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 11th April 2017

50 Stigmella aurella (vacated mines)
345 Phyllonoryctor rajella (tenanted mines)
584 Coleophora alticolella (larva extracted from case)
648 - Endrosis sarcitrella (adult)
1497 Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (adult)
1640 Drinker (larva) 
1775 Mottled Grey (adult) - Lifer!
1799 Winter Moth (adult)
1926 Pale Brindled Beauty (adult)
1935 Mottled Umber (adult)
1947 The Engrailed (adult)
2057 Garden Tiger (larva)
2064 Ruby Tiger (larva)
2187 Common Quaker (adult)
2190 Hebrew Character (adult)


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





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