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02/09/2018

It was a great day for butterflies in Mike Taylor's Boat of Garten garden today, as well as the first ever Comma for his garden, bringing the garden butterfly list to 19, there was the first garden Painted Lady of the year.  Other species seen in Mike's garden today were 4 Red Admirals, 7 Peacocks, Small Tortoiseshell, Green-veined White, Small White and Small Copper.

Comma

Painted Lady

19/08/2018

Mary Eagleson found a Knot Grass caterpillar in Glen Sguaib today.

Knot Grass Larva

14/08/2018

Tony Mainwood photographed a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his Golspie garden.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

09/08/2018

Mike Taylor photographed a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in his Boat of Garten garden and also saw one in the garden on the 3rd of August.  Other records Mike knows of are one near Keith on the 31st of July and one near Tomatin on the 2nd of August so it is worth looking out for any others.

Hummingbird Hawk-moth

25/07/2018

Andy Williams saw Northern Brown Argus, Small Copper, Small Heath, Scotch Argus & Meadow Brown at a site near Grantown-on-Spey.

Northern Brown Argus Northern Brown Argus

Small Copper Small Copper

31/07/2018

Andy Williams saw plenty of Dark Green Fritillaries and Scotch Argus at Loch Broom near Ullapool.

Dark Green Fritillary Scotch Argus

15/07/2018

Pete Moore saw his first Scotch Argus butterfly of this year at Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve.

13/07/2018

Pete Moore saw his first Dark Bordered Beauty moth of this year at Insh Marshes RSPB Reserve.

19/06/2018

Andy Williams saw 7 Common Blue and 3 Small Blue on the track leading out of Scrabster Harbour to the Lighthouse - where volunteers have been planting Kidney Vetch.

Common Blue Small Blue

13/06/2018

At a site on the bank of the river Feshie in Glenfeshie Bob Turner and I saw Small Blue, Small Copper, Dingy Skipper and our first Red Admiral and first Common Blue of the year.

Small Copper & Dingy Skipper Common Blue

08/06/2018

I trapped a male Ghost moth in my Aviemore garden, I've trapped a few females before, but this is the first male.

Ghost Moth

08/06/2018

Dean Macaskill saw 30 individual Small Blue butterflies at Coul Links.  He also saw his first Northern Brown Argus of the year there as well as 12 Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries.  Moths there included a few Fox moths, Silver Y, Wood Tiger, 3 Mother Shipton, 1 Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth and 3 Six-spot Burnets.

Small Blue Small PBF

Mother Shipton

07/06/2018

Dean Macaskill saw a Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth feeding on Bird's-foot Trefoil at Badninish near Dornoch

04/06/2018

Dean Macaskill saw a Small Heath, a Small Blue and a Wood Tiger moth on Dornoch dunes.  The previous Friday he trapped a Scorched Wing at Loch Brora.

01/06/2018

Bob Turner and I saw our first Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary of the year at a site just outside of Grantown-on-Spey. 

SPBF

31/05/2018

After 12 years of trying, Mike Taylor found a Small Blue at a site just outside of Boat of Garten, the first time the butterfly has been recorded there since the 1990s.  Well done to Mike for his persistence.

27/05/2018

Bob Turner and I found a Dingy Skipper at a site just outside Grantown-on-Spey which appears to be a new site for them.

27/05/2018

Mike Taylor was looking for Small Blues at a historical site for them near Boat of Garten.  He didn't find any - yet - but did find a Dingy Skipper, which although not recorded from that site before, was recorded from about 200m away in 1993!  Mike also saw Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk-moth, Orange-tip, Green-veined White and Small Copper.

Dingy Skipper

24/05/2018

Toby and Michelle Green saw up to 50 Small Blue on the wing at the new site south of Sluggan Bridge that they found for the butterfly last year.  There were also 2 Small Copper.

Small Blue Small Blue

Small Blue

10/05/2018

I saw several Speckled Wood butterflies in Darnaway Forest south of Forres.

Speckled Wood

10/05/2018

Mike Taylor saw some Small Dark Yellow Underwing moths, the single at a known site near Carrbridge and there were also two mating pairs at a known site near Nethybridge.

SDYU SDYU

08/05/2018

Tony Mainwood saw his first three Pearl-bordered Fritillaries of the year at Rogart.

PBF

07/05/2018

A first for my Aviemore garden, a Kentish Glory in the moth trap.

Kentish Glory Kentish Glory

05/05/2018

Bob Turner and I saw our 1st Orange Tip of the year beside the Spey near Grantown-on-spey.  We also saw Green-veined Whites and Small Tortoiseshells.  In Abernethy Forest, not far from the Osprey Centre we also saw our 1st Green Hairstreak of the year, with 2 more a bit later near Boat of Garten.

  Green-veined WhiteSmall Tort

Green Hairstreak

30/04/2018

Andy Williams saw his first Peacocks of the year with at least 8 on the wing at Loch Achilty in Strathconon, there were also 4 Green-veined Whites

28/04/2018

Barbara Brodie saw Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral in Culloden Woods and a Green-veined White in her Culloden garden.

15/04/2018

Steve North found a Pale Pinion in a light trap at Ruilick near Beauly.  This species seems to be expanding its range northwards.

09/04/2018

Hilary Swift saw a Small Tortoiseshell in Grantown-on-spey

07/04/2018

Pete Moore found some unusual visitors in his moth trap at Ballinlaggan - two Palmate Newts!

Palmate Newt Palmate Newt

12/03/2018

Bob Turner found a Chestnut moth in his Aviemore garden.

Chestnut Moth

18/02/2018

Pete Gordon saw 2 Red Admirals flying near Kilmuir on the Black Isle.

 

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