Tuesday, 22 February 2011

HEPIALIDAE.........Ghost Moth to Clearwings

Hepialoidea

Hepialidae


3.001…(BF15)

 Recorded at light throughout the area in small numbers between early June and late August. Cromwell Bottom is an excellent place to see this species.

Numbers attracted to MV light traps 1999 – 2009
Orange Swift
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009

0
10
4
12
2
0
2
1
3
1
6


3.002…(BF 17)
                      
Recorded at light traps throughout the area in good numbers  from early  May to early August.  Between  52 adults were recorded .(AZ)

3.003…(BF 18)
Map-winged Swift Hepialus fusconebulosa                                          
Recorded at light traps throughout the area from late May to mid   July .Large numbers can be seen close to the moors edge with 27 to light at Withens Clough car park on the 27th June 2009 they are often one of the first species to light at dusk..

3.004…(BF 16 )
 Areas of bracken in warm evening sunshine are worth chequeing in May/June for this species. Broadhead clough 1999,Copley woods 2000 , Cromwell Bottom and  8 + displaying and ‘in cop’ at Pickwood Scarr Norland and 2 at Jumble Hole Clough 2007(AC,PT,SW)..

3.005 …(BF 14)
 In 1909 six were seen in Hebden Bridge and was said to be sometimes abundant in grassland be never frequent at light or sugar. The sub species Var thulensis was said to have been recorded at Kebroyd in 1966.
 This species more recently is commonly attracted to light traps throughout the area in small numbers. The adults are best looked for at dusk on and around the 3rd week in June when large numbers can be observed 'hovering' over suitable grassland. White ghost like males can be seen as there pure white wings catch the moonlight.. 12 (7 males and 5 females) at Hedge top Lane, Northowram on the 23rd June 2003 and 10 males hovering near nettles June 10th 2006.  On the 20th June 2009, 1 male was seen in car headlights at Hedge Top lane Northowram on the following night 56(mostly males) were observed’ lekking’in the same field. A large lek of 278 were seen on the 22nd June 2009   with a ratio of 10 males to one female, at least 22 pairs were seen ‘in cop’. In 2010 the numbers peaked at 435 males on the 21st June .The largest count ever recored in Yorkshire at the time. (AC) The same night a light trap was running all night 100 yards away and attracted 2 males and 1 female. Whilest making a short film in 2010 it was noted that when bright lights were used most moths disappeared (AC, SC) the short film can be seen at
Following on from this short film the Dance of the Ghost moth was featured on the BBC prime time programme the One Show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uvXRpbQDA8

Ghost Moths at Hedge Top Lane June/July 2009 / 2010

Ghost Moth
June 21st

22nd
23rd
24th
26th
27th
28th
July 1st
6th
2009 
1
56
278
252
96
178
119
40
1
       2010
June16 
17
21
26
30
July 2
6



238
250
435
50
30
30
31














Zeuzerinae

50.002…(BF 161)

 A very local species in our area first recorded by Herbert Spencer who recorded 2 at Elland in 1924 one was crippled.

1 at Elland Park Wood 1971 (WM.Collinson)
1 recorded at light Park Road Elland 17th July 2001 after a heavy storm (PT)
1 at light at Brookfoot , Brighouse 23rd July  2008 and 7th, , 11th and  13th July 2009  (M &KS)
1 at Light Hipperholme was seen to be egg laying in July 2009(C.Sut)
1 at light Midgley July 2009 (NC& SC)

Sesiidae
Sesiinae

52.003…(BF 371)
                                
Reported in the Halifax area in 1883 (G.T.Porritt)
Collinson wrote that this species is well established in the trunks of mature sallows throughout the district in 1965 .No recent records of adults but 2 larvae found in felled tree trunks in 2013 and 2015. The larvae were taken to rear through but both were parisatised (BL)

52.007…(BF 381)
Collinson wrote ‘Larve and empty pupa cases are easily found 1965’.No recent records.It may well be worth a look for  these species in appropriate habitat .

52.013…(BF 373)
              
 Collinson wrote ‘very few records of  Currant  Clearwing but it no doubt exists and can be found in the first week of July.
12 at Priestly Green organic food farm July 2005(PT)

5 at Skircoat Green Allotments on the 18th   /  19th June 2007 . Occurs annually here from 2007 onwards in very small numbers, in some years just one has been noted. Charlie Streets  said we took on the plot in 2006 and I made sure there were a few currant bushes around in the hope of attracting this species and lo and behold two years later I was getting one or two on my own patch. In February 2014 larvae were found in Redcurrant and bred through. (CS)

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