Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Twin Spotted Quaker
Red -green Carpet
Brindled Pug and
Thursday, 24 April 2008
I been hopeing for one of these for the last couple of years,they were first recorded in Yorkshire at Spurn in 1984 and in VC63 in 1997 at Wintersett and have been becoming more widespread each year.i carnt find any other Caldedale records but there must some.??
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Well it was nice to meet Charlie and Winston at CB last night but there were few moths about .We found plenty larvae on Ribwort Plantain by the weir and found a very nice V-Pug(pic).A micro to id and a few that got away.hebrew Character ,Twin spot and Common Quaker + early Grey at Northowram.See you all there next week.
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Monday, 21 April 2008
Thursday, 17 April 2008
The adults will be around shortly once the weather warms up and its usualy dead easy to find them on any yellow flowering plant such as buttercups or dandelions. Just to make my "tips" clear, they are not "my tips" anymore than anyone elses, I have simply read up and gone out looking, most of the tips will have been available since Victorian times so they are not "mine".
PS I note a distinct lack of postings on this blog at the moment, there are absoloutely loads of moth species you can find even in a spring as poor as this one, as long as you do not rely on light trapping alone, so come on people lets have some posts from those prepared to have a 10 min walk to find larvae or pupae.Moss, lasts years dried stems and seed heads are stuffed full of goodies at this time of year if you are prepared to look.
Tuesday, 15 April 2008
Monday, 14 April 2008
We are now getting close to the one of the best times of the year to find moths on natural food sources. Any night now when its cloudy and reasonably mild its the time to go "Sallowing". This is one of the great classic tecniques used before the advent of MV lights to collect large numbers of moths in one place. Cromwell Bottom is an ideal place to try this out but any area with large numbers of Sallow in bloom is fine. You simply stick a few pots in your pocket, pack a decent torch and a butterfly net. In practice one simply walks around shining the torch on Sallow catkins until you pick out a moth feeding, they can usually be spotted by the light reflecting off their eyes. One a good night there can be hundreds of moths on each Sallow bush, but often around here one is lucky to get a few dozen per bush. If its moth sp you wish to confirm or look through a hand lens its usually dead easy to simply pop the net over them and tap them off the catkins. They are mainly Orthosia spp, but also Chestnut, Satellite, perhaps some Thorns and Pugs. The only other time of year when one can get the same effect with natural sources is in autumn when you search Ivy Blossom in the same manner.
Assuming that at various points over May I will still be around Calderdale during the week is anyone intersted in some daytime larval beating sessions at this time ?
Sunday, 13 April 2008
I used to have a favourite patch of Ribwort Plantain at Cromwell Bottom on Brookfoot loop. I used to bag this species every year first in this spot. Unfortunately its now been either dug up or buried under spoil from the 4 metre wide track being created around that part of the LNR. Even more ironically the one spot in all Calderdale in which I could guarantee to the males of Ghost Moth "leking" every year awaiting females was also in the now destroyed spot previously mentioned . This is even sadder as Ghost Moth is a LBAP species in Calderdale and its not been even protected on a Nature reserve !