Garden butterflies in the Inverness area have been scarce this month - eg in a garden west of the Canal only 2 Small Tortoiseshell and 1 Peacock were seen on buddleia on 14th August, and 4 Peacock and 4 Red Admiral on the same bushes on 31st August.
Nairn appears to have fared better - Tina Dear has seen numerous butterflies in her garden on the outskirts, including several Scotch Argus.
Thanks to Tina for sending us this picture.
From Glen Moriston, Jane Bowman reports lovely pristine Peacocks and Small Tortoiseshells, but only 1 Red Admiral at 250m. There are also huge numbers of Scotch Argus there this year. In contrast, George Mair reports an absence of Scotch Argus from the Bauds Wood (which lies between the Bin of Cullen and the A98) and from Crannoch Hill on the outskirts of Cullen - where in previous years it was abundant. However, Speckled Wood, some of them very fresh looking, are still there in large numbers. Roy Leverton sends a similar picture from Ordiquhill, just over the boundary into Aberdeenshire, where the Scotch Argus has "had a most appalling year, with just the occasional single rather than the usual dozens. Only Speckled Wood did well". He says that during the last fortnight there have been reasonable numbers of butterflies on the buddleias, the highest counts being 15 Peacocks, 8 Red Admirals and 20 Small Tortoiseshells.
Jane has been busy photographing caterpillars this month, and she has kindly sent us these pictures of (left to right) Sallow Kitten, Emperor Moth and Goat Moth caterpillars. She found the Emperor Moth larva feeding on willow (more often they're on heather). The Goat Moth larvae, which burrow under the bark of broad leaved trees, were found on birch.