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Field trip to the Ardnamurchan pensinsula in search of Chequered Skipper,
4th June 2011.

Chequered Skipper (Pete Moore)Twelve folk met in the car-park of Ariundle NNR just outside of Strontian on the morning of June 4th. The weather was bright and dry although with little sunshine. Our guide was Pete Madden, a local Forestry Commission Environment Ranger.

The eagle-eyed Pete spotted our first Chequered Skipper nectaring on bluebells within minutes of us leaving the car-park – target species in the bag – we could relax!

Ariundle woodland (Pete Moore)During the morning’s walk through beautiful oakwoods we saw a handful of Chequered Skippers, several Green-veined Whites, a couple of Speckled Woods and a single Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary. Day-flying Small Argent & Sable moths were regular but we were delighted to also find it’s big brother - Argent & Sable – a UKBAP species.

After lunch back at the car-park, we looked through the moth traps that had been run on site the previous night and brought our moth tally for the day up to 50 species, with a few pugs and micro-moths yet to be identified. The moth list is given below with particularly nice species (personal choice!) in red:

the list was updated on 19/06/2011 with the addition of the following species: Satyr Pug, Grey Pug and Dwarf Pug

argent and sable

bordered white


broken-barred carpet

brown rustic

brown silver-lines

clouded border

clouded-bordered brindle

common carpet

common wave

common white wave

dark brocade

dwarf pug


elephant hawkmoth

flame shoulder

fox moth

foxglove pug

green carpet

green silver-lines

grey pine carpet

grey pug

iron prominent


larch pug

light knot-grass

lunar thorn

map-winged swift

marbled brown

narrow-winged pug

nut-tree tussock

pale prominent

pale-shouldered brocade


pebble prominent

peppered moth

pretty pinion

red-green carpet

red-necked footman

rustic shoulder-knot

sallow kitten

satyr pug

scalloped hazel

silver hook

silver-ground carpet

small angle-shades

small argent and sable

small phoenix

tawny-barred angle

true lover's knot

water carpet

white ermine

Drinjer (Janette Borwick)

Elephant Hawkmoth (J Borwick)
Elephant Hawk-moth

Gold Swift (J Borwick)
Gold Swift

Map-winged Swift (J Borwick)
Map-winged Swift

Red-necked Footman (J Borwick)
Red-necked Footman

White Ermine (J Borwick)
White Ermine

all photos by Janette Borwick



'Micro' moths

Blastobasis lacticolella

Cochylis nana

Scoparia ambigualis

Orthotaenia undulana

Opsibotys fuscalis

Opsibotys fuscalis (Pete Moore)
Opsibotys fuscalis

Many thanks to Pete Madden for being an excellent guide and thanks also to Janette Borwick for both suggesting the trip and helping to organise it. I for one cannot wait to return to this beautiful part of the country.

Pete Moore



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