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Details of unusual or unseasonal sightings are especially welcome for inclusion on this page, although any contributions are welcome. Please send your contributions to unicorn64@btinternet.com

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19/05/2023  Tony Mainwood found his first Small Blue of the year at Loch Fleet.

Small Blue Loch Fleet Small Blue Loch Fleet

18/05/2023 Tony Mainwood trapped a Seraphim moth in Golspie, VC107.  There aren't many records of Seraphim from VC107.  The photo on the right below shows the very small hindwings.

Seraphim, Golspie Seraphim, small hindwings

07/05/2023  Tony Mainwood spotted his first Pearl-bordered Fritillary of the year at Rogart Quarry.
Pearl-bordered Fritillary
07/05/2023 I was delighted to find my first Scottish Comma in my garden in Aviemore this afternoon.  This seems to be a good year for them.
Comma, Aviemore

VC 105 seems to be an area where range expansion might just be happening for several species. The latest candidate is the Grey Birch. Although there are 43 VC records, these are almost evenly split between Lochalsh in the south and Beinn Eighe in the east (old RIS data) with the odd few from Ullapool in the north. The last 12 years of recording in the central coastal area has produced none.   

Barry Blake was thus surprised to find one in his Gairloch garden this morning to add to 2023 records from Inverewe (2), Rhiroy and Dundonnell. Early days, but interesting.

Grey Birch, Gairloch

19/04/2023 Steve Wheatley saw six species of butterfly on a short walk from Great Glen House into Inverness today, including a female Orange-tip! Spring has certainly sprung. Other butterflies were Small Tortoiseshells, Commas, Speckled Wood, Peacocks and a Red Admiral.
02/03/2023  Moira Broadhead found an early Small White at Muir of Ord.

Small White
 11/01/2023 Andrew Turner found a Twenty-plume Moth at home in Aviemore.

Twenty-plume Moth


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