Monday, 27 March 2017

Orange tip

Had a visit on Saturday afternoon from an orange tip in the garden at Copley. Good to know that spring is on the way.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

 Craggs 26th  March 2017

Weather: Warm Spring Sunshine during the day 16-17 o  Still . Sky Dark MV 120 W Robinson
imaging with standard 18 -58 Kit lens
see counts / comments  from Andy Below

4 present.  Thanks to Andy Brian Natalie

Here is some of the imaging

ABH 70.251 BF1930   Oak Beauty Biston strataria
ABH 73.250 BF2189  Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda
ABH 73.242 BF2188   Clouded Drab Orthosia incerta
ABH 73.249 BF2190   Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica
ABH 70.270 BF1947   The Engrailed Ectropis crepusculari
ABH 65.016 BF1659   Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis
ABH 73.244 BF2187   Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi
ABH 70.245 BF1663   March Moth Alsophila aesculariaABH          
                      BF 0283x Caloptilia sp   betulicola/elongella
ABH 70.156 BF1852   Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata
ABH 73.250 BF2189   Twin-spotted Quaker Anorthoa munda

ABH 70.251 BF1930   Oak Beauty Biston strataria



ABH 65.016 BF1659   Yellow Horned Achlya flavicornis


ABH 73.244 BF2187   Common Quaker Orthosia cerasi


73.249 BF2190  Hebrew Character Orthosia gothica


ABH 70.270 BF1947   The Engrailed Ectropis crepusculari


ABH 70.156 BF1852  Brindled Pug Eupithecia abbreviata


BF 0283 Caloptilia sp  ( betulicola/elongella?)




Notes this specimen has likely overwintered.exact species should be identified from larval food plant and rearing Caution on mixed habitat were gen det may be needed to be absolute

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Its a cracker

A good start to the year , with a visit to Hardcastle Craggs ,Many thanks to Bri , Colin and Natalie
Oak Beauty x 5
Yellow horned x 3
March moth   x 1
Chestnut x 4
Common Quaker x 16
Small Quaker x 2
Twin Spot Quaker x 1
Clouded Drab x 11
Engrailed x 1
Brindled Pug x 2
Hebrew Character x 2
Agonoptrix heracliana  x 4
Caloptilia sp  x 1

First Comma

Just seen the first comma in my garden

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Hardcastle Craggs

Gonna run the MV 125 at hardcastle crass this Sat night,,meet at 6.30 - 7.00..all welcome and any one want a lift just text or leave a message below....

Monday, 20 March 2017

Lee Mount - 19th March

Common Quaker x 2
Clouded Drab x 1
Unidentified micro which I think might be 17.011 Ypsolopha ustella  (c10mm max) if anyone can help with this one these are the best I could get of the same moth below. Oak trees nearby !

Ypsolopha ustella  - maybe ?

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Lee Mount - 15th March

Didn't expect a lot last night with it being cool and breezy at the back and the moon showing.
Didn't do too badly though..
Clouded Drab x 2 - well I'm pretty sure that's what they were !
Common Quaker x 5
Twin-spotted Quaker x 2
 Clouded Drab
 (one quite pale and a slightly darker one) Twin-spotted Quakers

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Lee Mount - 14th March

Common Quaker x 3
March Moth x 1
Agonopterix heracliana x 1

 Agonopterix heracliana
 Common Quaker (1 of 3)
March Moth

Monday, 13 March 2017

Lee Mount

Jennifer found this moth in the kitchen this morning and I managed with difficulty, as it kept hiding in the blinds, to get a couple of photos'
We think it's probably a Common Plume - but not 100% sure ?
Forewing length c12mm and the App by Chris Manley says the spurs on the hind leg of this species are of unequal length. One photo seems to confirm this but not sure if that also applies to other 'plumes'.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Lee Mount

Just managed 5 moths last week with the light on in the con...every night till 11 ish.

9th March   -  March Moth x 1

10th March  -  March Moth x 2
                        Chestnut x 2

Bag Season and Footman Cat

I had a quick round on Royds Hall Lane stopping en route to look at tree bases for Bagworms
I restricted looking to South facing stone but nothing evident

Lichens were not abundant  on southern Faces and in particular the usual section were I think wall had been repointed and anti foul paint applied . I did however find one Caterpillar circa 0.8 - 1.1. cm. Unfortunately my usual lens is shot so the imaging on the G6 is not good

It looks like the caterpillar of The Common Footman Double Click Image Link ( ???)  and Link 2  which would make sense being found at the base of Lichen Covered Wall . The second image below is lightened and trimmed and you can see (i) the  8 extended orange segments and (ii) the white bristles on each segment The larvae feed on various species of lichens found on trees and fence posts. It overwinters as a larva.

First March Moths

Ran the Actinic last night and got 3 moths , Common Quaker , Dotted border and  Hebrew Character

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Ogden Water

First butterfly of the year today with a red admiral floating around the Woodlands below the Giant's Tooth.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Lee Mount

Not a lot doing this last week - just a few nice moths.

18th Feb - 1 Spring Usher and 1 Pale Brindled Beauty

20th Feb - Pale Brindled Beauty x 2 (included 1 f manacharia)
                  Agonopterix heracliana x 1

24th Feb - Pale Brindled Beauty x 2 included 1 f manacharia
                  March Moth x 1
                  Dotted Border x 1
 Dotted Border

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Neon Moth

It's been sometime since I posted. I've not have any moths at the door in months now. I've not even had insects. Also, for the passed 3 weeks, I've had serious, very painful problems walking. Even across the room. I'm more or less recovered and thought I'd do a silly post, to let you know I'm alive. Not that you missed me. I created this image a while ago.

Neon Moth.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Lee Mount - 17th February 2017

A few more moths
Agonopterix heracliana x 3 but they didn't stay long
Pale Brindled Beauty f monarcharia x 2 together
Pale Brindled Beauty x 1
Satellite x 1
 Agonopterix heracliana (?)

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lee Mount - 16th February 2017

This one tonight is causing some confusion - c15mm wing length...perhaps Chestnut - not sure ?
With another one below of the same moth later in the evening perhaps showing the shape of the wings better when it moved for a better angle.
Spring Usher I think though it's markings are quite different from yesterdays one !

Lee Mount - 15th February 2017

I put the light on more in hope than anything else and got a few nice rewards late evening.
I hope I have identified these correctly....?? (any corrections welcome)
Pale Brindled Beauty (typical form x 2)

 Pale Brindle Beauty f monacharia
Pale Brindled Beauty
(this individual looked larger and had particularly strong markings though I don't think its a Brindled Beauty)?
 Dotted Border
 March Moth
Spring Usher

Friday, 3 February 2017

Rare Goat Moth

Still quiet so I thought I'd liven the blog with this rather rare siting I  expect no one has found one of these in Calderdale

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Lee Mount

Still nothing, other than another Pale Bridled Beauty last night when it was a bit milder.
Pale Brindled Beauty

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Monday, 16 January 2017

Lee Mount - wer'e off again..

First moth of the year here tonight....yippee!

Pale Brindled Beauty

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Early Moth Finds This Year Maybe ???

Not much happening with weather being cold windy or inclement so just a post keeping all things moth on the Radar

I have not been out and about due to lack of Transport on wider rounds however my attention turned to the 70.282 BF1960 Early Moth Theria primaria. and wonder if it will turn up in a Calderdale Finds this year

Larvae feed on It feeds on hawthorn (Crataegus) and blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) in the larval stage. on the wing in January and February except of course the Wingless females

see Andy's Comments 2016  2010