Sunday, 20 October 2019


Only one moth today, so I added the only other creature by the door as well, for good measure.

The moth books state that this tortrix flies until September. I don't think the one below knows that, as it's 20th October now. This has to be due to the climate change, warmer temperatures etc. I'm sure we shall see a lot more striking examples of this among all the flora and fauna as time goes by. We already have a spreading of insects from the south of England to the North, and swallows staying a little longer before they start for Africa, as they did here last Autumn.

Garden Rose Tortrix.

The next one can hardly be described as a moth. However, it was near the tortrix. I've never seen a Green Shieldbug in this colouring. They have two winter colours, one is all brown, - the one I've seen. The other livery is the one below. It was a nice discovery for me.

Green Shieldbug in winter colours.

Rishworth- A very good night

Moth Trapping Session Saturday 20th October 2019
A good night with yet more new species for here.
Annoyingly, no  pictures as camera was on low charge. :-(

List of Species
November Moth Agg. x7
Mottled Umber (Obviously Males) x2
Feathered Thorn x4
Red Green Carpet x1 (Finally free from double figured swarms of them every night :-)
Acleris sparsana x1
Brick x2
Yellow Lined Quaker x1
Red Lined Quaker x1
Anyone with an idea of Acleris sparsana's status in Calderdale?

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Lee Mount - 19th October

Empty trap again this morning
Brick x 1 found in the car this, then it disappeared - it might still be there !
Silver Y x 1 around the garden plants this afternoon briefly.


Friday, 18 October 2019


Two hardy moths by the door this morning:

1 x  Silver Y.
1 x Autumn Green Carpet.

I seem to remember reading that the Silver Y tends to be a paler brown in the first brood, (Spring) and darker in the second brood, (Autumn). The colour change tends to be linked to temperature, at least in the UK.

Silver Y.

Autumn Green Carpet.

Withens Clough

Car park and reservoir circuit yesterday late morning produced.

Red Admirals x 5 (1 around the car park, the others >W.
Peacock x 2 ( found on walls facing the sunshine)

Thursday, 17 October 2019

An interesting news item.

This is not strictly applicable to this group, but is well worth reading. A slime mould that move, east and repairs itself if dissected in about two minutes.

Lee Mount -17th October

Just 3 moths this morning
Common Marbled Carpet x 1 - looking a bit worn
November Moth agg x 2

Wednesday, 16 October 2019


Comma butterfly this afternoon fluttering around a small garden near the bridge over the River Calder. It was pretty camera shy !
Spot the Comma !

Shibden Head

Wet, wet morning - what shall I do.??.... oh I know - Bare Head Tunnel, it's always a good bet after summer for hibernation. It didn't disappoint either.

Herald Moths x 12 (possibly a couple more, as I lost count in the crevices ...!!)
Peacock x 6
Small Tortoiseshell x 3
 Cluster of 4 Heralds (2 others were within a foot or so - all on the roof space)

Herald with a Small Tortoiseshell (I think)

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Lee Mount - 15th October

Comma butterfly today - on the last small spike on the Buddleia.

Nothing in the trap from last night - well it did rain again !!
Silver Y x 1 yesterday
This afternoon I found a Tachystola acroxantha  x 1 on the outside door

Monday, 14 October 2019

Holywell Green to Gosport Clough Field Trip

The Lichen Case-bearers seem to be doing well with this impressive count of 17 cases on one small section of wall.

It was a fantastic day for fungi with six new species for myself including the bizarre and extremely rare Powdercap Strangler - a parasitic species that uses the host mushroom's stem to produce it's own cap and gills.

For full details of the walk see here:

Sunday, 13 October 2019

A late post from Edward- Ripponden 8th October

Whilst waiting for a bus back to Rishworth I spotted an Agonopterix Heracliana moth scurrying around on the bus shelter roof...

Stainland, 12th October.

There was an Angle Shades on our doorstep yesterday. I had the opportunity to take some good shots of it.

Angle Shades.


Saturday, 12 October 2019

Lee Mount - 12th October

Very little from the trap the last few nights especially with all the rain. These two below and a Tachystola acroxantha on the window last night.


Red-green Carpet

Hoping for some late butterflies today - the sun is shining, but for how long !!
UPDATE - Comma x 1 and Small Tortoiseshell x 1 - both seen on Fuchsia and Erysimum.

November In Focus

November Moth agg British Leps

An aggregate of 4 . A species were appearance alone can not be taken as reliable although some pointers can be useful in narrowing down  ID eg Over all colour Eg melanic or dark especially when some show marked melanism making it difficult to differentiate .  forking of  vein 3 &4 , relation to discal spot if visible , gender etc  can be taken to narrow down on probability but not definitive enough to be absolute. The Small Autumnal poses less of a problem as size habitat Moorland and phenology earlier aid in its id

British and Irish moths: an illustrated guide to selected difficult species

Gen Det agg species

November Moth                    Epirrita dilutata 
Pale November Moth            Epirrita christyi     
Autumnal Moth                     Epirrita autumnata  
Small Autumnal Moth          Epirrita filigrammaria 

November Moth Epirrita dilutata agg






Moth Trapping Session 11th October 2019
A warm night so I gave it a go with the trap out. Less moths due to 95.6% moon..

List of Species
Satellite x1
Feathered Thorn x3 (one netted at 22:00)
November Moth Agg. (I think...) x1
Copper Underwing Agg. x1 (Very Late...)
                                                       Satellite Above &below
                                                    Satellite&  Feathered Thorn
                          November Moth Below????????
 Below...Copper Underwing Agg.

Thursday, 10 October 2019


1 x Garden Rose Tortrix.
1 x Angle Shades.

Invite to a Field Trip This Saturday

There's a Halifax Scientific Society walk this Saturday (Oct.12th) in the Stainland area. There will be one or two fungi experts present so given the recent weather conditions there should be plenty to look at with waxcaps, clubs and corals being the main targets. I'll be there and I usually focus most of my efforts on searching for leaf mines, bagworms, moths etc. but I do have a keen interest in fungi as well.

It's a pretty laid back affair with no previous experience required, just lots of friendly, like-minded people.

Meet Peechysteve at Station Road car park at Holywell Green at 10.30am. HX4 9AP. Bring good walking boots and a packed lunch, the walk finishes approximately 2.30pm. Approx 3 miles.

More info here:

Everyone welcome.

When moths and fungi meet: The Scarlet Caterpillar Club has been found in previous years on this walk. It feeds on subterranean moth larvae.

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Rishworth caterpillars

Rishworth 8th October 2019
Swept a Ruby Tiger larva last night, not taken for rearing though..


Poor weather for moths, but I had two this morning:

1 x November Moth agg.
1 x Light Brown Apple.

Hollas Lane - Yesterday

Butterflies down to just four Red Admirals trying to eke out some nectar in the breezy, showery conditions.
It was nice to find some Yarrow Case-bearers on a different food plant, pictured above are two cases on the seedheads of Sneezewort which is in the same genus as Yarrow. It's a very common moth here with multiple cases on many seedheads of both plants.
Apart from leaf miners the only other thing of note was a Ruby Tiger larva dashing along at speed as they always seem to do.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Rishworth- Quality not Quantity

Moth Trapping Session 7th October 2019
Not too many compared to Sunday but good species came.

List of Species
Merveille du Jour x1
November Moth Agg. x1
Red Green Carpet x3
Black Rustic x1
Chestnut x1
Angle Shades x1
Red-Lined Quaker x1
Silver Y x1                                                
                                           Merveille du Jour Above            Chestnut Below 


1 Comma
1 Small tortoiseshell
2 Red admiral

Monday, 7 October 2019

Rishworth- A busy Night in the trap.

Moth Trapping Session 6th October 2019
A lot of moths in and on the umbrella over the trap despite the rain.

List of Species AFter pictures

                    Satellite above                                                           Feathered Thorn Below
                   Angle Shades Above                   November Moth Below
                                                           Red -Line Quaker Below

List of Species
November Moths Agg. x13
Feathered Thorn x1
Satellite x1
Red Green Carpet x6
Yellow-Lined Quaker x6
Red-Lined Quaker x1
Angle Shades x1

Sunday, 6 October 2019

Lee Mount - 6th October

One each - Red Admiral and a Speckled Wood across lunchtime with a half-hour of sunshine - then it rained, again !!

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Lee Mount - 4th and 5th October

Blair's Shoulder-knot x 1
Silver Y x 1
November Moth agg x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Light-brown Apple-moth x 1
Blair's Shoulder-knot

Red Admiral at Wainstalls this afternoon

Rishworth: ID's,Butterflies and Obviously Moths

Moth Trapping Session 4th October 2019
A good night leading to some new species for here.

List of Species
Yellow-Lined Quaker x3
Red-Lined Quaker x2 
Not Sure but Barred Sallow x1
Red Green Carpet x12

                                                         Also above Barred Sallow?

                                                     Above Barred Sallow??
                                                         ID Same moth above and below

                                  Butterflies Hibernating
Small Tortoiseshell x1

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Lee Mount - 3rd October

Just two moths this morning.
Red-line Quaker x 1
Red-green Carpet x 1

Wednesday, 2 October 2019


Moth Trapping Session 2nd October 2019
A chilly night only trapped for November Moths

List of Species
November Moth Agg.  x2

October Butterflies

Comma x 1
Peacock x 1
Red Admiral x 2
Small Tortoiseshell x 1
Large White x 1
Small Copper x 1 ( looked freshly emerged today)
Silver Y x 1
Light Brown Apple Moth x 1

Monday, 30 September 2019

Lee Mount

Still just a few butterflies about today in the short breaks of sunshine - mostly on Verbena bonariensis
Comma x 1
Red Admiral x 2
Speckled Wood x 2
Small Tortoiseshell x 1

Rishworth Sugaring.

Sugaring Session 29th September 2019

List of Species
Silver Y Nectaring on the Garden Buddleia x1
Angle Shades feeding on the Sugar mixture x1
Common Wainscot also nectaring on the Garden Buddleia x1

30th 09 2019

Northowram today
Painted Lady x 2
Red Admiral x 1
Small White x 1
Comma x 1
Small Tortoiseshell x 1

Blackstone Edge Reservoir (PJWS)
Red Admiral and Small White

Lee Mount - 30th September

Just one moth this morning - and another new one for this site.
A bit of a puzzler at first then I got it with the loaded crossbow description !

Green-brindled Crescent (dark brown form)

Sunday, 29 September 2019

Stainland, 23rd - 29th September.

I haven't been able to post for a while, but have still kept watch over any moths which arrive at our door. Looking through the posts on this blog, over the period 23rd-29th of this month, there doesn't seem to have been a great deal on moths reported. I consider myself very fortunate to have had a good range of them. I put this down to the fact that our garden is sheltered and the doorway protected from the wind and rain. OK. Now some moths, in no particular order.

Angle shades.

I looked at my archives and found that the first Feathered ranunculus I found by our door, was on the 11th of Oct, 2017. I didn't see one last year. In the last 4 days, comparing the markings, I've had two different ones. A colony of this mainly coastal moth, is know to exist in Calderdale, I wish I knew where.

Feathered ranunculus.

I've had numerous Light Brown Apple moths this year. They are still appearing every day in ones and twos.

Light Brown Apple.

Silver Y.

Barred Sallow.

Red and Green Carpet.

I've seen 5 Garden Carpets this year. There is one on the fanlight at this moment.

Garden Carpet.

Garden Rose Tortrix.


Twenty Plume.

I'm not 100% certain I have IDd the next one correctly. I found 2 or 3 images on the Web which matched it. If I'm right, it's a first for me. I think it's a November Moth agg. If anyone knows different, please tell me. 

November Moth agg.

So, 11 moths, not too bad, considering the awful weather we've been having. I know it's been bad, our cellar is flooded again. Hey ho!