Sunday, 20 January 2019

Cromwell Bottom

Barry ran the trap last night down at Cromwell , I had to leave early and there had been nowt to the trap except 1 Pale Brindled Beauty also  I manage to net 1 Acleris Logiana and 1 Dotted Border in the wood..

                                                                Acleris Logiana

                                                    Found this LBAM larvae on Friday

Saturday, 12 January 2019

My Moth Collection............

Just browsing some old photos on my phone and came across this pic of my entire moth collection. I was surprised at how small the Bilberry Pug was - you could fit several on my thumbnail.

Oh, and the black dots are Lichen Case-bearers - adult females.........happy days!

Friday, 11 January 2019

Lee Mount - 11th January

This morning I was surprised to find 4 moths in and around the trap. I have been leaving the actinic on all night most winter nights but these were the first results this New Year. Can't wait to get going !!!
 Not too sure of this micro so any help appreciated - Blastobasis sp ? just less than 10mm. Suspect adustella though a bit out of season ?

 2 Chestnut, both in the trap

Pale Brindled Beauty
 (not quite as clear as I would like as could only get this one through the Perspex)

Monday, 7 January 2019

Spring Usher

Many thanks to Martyn H for this superb photo of a Spring Usher from Luddenden Village 6th jan.19 .....
Brian Leesey found a dead Red Sword Grass in Todmorden on the 25th Dec and Dave reports no Heralds in Bare head Tunnel but a Bat sp roosting in there.........

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Lee Mount - 26th December

Hope you're all had/having a great Christmas.
A lot milder last night and the moth trap on.
A late evening check produced....
Mottled Umbers x 3
Pale Brindled Beauty x 1
Think this second shot also shows a little of the pinkish abdomen a bit better

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Shibden Valley

Small Tortoiseshell hibernating in Pete's kitchen. Happy holidays and a great new Year cheers all 

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Stainland. Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas and a healthy New Year. I hope everyone enjoys the season in their own way.

 Christmas Market,
by Gordon Jackson.


Wednesday, 12 December 2018

12.12.18 , Only House Wood Northowram

Bitterly cold tonight with fog
Winter Moth x 14
           female x 1

16.12 .18
Winter |Moth x 8

Friday, 7 December 2018

Another Blackthorn emergence

My little Blackthorn project I started in April continues to surprise. After putting the 11 pupae outside to overwinter in the garage I was surprised to see that one had emerged in the last day or so - my first ever female Winter Moth, common enough but still a nice surprise.

Larva collected in May from the hedge by the weir at Cromwell Bottom. I was thinking some of the variously sized pupae left may be Early Moths, time will tell.


Scientists have revealed the first vaccine for insects, and hope it could help save the honeybee.

Not directly about lepidoptera, but I have a feeling that this kind of research could be directed towards moths, butterflies and other vital pollinators. We can only hope.

Only House Wood 6.12.18

Heavy rain and a strong gale in the wood last night and the trees were soaked on all sides. Usually there is at least one dry side .!!

Winter Moth x 10

2 Herald and 1 Peacock(hibernating) in the tunnel at Shibden Park yesterday many thanks Steve Blacksmith...

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Bare Head Tunnel (Dec)

Same as last month........
Herald x 11
Small Tortoiseshell x 4 (Hibernating)
Peacock x 2 (Hibernating)

Sunday, 2 December 2018


9 am Sunday morning.  A single brave moth on the door, sheltering from heavy rain.

I take it to be a Winter Moth, Operophtera brumata. I'm happy to be corrected.

Winter Moth, TBC.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Only House Wood 26th Nov 2018

Winter Moth x 336
          female  x 5
Northern Winter |Moth x 8
Mottled Umber x 4
           Female x 1
Scarce Umber x 1
Blasto lactico..x 1

Collinson's Collection again

I bumped in to Laurence earlier this week and he invited me up to view the collection. As I had my camera on me I decided to photograph each drawer before the whole lot gets shipped over to Leeds to be housed indefinitely.

It would have been better to photograph them outdoors without the glass casing but the results weren't too bad.

I've put a post on my blog with all the photos:

Saturday, 24 November 2018


The moth below was on the door at 6 am today. I've tried to ID it, in fact, I'm sure I know it, but can't concentrate very long.

As with the last knee operation, my mind is very cloudy and confused. I was a bit concerned about it, so asked what was going on in hospital. The surgeon explained that this operation, one of the most serious one performed on the body, affects ALL the bodily organs. Basically, there are a huge number of nerves in the knee, they all get disturbed, and send "odd" messages to the brain. Plus, the enormous about of trauma the body experiences. So now I, and you know.

Please could someone ID it for me? Thanks.

ID Needed.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Friday 23rd Only house wood

 A grim night with dense fog and drizzle

Winter Moth x 135
   female       x 1
Scarce Umber x 1
Lacto  x 1

Sunday, 18 November 2018

More Only House Wood

Winter Moth x 238
          females x 6
Northern Winter moth x 1
Scarce Umber x 2
Blasto lato x 2

Angle Shades taken by B.Sumner on his dustbin today ..(thanks Bri)

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Only horse wood 17.11.18

Winter  Moth x 142
            female x 3
Northern Winter Moth x 1
Scarce Umber x 4
Yellow Line Quaker x 2
Mottled Umber x 2

Friday, 16 November 2018

Hebden Moths

1 x Scarce Umber
1 xYellow Line Quaker
1 x Brick

To lighted Window ,many thanks A .Mills

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Only Hose Wood 15/11/18

Winter Moth male x 115
                      female x 2
Blastobasis lacticolella x 1
Yellow lined Quaker  x 1
Scarce Umber x 6

A few more

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Collinson's Collection

Many thanks to Steve Blacksmith for helping me , to finally get to see this magnificent collection. More to follow...