Monday, 16 February 2015

Falkland Palace, 13/02/2015

Good to get the moth trap running again in 2015 - no records for February here before, so anything would be a new 'stake in the ground' for future recording. A nice evening saw a small but nice haul, with 6 moth of 4 species and a Great Diving Beetle.

Of course mothing at this time of the year is unknown to me, so the ID struggle is up and running again! Hopefully I will soon be overlaying last year's learning with some repetition and reinforcement.

Dotted Border

Pale Brindled Beauty

Pale Brindled Beauty


Common Quaker?

Great Diving Beetle

From the superb flight times pages of East Scotland Butterfly Conservation - if you want to see a Pale Brindled Beauty, this is the time!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Pale Brindled Beauty, Dunfermline

Returning from a successful Ring-billed Gull twitch at lunchtime I was surprised to find this moth on my office wall. Presumably it had been lured there by the uplights, and I'll need to keep an eye out here apparently. This is also the site of my only encounter with a Vapourer, so apparently I now have an office 'list'!

(Initially I thought this looked like a Peppered Moth, but apart from anything else it's far too small. Then I had it as possibly a Spring Usher, before its true identity was revealed to me)