Whilst on the Oa, (29th May 2012) Dave Wood spotted a small moth fluttering around on the cliff edge ( literally the cliff edge!!!)
I always carry a few "pots" in my pocket, so I was able to catch it and pot it up.
I have to say that it was something that I didn't recognise. I certainly hadn't seen it before.
It was well marked so should be easily identifiable ....which it was. It turned out to be a Dew moth.... A new one on me!! It's classified as "Nationally scarce A" which is the second highest classification in terms of UK rarity. So this is a great record for the island.... The larvae feed on lichen on rocks.
Becky confirmed Great news that you have a couple of previous records on file from some years ago...the NBN Gateway map doesn’t show any on Islay .....so this colony on the Oa is probably breeding and otherwise unknown.
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