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Details of unusual or unseasonal sightings are especially welcome for inclusion on this page, although any contributions are welcome. Please send your contributions to contact@highland-butterflies.org.uk.

Highland Branch welcomes contributions not just from Highland and Moray, but from the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BUTTERFLY CONSERVATION: We can continue to receive your sightings but please remember that, in accordance with current UK Government restrictions, you MUST NOT make any journeys away from home in order to record butterflies and moths, as these would be considered non-essential journeys. More information on recording during the current circumstances can be found on the Butterfly Conservation website.

 

 

28/3/2020 After 4 weeks of trying this year, I finally caught some moths in the trap in my Aviemore garden.  2 Hebrew Characters, a Mottled Grey and the Yellow Horned pictured below.
Yellow Horned
24/03/2020  Mike Taylor saw an Orange Underwing very close to his house in Boat of Garten, not quite close enough to be added to his garden list though.  However, the trap set out the night before did bring in a reasonable catch including 7 Rannoch Sprawlers.
23/3/2020 Just before the lock down Pete Moore visited six derelict cottages and outbuildings on Dava Moor.  In five of them he found a total of 118 Small Tortoiseshell butterflies, 6 Peacock butterflies and 3 Herald moths hibernating.  Strangely there was nothing at all in the 6th property. 
Herald Moth
08/03/2020  Hilary Swift and Pete Moore visited Ardclach Bell Tower and found a total of 29 Peacock butterflies and 7 Small Tortoiseshells hibernating, including some in the chimney!

Hibernating butterflies Examining the chimney

 

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