70.008 Small Dusty Wave, netted at dusk flying around the garden on July 4th 2017. What made it stand out as something different was its tiny size making it resemble a very pale pug.

70.011  Single-dotted Wave, Bankhouse wood, July 17th 2010. Netted at dusk.

70.013 Small Fan-footed Wave by the Calder at Milner Royd, July 31st 2010. Captured by day.

70.013 Small Fan-footed Wave nectaring at dusk on the garden Heleniums, June 25th 2017.

70.016 Riband Wave at North Dean meadow, July 15th 06.

70.029 Blood-vein at North Loop, Cromwell Bottom, June 10th 2018. A scarce species here in Calderdale if past records are anything to go by. A field observation, this one looks in fine fettle and has probably just emerged in the last day or so.

70.029 Blood-vein at Hollas Lane Nature Reserve on June 12th 2018. A very good year for this species for what was once quite a local rarity.

70.281 Petite Wave (Scopula minorata(Above and below) Feb.15th 2013. I was dressing a cabbage for dinner (which had been imported from Spain) when this moth flew out, it was barely alive as it crash-landed on to my draining board and in to a small pool of water. It was pretty small with a forewing of just 9mm which seemed strange for what looked like a macro. Thinking it was something "good" I immediately photographed it in situ (top photo) before potting it up and popping it in the freezer. The next day the light was a little better allowing the photo below to be taken. I have since sent it off to Harry Beaumont for a more detailed examination and he has identified it as a male Scopula minorata, a species not recorded before in the UK. It will of course go down as an accidental import and not on to the main list but exciting none the less!

70.038 Vestal in the garden, Sept.12th 06. Photographed at dusk on a wine rope. This is my only record of this scarce immigrant to Calderdale. I wonder which countries this moth had flown over before it reached my small back garden to sniff out my wine and sugar concoction!

70.038 Vestal, the same moth as above with the proboscis clearly visible. It's events like this that makes mothing worthwhile.

70.045 Shade Broad-bar at Tag Loop, June 14th 2014. A field observation. 

70.049 Garden Carpet on the garage wall, Sept.3rd 2012. Just about the only geometrid to be found during the day in the garden at this time of year.

70.052  Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet, one of two to light at the cabin at Cromwell Bottom, July 14th 2018.

70.053 Flame Carpet, Copley hill (Lane), May 6th 09. Captured by day.

70.054 Silver Ground Carpet at Bankhouse Orchard, June 3rd 05.

70.054 Silver Ground Carpet, Bankhouse wood, May 26th 2014. A field observation on Hogweed.

70.059 Yellow Shell at Tag Meadow, Cromwell Bottom, July 3rd 06.

70.059 Yellow Shell at Tag Meadow, Cromwell Bottom, June 14th 2014.

70.059 Yellow Shell nectaring on Ragwort at Tag Meadow, Cromwell Bottom, July 25th 2015. 

70.061 Common Carpet, Tag meadow, May 15th 2014. Captured by day.

70.074 July Highflier larva, May 17th 08. Swept from Heather by Paul Talbot earlier in the month. Commonly found spun up in Bilberry leaves especially around Norland.

70.074 July Highflier June 8th 2010. Reared from a larva found near the Calder at Sterne Bridge in May.

70.079 Spruce Carpet at Norland moor near North Dean wood on Oct. 19th 2016. A field observation on a road-side dry stone wall.

70.087 Purple Bar to light at Brown Scout Quarry, Widdop, June 22nd 2018. The highlight of what turned out to be a chillingly cold night with a cool westerly breeze and a clear, moon-lit night.

70.089 Phoenix, Bankhouse wood, July 12th 2010. Netted at dusk. One of the few moths not to play ball and open its wings for the camera. 

1 comment:

Gloria Schwazenhag said...

Why did you pop the Petite Wave in the freezer? Fear of invasive import? I ran across your blog while trying to ID a moth I saw in my backyard this eve in Florida. So far, it looks like a type of Winter Moth. I love moths. They are amazingly beautiful.