SWIFTS.

3.001 Orange Swift (female) to MV light at Cromwell Bottom, July 21st 2012.

3.005 Ghost Moth (female), North Dean wood, June 27th 05. A field observation inside a hollow tree trunk.

3.004 Gold Swift resting on a mossy trunk at Turner wood, Rishworth, June 17th 2017. Looking at the tufted apparatus extruded from the abdomen I'm guessing it's a "calling" female?

3.002 Common Swift (female), June 1st 2018. Found at rest at Hollas Lane Nature Reserve. Captured by day.



3.003 Map-winged Swift, one of several to MV light, Blake Dean, June 7th 08. Photographed on site (see below for the event photos).


3.003 Map-winged Swift  f. gallicus, Skircoat Green cutting, June 29th 2010. Captured by day and my only record away from MV light.


Two of Calderdale's finest - Andy Cockroft and Brian Leecy setting up for a night's mothing at Blake Dean, June 7th 08.

And the light in action. The weather was so muggy that it proved not only very attractive to moths but midges also, thousands of them. In fact the black patch under the light is made up of dead midges that flew in to the light, got zapped and dropped on to the sheet. Aside from the countless bite marks I woke the next morning to find three dead ones in my left eye such were their density of numbers!

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