Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

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Saturday July 13th, 2024

The Moths of Glendale, Isle of Skye

Pine Beauty - Moth


On May 1st, 2013 Andy trapped a Pine Beauty at Holmisdale, which is only the third ever record for this species on Skye.

In June 2012, Andy Harding spent a week in Holmisdale, Glendale and took a portable mercury vapour lamp to trap moths. The trap had a very powerful 125V mercury vapour bulb and would have been visible across the glen. This sits above a largish wooden box filled with cardboard egg boxes into which moths crawl having been attracted by the light.

Map-Winged Swift

Most moths are very torpid by early morning and having been identified and logged, they were happy to be transferred into a lighter box and taken down the road a few hundred metres to be released into bushes and other vegetation close to the shop. Some of you will have seen him going up and down the road with a mysterious box! The somewhat distant release is important to avoid retraps, both for recording purposes and to let the large majority of them get on with what moths do the next night without being re-attracted to the trap.

Broom Moth

The weather was pretty reasonable for moths to be flying, with no rain during the whole week. It was a little bit breezy, which will have reduced the number of moths trapped, but the catches (over 40 moths on 10th) made running the trap very worthwhile. According to the moth recorder for the island, there do not appear to be any other records for the area, so there was no way of judging whether what was found is below or above average for what might be expected at the time of year.

Buff Tip

No rare species were found, and only one moth is never likely to be encountered in Andy's home county of Northamptonshire (Northern Eggar). However the habitat is very different from where he actually lives, so a dozen of the others were new to him, and another half a dozen he had only seen before when trapping on the outskirts of Edinburgh.

Northern Eggar

Garden Tiger Moth at Holmisdale
July 2013

Gold Spangle Moth at Holmisdale
July 2013

Andy Harding from Northamptonshire visits Glendale regularly and traps macro moths using a 125V portable mercury vapour lamp.

Moth photographs on this page are all copyright of Andy Harding.

Recent Moth Sightings

24th Jun 2019

Elephant Hawkmoth - Lower Milovaig
June 2019

An elephant hawkmoth was trapped last night at Lower Milovaig (Alison Stables). The first known record of this species in Milovaig and only the 38th ever for Skye.

19th Aug 2018

Square-Spot Dart - Milovaig
August 2018

This square-spot dart trapped last night at Lower Milovaig is only the third ever record of this nationally scarce B moth on the Isle of Skye (Alison Stables). It is the first record on Skye since 2014.

10th Jun 2018

Barred Umber - Lower Milovaig
June 2018

Thyme Pug - Lower Milovaig
June 2018

Two rare moths were trapped last night at Lower Milovaig: thyme pug and barred umber (Alison Stables). The thyme pug is only the third ever record on Skye and barred umber is only the tenth ever record on Skye. Both are firsts for Glendale.

More recent wildlife sightings

Moths Species in Glendale

  • Map-winged Swift
  • Northern Eggar
  • Drinker
  • Cream Wave
  • Flame Carpet
  • Silver-ground Carpet
  • Red-green Carpet
  • Red Twin-spot Carpet
  • Small Phoenix
  • Foxglove Pug
  • Common Pug
  • Brown Silver-line
  • Brimstone
  • Bordered White
  • Common Wave
  • Light Emerald
  • Poplar Hawk
  • Lesser Swallow Prominent
  • Buff tip
  • Buff Ermine
  • White Ermine
  • Heart and Dart
  • Flame Shoulder
  • Purple Clay
  • Shears
  • Broom Moth
  • Pale-shouldered Brocade
  • Bright-line Brown-eye
  • Dark Brocade
  • Knot Grass
  • Brown Rustic
  • Small Angle Shades
  • Angle Shades
  • Clouded-bordered Brindle
  • Dusky Brocade
  • Beautiful Golden Y
  • Common Quaker
  • Pine Beauty
  • Hebrew Character
  • Clouded Drab
  • Ghost Moth
  • Large Emerald
  • Oblique Carpet
  • Common Carpet
  • Green Carpet
  • Purple Bar
  • Pretty Pinion
  • Small Fan-footed Wave
  • Narrow-winged Pug
  • Treble-bar
  • Barred Red
  • Peppered Moth
  • Magpie Moth
  • Chimney Sweeper
  • Willow Beauty
  • Swallow Prominent
  • Pebble Prominent
  • Coxcomb Prominent
  • Iron Prominent
  • Elephant Hawkmoth
  • Garden Tiger
  • Large Yellow Underwing
  • Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing
  • True Loverís Knot
  • Campion
  • Lychnis
  • Small Square Spot
  • Triple-spotted Clay
  • Dotted Clay
  • Common Wainscot
  • Grey Arches
  • Dark Arches
  • Marbled Coronet
  • Middle-barred Minor
  • Straw Dot
  • Small Dotted Buff
  • Spectacle
  • Burnished Brass
  • Gold Spot
  • Gold Spangle
  • Scarce Silver Y

n.b. All of the moths that Andy logged are called macro-moths, so the list does not include the many tiny, but often beautiful, micro-moths, which were also attracted to the trap.

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