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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 webmaster@highland-butterflies.org.uk.

Highland Branch welcomes contributions not just from Highland and Moray, but from the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland.

Items from 2007 to 2016 have been archived, but can still be accessed:
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04/07/2017

Bob Turner and I were visiting Hilary Swift to get some cuttings from her Perennial Wallflower which has successfully attracted more than one Hummingbird Hawk-moth to her garden.  We were delighted to see one of the moths feeding on the plants near her door!

03/07/2017

After hearing of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in another Grantown-on-spey garden the day before, Hilary Swift saw one in her garden today.

28/06/2017

Andy Williams with Bob McMillan recorded 3 Large Heaths of the Scotica form on Skye.  They were recorded in NG35 and it has been confirmed that this is the first record for the 10km square in the 23 years of the recording scheme.

Large Heath

20/06/2017

Bob Turner and I saw our first Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries of the year near Grantown-on-spey.

Small PBF

20/06/2017

Andy Williams saw his first ever Small Blue in Scotland at Ardersier today.

Small Blue

15/06/2017

Andy William saw his first Common Blues of the year, two females roosting in the rain in Inverlael forest, Loch Broom.

Common Blue

 

14/06/2017

Hilary Swift saw her first Northern Brown Argus of the year at a site near Grantown-on-spey.

13/06/2017

Andy Williams saw his first Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary of the year at Loch Broom about 10 miles SE of Ullapool.

Small PBF Small PBF

02/06/2017

Andy Williams saw his first Small Heath of the year near Ullapool.

Small HeathSmall Heath

31/05/2017

Margaret Currie and Andy Scott saw a pair of mating Small Blue at Logie Quarry, Kildary.

Small Blue

28/05/2017

Bob and Andrew Turner and I saw a Red Admiral at Dail Beag on Lewis and a Painted Lady (below) at Dail Mor.

Painted Lady

27/05/2017

Bob and Andrew Turner and I saw a Red Admiral in Ullapool today whilst waiting for the Stornoway ferry today.

27/05/2017

Duncan Davidson saw a Red Admiral in his Nairn garden today and a Beautiful Brocade in the moth trap.

Red AdmiralBeautiful Brocade

17/05/2017

Bob Turner and I saw at least 6 Pearl-bordered Fritillaries at a site just south of Aviemore, including a mating pair.

Pearl-bordered Fritillaries

12/05/2017

Dot and Ron Ruston saw their first Dingy Skipper of this year at Polmaily.

12/05/2017

Margaret Currie and Andy Scott found 2 Netted Mountain Moths (top photo below) and a Light Knot Grass in upper Glen Glass today.  They also saw 6 Pearl-bordered Fritillaries in Glen Orrin yesterday.

Netted Mountain MothLight Knot Grass

12/05/2017

Dave and Rowan Butterfield saw a Painted Lady in their garden near Kilcoy on the Black Isle this morning.

08/05/2017

Tony Mainwood saw his first Pearl-bordered Fritillaries of the year, at least 3 at Rogart where it was sunny, but not warm.

Pearl-bordered Fritillary

06/05/2017

Whilst leading a Ramblers walk along the Speyside Way from Aberlour to Ballindalloch I saw good numbers of butterflies.  Lots of Orange Tips and Green-veined Whites with the occasional Peacock.  The highlight was a Speckled Wood, my first of the year, just west of Carron.

05/05/2017

Bob Turner and I saw 4 species of butterfly whilst out today.  Green-veined White and Orange Tip at Insh Marshes, Small Tortoiseshell at Lynwilg just south of Aviemore where we also saw Common Heath and Brown Silver-line moths.  Finally, we saw a Green Hairstreak on the road edge of the road that goes to the Osprey Centre near Boat of Garten.

Green Hairstreak

05/05/2017

Duncan Davidson saw 3 Green Hairstreak on the hillside above Kinlochleven in gridref NN1963, he also saw a Speckled Wood a bit lower down the hill at gridref NN1862.

05/05/2017

Hilary Swift saw her first Green Hairstreak of the year, in the car park next to her home in Grantown-on-spey!

05/05/2017

Andy Williams saw 5 male Orange Tips near Loch Achilty, Contin, his first of the year.  He aslo saw 3 Green-veined Whites and got a distant, fleeting glimpse of a dark butterfly, possibly a Speckled Wood.

Orange TipOrange Tip

02/05/2017

Pete Moore saw his first Green Hairstreak of the year at the north end of Aviemore in the SNH building car park.

01/05/2017

Andy Williams saw his first Green-veined White of the year in the Ullapool area.

Green-veined White

20/04/2017

Bob Turner and I saw a couple of Peacocks at Loch Spynie near Elgin today.

Peacock

19/04/2017

Pete Gordon saw his first Orange Tip (male) of the year at Knockando House.  There were also a couple of Peacocks there and some Small Tortoiseshells at Knockando Distillery.

16/04/2017

Duncan Davidson saw his first butterflies of the year, a Small White and a Speckled Wood in a garden near Nairn.

09/04/2017

Ann Giles saw her first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell, in her garden in central Wick, Caithness.

02/04/2017

Andy Williams saw his first butterfly of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell, at Auchindrean, Loch Broom near Ullapool.

Small Tortoiseshell

28/03/2017

Bob Turner and I saw our first butterflies of the year, a Small Tortoiseshell at the car park at the end of the public road in Strathdearn and a Peacock at a pond near the Osprey Centre, Abernethy.

27/03/2017

Brian Neath attracted 111 moths of 13 species to his trap in Dornie.  Common Quaker, Hebrew Character and Clouded Drab were inevitably the most numerous totalling 74. The other species were 8 Brindled Pug, 7 Small Quaker, 5 Early Grey and Yellow Horned, 3 Early Tooth-striped and Red Chestnut, 2 Engrailed and Chestnut and single March Moth and Red-green Carpet.

27/03/2017

Mairi Strachan saw her first butterfly of the year in Alness, Easter Ross, a Peacock

26/03/2017

Barbara Brodie saw a Peacock butterfly in her Culloden garden, the first of the year.

04/03/2017

Brian Neath had an unusually early Common Quaker on his wndow last night, although he has seen some earlier in previous years, normally he'd not see this species until mid-March.  He also saw an unusually small Dotted Border.

28/02/2017

Liz MacDonald found a Pale Brindled Beauty on the wall of her house in Ardnamurchan.

20/02/2017

Having had moths at the window for the previous 4 nights at his house at Dornie, Brian Neath put his trap out last night.  He caught 11 moths of 5 species, 5 Mottled Grey, 2 Dotted Border, 2 Chestnut, a March Moth and a Pale Brindled Beauty.  The Dotted Borders were new for the year and the overall total for February is 13 species.

15/02/2017

Helen Mainwood saw a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly in her Golspie garden today, nectaring on a Crocus.

07/02/2017

Brian Neath saw up to 5 Winter Moths, 2 Mottled Umber and a March Moth (on the 26th) during January, and 2 Pale Brindled Beauties on the 2nd of February, on the windows of his house at Dornie.

03/02/2017

A Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was reported to be flying in the spring sunshine at feddon Hill, Fortrose today.

01/02/2017

Another Pale Brindled Beauty in Aviemore today.

19/01/2017

I found a Pale Brindled Beauty on the wall of my house in Aviemore today.

Pale Brindled Beauty

16/01/2017

As well as 6 Pale Brindled Beauties and 2 Winter Moths, Malcolm Harvey also trapped a very early Dotted Border (pictured) in his Kiltarlity garden.

Dotted Border

11/01/2017

Margaret Currie and Andy Scott found 2 Herald moths hibernating in a cave at Rosemarkie beach.

Herald 1Herald 2

6/01/2017

So far 3 species of butterfly have been reported on the main Butterfly Conservation website, Red Admiral, Peacock and Small Tortioseshell.

 

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