72.001 Heralds at Bare Head tunnel, Shibden valley, Jan.22nd 2013. A hibernating pair on the ceiling of the tunnel. There were around a dozen Heralds present but the Tissue moth seen previously was not relocated sadly. Thanks to Andy Cockroft for helping with the search and finding the moths originally.
72.001 Herald found at Salterhebble Hill, Apr. 7th 2014. Captured by day.
72.002 Straw Dot at North Dean meadow, July 12th 05. A field observation. Much more commonly recorded in recent years and often disturbed from unimproved grassland.
72.002 Straw Dot Tag meadow, Cromwell Bottom, June 30th 2014. A field observation on a gloriously hot and calm summer's day.
Beautiful Snout at North Dean wood, July 5th 05. A field observation on Holly and my only record of this rare Yorkshire species.
White Satin - male to light at Cromwell Bottom NR, June 30th 2018. Black and white ringed legs and the feathery antennae of a male.
72.015 Pale Tussock larva feeding on Silver Birch, Oct.19th 09. Collected by day at Skircoat Green a few days earlier.
72.015 Pale Tussock larva rolled up into a defensive posture, Aug.25th 09. Collected by day by the towpath near Copley.
72.015 Pale Tussock pupa a few hours before emergence, Apr.12th 2010. Reared from the Skircoat Green larva. Note the fur of the adult moth's abdomen visible as orange bands through the pupal case.
72.015 Pale Tussock - female, Apr.12th 2010, the freshly emerged adult.
72.015 Pale Tussock found resting in a garden at Salterhebble along with my niece enjoying an ice lolly in the warm spring sunshine, May 23rd 2010.
72.015 Pale Tussock larva on Silver Birch at Brookfoot Loop, July 15th 2017. A fully fed larva in the process of spinning a protective cocoon to pupate in.
72.017 Vapourers mating on the garden Cotoneaster, Sept.12th 08. After seeing three males circling the cotoneaster it wasn't until photographing one of them which had landed that I realised there was a female present.
72.017 Vapourer - female. Shortly after mating the female begins to lay the fertilised eggs on the same cocoon she herself had emerged from.
72.017 Vapourer eggs, May 8th 2009. The following spring and the batch of eggs begin to hatch.
72.017 Vapourer larva found on cultivated cherry at Skircoat Green allotments, June 14th 2017.
72.017 Vapourer, the above larva was taken for rearing and after this moult it turned reddish which soon faded to it's usual colouring.
72.017 Vapourer, July 2nd 2017. The freshly emerged female reared from the larva pictured above. These moths seem to be little more than furry little bags of eggs awaiting fertilisation. Once egg-laying is complete she no longer serves any purpose other than to re-enter the food chain.