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Having had moths at the window for the previous few nights at his house at Dornie, Brian Neath put his trap out last night.  He caught 11 moths of 5 species, 5 Mottled Grey, 2 Dotted Border, 2 Chestnut, a March Moth and a Pale Brindled Beauty.  The Dotted Borders were new for the year and the overall total for February is 13 species.


Helen Mainwood saw a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in her Golspie garden today, nectaring on a Crocus.


Brian Neath saw up to 5 Winter Moths, 2 Mottled Umber and a March Moth (on the 26th) during January, and 2 Pale Brindled Beauties on the 2nd of February, on the windows of his house at Dornie.


A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was reported to be flying in the spring sunshine at feddon Hill, Fortrose today.


Another Pale Brindled Beauty in Aviemore today.


I found a Pale Brindled Beauty on the wall of my house in Aviemore today.

Pale Brindled Beauty


As well as 6 Pale Brindled Beauties and 2 Winter Moths, Malcolm Harvey also trapped a very early Dotted Border (pictured) in his Kiltarlity garden.

Dotted Border


Margaret Currie and Andy Scott found 2 Herald moths hibernating in a cave at Rosemarkie beach.

Herald 1Herald 2


So far 3 species of butterfly have been reported on the main Butterfly Conservation website, Red Admiral, Peacock and Small Tortioseshell.


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