Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dalgety Bay - Two thirds of the way

In an attempt to squeeze my target of 667 before heading off for a week or so I went for a brisk one hour romp through the coastal path with a headtorch. Last gasp n the way home I scored a surprise mammal. I was expecting it - just not yet. Also nice that it was alive!

I haven't mentioned it (because the pain is too fresh?) but this year a roe deer was BORN in my square, which I saw photos of later, and I failed to see dolphins which I heard about over the weekend. Gah! Still, there's plenty of year left and I have a low mammal target. Maybe a school of pilot whales will come to visit (again). Or even a humpback (again). Who knows?

Now at 48 species of moth, none of which have been caught in a moth trap. I have run a moth trap but it hasn't caught any species I didn't catch with a headtorch anyway. 

659 Eulithis prunata Phoenix
660 Korscheltellus fusconebulosa Map-winged Swift
661 Aphomia sociella Bee Moth
662 Perizoma flavofasciata Sandy Carpet
663 Xanthorhoe fluctuata Garden Carpet
664 Perizoma affinitata Rivulet
665 Dysstroma truncata Common Marbled Carpet
666 Erinaceus europaeus West European Hedgehog
667 Dolichopus claviger A long-legged fly

Edit: Colour Supplement!

668 Epistrophe grossulariae A Hoverfly
669 Argyresthia conjugella Apple Fruit Moth
670 Galium verum lady's bedstraw
671 Iris foetidissima Stinking Iris


  1. A third to go with over half the year're gonna nail this by September I reckon! Haven't seen a hedgehog here yet, dunno if they're even on Skye?

  2. September is what I'm hoping for. I'll have epic fungus and vismig additions by then hopefully. Probably too much to handle!

  3. Great Moth count considering no trap

    1. I'll get the trap in there yet! I have taken the trap but it only caught species I otherwise caught anyway

  4. Well done on crossing the 2/3 line. Epistrophe grossulariae is nice, not had one of those before. I should check more of those yellow banded syrphids.

    1. They seemto be common, at least here. First clue for me usually is that they're pretty chunky and have a big head!