Tuesday, 23 April 2019


Two moths today. I found the first at 3:20 am, it's a Bee Moth. I think it 's a very fresh one, the green is a lot richer and darker than any I've seen before. Subtle, but still a nice moth. It wasn't there at 8:30 am. It's worth me taking the photos when I can.

Bee  Moth.

The other moth is a Pug, I can't decide which one, sorry. Wingspan is 2 cm.

Brindled Pug. (Thanks to Andy for the ID).

Micro for ID

I caught this two days ago at Copley, forewing 4mm, flying in the early morning sun.

Absolutely no idea what it is.

Anybody any ideas?

Sunday, 21 April 2019

VC 63 Garden Moths Pugs 21st Aptil 2019

VC 63 Garden Moths  21st April 2019

Weather Hot 18 o  to  circa 8- 10 o in evening Moon Phase  near Full. Still
First Moth of the Night a Pug

Actinic 20 W

73.249 BF2190   Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica   x4
70.183 BF1834   Common Pug Eupithecia vulgata ????

Two Pugs the First looks like a Brindled the second a Common
  open to correction  ??????????????????? ( but the brindled looks very similar to the Oak Tree Pug )



Pug Number 2



Mompha subbistrigella Garden Cosmet

Sat 20th April 2019 - Garden Cosmet

This little micro conveniently appeared on one of the windows  likely from work on adjacent garden were there has been a lot of dried Willowherb knocking about
Mompha spp for sure and a possibility of one confusion species - the distinct 4 spots near the base of the wings would point me Mompha subbistrigella as opposed toMompha sturnipennella . Size circa 5 - 7 mm very flighty towards light. Not particularly good imaging given the challenge pictured on window glass. Open to correction , Charlie may recognise it





Saturday, 20 April 2019

Butterflies and moths

had a walk to Manor Heath through the woods and back.

Orange tip,
Holly blue (in park and in garden at Copley)
Speckled wood

Also the cocoon that I found a few months ago has finally hatched into a "stonking" poplar hawk moth.

Garden Moths VC63 19th April 2019

Garden Moths VC63   19th April 2019

Weather Warm 10 - Day 18 o C. Wind Still. Moon Full

Actinic 20 W

Ran trap from 9.00pm - 12.00 amVery slow but 3 species presented  one of each as follows

44.001 BF1288   Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla - FP Honeysuckle
73.249 BF2190 Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica
73.242 BF2188   Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta

44.001 BF1288 Twenty-plume Moth Alucita hexadactyla


73.249 BF2190   Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica.


73.242 BF2188   Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta


Thursday, 18 April 2019


J had a very bright yellow butterfly power across the garden here in Copley. Convinced it was a brimstone.

Also had pine beauty and Hebrew character at Ogden today.


Anther mild night last night. It gave me one moth, a Common Plume. Charlie and I went for a stroll down Robber Dodge yesterday, We saw a Common Plume on the step of a house on the main road.

We did find one or two nice things during the day. I don't want to post anything, as I think Charlie may be doing that.

Common Plume - Emmelina monodactyla. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Cromwell Bottom , 20th April

There will be a moth night at CB on sat night (next to cabin)  ,,temp and weather look perfect for a\ good nights moffing .Light should be on from 8.30 ..all welcome...

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Lee Mount

This last week or so with the moth trap on every night. Not a lot to show for it other than a max of 4 Hebrew Characters and Common Quakers.
Clouded Drab x 1 on 8th
Early Grey x 2 again on 8th
The best return was on the 8th April with these two below

 Early Thorn
 Red-green Carpet

and this small moth below to double check, again from 8th ? Pretty sure its a Small Quaker

Male Emperor Moth on Castle Carr Road on 7th April but no photo unfortunately 

Not a lot else this week - just a few Peacocks and a similar number of Small Tortoiseshell's around and about. All being put onto IRecord.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Ogden sightings

Had a few moths at the light over the last week or so.

Hebrew character
Orange swift (I think)

Also first orange tip male butterfly this afternoon and small tortoiseshell. Spring is on the way!!!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Cromwell Bottom

Went down to Barrys Moth night last night and got a few moths to the light including a very Smart
Shoulder Stripe (top pic ) not seen one in Calderdale before..Loads of Comma , Small Tortoiseshell , Peacock and Small White about last week when the sun came out. The very distinctive Stigmella aurella mines are easy to see at the moment.

Shouldere Stipe x 1
Common Quaker x 12
Small Quaker x 1
Hebrew Character x 3
Early Thorn x 1
Red Green Carpet x 1
Early Tooth- Striped x 4
Brindled Pug x 1
Clouded Drab x 4
Agonopterix heralicana x 1

Tuesday, 2 April 2019


It was a little warmer last night, so I expected to see a moth this morning. I was not disappointed, I have two. A Common Quaker, which I first saw on the 25th of February this year.

The second is a Hebrew Character. I'm certain I had one once before. However, it is not in my 2016-2018 records. I'll have to look into my archived files and see if I am correct.

Common Quaker.

Hebrew Character.

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Ground Zero of Amphibian Apocalypse.

I know the following is not really in line with the blog. However, as naturalists I imagine we are interested in most nature related things. This one is pretty serious unfortunately. It makes for grim reading.

Globally, the world has lost 501 species of amphibians due to a deadly fungus.


Lee Mount - 29th March

I could do with some help with this one on the fence last night but not able to find it this morning (30th)
One of the 'Pinion's ??
One of the 'Pinion's ??
Update - Tawny Pinion

Friday, 29 March 2019

Ovenden Moor

We walked up from Ogden towards The Withens then across Ovenden Moor past the wind farm and back towards the top of Ogden.

As we got to the top end of Skirden Cough we had a male Emperor Moth fly right by us heading up towards the wind- farm. It was in a hurry but we got enough on it to be sure, but it wasn't staying around for a photo !

At the top of White Wall End, the clough from Ogden reservoir that heads towards Thornton Moor, we had several micro's flying low over the heather but couldn't get close to any until this one below, landed on a sprig of heather and I managed a couple of shots - hopefully enough for identification.
 It was less than 10mm.

I think maybe Philedonides lunana ??

On the way back down towards the main road we had 3 Peacock and 4 Small Tortoiseshells - and I think we passed Gordon ?? some short distance away just on his way up. But didn't realize it might be him until I saw his post below.


I was at Ogden today. I walked up to the quarry beyond Rock Hollow park. It was a more arduous walk than I had imagined,(owch!) It was worth it, I saw three Peacock Butterflies there. I suppose there will have been more, but I didn't see them.

I've been trying to get a good photo of one of these beauties for many years, they seem to be very skittish and off before I could take a shot. I'm pleased with the first photo of them I've managed to get.

I also saw two small tortoiseshell butterflies, (no photos). Like the last one I saw up there, they were feeding on the now fast-fading daffodils on Ogden Lane.


Little and large

I had what I'm assuming is a Golden Pygmy (Stigmella aurella) on my kitchen window yesterday. They are tiny but worth keeping an eye out for, I get indoors Nepticulids every two or three years.

At the other end of the scale I had my first butterfly of the year nectaring on Dandelion in Bankhouse wood. A suitably tatty individual.

Thursday, 28 March 2019


Had my first  Emperor flying on the moor at fly flatts today..

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Lee Mount - 25th March

A cold night so not much in the trap this morning
Just checking this one out. I think it must be Brindled Pug but the white spots on the fore-wing and one on the under-wing threw me  a bit !
 Brindled Pug

Double-striped Pug I think, looked  a bit unusual with it's wings raised and not flat !

Twin-spotted Quaker x 1
Hebrew Character x 3
Common Quaker x 3

Monday, 25 March 2019


Plenty Comma today on the river at Cromwell Bottom , I counted 6 and 1 Peacock in the sun .4 Small Tortoiseshell at  Northowram.

Sunday, 24 March 2019

Lee Mount 23rd and 24th March

Quite a few moths over the weekend
 23rd MarchThink this could be Mottled Grey ? though it wasn't easy to get a decent photo as when I disturbed it to get a shot it wouldn't stay still

 Think this is a melanic and a normal Brindle Pug both on 23rd March

A nice selection from some of the moths this morning including 8 Hebrew Character, 3 Common Quaker, 3 Early Grey and a Clouded Drab

Totals this morning 24th March
Hebrew Character x 10
Clouded Drab x 2
Twin-spotted Quaker x 2
Diurnea fagella x 1
Early Grey x 6
Common Plume x 1
Common Quaker x 3

Friday, 22 March 2019

Lee Mount - 22nd Feb

Not a bad start this morning
Common Plume x 1
Hebrew Character x 9
Early Grey x 4
Diurnea fagella x 2 (think that's a new one for here)?
Common Quaker x 1
Twin-Spotted Quaker x 1

No Chestnuts this morning after 3 yesterday along with a single March Moth.

Sent from my iPhone

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Tansy Plume

An update from a trapping event at Cromwell Bottom on Aug. 19th last year, here:


I've contacted both Harry and Charlie Fletcher and it seems very likely that the small plume caught that night is Tansy Plume. It would be nice if we could find some Tansy nearby to key in with this record.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Bagworm success

Well kind of. On my way up to Norland yesterday I found this lichen covered tube at Hollas Lane. It's 20mm long, silk-lined and although mainly adorned in lichen there's about a 20% frass covering. I'm assuming it has to be Silver-barred Clothes Moth (Infurcitinea argentimaculella).
Much as I like the English names for micros this one's a real stinker as the larva feed on Lepraria lichens and NOT clothes!

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Diurnea Fagella

2 pairs of diurnea fagella found tonight of beech trees in Only House Wood and 1 Chestnut..

18th ,,,10 male and 3 females , with 1 pair ' in cop'

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Angle Shades Cat Head Only.

The Angle Shades caterpillar is still where it was. It changed it's position, so I was able to get a very nice shot of it's head. I decided to post it, as it's possible that not everyone gets the chance to see this amount of detail. You can clearly see it's eyes. On the left side it's a small black dot, on the right, it looks more of a brown colour.

Angle Shades caterpillar head.