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Bob Turner and I saw Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshells and male Orange-tips at Lynwilg, just south of Aviemore.  We also saw a male Orange-tip at Milton Loch, Boat of Garten.



Henry Farquhar saw a male Orange-tip butterfly in his Lossiemouth garden, as well as other species.


Pete Moore and Hilary Swift saw loads of Small Tortoiseshells and Peacocks in Glen Beg near Grantown-on-Spey as well as a Green-veined White.  Butterflies are also enjoying the Aubretia flowers in their garden in Grantown-on-Spey, just like the Small Tortoiseshell pictured below.

Small Tortoiseshell on Aubretia


Duncan Davidson saw a Peacock butterfly near Nairn.


Mike and Britt Taylor found their first butterfly of the year, a Peacock, on Findhorn dunes in fabulous butterfly weather, full sun, warm and no wind.



Nancy & Pete Gordon found this live Grey Dagger moth in their house.  Its normal flight period is mid-May to August, sometimes with a 2nd generation in September to October, so this individual is well outside that!  Vice county recorder Mike Taylor thinks it probably came into the house as a pupa on a firewood log, emerging early due to the warm conditions.

Grey Dagger 


Bob Turner and I found a Ruby Tiger larva by Loch Pityoulish near Boat of Garten today.

Ruby Tiger larva


I put the trap out in my Aviemore garden last night and caught a single Dotted Border - a first for the garden.

Dotted Border


Mike Taylor found a Brindled Pug in Findhorn, almost 4 weeks earlier than normal for the species in that area.

Brindled Pug


I found a Pale Brindled Beauty on the wall of my garage in Aviemore this evening, the earliest in January that I've seen, by over a week.

Pale Brindled Beauty


Mary Eagleson had a Pale Brindled Beauty on the kitchen window of her house near Maryburgh


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