Moths and Butterflies

Thursday, June 26th 2014

Yesterday the moth trap was opened and moths were identified.  There were over fifteen different species of moth including this beautiful Elephant Hawkmoth.

Elephant Hawkmoth

This Buff Arches, placed on a leaf, soon moved around to camouflage itself against a branch.

Buff Arches

Although Stinging Nettles are not everyone's favourite plant, these Peacock butterflies were feeding ravenously.

Peacock butterfly caterpillars on nettles

There were one or two of them!  Hopefully we will see many adults flying in late summer.

Peacock butterfly caterpillars

Tony, Ken and Bethany worked all day on the access road, cutting back the overgrowing branches and strimming along the edges of the road.  Thank you for all your hard work.

News from the north about lunch time, was that they had stopped in Arkengathdale to ring some wader chicks but were back on the road heading to the Kyle of Lochalsh.


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