Day 105 / 365 – Photo a Day Project 2023

I’m not sure whether i’ve mentioned before but each year I monitor the moths here in South Uist. This entails putting a light trap out at night, the trap has old egg boxes in it and the moths are attracted to the light and go into the trap and roost under the egg boxes. Next morning I go through and look at each box, making a note of the species present, and how many of each one, the moth is then released, unharmed, back into the wild. I keep the records on a spreadsheet and at the end of the year this information is then submitted to the Outer Hebrides Biological Recording group who subsequently upload the data to the National Biodiversity Network where it is then available for scientists to study and analyse.

It is still quite early in the year for diversity of moth species here and there were only five moths in the trap this morning: 4 Hebrew Character and 1 Early Grey

Early Grey (Xylocampa areola)