Speyside Centre Moth Trapping - August 20 2016
Although most of the Speyside Centre burned down in a devastating fire earlier in the year, we decided to go ahead with the planned moth trapping event. The site is surrounded by trees and shrubs and so moths would be present, fire or no fire. However, as I set the traps up the night before, the sky was clear, the moon was full and the stars were shining – poor conditions for attracting moths to traps.
Ten folk gathered in the morning, including David Lambie, the owner of the centre, who is himself keen on butterflies and moths. If you go into the temporary tea-room you will see some of David’s stunning butterfly photos on the wall. Naturally, with our moth trapping event taking place next to a tea-room, we were obliged to stop for coffee and cake mid-way through the event!
Luckily, during the night it turned cloudy and damp so we ended up with a decent haul of moths – 48 species in total. My personal favourites were the freshly emerged autumn species – Sallow, Angle-striped Sallow and Autumnal Rustic, though they were a reminder that summer is coming to an end! Also on a personal note, I added 12 new species to my 2016 moth list, breaking through the 300 barrier to reach 310 species!
Moth list below:
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