Saturday, 11 July 2020

Rishworth - 10th July - Overnight Moths

Having not trapped, or had a dry night for 8 days the trap went out on the cold, clear night last night was. Surprising results really.

Moth Trap 10th July:
Latticed Heath x1 [NFG] - Nice to see. I was glad to know there is enough wildflower and meadow to hold this species.
Small Fan Footed Wave x2 [NFG]
Uncertain x1 [NFG]
Purple Clay x1 [NFG]
Mottled Beauty x1 [NFG] - Looking at the M.Beauty vs W. Beauty picture I think this species.
Large Yellow Underwing x5
Poplar Hawk Moth x1
Green Carpet x1
Ingrailed Clay x1
True Lovers Knot x1 - A great moorland moth to me.
Marbled Minor Agg. x2
Green Arches x1
Barred Straw x1
Buff Tip x1
Common Footman x1
Single Dotted Wave x1
Mottled Beauty, Rishworth, 10th July

Latticed Heath, Rishworth, 10th July

Green Arches, Rishworth, 10th July

Purple Clay, Rishworth, 10th July

True Lovers Knot, Rishworth, 10th July

Friday, 10 July 2020


This little moth was on the door last night, it's still here. I struggle with this species, I think it may be a Eudonia lacustrata. I'm open to correction. It's another moth taken from 10, or perhaps 12 feet away. Not a great photo.

Eudonia  lacustrata. TBC.

Box Moth

Its only a matter of time before someone gets a Box Moth , they are being recorded very close to us now..good luck..

Thursday, 9 July 2020


I didn't look for moths this morning, as it rained all night. At 8p.m. today, Anne told me I had a moth. I can't imaging how it flew in that rain. It's a Silver Y. I'm more used to seeing the darker, almost chocolate coloured one, this took me by surprise,

Silver Y.

Wednesday, 8 July 2020


While clearing Himalayan Balsam today I disturbed: Snout x2 (New for grid ref) Straw Dot x1 (New for grid ref) Shaded Broad Bar x1 (New for grid ref) Ringlet x2

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

One for DJS

Lee Mount - 7th July

Been hard work lately with the weather as it has been though always better days around the corner - eventually !
Not  a lot over the last few days
Dark Arches, Brimstone Moth , Large Yellow Underwing (but only one or two), Heart and Dart still turning up and an occasional Flame and Marbled Minor agg's

This morning -
Bright-line Brown-eye x 1
Blastobasis lacticolella x 1
Green Oak Tortrix x 1
Phoenix x 1
Bright-line Brown-eye

Then a couple to ponder over.
Could do with some help on this one. Thought at first Willow Beauty but it doesn't seem to entirely fit the bill - though it could be  a worn individual (?) It was off before I could get a better shot and I'm not all that well clued up with this group.
Mottled Beauty

Eventually worked this one out below
                                                             Common Lutestring


Two moths today. A common Plume and an Angle Shades. The latter, rather prettily, settled down on the synthetic flower wreath, on our door.

Common Plume.

Angle Shades.

I was out this morning looking for Puss Moth larvae on a group of Aspens at Park Wood Crem, no luck there, but I did come across this weird little thing sat openly on one of the leaves - Stathmopoda pedella, quite scarce this far north. I think Paul had one at CB back in the day.

PS, if anyone knows of any Puss Moth cats anywhere please let me know, still not seen this species :-(

Monday, 6 July 2020

White letter Hair- streak

Northowram today was pretty busy with  many Small Tortoiseshell (50+) and Meadow Brown (50 +) ,also about Large Skipper x 3 , Red Admiral 4 , Large White x 2 ,Ringlet  x  5 and the first White letter hairstreak of the year...


Bit of a surprise this morning given the gloomy conditions but this cracking male Red-veined Darter was present at the bottom of the North Slope on Soil Hill. I can't imagine there have been many records of this scarce migrant species up here among the Pennines and it certainly gave me a start when it landed. As you can see, its a bit of a tatty individual, very docile and could not fly particularly well, so chances are it will hang around for those interested.
-Red-veined Darter
-Pin of location

Butterfly update..

Its been hard going the last few weeks but finally Mattthew Broadbent found a Purple Hairstreak in Mythomroyd yesterday the 5th July. July on the whole was poor with only 19 species recorded and low numbers with the exception of Meadow Brown , Small Tortoiseshell and Large Skipper. Ringlet oon the 20th and Small Skipper on the 24th June were the first dates noted. White letter Hairstreak and Gatekeeper should complete all the local species , then its Dark Green Fritillary , or Clouded Yellow we could yet get and influx of Painted Lady or Red Admiral.................

Friday, 3 July 2020

Now here's a proper moth

The first of my Luffia lapidellas  ( = Ferchaultella) emerged this morning. It's a female (as they all are) all 2.2mm of her. She had a bit of trouble locating her old case with her ovipositor to start with so I opened it up a bit under the microscope. She then started to lay eggs for the next five hours or so before dropping down to the ground to die in the not to distant future.  
As usual at the moment the photos are poor quality screen grabs.

Rishworth - Update

I have got the moth down to Pinion Streaked Snout. T
Pinion Streaked Snout, Rishworth, 2nd July
here were two of them in the trap this morning.

Rishworth - 2nd July - Overnight Moths

A rather good night considering the weather this past week. I have a moth pending. Expect an update.

Moth Trap 2nd July:
Barred Straw x1 (NFG)
Northern Spinach x1
Heart and Dart x9
Light Emerald x1
Common White Wave x1
Peppered Moth x1
Large Yellow Underwing x7
Flame x3
Ingrailed Clay x1
Coxcomb Prominent x1
Common Footman x1
Green Carpet x1
Common White Wave, Rishworth, 2nd July

Light Emerald, Rishworth, 2nd July

Barred Straw, Rishworth, 2nd July

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

A real cracker last night in Northowram////

Scorched Wing (new for Calderdale) x 1
Sycamore x 1  (first for me at Northowram)
Common Emerald x 1 (only my second here)
Sallow Kitten x 3
Beautiful Golden Y x 1
Silver Y x 3
Brimstone x 2
Swallow Tailed Moth x 1
Heart and Dart x 36
Clay x 1
Ribband Wave x 5
Ingrailed Clay x 2
Flame x 3
Smoky Wainscot x 1
Shoulder striped Wainscot x 1
Dusky Brocade x 1
Foxglove Pug x 1
Dark Arches x 5
Elephant Hawkmoth x 2
LYU x 2
Peppered Moth x 2
Bright line Brown eye x 2


3am this morning; A small magpie moth had settled on the fanlight. It was gone this morning, as is so often the case. I had to use my zoom lens. The photo was taken from about ten feet away, so there is quite a bit of digital noise. It's only the third one of this species I've seen, it was a nice surprise.

Small Magpie.

Lee Mount - 1st July

Not a lot this morning but a couple of puzzlers ! Not much time this morning - to check later.
Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix x 1
Light-brown Apple-moth x 2
Dark Arches x 1
Heart and Dart x 1
Silver Y x 1
Dusky Brocade x 1
Wormwood Pug x 1 - puzzled over this one for a while - a first here I think
Garden Carpet x 1
 Wormwood Pug (?)
Wonder if curled up abdomen and dark bar across thorax are good clues to this species ?

 Dusky Brocade - (not very familiar with this moth)

Garden Carpet  - looking a bit worn

Big Butterfly Count --soon.

Starts 17th July until Sunday 19th August. There's a free App to download too.

Sunday, 28 June 2020


Two moths today.

1 x Riband Wave. (It flew before I got its photo).
1 x Brown House Moth.

Brown House Moth.

Saturday, 27 June 2020

A couple from last night

                                                   Barred Red
                                                Peppered Moth

Lee Mount - 26th June

Just a selection from the trap with quite a number of the usual species
Brimstone Moth x 1
V-Pug x 1
Riband Wave x 3 (all non-banded)
Marbled Beauty x 3
Green Pug x 1 (surprisingly, the faded colour comes out better looking at the photos afterwards)
Buff-tip x 1
Poplar Grey x 1
Freyer's pug x 1
Flame x 3
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Hawthorn Moth x 1
+++ a few other expected species

Marbled Orchard Tortrix x 1 (Hedya nubiferana though a possibility that it's ochroleucana)
Gypsonoma sociana x 1?


 Gypsonoma sociana (slightly showing white face seems to be  a pointer)

 Hawthorn Moth

Marbled Orchard Tortrix (maybe)


It's a red letter day for me. There was a White Plume moth on the door at 2a.m. It's the first I've ever seen.

Today's finds.

1 x White plume.
1 x Blastobasis lacticolella, worn (TBC).
1 x Common Footman. (No photo).

White Plume moth.

Blastobasis lacticolella. TBC.

Friday, 26 June 2020

Redacre Allotments , Mythomroyd''''''''25 June 2020

                                                          Common Emerald
                                             White Plume Moth

Many thanks to Nattalie Pownall and Matthew Broadbent  and the residents of the Redacre Allotments..A very busy night full list below........

Redacre Allotments

14 Hepialus humuli Ghost Moth 1
994 Clepsis consimilana 2
1076 Celypha lacunana 2
1083 Hedya nubiferana Marbled Orchard Tortrix 3
1175 Epiblema uddmanniana Bramble Shoot Moth 1
1293 Chrysoteuchia culmella Garden Grass-veneer 5
1304 Agriphila straminella 5
1331 Acentria ephemerella Water Veneer 1
1334 Scoparia ambigualis 1
1376 Eurrhypara hortulata Small Magpie 15
1378 Phlyctaenia coronata 1
1513 Pterophorus pentadactyla White Plume Moth 2
1524 Emmelina monodactyla 4
1550 Pieris rapae Small White 1
1666 Geometra papilionaria Large Emerald 1
1669 Hemithea aestivaria Common Emerald 1
1682 Timandra comae Blood-vein 1
1702 Idaea biselata Small Fan-footed Wave 2
1708 Idaea dimidiata Single-dotted Wave 2
1713 Idaea aversata Riband Wave 6
1728 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet 1
1738 Epirrhoe alternata Common Carpet 1
1754 Eulithis prunata Phoenix 2
1758 Eulithis pyraliata Barred Straw 1
1776 Colostygia pectinataria Green Carpet 1
1777 Hydriomena furcata July Highflyer 2
1802 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet 1
1817 Eupithecia pulchellata Foxglove Pug 1
1832 Eupithecia assimilata Currant Pug 1
1837 Eupithecia subfuscata Grey Pug 1
1860 Pasiphila rectangulata Green Pug 1
1931 Biston betularia Peppered Moth 1
1937 Peribatodes rhomboidaria Willow Beauty 2
1941 Alcis repandata Mottled Beauty 1
1956 Cabera exanthemata Common Wave 1
1961 Campaea margaritata Light Emerald 2
1981 Laothoe populi Poplar Hawk-moth 1
1997 Furcula furcula Sallow Kitten 1
2089 Agrotis exclamationis Heart and Dart 5
2098 Axylia putris Flame 4
2102 Ochropleura plecta Flame Shoulder 1
2107 Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 10
2118 Lycophotia porphyrea True Lover's Knot 2
2120 Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 2
2122 Diarsia brunnea Purple Clay 1
2160 Lacanobia oleracea Bright-line Brown-eye 3
2198 Mythimna impura Smoky Wainscot 1
2199 Mythimna pallens Common Wainscot 1
2205 Mythimna comma Shoulder-striped Wainscot 1
2280 Acronicta leporina Miller 2
2321 Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 3
2326 Apamea crenata Clouded-bordered Brindle 3
2330 Apamea remissa Dusky Brocade 2
2337x Oligia strigilis agg. Marbled Minor agg. 8
2340 Oligia fasciuncula Middle-barred Minor 4
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
2381 Hoplodrina alsines Uncertain 1
2434 Diachrysia chrysitis Burnished Brass 3
2441 Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
2449 Abrostola triplasia Dark Spectacle 1
2474 Rivula sericealis Straw Dot 1
2477 Hypena proboscidalis Snout 20
2489 Zanclognatha tarsipennalis Fan-foot 2

Rishworth - 24th June - Overnight Moths

Last Night - another good night - a beautiful Rivulet in the mix...with a Sallow Kitten... Any comments welcome

Moth Trap 25th June:
Single Dotted Wave x1 [NFG]
Common Footman x4 [NFG]
The Rivulet x1 [NFG] - Yes I am sure FW13mm
Riband Wave x1 [NFG]
Sallow Kitten x1 [NFG]
Marbled White Spot x3
Rufous Minor x1 - Yes, I'm sure again. See pic
Heart and Dart x14
Large Yellow Underwing x4
Ingrailed Clay x2
Buff Tip x3
Green Oak Tortrix x3
Small Angle Shades x1
Green Arches x2 - Another two different individuals!
Sallow Kitten, Rishworth, 25th June

The Rivulet, Rishworth, 25th June

Common Footman, Rishworth, 25th June

Single Dotted Wave, Rishworth, 25th June

Rufous Minor, Rishworth, 25th June