73.194 Chestnut, Bankhouse wood, Oct.14th 2010. Nectaring on Ivy blossom at dusk.
73.194 Chestnut in the garden feeding on a sugar solution, Sept. 28th 2006.
73.201 Pale Pinion on the bridge parapet at the river Calder at Copley, Sept. 11th 2006.
73.209 Red Sword-grass, Gorpley Clough, Oct.26th 08. This one is feeding on a sugar solution at dusk.
73.209 Red Sword-grass, New Lane, Mar 7th 06. A field observation in the steady drizzle. Other records are singles at Skircoat Green in 2012 and Jan. 21st 2014 and one near Heath Lane, Halifax in Dec. 2013. All were resting openly on dry stone walls.
73.210 Satellite, Gorpley Clough, Oct.26th 08. Photographed feeding on sugar at dusk.
73.211 Angle-striped Sallow, on of five to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, Aug. 3rd 2018.
Olive to MV light at my new place in Luddenden Foot on July 20th 2022. The morning after the hottest day on record and a night-time low of around 18 degrees. I wasn't expecting many moths that night in my ecological desert of a garden so I was quite overwhelmed when around 275 moths of 70 species showed up, three of them lifers for me.
73.216 Dun-bar, empty pupal case, June 5th 2009. Reared from a larva found on Sallow at Copley meadow in late April 2009. Note the characteristic, powdery coating on the case.
73.216 Dun-bar at dusk on the garden Laurel bush, July 27th 2006.
73.216 Dun-bar June 5th 2018. Reared from a larva spun up in Blackthorn leaves at Park Wood Crematorium on May 7th that year.
73.219 Centre-barred Sallow to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, Aug. 18th 2018.
73.222 Dingy Shears to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, July 13th 2019.
73.222 Dingy Shears to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, July 1st 2018.
73.228 Grey Chi at Rishworth golf course, Norland on Aug.12th 2013. A pristine moth resting openly on a dry stone wall by day.
73.241 Pine Beauty to MV light, Hardcastle Craggs, Mar. 21st 2011.
73.241 Pine Beauty to MV light, Hardcastle Craggs, Mar.14th 2014. The brick-red form.
73.242 Clouded Drab larva found on Sallow by the towpath at Salterhebble, June 25th 2010.
73.242 Clouded Drab, Feb. 11th 2011. Reared from a larva found on Sallow by the towpath at Salterhebble the previous spring.
73.242 Clouded Drab to MV light at Turgate Delph, Norland moor on May 6th 2022. An unusual form I hadn't seen before.
73.244 Common Quaker, Feb.14th 2011. Reared from a larva found on Sallow next to the towpath at Salterhebble the previous summer. Note the distinctive band on the rear end of the larva.
73.245 Small Quaker, one of several to MV light at Broadhead Clough, Apr. 11th 2009.
73.250 Twin-spotted Quaker larva found on oak by the towpath at Copley, May 17th 09.
73.250 Twin-spotted Quaker emerging from the its pupa, Feb.2nd 2011. Reared from a larva found on apple in the garden on June 1st 2010.
73.250 Twin-spotted Quaker drying and expanding it's wings, same moth as above.
73.250 Twin-spotted Quaker at New Lane, Mar. 22nd 2010. Captured by day.
73.254 Antler Moth inside the cabin at Cromwell Bottom, Aug. 3rd 2018. No doubt attracted to one of the outside lights.
Beautiful Yellow Underwing feeding at Bell Heather on Norland moor on July 17th 2022. Isolated pockets of Bell Heather provide a welcome nectar source for these moths and also make them easier to find before the whole moor turns purple with Heather (Calluna vulgaris).
Beautiful Yellow Underwing details as above. Between clambering about and hanging upside down to feed on the flowers they dart around like miniature Hummingbird Hawkmoths. I was lucky to capture this one in flight.