73.114 Small Angle Shades, final instar larva at 30mm long, Sept. 25th 2017. Found the previous September by Julian Birkhead on a Halifax Scientific Society ramble to Bradshaw. It was the first time I had come across a moth larva feeding on the unwanted, alien pest - Himalayan balsam.
73.114 Small Angle Shades pupa Mar. 29th 2018, details as above. The pupa is "colouring up" rapidly now after having spent the winter in my garage in an airtight tuppaware tub. The tub was opened up every couple of weeks to let fresh air in. Immediately before snapping the lid back on a quick breath on the inside of the lid adds a little humidity to prevent the pupa drying out.
73.114 Small Angle Shades, Apr.3rd 2018. Five days later and the (surprisingly beautiful) adult has emerged.
73.123 Rosy Rustic to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, July 22nd 2018.
73.131 Flounced Rustic to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, Aug. 18th 2018.
73.136 Bulrush Wainscot, larval exit/entry hole on a Bulrush stem at the wheel wash, Cromwell Bottom compound, Mar.22nd 2018.
73.136 Bulrush Wainscot, larval feeding signs, details as above. Peeling back the outer layers revealed extensive feeding signs as well as more holes.
73.136 Bulrush Wainscot to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, Aug. 18th 2018. Photographed on the white ground sheet at the trap.
73.147 Small Dotted Buff to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, July 1st 2018.
73.154 Dusky Brocade to MV light at Brown Scout quarry, Widdop, June 22nd 2018.
73.156 Clouded-bordered Brindle, North Dean meadow, June 14th 05. Disturbed by day - a field observation . Although very common to MV light traps this was quite an exciting find back in the day.
73.160 Slender Brindle, netted at dusk in Bankhouse wood on July 18th 2010.
73.160 Slender Brindle, North Dean meadow, July 21st 06. A daytime observation.
73.162 Dark Arches feeding on a sugar mixture in the garden on July 26th 2006.
73.168 Double Lobed in the garden greenhouse, June 21st 06. It was found in a bag of ornamental grass clippings from the garden pond which the larva was probably feeding on.
73.169 Common Rustic (male), netted at dusk at Bankhouse wood, July 31st 2010. Gen. detted. by myself.
73.169 Common Rustic agg nectaring on the garden Heleniums prior to flight, Aug.1st 2017. Bit of a fluke this shot as it took flight a fraction of a second after I pressed the button.
73.171 Rosy Minor to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, Aug. 18th 2018.
73.172 Cloaked Minor nectaring on Ragwort at All Saints' graveyard on Aug. 5th 2017.
73.173 Marbled Minor male to light at Cromwell Bottom NR, June 30th 2018. Gen. detted by myself.
73.176 Middle-barred Minor to MV light at the cabin, Cromwell Bottom, June 16th 2018. A male gen. detted. by myself.
73.180 Barred Sallow at Gosport Clough on Oct. 20th 2018 It was found during a fungi foray by an obliging Halifax Scientific Society member. A daytime observation on a Beech leaf which also happens to be it's main foodplant.
73.182 Sallow on the roadside at West Vale on Oct. 14th 2016. A daytime observation on a dry stone wall.
73.189 Red-line Quaker larva found on spun Sallow leaves at Copley meadow, Apr. 27th 2009. Not reared through.
73.190 Yellow-line Quaker feeding on a sugar mixture at Gorpley Clough, Oct. 26th 2008.
73.192 Brick (left) and Chestnut feeding on a sugar mixture, Gorpley Clough, Oct. 26th 2008.