Monday, 24 June 2019

Fly Flatts

Looks like the Painted Lady invasion is underway with 30 + today ,along with Small Heath , Peacock , Oak Eggar , Diamond Backed moth and Cinnabar.....

Painted Ladys also seen at Shibden Valley, Small Skipper at Barkisland , Red Admiral Greetland  (P Smith) , 10 Cinnabars Shibden  (Annie H), Painted Lady in the Crags (Nat P) and a stunning Oak Eggar at Norland moor and Mint moths at Shibden (Joy Morris) many thanks for all the records..

North Loop - Sunday

1 Six-belted Clearwing to Barry's lure and an Agriphila geniculea netted.

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Cold Edge and Ovenden Moor

I did the Wider Countryside Butterfly Survey late morning around the usual Tetrad. It was reasonably warm but not really enough sunshine. I ended up with more day-flying moths than butterflies but both were good even if the butt's were in short supply.
Painted Lady x 1
Small Heath x 6
Green-veined White x 2
Small Copper x 1

Timothy Tortrix x 1
Common Carpet x 1
Common Heath x 3
Cinnabar x 1
Chimney Sweeper x 1

Same species Pug x 2 near The Withens former pub - photo's below for scrutiny. 

Very small pugs (second individual not very good photo) - both were flying when the sun shone, both feeding on small white flowers ! Nearest I can get is Marsh Pug.......any thoughts ?

Friday, 21 June 2019

Lee Mount - 21st June

Still poor returns in numbers from the overnight trap but another Elephant Hawkmoth was again, a bit special. I put it on the honeysuckle and it took off like a helicopter on a mission !
Small Magpie x 1
Heart and Dart x 2

Also in the churchyard this morning I found a Yellow Shell

No butterflies yet today so think they might need a few more warmer days to emerge.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Luddenden Dean - Jerusalem Farm

This afternoon we had a walk around the area and Wade Wood. We were prompted by an email from Chris about Ermine Moth caterpillars totally stripping two Bird Cherry trees. Other nearby trees appeared unaffected.

Not  a lot of caterpillars left so I guess they have pupated after eating that lot !! The underneath of the tree was also covered in web - fascinating. Thanks Chris.

Also just a few butterflies about in the meadow area including this one below, several Speckled Woods and Green-veined Whites
Meadow Brown

And another from the same area Nemophora degeerella

Lee Mount - 19th June

Only seen one of these before, on Norland Moor in 2016 if my i d is correct.
One in the trap was a treat.
Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Sunshine and butterflies!!!!!!

Had a look at Hollas Lane NR a couple of days ago. Small numbers of everything, not surprising after the soaking they've had recently.
Highlight was this Blood-vein following on from one last year.
Common Blue x 1
Small Heath x 3
Small Tort x 1
Small White x 1
And a few Large Skippers, Meadow Browns and Silver Ys

Nice to see three Chimney Sweeperes at near by Copley meadow including this one which may have just emerged. Not sure if that's an exuvia next to it?

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Mint Moth

Never seen this one before. It was in our garden on Catmint flower and I think it may be a Mint Moth--Pyrausta aurata. Can someone confirm? Lovely and daintily coloured.

Monday, 17 June 2019

Lee Mount - 17th June

Red Admiral yesterday in the garden on Erysimum was the first for the year.

Just a few moths overnight in or around the trap this morning
Large Yellow Underwing x 2
Ingrailed Clay x 2
Tachystola acroxantha x 1
Crambus lathoniellus x 1
Common Pug x 1
Garden Carpet x 1
Heart and Dart x 1
Clouded Silver x 1
Clouded Border x 1

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Lee Mount - 15th June

Elephant Hawkmoth on the fence by the trap this morning - but nothing else !
Still a great moth to see.

Friday, 14 June 2019

Lee Mount -14th June

I put the lamp on last night despite the rain after a week when it's been wet both day and night ! I was hoping for at least something !
Just two moths in the trap this morning
Ingrailed Clay x 1 (nearly missed it as it flew straight out of the trap and fortunatley landed in a flower pot !)
Common Swift x 1
Ingrailed Clay

Also tonight some micros' about, disturbed in the garden.
Many-plumed Moth x 5
Tachystola acroxantha x 2
Light-brown Apple-moth x 2
It's milder, so if the rain keeps off I might get something in or around the trap later this evening or in the morning. Live in hope !


One Garden Carpet.

Garden Carpet.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Lee Mount - Pug check ?

One from 3rd June - photo's not as clear as I would have liked - think maybe Freyer's Pug ?

Recent Bits

A fine Red Admiral today was the first this year for me and it looks like we might be in for a Painted Lady invasion as there were 100's on the coast yesterday .
                                          I found this  BuffTip on the path in Shelf Park

   A Humming Bird Hawkmoth in Queensbury last week (thanks NK)
  2 Mint Moths in a garden in Shibden (thanks Joy Morris)
 Wall Browns from Wainstalls and Beacon Hill (thanks Pete Smith)

Sunday, 9 June 2019


A Silver Ground Carpet, unless I'm mistaken. It arrived before 1 a.m. and is still here, it must have been a cold night.

I can't see many moths flying in the next few days, we are to expect heavy rain.

Silver Ground Carpet,

Saturday, 8 June 2019


Two moths sheltering from the pouring rain today. A Brimstone and a White Ermine. Both are attractive moths.


White Ermine.

White Ermine, antennae detail.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Cromwell Bottom Thursday Morning

It was largely sunny but breezy but even in the sheltered spots there was an a disturbing dearth of moths and just two butterflies seen all morning. Highlights were this female Meadow Longhorn (Cauchas rufimitrella), Mother Shipton and some Hawthorn Moth larvae on one of the newly planted Blackthorn saplings.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Ghost Moth

The first displaying Ghost Moths at Northowram , about 10 males and 2 females were observed at 22.14 ....
On the 6th at 22.15 there were 21 males and 1 female..

Monday, 3 June 2019

Crimsworth Dean

This afternoon along the track from the edge of the woodland in the valley leading to Lumb Falls. Pretty breezy with short spells of warm sunshine
Small Heath butterflies x 3
Green-veined White x 4
Small White x 4
Orange-tip x 1
Several other whites just went by unidentified - as they do !

Hollas Bridge

Had a quick walk round today for the first time , looks excellent with a good selection of plants , hope Common Blues have found it looks perfect.Still a good number of Orange Tips about today male and females , Small and Green -veined Whites and a Peacock . A beautiful Broad bodied Chaser showed very well..

Cromwell Bottom moth night - June 1st

An interesting night with over 60 species recorded:

Sunday, 2 June 2019


Several moths to report. It was a mild night last night, I expected one or two.

At 1 am today:-

5 x small, slender moths, pale brown, to flighty to get a photo. No Idea.
2 x Light Brown Apple.
2 x Common Pugs.
1 x Dark Pug (lead coloured?) Wouldn't settle long enough to take a shot.
1 x Triangle Plume.
1 x Bee moth.
Not a bad list. I hope it a sign of things to come.

The only photos I got were the following two. I didn't bother with the Bee Moth.

Common Pug.

Triangle Plume.

Lee Mount - 1st June

MV on last night, which I turned off late on to avoid disturbing neighbours ! I left the Synergetic light on overnight in perfect perfect conditions. Loads of small stuff about late on, most of which I struggle with anyway !! ...but I keep trying. Getting a decent photo is  a start !!!
This morning was rewarding with around 22+ species including these below.
Tachystola acroxantha x 18
Common Swift x 2
Garden Carpet x 2
Small Phoenix x 1
Knot Grass x 1
Clouded Silver x 2
Brown Silver-line x 1
Common Marbled Carpet x 1
Brimstone Moth x 1
Spectacle x 2
Heart and Dart x 2
Clouded-bordered Brindle x 1
Shuttle-shaped Dart x 4
Marbled Minor agg x 1
Common Pug x 1
Possible White-spotted Pug x 1 (photo below for checking)?

 Brown Silver-line

 Clouded-bordered Brindle

 Knot Grass

 Small Phoenix


Churchyard moths ! - 1st June

Cutting the grass in St George's graveyard I was fortunate enough to disturb my first, for the year, Large Yellow Underwing, also a Cinnabar and a Scalloped Hazel. The latter at the bottom of the church tower looking pretty worn and I thought it was dead ? I moved it to the shrubbery and it crawled off to hide in the vegetation. Pretty resilient, some of these moths !

Lee Mount -

Last week in May, pretty quiet with five or six expected species most mornings including several Heart and Dart, Garden Carpet, Common Swift, and Shuttle-shaped Darts etc..... not many moths about on the whole but the best was a Buff-Tip in the trap on Friday morning.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

A couple of smallish ones

The Elachista as mentioned in my previous post has emerged - still not 100% on the ID.
Forewing 3.6mm.

And these two at Copley - the one on the right is the usual Cocksfoot Moth but the one on the left is without the dorsal, white horseshoe!!

A species new to science perhaps?

Maybe not :-(

Friday, 31 May 2019


I found a Bee Moth on the door sill at 9 pm this evening. At first I didn't know what it was. It has settled on a curve, giving a very narrow side view,. It looked just like a bit of desiccated plant stem. I was a little disappointed to find out what it was, once on the computer screen. Still, it's a different view to the ones I usually find.

Bee Moth.

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Thinking Caps On

Reared this from oak (outside chance it was elm) today, forewing 8mm - anybody any ideas?

Saw this flying around yesterday, never seen a blue and pink damselfly before - anyone?

My Elachista miner looks like emerging in the next day or so - looks like E.albifrontella so far.......


I had to get up to let our cat out at 2 am today. On the door was a Light Brown Apple moth, it was above head height. I was groggy and not about to hunt for the small ladder. I held the camera above my head to get the shot. Not one of my best, but  the moth is a very fresh example. I've been disturbing LBA's in the garden for a few weeks, this is the first stationary one I've seen, it's a lovely colour.

Light Brown Apple.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019


Found on the door today. The lack of distinctive marks means I've been unable to ID it.

Pug needing ID please.

Hardcastle Craggs Friday 31st

Running traps at hollin Hall this Friday..all welcome , its the bio blitz at harcastle craggs , there are beds at hollin Hall if anyone wants to stay overnight ,,,,cheers

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Brimstone butterfly

Saw a male three times on and around Hollas Lane Nature Reserve on the 24th am and pm.

My first ever in Calderdale - woo hoo!