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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
Saturday 30th October 2004
There were 3 Dark Sword Grasses and 2 Rusty Dot Pearls at light
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
Red-line Quaker and (Barred Chestnut?) from Tresta -
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
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
Monday 27th September 2004
There were 3 Red Sword Grasses and a Dark Sword Grass on sugar
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 -
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 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
On Fetlar, there was another Flounced Rustic, a Crescent and a
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
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
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
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
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.
there were 75 Silver Ys at Buddleia along with a Mother of
Pearl and a Great Brocade, while a
(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 -
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
Sunday 1st August 2004
A Death's Head Hawkmoth was found dead at Sella Ness, near Sullom Voe
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
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 -
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,
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 -
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
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
Large Red Damselfly -
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
Monday 28th June 2004
This Angle Shades was found at Haroldswick, while Scoparia
ambigualis was recorded on Foula.
Angle Shades -
Sunday 27th June 2004
On Foula, moths in the trap included a
Ghost Moth, 4 Flame Shoulders, 15 Map-winged Swifts and a
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
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,
(the last 3 are migrants) - all photos by
Empis tessellata, a predatory fly which will be quite
common over the nest few weeks - all photos by
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
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
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
A single Eupeodes corollae is at Baltasound and
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
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
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
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
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
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
which may be new to science.