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26 September 06
Bumper Year For Butterflies, Bees & Bugs in Caithness
Thanks to Gordon Mackie for this collection of photos of the Butterflies, Bees and Bugs he has come across this summer.  Certainly the great weather this year has seen a huge number of colourful butterflies in Caithness Gardens and the flowers have been attracting the bees.  If anyone else has been out taking photos of Bugs or Butterflies this year send them in and we will add them to this photo gallery.  Let's see what has been happening in the insect world this summer.  Send photos for this section to bill@caithness.org

21 October 03
Hawkmoths In Caithness
Chris Nicolson in Castletown sent us in some news about a Hawkmoth some time ago.
I couldn't believe the size of the moth that dropped from the clothes I was working with yesterday! (It was eventually released in Dunnet Forest). I understand one of the teachers in the local school also found a large moth recently, so I don't think I'll be the only one to come across one of these!
It’s not unusual for beasties to be brought in with the washing, but the moth that landed on a Castletown clothesline this week was slightly larger than the norm. Measuring about 7 cm, when the wings were closed the moth resembled a piece of bark. Further investigation revealed it to be a Convolvulus Hawkmoth.
As the website www.migrantmoth.com reports “Huge numbers of Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli have been recorded in the UK and Ireland during August, reaching as far north as the Shetland Isles. 1983 is generally regarded as the 'great convolvuli year', however we may well have surpassed the numbers reported that year all ready!”

29 June 03
A Red Admiral Butterfly Snapped In a Caithness Garden
Colin Stewart took this picture of a red admiral butterfly in his neighbours garden today.   There are quite a range of moths and Butterflies in the county.  If anyone else has managed to take any pictures we would be happy to start a new section to contain them and build a record of them.  Details of location and names would be helpful.  If any rare ones are sent in we will omit the location