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09/06/2021

Sue Pomeroy found two Sweet Gale Moths in her trap at Durnamuck last night (8 June). Barry Blake reports that there are only three previous records for VC 105 and two of those were larvae.

Sweet Gale
07/06/2021 Margaret Currie and Andy Scott saw a few butterflies in Glen Affric.
5 Small Heath at NH189262
2 Green Hairstreak at NH212241
1 Small Copper at NH212241
05/06/2021 In yet another "strange year" Barry Blake has noted an unusual number of Sandy Carpet records in VC105.  There have been 6 reports already in June 2021 as against 8 records in the previous 10 years.  The atlas reckons this is a mainly eastern, coastal species in Scotland, but it is generally moving inland.  Photograph by Jim Henderson.

Sandy Carpet
04/06/2021 Hearing that Dingy Skipper were on the wing locally, Hilary Swift and Pete Moore went to check out the Auchgourish plantation, near Boat of Garten, where there were a couple of records from 2020.  They were delighted to find no less than 44 individuals along the sandy tracks and turning circles, with a count of 12 in one place.

Dingy Skipper
02/06/2021 Bob Turner and I found a Small Purple-barred Moth at Whitewell near Aviemore.

Small Purple-barred
31/05/2021 Mike and Britt Taylor saw Speckled Yellow (below left) and Small Purple-barred (below right) at Strath Mashie.

Speckled Yellow  Small Purple-barred
27/05/2021  Mike and Britt Taylorfound a couple of Dingy Skippers at the Gravel Pit Pond in Culbin Forest.

Dingy Skipper
27/05/2021

Inspired by our sightings of Pearl-bordered Fritillary yesterday, and not to be out-done by us, Pete and Hilary visited a site near Dulsie Bridge today to look for PBF.  The conditions were marginal, but they saw 11 individuals.  The last records from this area were from David Barbour in 2015.  

Pearl-bordered Fritillary  Pearl-bordered Fritillary
27/05/2021  Bob Turner and I saw our first Pearl-bordered Fritillaries (below left) of the year at a site just south of Aviemore.  There were also Green Hairstreak (below right), Speckled Wood, Small Heath and Orange-tip.  Moths were represented by Brown Silver-line and Common Heath and there was also a very fast moving Garden Tiger larva.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary  Green Hairstreak
25/04/2021 Pete Gordon trapped an Oak Nycteoline in his Nethybridge garden, only the 5th VC record for the species and the first since 2015.
Oak Nycteoline
25/04/2021  Two male Orang-tips were seen on the wing near Blacksboat.
17/04/2021 The first Peacock butterfly of the year I've spotted in Aviemore.

Peacock
16/04/2021  Carol Armour & Neil Sutherland spotted a Comma by the Spey near Blacksboat.

Comma
12/04/2021 Hilary Swift found a total of 9 female and 2 male Rannoch Brindled Beauties on large, erratic boulders on moorland near the west end of Loch Laggan.  Now we know where they go when there are no fenceposts available!

RBB Habitat Rannoch Brindled Beauty Pair
29/03/2021  Mike Taylor trapped this smart Twin-spotted Quaker in his Boat of Garten garden.  This is a first for VC95 and a good start to the year.

Twin-spotted Quaker
03/04/2021 Two female and one male Rannoch Brindled Beauty moths were seen by Pete Moore and Hilary Swift near Nethybridge.  Thanks to Stewart Taylor for the tip-off!

Rannoch Brindled Beauty Female  Rannoch Brindled Beauty Male
08/03/2021  In his 2nd trap of the year in VC105, Barry Blake was pleasantly surprised to find a single moth that turned out to be an Oak Beauty, only the 2nd record north of Lochaber, but a first for VC105.  As ever, thanks to Roy Leverton for identification advice.
Oak Beauty
27/02/2021 A Small Tortoiseshell was seen at Hopeman Harbour.
16/01/2021 A Small Tortoiseshell turned up in my house in Aviemore today.  It is now continuing hibernation in the garage.
Small Tortoiseshell

 

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