Peppered with new species

Brenda writes: “Last night was cold so there wasn’t much traffic in the moth traps but I did have one of my favourite moths, peppered, a variable black and white speckled moth with an instantly recognisable resting stance. This moth developed an urban variation during the industrial revolution so it would blend in on smoke-blackened walls. I’ve only seen that once.

A melanistic peppered moth (photo taken 2021)
peppered moth

Today’s moth was eager to be off but then landed on my t-shirt.

peppered moth

James had two new moths, small angleshades and brown rustic.

Today a group of us went to Loch of the Lowes to see the ospreys. The female was on the nest with two chicks. On the Loch were six goldeneye and great crested grebes displaying.

A pair of goldeneye at Loch of the Lowes (female on the right)
great crested grebe

Then we did a walk from the reserve to Dunkeld, through beautiful woodland and along the edge of a tiny loch, where a terrapin was sunning itself. We finally arrived by the Cathedral.

Dunkeld cathedral

I added five new flowers to my list today.”

broad-leaved dock
common butterwort
marsh marigold
wall germander

New species for June 3rd:
Moths: peppered moth, small angleshades, brown rustic
Flowers: broad-leaved dock, wall germander, common butterwort, lady’s mantle, marsh marigold