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 outdoor security lights attract a steady stream of moths to the white walls at night. I began proper light-trapping in February 2018, which soon started providing me with additional species.

Keith Sadler is the local county 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 hostplants (ie oaks are like rocking horse shit across much of Skye!) but I have formed a hitlist of 'missing' 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 18th December 2017 (93 species)




CODE TAXON VERNACULAR
1.005 Micropterix calthella
3.003 Korscheltellus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift
4.032 Stigmella floslactella
4.024 Stigmella magdalenae
4.030 Stigmella hybnerella
4.035 Stigmella salicis
4.045 Stigmella aurella
4.100 Ectoedemia minimella
12.032 Tinea semifulvella
15.014 Gracillaria syringella 
15.029 Parornix devoniella
15.043 Phyllonorycter oxycanthae
15.044 Phyllonorycter sorbi
15.063 Phyllonorycter maestingella
15.064 Phyllonorycter coryli
15.067 Phyllonorycter rajella 
15.081 Phyllonorycter nicellii
20.012 Argyresthia goedartella
21.001 Lyonetia clerkella
28.009 Endrosis sarcitrella White-shouldered House-moth
28.010 Hofmannophila pseudospretella Brown House-moth
32.018 Agonopterix heracliana
32.019 Agonopterix ciliella
32.036 Depressaria radiella 
32.039 Depressaria daucella
37.073 Coleophora alticolella
40.004 Mompha propinquella
40.015 Mompha raschkiella
41.003 Blastobasis lacticolella
45.010 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla
45.013 Stenoptilia bipunctidactyla
48.001 Anthophila fabriciana Nettle-tap
49.091 Pseudargyrotoza conwagana
49.166 Celypha lacunana
49.194 Bactra lancealana
49.214 Ancylis badiana
49.240 Epinotia immundana
63.033 Udea lutealis
63.038 Pleuroptya ruralis Mother of Pearl
63.052 Nomophila noctuella Rush Veneer
63.114 Elophila nymphaeata Brown China-mark
66.010
Drinker
70.013
Small Fan-footed Wave
70.049
Garden Carpet
70.054
Silver-ground Carpet
70.061
Common Carpet
70.067
The Streamer
70.094
Small Phoenix 
70.095
Red-green Carpet
70.098
Dark Marbled Carpet
70.101
Mottled Grey
70.103
Water Carpet
70.106
Winter Moth
70.130
Chimney Sweeper
70.151
Foxglove Pug
70.173
Lime-speck Pug
70.183
Common Pug
70.190
70.205

Grey Pug
Magpie Moth
70.207
Clouded Border
70.244
Feathered Thorn
70.247
Pale Brindled Beauty
70.256
Mottled Umber
70.265
Mottled Beauty
70.270
The Engrailed
70.278
Common Wave
70.283
Light Emerald
71.005
Sallow Kitten
71.021
Coxcomb Prominent
72.019
Buff Ermine
72.024
Ruby Tiger
72.026
Garden Tiger
73.001
The Spectacle
73.015
Silver Y
73.038
Grey Dagger
73.113
Angle Shades
73.123
Rosy Rustic
73.128
Ear Moth
73.144
73.162

Small Wainscot
Dark Arches
73.182
The Sallow
73.228
Grey Chi
73.234
Brindled Ochre
73.244
Common Quaker
73.249
Hebrew Character
73.254
Antler Moth
73.264
Pale-shouldered Brocade
73.327
Dark Sword Grass
73.331
Barred Chestnut
73.342
Large Yellow Underwing
73.357
Square-spot Rustic
73.365
Autumnal Rustic






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
Nettle-tap - 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
Feathered Thorn - 18th May 2017 - Uig Woods - feeding on Sycamore
Micropterix calthella - 23rd May 2017 - Cuil Road - many in buttercup flowers
Nettle-tap Anthophila fabriciana - 23rd May 2017 - Uig Woods - swarming over nettlebads

Agonopterix ciliella - (to add an image)


Grey Pug - 27th May 2017 - Uig Hotel - to wall beneath security lights
(to go back and add a load of species pics for remainder of 2017 asap)


The Chestnut - 14th March 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Red Chestnut - 27th March 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Brown China-mark - 21st March 2018 - found on underside of Bog Pondweed - Uig Bog
Acleris hyemana - 7th March 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Early Grey - 8th April 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Glyphipterix haworthana - new to Skye & VC104!!!! 31st March 2018 - Uig Bog in cottongrass head
Red Sword Grass - 8th April 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Clouded Drab - 12th April 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Double-striped Pug - 13th April 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Dark Sword-grass - 13th April 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Shoulder-stripe - 8th April 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Early Tooth-striped - 14th April 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light
Garden Tiger - 24th April 2018 - larva sunbathing - Uig Bog
Brown Silver-lines - 4th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Early Thorn - 8th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Golden-rod Pug - 14th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light (gen det)
Grey Pine Carpet - 19th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Scalloped Hazel - 20th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light
Flame Carpet - 15th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
White Ermine - 24th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Small Phoenix - 25th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to room at night
Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet - 27th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Clouded Silver - 27th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Barred Umber - 27th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Broom Moth - 27th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Small Angle Shades - 28th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Narrow-winged Pug - 28th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Coxcomb Prominent - 28th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Common Wave - 28th May 2018 -Uig Hotel - attracted to light
The Lychnis - 28th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light
Dark Brocade - 28th May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
The Spectacle - 31st May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Falseuncularia ruficiliana - 31st May 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Silver Y - 31st May 2018 - Uig - found by day
Common Heath - to add photo


Plutella xylostella - 1st June 2018 - Uig Wood - lots on vegetation
Glyphipterix simpliciella - 1st June 2018 - Uig Wood - lots on Cock's-foot Grass
Pale Prominent - 2nd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Buff Ermine - 2nd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
The Shears - 2nd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Brimstone Moth - 2nd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Brown Rustic - 2nd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Eucosma cana - 2nd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Grass Rivulet - 2nd June 2018 - Cuil Road - lots dayflying in meadow area
Flame Shoulder - 3rd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Poplar Hawk - 3rd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Clouded Bordered Brindle - 3rd June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Northern Eggar - to add photo


Depressaria daucella - 7th June 2018- larvae in Hemlock Water-dropwort - Uig Wood 

Micropterix aruncella - 7th June 2018 - Uig Wood - swept from grasses/buttercups
Buff-tip - Uig Hotel - 8th June 2018 - attracted to light trap
Grey Dagger - 8th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Hofmannophila pseudospretella - to add photo

Small Square-spot - 10th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Map-winged Swift - 19th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Beautiful Golden Y - 19th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Bactra lancealana - 10th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Anania terrealis - 10th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Cochylimorpha straminea - 10th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - on ceiling in corridor
Brussel's Lace - 12th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap (still lit, hence blue wash across image)
The Rivulet - 12th June 2018 - Uig Hotel - attracted to light trap
Chimney Sweeper - 12th June 2018 - Cuil Road - over 100 flushed from wildflower meadow
Mompha raschkiella - 12th June 2018 - Cuil Road - several in a patch of Rosebay Willowherb
Ancylis badiana - 12th June 2018 - Cuil Road - disturbed by day
Aphelia paleana Timothy Tortrix - 12th June 2018 - Cuil Road - lots dayflying in grassy areas






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