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25/04/2021 Pete Gordon trapped an Oak Nycteoline in his Nethybridge garden, only the 5th VC record for the species and the first since 2015.
Oak Nycteoline
25/04/2021  Two male Orang-tips were seen on the wing near Blacksboat.
17/04/2021 The first Peacock butterfly of the year I've spotted in Aviemore.

16/04/2021  Carol Armour & Neil Sutherland spotted a Comma by the Spey near Blacksboat.

12/04/2021 Hilary Swift found a total of 9 female and 2 male Rannoch Brindled Beauties on large, erratic boulders on moorland near the west end of Loch Laggan.  Now we know where they go when there are no fenceposts available!

RBB Habitat Rannoch Brindled Beauty Pair
29/03/2021  Mike Taylor trapped this smart Twin-spotted Quaker in his Boat of Garten garden.  This is a first for VC95 and a good start to the year.

Twin-spotted Quaker
03/04/2021 Two female and one male Rannoch Brindled Beauty moths were seen by Pete Moore and Hilary Swift near Nethybridge.  Thanks to Stewart Taylor for the tip-off!

Rannoch Brindled Beauty Female  Rannoch Brindled Beauty Male
08/03/2021  In his 2nd trap of the year in VC105, Barry Blake was pleasantly surprised to find a single moth that turned out to be an Oak Beauty, only the 2nd record north of Lochaber, but a first for VC105.  As ever, thanks to Roy Leverton for identification advice.
Oak Beauty
27/02/2021 A Small Tortoiseshell was seen at Hopeman Harbour.
16/01/2021 A Small Tortoiseshell turned up in my house in Aviemore today.  It is now continuing hibernation in the garage.
Small Tortoiseshell


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