Field trip Insh Marshes, near Kingussie, 28th June 2008.
Highland Branch field trip to Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve attracted 14 people, who were shown round by Pete Moore and Hilary Swift.
Although sunshine was in short supply, the day started well with examination of the night's catch in the moth trap in Invertromie Wood.
A list of species seen appears further down this page.
The group examines the trap's contents - 38 moth species were identified.
Bird-cherry Ermine moth larval webs.
Pete described how the very precise life cycle requirements of the Aspen Hoverfly depended on a large enough area of aspen woodland to provide sufficient fallen timber for them to survive.
The flower rich meadows held a variety of orchids including the scarce Small White Orchid.
We only visited a small area of the reserve, and the group's appetite was well whetted for a return visit.
Photos by Helen Mainwood, except those of the Northern Brown Argus and the Chimney Sweeper, which were taken by Tony Mainwood.
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