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Field trip Loch Fleet NNR, SE Sutherland, 20th July 2008.

17 folk braved blustery showers to be rewarded with some sunshine later on, which brought out a good selection of butterflies.

The day started with a look through the moths caught overnight in the shelter of the nearby conifer plantation. The catch comprised 28 Magpie Moths, 10 True Lover's Knot, 6 Mottled Beauty, 3 Barred Red, 3 Ingrailed Clay, 2 Double-striped Pug, and 1 each of Grey Pine Carpet, Green Carpet, Common Footman, Purple Bar and Barred Straw.

The first Graling of the day (photo by Tony Mainwood)


The team then battled its way to the mouth of the Fleet before a patch of sunshine in a sheltered spot in the dunes revealed the first Grayling of the day. 1 or 2 Small Heaths were also spotted, and the moth list was added to with Garden Tiger, Yellow Shell, Shaded Broad-bar and a Fox Moth larva.



Lunch was taken early and that seemed to do the trick with a spell of sunshine that revealed the rest of the players in the butterfly line-up - Dark Geen Fritillaries, Common Blues and Meadow Browns together with lots more Small Heath and several more Grayling all performing well.

Jimmy as usual caught a variety of insects, most of which had only scientific names but added greatly to the interest of the day.

More Grayling (photo by Tony Mainwood)





More Grayling seen.

Grayling (photo by Tony Mainwood)








Grayling close-up

Garden Tiger Moth (photo by Tony Mainwood)






Garden Tiger moth






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