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Up close and personal with the moths of Bute

A close-up image of a Garden Tiger moth captured at Bute Forest as part of the island's contribution to 2014 National Moth Night.

A close-up image of a Garden Tiger moth captured at Bute Forest as part of the island's contribution to 2014 National Moth Night.

 

Bute’s contribution to National Moth Night saw a small group of enthusiasts gather in the island’s community forest on Saturday to identify creatures caught in overnight moth traps.

With local moth experts Glyn and Dawn Collis from Buteshire Natural History Society in charge, the types discovered included a Thin Spinach, Drinker, Mottled Beauty, Clouded Border, Small Square Spot, Double Square Spot, Flame Shoulder, Common Wave, Lesser Swallow Prominent, True Lover’s Knot, Dusky Brocade and Green Arches as well as a spectacular Garden Tiger, with distinctive black, white and red markings.

Moth Night is an annual celebration of moth recording in Britain and Ireland, organised by Butterfly Conservation and Atropos, the UK journal for butterfly, moth and dragonfly enthusiasts. The main purpose is to raise awareness of moths and moth recording among members of the public and in the media.

“It’s only when you catch some of them at close quarters that you really begin to appreciate how beautiful some moths are,” Dawn said.

 

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