afternoon so thought I would have a go at the tunnel.
Treacherous conditions in there with snow having blown all the way through and dripping wet from the roof - but I gave it a go hanging on to the walls.

I managed with difficulty to find 7 Heralds. 3 on the roof and 4 in the wall cracks. How strange - they were all covered in minute due drops so wonder how they are able to survive in these conditions (??)
Still fantastic moths to see.


PUGs.....................

This will be a great read if you like Pugs....coming soon

Monday, 5 March 2018

EB Ford Revisitted

After a rigorous and freezing week getting the last remaining Bird Seed Donations out ( EBF Emergency Bird Feeding ) on the FEET non Public Sites it was luxury to start on the volume by EB Ford  - Butterflies in the New Naturalist series . The style of the book having been written circa 1945 is hard work but there are some interesting gems and observations to be re - learned. EB Ford also writ a similar work on Moths

I thought I would just add some notes in this post as I worked through the book for general interest and or discussion given that most of our lepidoptera is quiet





Notes

It was interesting to note the historically reporting of Butterflies through the ages and to  note the reporting of the Purple Edged Copper as an early British species ( debatable)


More to follow............