Butterfly survey week starts today

your help is requested to find out how many butterflies there are :-

Butterfly Conservation is teaming up with Marks and Spencer to launch the biggest ever public butterfly and moth count to date.

You can join in and help us track butterflies and moths, so we know where they need our help the most.

Find a sunny spot in your garden, local park or other open space and spend 15 minutes counting butterflies and moths.

For more information, to download an ID chart and submit your sightings please visit the big butterfly count website.

Have you got any pictures of butterflies and moths in Ardchattan to share?

Our part of the country is favoured with a number of special butterflies to look for –

Scotch Argus

The Glasgow and SW Scotland Branch of Butterfly Conservation have a spreadsheet of likely places to find these beauties from previous surveys

Marsh Fritillary

one of Argyll’s most precious species, as we have a significant proportion of the population.

Look out for the caterpillar webs at this time of year.

The Seil Natural History Group site has a growing archive of local species

Butterflies Caterpillars Moths

for more information about local butterflies and how to learn more about them contact Butterfly Conservation : –

Conserving and Recording the butterflies & moths of SW Scotland  – http://www.southwestscotland-butterflies.org.uk/

The Glasgow & SW Scotland branch area now has 34 species of butterfly after the recent arrival from England of the Small & Essex Skippers. There is currently no definitive list of moths for the branch area but being the most southerly of the three Scotland branches, the Glasgow & SW Scotland branch very likely has the greatest number of species.

The branch area includes Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Greater Glasgow, Stirlingshire, Argyll, the Argyll islands, Dunbartonshire & Loch Lomond.

The key butterfly species in the branch area are the Chequered Skipper & Marsh Fritillary in parts of Argyll, the Large Heath which lives in lowland and blanket bogs in various parts of SW Scotland, the Pearl-bordered Fritillary which has an important stronghold in Argyll and the Mountain Ringlet in the southern highlands.

The key moth species are the burnet moths of Argyll and the Argyll islands – Slender Scotch Burnet; New Forest Burnet & Transparent Burnet – and other western species including the Barred Tooth-Stripe, Square Spotted Clay, Argent & Sable & Narrow-bordered Bee Hawk Moth.

July 24, 2010   Posted in: Community, Environment, Nature

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