Friday, 21 June 2013

Rare moth spotted after butterfly hunters miss Mull ferry

A moth not previously recorded in Scotland has been spotted in the Highlands after conservationists missed their ferry on a trip to Mull.

The Blomer's rivulet was found by members of Butterfly Conservation's Highland branch at Lochaline.

They made the discovery while they waited for the ferry to Mull after missing an earlier crossing.

The delicately patterned grey and rusty brown moth is classed as nationally scarce in England and Wales.

The moth's identity was confirmed from a photograph by Banff-based moth expert Roy Leverton.

Author of the book Enjoying Moths, Mr Leverton said: "This is a most unlikely find.

"I could just about have imagined it turning up in the Borders, or even Dumfries and Galloway, but not this far north."

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