Moths

This is a gallery of the moths noted in NG3963. All images are shown in chronological order, the first four are from late 2016 when I first arrived here. Whether egg, larva, mine, pupa or adult I'll be keeping an eye out for all things lepidopterous. The security lights where I live should attract a steady stream of moths to the white walls at night. I don't currently have a moth trap but expect I'll make one pretty soon.

Keith Sadler is the local moth recorder, at the beginning of April 2017 he provided spreadsheets of the moths known from Skye, they're rather heavily macro-biased. I've since cross-referenced these with the more complete account as provided by checking Butterfly Conservation's maps. There are still lots of surprising absentees! Largely this is due to a lack of suitable hostplant (ie oaks are like rocking horse shit up here!) but I have formed a Hitlist of (mainly leafmining microlep) species I intend to seek out. Several occur on Alder (common here) and all are known from the nearby mainland. I have it in mind to see the publication of an annual Moths of Skye Report, I just need to whup up a bit of enthusiasm amongst the other moffers up here....

Anybody interested in moths on Skye would be advised to check out the Skye Moths Facebook Page

Species List as of 16th May 2017

50 - Stigmella aurella (vacated mines)
293 - Gracillaria syringella (adult)
345 - Phyllonoryctor rajella (tenanted mines)
584 - Coleophora alticolella (larva extracted from case)
648 - Endrosis sarcitrella (adult)
672 - Depressaria radiella (adult) - Lifer!
688 - Agonopterix heracliana (adult)
1136 - Epinotia immundana (adult)
1405 - Pleuroptya ruralis (larva)
1497 - Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (adult)
1640 - Drinker (larva) 
1738 - Common Carpet (adult)
1747 - The Streamer (adult) 
1750 - Water Carpet (adult) - Lifer!
1759 - Small Phoenix (adult)
1760 - Red-green Carpet (adult) 
1775 - Mottled Grey (adult) - Lifer!
1799 - Winter Moth (adult)
1834 - Common Pug (adult)
1926 - Pale Brindled Beauty (adult)
1935 - Mottled Umber (adult)
1947 - The Engrailed (adult)
1961 - Light Emerald (larva)
2057 - Garden Tiger (larva)
2064 - Ruby Tiger (larva)
2187 - Common Quaker (adult)
2190 - Hebrew Character (adult)
2229 - Brindled Ochre (adult) - Lifer!

Phyllonorycter rajella - 6th November 2016 - Uig Woods - many tenanted mines in Alder
Winter Moth - 15th December 2016 - Uig Hotel - 1 male to lit window
Coleophora alticolella - 20th December 2016 - Zigzag Road - many cases, 1 larva extracted 
Stigmella aurella - 20th December 2016 - Zigzag Road - vacated mine in Bramble 
Mottled Umber - 16th January 2017 - Uig Hotel - 1 male inside laundry shed
Amblyptilia acanthadactyla - 17th January 2017 - Uig Hotel - 1 inside laundry shed
Pale Brindled Beauty - 22nd January 2017 - Uig Hotel - 1 male to security lights
Mottled Grey - 14th February 2017 - Uig Hotel - 1 male to security lights
Common Quaker - 22nd March 2017 - 1 male to security lights...finally!
Ruby Tiger - 26th March 2017 - merrily heading onto the A87 (I popped it out of harms way)
The Engrailed - 30th March 2017 - Uig Hotel - 1 to lights inside laundry shed at night
Hebrew Character - 30th March 2017 - Uig Hotel - 1 on outside door near security lights
Endrosis sarcitrella - 3rd April - Uig Hotel -1 adult in the shower with me
Drinker Moth - 5th April 2017 - Cuil Road - many sunning on dead grass stems
Garden Tiger - 5th April 2017 - Cuil Road - 3 sunning on dead grass stems
Agonopterix heracliana - 17th April 2017 - Uig Hotel - 1 found on wall by day
Light Emerald - 18th April 2017 - Uig Woods - found on a twig
The Streamer - 28th April 2017 - Uig Hotel - to security lights
Brindled Ochre - 29th April 2017 - Uig Hotel - to security lights
Water Carpet - 1st May 2017 - Uig Hotel - to security lights
Depressaria radiella - 1st May 2017 - Uig Hotel - to security lights
Gracillaria syringella - 4th May 2017 - Uig Woods - on Cow Parsley
Epinotia immundana - 4th May 2017 - Uig Woods - commonly disturbed by day
Red-green Carpet - 8th May 2017 - Rankins Store - dayroosting on a wall
Common Pug - 12th May 2017 - Uig Hotel - to security lights
Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl - 14th May 2017 - Uig Woods - larva within nettles
Common Carpet - 14th May 2017 - Uig Woods - disturbed by day
Small Phoenix - 14th May 2017 - Uig Hotel - to security lights



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