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Moth Night at Loch Garten, RSPB Abernethy Forest  - 11th & 12th September 2015

There were approximately twenty attendees to the Moth Night event organised by Alison Greggans the RSPB Abernethy Forest and Local Community Ranger and myself from Butterfly Conservation. The event started with a look for bats along the shore of Loch Garten followed by a short discussion about moths and a look at the moths arriving to a couple of the five moth traps that had been previously set up at around the Osprey Centre and the car park.

We met again the following morning to see what had been caught with many of those who attended the previous evening coming back plus a few additional visitors. The theme for this year’s Moth Night was migrants which given our northerly location and the fact that we were away from the coast was always going to be a challenge however we did trap one Silver Y so at least had one migrant. In total we found 44 species of moth from the 326 moths that were trapped, not a bad haul given the very poor trapping conditions that preceded the event. Given that we were in a damp bit of the forest and beside the loch on a still air night it was not surprising that it was a good night for that Scottish favourite, the midge, so well done to everyone for their staying power and thanks to the variety moths for providing the interest to keep folk engaged.

Mike Taylor

Species found;

Taxon Species Quantity
Cedestis gysseleniella Gold Pine Ermel 1
Argyresthia goedartella Golden Argent 4
Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House-Moth 2
Agonopterix assimilella Dusted Flat-body 1
Acleris laterana Dark-triangle Button 3
Apotomis betuletana Birch Marble 2
Rhopobota naevana Holly Tortrix 28
Epinotia trigonella White-blotch Bell 1
Epinotia ramella Small Birch Bell 5
Epinotia ramella Larch Tortrix 3
Aphomia sociella Bee Moth 1
Dioryctria abietella Dark Pine Knot-horn 51
Catoptria margaritella Pearl-band Grass Veneer 1
Hydriomena furcata July Highflyer 25
Pennithera firmata Pine Carpet 18
Thera obeliscata Grey Pine Carpet 4
Eulithis testata Chevron 1
Eulithis populata Northern Spinach 19
Dysstroma truncata Common Marbled Carpet 1
Dysstroma citrata Dark Marbled Carpet 12
Eupithecia pusillata Juniper Pug 12
Hylaea fasciaria Barred Red 2
Autographa gamma Silver Y 1
Syngrapha interrogationis Scarce Silver Y 2
Celaena haworthii Haworth's Minor 1
Amphipoea oculea agg. Ear Moth agg. 41
Apamea monoglypha Dark Arches 3
Mesapamea secalis agg. Common Rustic agg. 3
Cirrhia icteritia Sallow 1
Xylena solidaginis Golden-rod Brindle 8
Enargia paleacea Angle-striped Sallow 3
Parastichtis suspecta Suspected 2
Diarsia dahlii Barred Chestnut 8
Diarsia mendica Ingrailed Clay 5
Diarsia rubi Small Square-spot 1
Noctua pronuba Large Yellow Underwing 16
Noctua comes Lesser Yellow Underwing 3
Noctua janthe Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing 6
Xestia baja Dotted Clay 6
Xestia castanea Neglected Rustic 6
Xestia agathina Heath Rustic 3
Xestia xanthographa Square-spot Rustic 6
Eugnorisma glareosa Autumnal Rustic 3
Eugnorisma depuncta Plain Clay 1
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