GEOMETRIDS: 1661 - 1775

1661 Orange Underwing, North Dean wood, Mar.23rd 2010. One of at least three seen flying around the tops of Silver Birch trees in the early afternoon. No doubt much more common than my single record suggests. If you look around the tops of Silver Birch here on a calm, sunny day in March I think they should be quite easy to find.


1666 Large Emerald, New Lane, July 19th 09. A fresh looking moth found resting on a dry stone wall in the drizzle, it had probably just emerged. Captured by day.

1691a 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’s 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!





1708 Single-dotted Wave, Bankhouse wood, July 17th 2010. Netted at dusk.


1716 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!


1716 Vestal, the same moth as above with the proboscis clearly visible. It's events like this that makes mothing worthwhile.


1722 Flame Carpet, Copley hill (Lane), May 6th 09. Captured by day.

1727 Silver Ground Carpet, Bankhouse wood, May 26th 2014. A field observation on Hogweed.


1728 Garden Carpet, on garage, Sept.3rd 2012. A field observation. Just about the only geometrid to be found during the day in the garden at this time of year.

1732 Shaded Broad-bar, Tag Loop, June 14th 2014. A field observation. 

1738 Common Carpet, Tag meadow, May 15th 2014. Captured by day. Scarcely recorded by myself despite it's English name.



1742 Yellow Shell, Tag Loop, June 14th 2014. Very common here during the summer.


1754 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.


1757 Spinach larva, Apr.28th 09. Found at Skircoat Green allotments feeding on red currant.


1757 Spinach pupa, May 25th 09. Reared from the larva above. The detailed wing pattern is clearly visible through the pupal case just hours before the emergence.


1757 SpinachMay 25th 09. Reared from the larva above. The only other record is of another adult at the same site the following year.


1760 Red-green Carpet, to MV light, Hardcastle Craggs, Mar.20th 2011. Photographed on site.

1764 Common Marbled Carpet larva, found on Honeysuckle in North Dean wood on Apr.25th 2014. It's a final instar larva about 30mm in length and it's pink, purple and green colouring provided excellent camouflage among it's foodplant.  

1764 Common Marbled Carpet, May 10th 2014. Reared from the larva pictured above above.


1 comment:

Gloria Schwazenhag said...

Hello!
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.