butterflies or moths?
by litljortindan » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:53 pm
Can anyone tell me what these are in the last twenty seconds of the above? My wife thought bath-whites but doubted there'd be so many of them and so far north so moths?
by KatTai » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:15 pm
by Caberfeidh » Sun Dec 31, 2017 11:31 am
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by Sgurr » Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:18 pm
by stirlingdavo » Mon Jan 01, 2018 6:51 pm
Kat's shout of Magpie moth looks to be a good one - it's hard to tell for definite from the footage but they are the right size, it's the right time of year and the right habitat.
Hope that helps,
by raykilhams » Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:53 pm
by LDPWalker » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:55 am
by Roger n Sue Fellows » Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:10 pm
If you find Argent and Sable out on the hills count yourself very lucky. The UKMoths website is a handy source of reference. East Scotland Moths has distribution maps of everything you're likely to find.
Some moths are 'montane' specialists, which YOU may come across particularly in bright sunshine on the highest summits.
Some authorities classify them all as moths - butterflies being specialist day-flying moths. There are many hundreds of larger species in the UK and 1,500 or so mainly smaller ones.
Only a handful of UK species will eat your clothes, they are all only a few millimetres long.
There are plenty of Faceache groups and a Yahoo Scottish Moths group where people will happily try to identify your finds. Try to get a full on shot and give an idea of size and habitat.
Health warning - if you're like me you'll get hooked.