Saturday, 30 June 2018


One Riband Wave -non banded form.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Butterfly records - Cunnery Wood & Ogden Water

Cunnery Wood & meadows 28.6.18
Meadow Brown
5 spot burnet
Small skipper
Large Skipper
Common Heath

Ogden 29.6.18 - around edge of reservoir
Large White
Red Admiral
Meadow Brown
Small Skipper
Large Skipper


A reminder there's a trapping session at Cromwell Bottom tomorrow (SAT 30th). I'll probably be there from 8.30pm onwards searching for moths before the light goes on. It's a leisurely affair with tables and chairs around the trap and refreshments are available inside where we examine the moths throughout the night. Arrive from dusk onwards, if the gates are locked just give us a shout.

OTHER NEWS: Norland yesterday.

Surprised to find some eriocrania mines still tenanted as we're almost in to July. The larva has two cloudy projections just behind the head making this E.sparrmannella.

Kept an eye out for grass mining elachistas and found this E.triatomea straight away. As much of the moor's plateau is now covered with Purple Moor Grass surely it's worth a look for Elachista subalbidella at some point.

Apple Fruit Moth - Argyresthia conjugella resting on Rowan - a first for me.

Northern Spinach x 2
Epinotion trigonella
Orthotaenia undulana
Mompha raschkiella

Lee Mount - 29th June

One from this morning, in the trap and a new one for here. A nice orange looking moth with hooked forewing tip, think it must be a Clay Triple-lines.


1 x Riband Wave - Banded form. No photo.

David,  Thanks for the nice comment on my last post. I'm recovering well now, just a little weak yet, but I always bounce back.

All Good in Cunnery Wood Tues 26th June 2018

Tuesday   26th  June  2018

Weather : Outstanding 18 - 20 o Dry Humidity Low Preceding days Hot . Moon - Full

MV 125 W

Woodland Mixed decisuous Oak , Bird Cherry, adjacent meadow Adjacent pond

Other Entomology:  Orange Ladybird , Abundant Caddis x7 species

Two Present CD , GW ~ Apologies not advertised last minute decision Thanks to GW for transport

Moth For ID means unknown for identification
Moth TBC means The embedded image contains a plausible ID TBC

More to follow in this post

ABH  16.001   BF424      Bird-cherry Ermine Yponomeuta evonymella
ABH  73.291   BF2199    Common Wainscot Mythimna pallens
ABH  72.045   BF2050    Common Footman Eilema lurideola
ABH  73.317   BF2089    Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
ABH  73.333   BF2120    Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica
ABH  70.283   BF1961    Light Emerald Campaea margaritaria
ABH  70.252   BF1931    Peppered Moth Biston betularia
ABH  70.207   BF1887    Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata
ABH  70.277   BF1955    Common White Wave Cabera pusaria
ABH  73.016   BF2442    Beautiful Golden Y Autographa pulchrina
ABH  73.342   BF2107    Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba  
ABH  49.059   BF1033    Green Oak Tortrix Tortrix viridana
ABH  63.067   BF1338    Eudonia lacustrata
ABH  70.142   BF1858    The V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata
ABH  70.258   BF1937    Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria
ABH  49.294   BF1175    Bramble Shoot Moth Notocelia uddmanniana
ABH  73.173   BF2337    Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis  (Agg )
ABH  73.176   BF2340    Middle-barred Minor Oligia fasciunculaABH  70.097    ABH  70.097   BF1764    Common Marbled Carpet Dysstroma truncata
ABH  20.021   BF420      Cherry Fruit Moth Argyresthia pruniellaa
ABH  49.269   BF1197    Eucosma campoliliana or (Argyresthia semifusca)
ABH  49.125   BF0970    Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana



ABH  49.269 BF1197    Eucosma campoliliana





ABH  49.294   BF1175    Bramble Shoot Moth Notocelia uddmanniana




ABH  70.142   BF1858    The V-Pug Chloroclystis v-ata


ABH  49.125   BF0970    Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix Pandemis cerasana


Celypha lacunana.




2120 Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica ABH 73.333


1713 Riband Wave Idaea aversata ABH 70.016


Thursday, 28 June 2018

Butterfly update

The continued hot weather has seen a large emergence of butterfly's this week with Meadow Browns , Ringlets , Large and small skippers all about in good numbers. Small Tortoiseshell and Large Whites have been seen in increasing numbers at Northowram in the last few days.
 White Letter Hairstreak , Purple Hairstreak , Gatekeeper are still to be seen this year.


One Common Footman. I know they keep getting posted, but looking at my records, these are the best shots I've taken. Conveniently, it was at shoulder height. I've yet to see any other Footman but the Common one, I live in hope.

Common Footman.

Common Footman detail.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

VC 63 Garden Moths 25h June 2018

Monday 25th June 2018

Weather : Still Warm Dry circa 18 -20 0

Other Entomology    Orange Ladybird, Hedgehog !! aside trap

Notes  Due to the large Volume of Recording Work . Images will be added later. and will be likely Micro Moths either TBC or for ID
Moth For ID means unknown for identification
Moth TBC means The embedded image contains a plausible ID TBC

MV125 W Robinson  Urban Garden

ABH  70.100  BF1776  Green Carpet Colostygia pectinataria X1
ABH  73.342  BF2107  Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba   X3
ABH  70.226  BF1906  Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata  X15
ABH  70.252  BF1931  Peppered Moth Biston betularia  X3
ABH  72.003  BF2477  The Snout Hypena proboscidalis X4
ABH  63.025  BF1376  Small Magpie Anania hortulata  X4
ABH  73.113  BF2306  Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa  X1
ABH  70.054  BF1727  Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe X1
ABH 49.039   BF998    Light Brown Apple Moth Epiphyas postvittana X3
ABH 72.045   BF2050  Common Footman Eilema lurideola  X2
ABH 70.016   BF1713  Riband Wave Idaea aversata
ABH 73.317   BF2089  Heart & Dart Agrotis exclamationis
ABH 72.024   BF2064  Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa
ABH 63.067   BF1338  Eudonia lacustrata X1
ABH 70.258   BF1937  Willow Beauty Peribatodes rhomboidaria x2
ABH 72.031   BF2069  The Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae x1
ABH 69.016   BF1991  Elephant Hawk-moth Deilephila elpenor x1 worn
ABH 73.162   BF2321  Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha
ABH 70.085   BF1765  Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata
ABH 63.080   BF1293  Chrysoteuchia culmella
ABH 25.001   BF450    Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella
ABH 73.017   BF2443  Plain Golden Y Autographa jota
ABH 63.067   BF1338  Eudonia lacustrata                         
ABH 73.274   BF2154   Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae TBC
ABH 73.173   BF2337  Marbled Minor Oligia strigilis
ABH 72.031   BF2069  The Cinnabar Tyria jacobaeae x1
ABH  70.037  BF1681  Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia


ABH 73.162   BF2321  Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha


2477 The Snout Hypena proboscidalis.ABH 72.003


ABH 73.017   BF2443  Plain Golden Y Autographa jota




ABH 70.085 BF1765    Barred Yellow Cidaria fulvata


1376  Small Magpie Anania hortulata ABH  63.025


ABH  63.067 BF1338   Eudonia lacustrata



ABH 25.001   BF450    Hawthorn Moth Scythropia crataegella TBC





ABH 73.274 BF2154    Cabbage Moth Mamestra brassicae TBC


The Presence of the Curved Spur on the  front Tibia Confirms this


see  LINK

ABH  70.037  BF1681  Clay Triple-lines Cyclophora linearia


Wheatley Valley

Shroggs landfilled grassland.
Plenty of insect activity on there this afternoon with Chris supporting a community/council/school insect hunt. Looked like lots of children were finding plenty of butterflies and other insects. Well done Chris and co...A fantastic use of the site and lots of encouragement for the youngsters.

I headed off away from the main activities but again lots of butterflies over the site. Mainly Ringlets, Meadow Browns, Small and Large Skippers and a Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet.
We also found a large caterpillar - photo below with a Ragwort and  around 15 Caterpillars.

Several Straw Dots, Timothy Tortrix and another very similar tortrix moth, much greyer, still to ID, there were several of these in the grasses
Not had much time to study this one but initial thoughts - could it be Aphelia unitana ? - though it is described as rare !  Maybe just a grey Timothy Tortrix.

A new moth for me was what I think must be a Shaded Broad-bar (2 individuals found), Plenty items of interest down there this afternoon.

 ID  - TBC
 Cinnabar caterpillars on Ragwort
Shaded Broad-bar

Lee Mount - 27th June

Two new ones for the year this morning - neither was in the trap but resting nearby
 Northern Spinach
Willow Beauty
This one is  a bit baffling, in the trap this morning headlights aglow !! - I thought at first it was a moth but I haven't found anything like it in the books so maybe it's another insect species ?
Another photo. It was around 15mm wing length
Red-necked Footman
Thanks for the ID Colin and Andy


Cromwell Bottom Sat night moth night...

I think there is a moth night at Cromwell this sat night , coffee and seats all night weather may be perfect,, 10 onwards  , TBC


Yesterday afternoon, Anne was hanging washing out and called me to bring my macro setup.  A Plume moth had landed on the lobelia.

I'm having some trouble working out which it is, I wondered about the Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla perhaps?

Beautiful Plume TBC

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Survey Day - Cold Edge

Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey in the Cold Edge/Ovenden Moor area today doing Transects.
I was a bit surprised there were fewer butterflies about than I expected on such a hot, sunny and calm day.
15 Small Heaths were the most common species
6 Meadow Brown
1 Large Skipper
1 Small White

A few moths in among
3 Silver-ground Carpet
1 Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet
9+ Garden Grass-veneer

1 Broad-bodied Chaser - a very obliging individual seen by the pond at the western end of Skirden Clough - also 5 Large Red Damselfly there as well
Broad-bodied Chaser