Mothing picks up >

Every Tuesday evening we’ve been setting the heath moth trap, then checking it on Wednesday morning with the help of local moth enthusiast Tim Brain.  Tim’s years of mothing experience has proved valuable, as it’s saved us lots of time flicking through guide books looking for unidentified species.  Moths are an extensive group of critters to become familiar with, and practice is the only way to develop a sound knowledge of them.  We are grateful to Tim for his continued support, and are also looking forward to the next in our series of three moth trapping nights with him on Saturday 20th July, from 9.30pm at Findatie.  If you’d like to come along, please get in touch through the blog, or by contacting the reserve office on 01577 864439.

10 species were caught this week, which is an improvement on previous weeks in what has so far been a very slow year for moths.  Hopefully things will now begin to pick up with the warmer weather.  A few highlights from Wednesday morning are pictured below.

Sallow Kitten

Sallow Kitten

Beautiful Golden Y

Beautiful Golden Y

Map-winged Swift

Map-winged Swift

Poplar Hawkmoth

Poplar Hawkmoth

Poplar Hawkmoth

Poplar Hawkmoth

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Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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