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Isle of Carna Field Trip, 13th & 14th June 2014

Pete Moore


The Isle of Carna is a privately owned 600 acre island in Loch Sunart just off the Ardnamurchan peninsula. It is being managed for its wildlife and so the owner and boatman/caretaker invited us onto the island to find out what was there in the way of butterflies and moths.


Four of us were taken across to the island on the afternoon of Friday 13 June to set up a total of nine moth traps. Most were sited in the area of the three cottages on the south side of the island but with the help of a small boat, a few were set up in an area of birchwood along the coast to the west of the cottages. Different habitats were targeted with the aim of increasing the number of moth species caught. Traps were set in or near birchwood, pinewood, boggy willow scrub, flowery meadow, bog myrtle, saltmarsh, heather and general rough vegetation. The traps were fired up at dusk and we spent the night in one of the cottages. It was a perfect night for moths (and midges) – warm, calm and overcast. Incidentally, there is a cottage available to rent on the island - see the website: www.isleofcarna.co.uk.


We got up early in the morning to switch off and cover up the traps. A further eight folk came over on the morning of Saturday 14 June to see what was in the traps and have a wander to look for butterflies. There were so many moths in the traps that it took all day, with hardly a break, to go through them! A total of 76 macro-moths and 12 micro-moths were identified. Although it was mild, there was little sun and only 4 species of butterfly were seen – orange-tip, red admiral, green-veined white and small heath. Moth list below.

Micro Moths    
Argyresthia brockkeela Argyresthia goedartella Caloptilia alchimiella
Celypha lacunana Chrysoteuchia culmella Crambus ericella
Crambus lathoniellus Hellinsia tephradactyla Mompha raschkiella
Notocelia uddmanniana Opostega salaciella Pandemis cerasana
Macro Moths    
Barred Red Beautiful Brocade Beautiful Golden Y
Birch Mocha Bordered White Bright-line Brown-eye
Brimstone Broken-barred Carpet Broom Moth
Brown Rustic Brown Silver-line Buff Ermine
Buff-tip Campion Chimney Sweeper
Clouded Buff Clouded-bordered Brindle Common Marbled Carpet
Common Wave Common White Wave Common Rustic agg.
Dark Brocade Drinker Dusky Brocade
Elephant Hawk-moth Emperor Flame Carpet
Flame Shoulder Four-dotted Footman Foxglove Pug
Garden Carpet Gold Swift Green Arches
Green Carpet Grey Arches Grey Dagger
Grey Pine Carpet Grey Scalloped Bar Ingrailed Clay
Knot-grass Light Emerald Light Knot-grass
Map-winged Swift Middle-barred Minor Mottled Beauty
Narrow-winged Pug Northern Eggar Pale-shouldered Brocade
Peach Blossom Peacock Pebble Hook-tip
Pebble Prominent Peppered Moth Poplar Hawk-moth
Poplar Kitten Purple Clay Red Twin-spot Carpet
Rustic Shoulder-knot Satin Lutestring Saxon
Scalloped Hazel Shears Silver Hook
Silver-ground Carpet Small Angle Shades Small Argent and Sable
Small Clouded Brindle Small Dotted Buff Small Phoenix
Small Square-spot Smoky Wainscot Spectacle
Spruce Carpet True Lover's Knot Welsh Wave
White Ermine    
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