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Bob Turner and I saw a couple of Peacocks at Loch Spynie near Elgin today.



Pete Gordon saw his first Orange Tip (male) of the year at Knockando House.  There were also a couple of Peacocks there and some Small Tortoiseshells at Knockando Distillery.


Duncan Davidson saw his first butterflies of the year, a Small White and a Speckled Wood in a garden near Nairn.


Ann Giles saw her first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell, in her garden in central Wick, Caithness.


Andy Williams saw his first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell, at Auchindrean, Loch Broom near Ullapool.

Small Tortoiseshell


Bob Turner and I saw our first butterflies of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell at the car park at the end of the public road in Strathdearn and a Peacock at a pond near the Osprey Centre, Abernethy.


Brian Neath attracted 111 moths of 13 species to his trap in Dornie.  Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab were inevitably the most numerous totalling 74. The other species were 8 Brindled Pug, 7 Small Quaker, 5 Early Grey and Yellow Horned, 3 Early Tooth-striped and Red Chestnut, 2 Engrailed and Chestnut and single March Moth and Red-green Carpet.


Mairi Strachan saw her first butterfly of the year in Alness, Easter Ross, a Peacock


Barbara Brodie saw a Peacock butterfly in her Culloden garden, the first of the year.


Brian Neath had an unusually early Common Quaker on his wndow last night, although he has seen some earlier in previous years, normally he'd not see this species until mid-March.  He also saw an unusually small Dotted Border.


Liz MacDonald found a Pale Brindled Beauty on the wall of her house in Ardnamurchan.


Having had moths at the window for the previous 4 nights at his house at Dornie, Brian Neath put his trap out last night.  He caught 11 moths of 5 species, 5 Mottled Grey, 2 Dotted Border, 2 Chestnut, a March Moth and a Pale Brindled Beauty.  The Dotted Borders were new for the year and the overall total for February is 13 species.


Helen Mainwood saw a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in her Golspie garden today, nectaring on a Crocus.


Brian Neath saw up to 5 Winter Moths, 2 Mottled Umber and a March Moth (on the 26th) during January, and 2 Pale Brindled Beauties on the 2nd of February, on the windows of his house at Dornie.


A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was reported to be flying in the spring sunshine at feddon Hill, Fortrose today.


Another Pale Brindled Beauty in Aviemore today.


I found a Pale Brindled Beauty on the wall of my house in Aviemore today.

Pale Brindled Beauty


As well as 6 Pale Brindled Beauties and 2 Winter Moths, Malcolm Harvey also trapped a very early Dotted Border (pictured) in his Kiltarlity garden.

Dotted Border


Margaret Currie and Andy Scott found 2 Herald moths hibernating in a cave at Rosemarkie beach.

Herald 1Herald 2


So far 3 species of butterfly have been reported on the main Butterfly Conservation website, Red Admiral, Peacock and Small Tortioseshell.


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