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Sunday 31st October 2004

At sugar at Eswick there were 26 Satellites, 2 Angle Shades, a Brick, a Dark Sword Grass and 2 Emmelina monodactyla, while there were 4 Mottled Umbers, a Dark Sword Grass and a Rusty Dot Pearl at actinic light and single Diamondback Moth, Acleris hastiana and Crosidosema plebejana at actinic light.

Saturday 30th October 2004

There were 3 Dark Sword Grasses and 2 Rusty Dot Pearls at light at Eswick.

Monday 18th October 2004

A Red Admiral is at Sandgarth, Voe.

Sunday 17th October 2004

A ladybird has been found at Grutness, presumably a seven-spot.

Friday 15th October 2004

Two Silver Ys were flushed at Veensgarth, 2 Bricks, a Herald and a Satellite were on sugar at Eswick and 2 Angle Shades and 2 Silver Ys were in the traps.

Tuesday 5th October 2004

A Red-line Quaker was caught at Lea Gardens, Tresta - the first for Shetland, while a female Barred Chestnut there is the second for Shetland (ID requires confirmation).

There were 2 Red Sword Grasses and a Dark Sword Grass at Eswick.

Red-line Quaker and (Barred Chestnut?) from Tresta - Paul Harvey

Monday 4th October 2004

There were 2 Large Wainscots at light at Eswick.

Sunday 3rd October 2004

There are single Red Admirals at Baltasound, Brettabister at Nesting, Ham on Bressay and Ocraquoy and 2 at Kergord.

A Dark Swordgrass and 2 Bricks were recorded on sugar at Eswick.

Saturday 2nd October 2004

A Pearly Underwing was in the Eswick trap.

There are Red Admirals at Norwick and on Bressay.

Tuesday 28th September 2004

There are 5 Common Wasps, a Red Admiral and a Green Lacewing at Eswick.

Monday 27th September 2004

There were 3 Red Sword Grasses and a Dark Sword Grass on sugar at Eswick.

Saturday 25th September 2004

This Sword Grass was found on Foula at the weekend. It is just the fifth record of an adult in Shetland.

Sword Grass - Russell Wynn (for a scan of the Fetlar Scarce Brindle go to 15th August)

Sunday 12th September 2004

A Red Admiral is at Norwick and a Large White is at Ocraquoy.

Saturday 11th September 2004

At Eswick there were 7 Bricks, a Herald and a Dark Sword Grass on sugar, while the traps caught 4 Bricks, 3 Dark Sword Grasses, a Large Wainscot and 17 Silver Ys.

At Tresta there was a worn Sallow and a Honeysuckle Moth.

A Herald was at light at Baltasound.

Friday 10th September 2004

At Eswick, there were 3 Bricks, 3 Heralds and a Dark Sword Grass on sugar and 6 Bricks, 3 Dark Sword Grasses, a Herald and 2 Common Wasps in the traps, as well as 21 Silver Ys.

At Voehead, Bressay, there were 4 Bricks and a Red Sword Grass on sugar.

Best on Unst were island record totals of 98 Large Yellow Underwings and 13 Rosy Rustics at Norwick.

Thursday 9th September 2004

There is a Red Admiral and 2 Large Whites on Foula and 3 Red Admirals at Eswick along with the first confirmed record of Common Wasp there.

In the trap at Eswick, there was a Dark Sword Grass, a fresh Crescent, a Herald and a Silver Y.

Wednesday 8th September 2004

There are 3 Red Admirals at Eswick and a Large White at Skellister Ness.

Tuesday 7th September 2004

A Large White was in North Road, Lerwick.

Monday 6th September 2004

A Convolvulus Hawkmoth was at light at Eswick and a Herald was on sugar at Virkie.

The Herald - Paul Harvey

Sunday 5th September 2004

A Large White is at Baltasound.

Saturday 4th September 2004

This Dotted Rustic was caught at light at Lower Stoneybrek, Fair Isle, by Pat Thomson. It is the first Shetland record for 50 years and is of the southern form, not the black ab. suffusa which was apparently found on Shetland in the past.

Dotted Rustic - Glen Tyler

Thursday 2nd September 2004

A Convolvulus Hawkmoth was caught on Fetlar.

Wednesday 1st September 2004

A Mouse Moth was caught in a trap at Baltasound School.

A Red Admiral was at Eswick.

Sunday 29th August 2004

A Twenty-plume Moth was caught at a lighted window at Ocraquoy. It is the fourth for Shetland.

A Great Brocade was in the trap at Virkie.

Twenty-plume Moth - Paul Harvey

Saturday 28th August 2004

At Eswick there was a fresh Great Brocade in the traps.

Friday 27th August 2004

At Eswick there was a Rush Veneer in the traps.

A single Xanathandrus comptus hoverfly was also seen.

Wednesday 25th August 2004

A Great Brocade was caught at Burrafirth.

At Eswick there were 3 Crescents, a Rush Veneer, a Setaceous Hebrew Character and 251 Large Yellow Underwings.

A Peacock butterfly was seen during the day.

Tuesday 24th August 2004

A Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing was caught at Norwick.

Monday 23rd August 2004

A Peacock butterfly is at Baltasound.

A fresh Great Brocade, three worn Crescents and a possible Parsnip Moth were in the traps at Eswick.

Sunday 22nd August 2004

A Peacock butterfly is at Eswick.

Friday 20th August 2004

A Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and a Dotted Clay were caught at Tresta.

Wednesday 18th August 2004

Despite the poor weather overnight the Norwick trap contained a Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.

Tuesday 17th August 2004

A Cloaked Minor (second for Shetland if confirmed) was caught at Quendale.

A Crescent and an ear sp. (probably Saltern Ear) were in the Norwick trap.

Sunday 15th August 2004

In the Fetlar trap there was a Saltern Ear and a worn moth which has now been confirmed as Scarce Brindle,  the third for Shetland and about the 13th for Britain.

There were 2 Crescents and a Setaceous Hebrew Character in the Norwick trap.

A Heart and Dart was caught at Voehead, Bressay.

Scarce Brindle - Mike Pennington

Saturday 14th August 2004

There were Peacock butterflies is at Sumburgh Head and Eswick and a Bird-cherry Ermine was seen in the evening at Eswick.

Peacock at Sumburgh - Roger Riddington

At Eswick, the traps contained 4 Crescents, a Blood Vein, a Dunbar, a Common Wainscot, a Lime-speck Pug, 3 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a White-line Dart, and 7 Agriphila tristella, while a Mother of Pearl was seen on Buddleia.

On Unst, there was a Dunbar at Baltasound, a Blood Vein at Norwick and 3 Nutmegs at Burrafirth.

Thursday 13th August 2004

A very worn Convolvulus Hawkmoth was found at Bigton.

Thursday 12th August 2004

Malcolm Watson reports a Four-spotted Chaser dragonfly at Sullom Voe Terminal, only the third Shetland record following singles on Fair Isle in July 1958 and Noss in June 1998.

A Peacock butterfly is at Burland, Scalloway.

Wednesday 11th August 2004

There are Peacock butterflies at Eswick and at Houster, Tingwall.

There were 2 Scarce Silver Ys at Eswick and a worn moth which is probably a Flounced Rustic (there are only two previous Shetland records). On Fetlar, there was another Flounced Rustic, a Crescent and a Bedstraw Hawkmoth. A Scarce Silver Y was at Ocraquoy and there were 2 Bedstraw Hawkmoths at Virkie. A Mouse Moth was on Foula.

Bedstraw Hawkmoths at Virkie and on Fetlar - Paul Harvey and Micky Maher

Tuesday 10th August 2004

There are Peacock butterflies at Gutcher on Yell, Burrafirth on Unst and Bealans on Fetlar.

On Foula, a Straw Dot was an addition to the Shetland list, while other migrants included a Setaceous Hebrew Character, a Nutmeg, a Convolvulus Hawkmoth (found at honeysuckle at dusk) and a Crescent.

Straw Dot and Convolvulus Hawkmoth on Foula - Geoff Atherton

On sugar at Eswick there were 2 Heralds, a Great Brocade and 2 Crescents and the traps contained a Blood Vein, 3 Great Brocades, 3 Nutmegs, 2 Setaceous Hebrew Characters, a Scarce Silver Y, 4 Agriphila tristellas, 4 Mother of Pearls and a Bird-cherry Ermine.

A Crescent and a Setaceous Hebrew Character were caught at Virkie. A Blood Vein and a Bird-cherry Ermine were at Mid Walls and there were 2 Scarce Silver Ys at Voehead, Bressay.

On Unst, there were Nutmegs at Baltasound, Norwick and Burrafirth, Crescents at Norwick and Baltasound, a Bird-cherry Ermine at Norwick, a Setaceous Hebrew Character at Baltasound and a pyralid at Baltasound which was confirmed as Platytes alpinella, the second for Shetland.

Also in the Unst traps was a Sphaerophoria hoverfly, presumably S. scripta although this can not be confirmed as it a female. Bizarrely, there were also 2 crustaceans (either Amphipods or Isopods) - prove positive that good trap nights don't just bring things in from long distance.

Sphaerophoria sp. and crustacean - scans by Mike Pennington

Monday 9th August 2004

A Peacock butterfly and a ladybird were on Whalsay and another Peacock was at Haroldswick on Unst. There was a Painted Lady and 10 Silver Ys on Mousa. A Small Tortoiseshell is on Fetlar.

At Eswick, there were 75 Silver Ys at Buddleia along with a Mother of Pearl and a Great Brocade, while a Twenty-plumed Moth (Shetland's third) was found nearby. There was an Angle Shades and 4 Crescents on sugar. In the traps there was a Blood Vein, a Crescent, a Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, a Nutmeg, an Aethes smeathmanniana, 3 Agriphila tristella, a Mother of Pearl and a Numonia suavella (second record).

Elsewhere, there was an Agriphila selalsella at Baltasound (third for Shetland), an Agriphila tristella was at Norwick and a Nutmeg was at Burrafirth. An Ear sp. was at East Ham, Bressay. A Blood Vein was at Sandwick along with Shetland's third record of Epiblema foenella. A new Pearly Underwing was on Foula.

Epiblema foenella and Agriphila tristella from Sandwick - Paul Harvey

Sunday 8th August 2004

A Peacock, 3 Painted Ladies and several Silver Ys were at Eswick in the afternoon. Further Peacocks were at Laxfirth, North Nesting and Colvadale, Unst.

Sugar at Eswick produced 3 Crescents and about 500 Silver Ys were at the buddleias, while the Eswick traps held 2 Bedstraw Hawkmoths, an Agriphila tristella and a Crescent. A Convolvulus Hawkmoth was caught at Voehead, Bressay.

A Bedstraw Hawkmoth was caught at Baltasound and a Crescent was at Norwick.

On Foula, there was a Nutmeg on sugar and a Dark Swordgrass at actinic light.

A Nutmeg was at light at East Ham, Bressay.

Dark Swordgrass and Nutmeg - Geoff & Donna Atherton

Saturday 7th August 2004

A new Scarce Silver Y was trapped at Toft and a Great Brocade was at Virkie. A Burnished Brass and a Common Rustic sp. were caught on Foula.

Friday 6th August 2004

There were 2 Great Brocades and a Nutmeg at Mid Walls, a Great Brocade at Billister, North Nesting, Great Brocades at Ocraquoy and Virkie, and a Great Brocade and a Scarce Silver Y at Toft. A Great Brocade, a Smokey Wainscot and an Ear sp. were caught on Foula.

Thursday 5th August 2004

A Great Brocade was in the Burrafirth trap and a new Scarce Silver Y was at Norwick. Another Great Brocade was at Walls. Another Burnished Brass was caught on Foula.

Wednesday 4th August 2004

A good night. Single Green Arches at Eswick and Burrafirth are the first for Shetland. There were also 6 Great Brocades at Eswick, 2 Great Brocades and a Bright-line Brown-eye at East Ham, Bressay, a Great Brocade on Foula, and a Great Brocade, a Suspected and a Scarce Silver Y at Norwick. A Convolvulus Hawkmoth was found during the day at Tingwall.

Green Arches at Burrafirth - Wendy Dickson; Scarce Silver Y at Norwick- videograbs by Mike Pennington

Tuesday 3rd August 2004

There were 4 Great Brocades in the trap at East Ham, Bressay, along with a Gold Spot and a Common Rustic sp. Another Great Brocade was in the traps at Eswick.

Larvae of the hoverfly Xanthandrus comtus, only known as a rare migrant in one year previously, have been bred at Eswick.

Sunday 1st August 2004

A Death's Head Hawkmoth was found dead at Sella Ness, near Sullom Voe Terminal.

Two Bedstraw Hawkmoths were caught at honeysuckle on Foula.

Another Great Brocade was caught at Virkie.

On Unst, 2 Dotted Clays were caught at Norwick, along with a Gold Spot, an Angle Shades and the first Common Rustic sp. for the island.

Bedstraw Hawkmoth on Foula - Geoff and Donna Atherton

Saturday 31st July 2004

Great Brocades were caught at light at Virkie and Toft.

In other traps, there was an Angle Shades and a Crescent at Eswick, 2 Crescents, 14 Dotted Clays and 104 True Lover's Knots at Lea Gardens, Tresta, and 2 Gold Spots at Norwick.

On Foula, the trap contained 2 Burnished Brass, a Rosy Rustic, a Smoky Wainscot and a Flame Shoulder.

Great Brocade at Virkie - Paul Harvey

Friday 30th July 2004

Another Burnished Brass has been caught, this time on Foula, along with 2 Haworth's Minors, a Confused, a Northern Rustic and 2 Acleris aspersana.

On Unst, a Gold Spot was in the trap at Baltasound, along with the migrant hoverfly Meliscaeva auricollis, while the first Beautiful Golden Y for the trap at Burrafirth was joined by an Exile.

Burnished Brass on Foula - Geoff & Donna Atherton

Wednesday 27th July 2004

A second Burnished Brass has been caught, this time at Voehead, Bressay.

Tuesday 27th July 2004

A Burnished Brass has been caught at light at Virkie. It is the first recorded north of Fair Isle, but its appearance is, perhaps, not surprising as it is spreading northwards and has only colonised Orkney recently.

Burnished Brass at Virkie - Paul Harvey

Thursday 22nd July 2004

Geoff and Donna Atherton have caught 2 Crambus pascuella at light on Foula. This pyralid is scarce in Shetland and most recent records come from the island.

Crambus pascuella - Geoff & Donna Atherton

Monday 19th July 2004

The Foula trap contained a Northern Rustic and 2 Beautiful Golden Ys.

A Magpie Moth was found dead in Lerwick.

Sunday 18th July 2004

Martin Holmes reports a Flame Shoulder found while mowing grass at Westerloch, Lerwick - this common British species is very scarce in Shetland and only known to breed on Foula.

Saturday 17th July 2004

The Foula trap contained a Red Carpet and a Beautiful Golden Y.

Friday 16th July 2004

A Magpie Moth has been trapped at Eswick and a Painted Lady is there.

On Foula, the trap at Ham contained 6 Flame Shoulders, 4 Magpie Moths, 10 Dusky Brocades, 2 Bactra lancealana, 15 Small Square Spots, a True Lover's Knot, a Middle-barred Minor and a Marbled Coronet.

Marbled Coronet on Foula - Geoff & Donna Atherton

Thursday 15th July 2004

On Foula, an Antler Moth, an Ingrailed Clay and a Lychnis were recorded at light.

Wednesday 14th July 2004

A Painted Lady is at Eswick.

Tuesday 13th July 2004

An Dark Sword Grass has been trapped at Eswick - there were also singles there on 8th and 12th.

Sunday 11th July 2004

An Exile has been trapped at Eswick.

Monday 5th July 2004

A Bright-line Brown-eye has been trapped at Eswick.

Saturday 3rd July 2004

The red dragonfly has reappeared in Tony and Beth Gerrard's garden at Sandgarth, north of Voe and it is a male Large Red Damselfly Pyrrhosoma nymphula. This species is widespread in Britain and is found as far north as Orkney, but it is not usually thought of as a migrant.

Large Red Damselfly - Tony Gerrard

On Foula, 2 Small Square Spots were recorded at light.

Friday 2nd July 2004

This Small Heath Bumblebee Bombus jonellus vogti was one of about 12 seen along the Burn of Lunklet, Aith.

Small Heath Bumblebee - Hugh Harrop

Tuesday 29th June 2004

A red dragonfly was seen over a small pond at Sandgarth, north of Voe.  It was most likely to be one of the darters (Sympetrum) which are all strong migrants, but none are on the Shetland list, although a red dragonfly was seen briefly over Loch of Spiggie about 10 years ago and another was seen on Fair Isle in August 1981.

A Dark Brocade and a Silver-ground Carpet were recorded on Foula.

Monday 28th June 2004

This Angle Shades was found at Haroldswick, while Scoparia ambigualis was recorded on Foula.

Angle Shades - Micky Maher

Sunday 27th June 2004

On Foula, moths in the trap included a Ghost Moth, 4 Flame Shoulders, 15 Map-winged Swifts and a Garden Carpet.

Saturday 26th June 2004

Terry Rogers saw a Broad-bordered White Underwing on Collafirth Hill, flushed from the side of the largest pool near the summit. It was seen very closely as it settled but not caught and it is only the second record of this species in at least 40 years, the last being one photographed at North Roe in 1992.

A Wood Tiger was also seen on Muckle Roe.

Butterflies included 3 Painted Ladies at Baltasound and singles at Burravoe, Yell, and Eshaness.

The following selection of hoverflies have all been photographed on Whalsay this spring.

(left to right) Platycheirus manicatus, Eristalis pertinax, Rhingia campestris, Eristalis arbustorum, Eupeodes corollae, Scaeva selenitica, Episyrphus balteatus (the last 3 are migrants) - all photos by Bobby Sandison

Empis tessellata, a predatory fly which will be quite common over the nest few weeks - all photos by Bobby Sandison

Monday 21st June 2004

There were 5 Painted Ladies, 8 Red Admirals and 30 Large Whites at Eswick while the trap included an Angle Shades, a Dark Sword Grass and a Setaceous Hebrew Character.

Sunday 20th June 2004

There 2 Red Admirals and a Painted Lady are at Baltasound and a Red Admiral at Norwick.

Friday 18th June 2004

There are Red Admirals at Haroldswick and Norwick.

Thursday 17th June 2004

At Eswick there were 3 Painted Ladies,15 Red Admirals and 25 Large Whites with hoverflies in abundance, including 50 Episyrphus balteatus,15 Syrphus sp., 3 Eupeodes corollae, a Meliscaeva auricollis and about 50 Eristalis pertinax.

Wednesday 16th June 2004

A Red Admiral is at Norwick and there are 3 Painted Ladies on Foula..

Tuesday 15th June 2004

A Rush Veneer was in the trap at Eswick.

Saturday 12th June 2004

Lots of butterflies with 10 Painted Ladies, 25 Red Admirals and 40 Large Whites at Eswick, 17 Red Admirals, 40 Painted Ladies (and a Silver Y) between the lighthouse and the Bard on Bressay and further counts of 6 Red Admirals and 6 Painted Ladies at Norwick, 8 Painted Ladies at Baltasound, 6 Painted Ladies along the Bressay shore of Noss Sound, 7 Red Admirals at Ocraquoy and several reports of smaller numbers.

Friday 11th June 2004

There were 5 Red Admirals and 2 Painted Ladies at Eswick, 3 Red Admirals at Gott, several Red Admirals at Sandgarth, north of Voe, and buckets of rain on Unst.

There were 2 Silver Ys and a Marbled Coronet in the trap at Ocraquoy.

Thursday 10th June 2004

During the day at Eswick, there were 2 Red Admirals, several Diamondback Moths and 3 Episyrphus balteatus, plus a Green Lacewing. Another 2 Red Admirals and another Green Lacewing were seen nearby at Skellister Ness.

A Painted Lady was seen in Lerwick.

On sugar at Eswick there were 12 Angle Shades, 2 Dark Sword Grasses, a Setaceous Hebrew Character and a Dark Brocade. There was a large number of moths around at dusk including 30 Silver Ys, 40 Angle Shades and 2 Currant Pugs. The traps painted a different picture with only 27 moths - a Silver Y, 2 Angle Shades and 2 Dark Sword Grasses (one different), the remainder residents.

Wednesday 9th June 2004

There were 4 Silver Ys, a Brown Lacewing and some Diamondback Moths in the traps at Eswick.

Monday 7th June 2004

There are 3 Red Admirals at Eswick. A few Silver Ys are around.

A single Eupeodes corollae is at Baltasound and a Episyrphus balteatus is at Eswick.

Sunday 6th June 2004

There are Red Admirals at Baltasound and Eswick, with 14 Large Whites and the migrant hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus at the latter site.

Friday 4th June 2004

Only 23 moths in the Eswick traps but these included a Dark Sword Grass, 2 Angle Shades and the first Blood-vein for Shetland since 1996.

Migrant hoverflies at Eswick include a single Eupeodes corollae and 3 Syrphus sp.

Wednesday 2nd June 2004

A good night. In 4 traps at Eswick there were 2 Angle Shades, a Bright-line Brown-eye and a Common Wainscot (the latter two both scarce migrants in Shetland), along with 2 Dark Brocades, 9 Garden Carpets,  5 Lychnis, a Satyr Pug, 2 Silver Ys, 43 Shears, a Map-winged Swift and a Clouded-bordered Brindle.

On Unst, one trap at Baltasound caught a Setaceous Hebrew Character (another scarce migrant), 17 Shears, 7 Map-winged Swifts, 5 Marbled Coronets, 3 Garden Carpets, a Lychnis and a Dark Brocade.

On Foula, a Flame Shoulder was caught at light - curiously, this species is more or less restricted to Foula in Shetland (although there have been a few record on Mainland).

Flame Shoulder on Foula - Geoff Atherton

Tuesday 1st June 2004

The first Small Square Spot and a Currant Pug were in the Eswick trap.

A Silver Y was caught at light on Foula.

Monday 31st May 2004

A Large White was at Baltasound and a Red Admiral was at Norwick, with 2 Red Admirals on Fetlar.

Sunday 30th May 2004

On Foula, a Garden Carpet and a Shears were caught at light and 2 Angle Shades were on sugar.

At Baltasound, 10 Shears and single Marbled Coronet, Map-winged Swift and Angle Shades were caught at light.

Shears and Angle Shades on Foula - Geoff Atherton

Friday 28th May 2004

A Large White was in a garden at Baltasound for a second successive day.

An Angle Shades has emerged from a pupa produced by a caterpillar found at Boddam in March.

Thursday 27th May 2004

On Muckle Roe, during the day, Terry Rogers found 25 Satyr Pugs, about 200 Neofaculta ericitella, 200 Clepsis senecionana, 100 Syndemis musculana and a few Ancylis unguicella, Clepsis senecionana and Crambus lathoniellus, while two small micros appear to be a species of Incurvaria, which would be new to Shetland.

Wednesday 26th May 2004

On Foula, 6 Garden Carpets and 6 Satyr Pugs were trapped at light.

Saturday 22nd May 2004

National Moth Night. At Eswick, Terry Rogers caught 4 Garden Carpets, 2 Lychnis, a Silver Y and a Glaucous Shears.

Monday 17th May 2004

A Painted Lady at Virkie was a very early record for Shetland.

Sunday 9th May 2004

A Large White was at Baltasound and a Small Tortoiseshell was on Fetlar.

Saturday 8th May 2004

A Large White was at Baltasound.

Thursday 6th May 2004

A Large White was at Sand Lodge, Sandwick, along with an early Garden Bumblebee Bombus hortorum.

Bombus hortorum - Austin Taylor

Sunday 25th April 2004

The hoverfly Eristalis intricarius was seen at Uyeasound, the earliest record on Unst.

Saturday 24th April 2004

The Shetland Bumblebee Bombus muscorum was seen at Burrafirth, the earliest record on Unst.

Monday 5th April 2004

There were 4 Brindled Ochres recorded at light on Foula

Sunday 4th April 2004

There were 8 Brindled Ochres recorded at light on Foula and a White-tailed Bumblebee seen again.

Saturday 3rd April 2004

There were 6 Brindled Ochres recorded at light on Foula.

Tuesday 30th March 2004

A White-tailed Bumblebee in the nurse's cottage garden at Ham, Foula, is exceptionally early.

Monday 29th March 2004

A Red Sword Grass was recorded at actinic light on Foula, along with a Brindled Ochre.

Sunday 28th March 2004

There were 2 Brindled Ochres recorded on Foula.

Saturday 27th March 2004

On Foula, moths recorded were single Agonopterix cilliella and Endrosis sarcitrella and 2 Brindled Ochres.

Friday 26th March 2004

There were 2 Brindled Ochres at a lighted window and 37 Hebrew Characters at light at Ocraquoy.

Tuesday 23rd March 2004

A singles Hebrew Character came to a lighted window at Toft, near Mossbank.

Sunday 21st March 2004

There were 2 Hebrew Characters at a lighted at Ocraquoy.

Saturday 20th March 2004

There were 2 Brindled Ochres at light on Foula.

Tuesday 16th March 2004

A Brindled Ochre and a Green Lacewing were at light on Foula.

Friday 13th February 2004

Terry Rogers has caught a Dark Sword Grass at light at Eswick - easily the earliest ever Shetland record

Wednesday 21st January 2004

Two Angle Shades were found on Unst - one by Arthur Spence in his garden in Uyeasound and another found by Davie Leask in a water-butt, but still alive, at Baltasound .

Monday 5th January 2004

millipede - David Scott-Langley

This millipede apparently arrived in Shetland in a consignment of mushrooms last autumn as it found in a mushroom by Catrina Carter of the Shetland Amenity Trust. She passed it to Paul Harvey, who sent to to David Scott-Langley, who sent it to Henrik Enghoff of Denmark who identified it as Ommatoiulus rutilans. This species is very common in Spain, but also occurs elsewhere in Western Europe and as far north as the southern Netherlands. It is has not apparently been recorded from Britain before.

David Scott-Langley also reports that a batch of flies he trapped on Foula in July 2002 include a very, very tiny short-winged fly which appears to be a species of Philygria which may be new to science.


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