Thursday 28 August 2014

28 Aug 2014 - Findhorn Valley, Moray

Took a trip north to the Findhorn valley in the hope of Portland Moth and reports of thousands of moths swarming around the traps within seconds of the lights coming on (OK, a slight exaggeration - but it had sounded good!).

In theory the cloud should have been overhead by 11pm - but by 1am it still hadn't arrived and the stars were shining brightly. The total catch was probably 100 or so moths - not great for 4 traps in August, but at least the quality was there - two Portland Moths being the highlight.

Portland Moth
Portland Moths (the smaller one was potted before being ID'd, making it a pleasant surprise when checking the pots for photography!)
Anomalous - my second in two days. Easy Really...
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Archers Dart
Black Rustic
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastal Dart
Coastl Dart (I think)
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart - I think
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart
White-lined Dart - I think
Grey Chi
Heath Rustic
Plain Clay
Flounced Rustic
Mottled Grasshopper

Wednesday 27 August 2014

27 Aug 2014 - Struan, Perthshire

Took yet another (third, actually) trip up to Struan to trap amongst the Bog Myrtle, Birch and Heather. Finally caught Golden-rod Brindle (4x) and Anomalous - brilliamt!

Golden-rod Brindle
Golden-rod brindle

Angle-striped Sallow
Northern Spinach

Heath Rustic
Ingrailed Clay???

Dunno Moth - another Ingrailed?

Neglected Rustic

Acleris emergana
Ypsolopha parenthesella????
Beautiful Plume
Suspected - I suspect
A second Suspected - I suspect again...

Monday 25 August 2014

25 Aug 2014 - Loch of the Lowes

Undertook some moff surveying at the SWT's Loch of the Lowes reserve.

Always an interesting location to trap, the best of the bunch were the Thorns - 2x August and 2x Canary-shouldered.
August Thorn
Bulrush Wainscot (left) and two Small Wainscots
Ingrailed Clay
??Neglected Rustic??
Frosted Orange
Yellow Shell
Pink-barred Sallow
Centre-barred Sallow
micro 1
Juniper Pug??

Saturday 23 August 2014

21/22 Aug 2014 - Struan, Perthshire

Popped up to Struan for some chilly moffin. The July highflyers are great - but then after temps on 22nd got down to 3.5oC (and it was only 11pm) I packed up!

Highlight of the catch on the 22nd was a harvestman!

July Highflyer
Crescent ssp. Scotia
Bordered Beauty
Micro 1 - to be investigated
Micro 2 - to be investigated
Top Harvestman