The Drinker Moth.
You may remember a few years ago, about myself finding a wee caterpillar at Callander, then getting it identified at the Museum, which in turn with myself joining the Isle of Bute Natural History Society.
Well I eventually found one on Bute, then many more, but it took me much longer to find the Moth itself.
I found a very dishevelled one up Glenmore, but it was hardly recognisable and no good for writing or sending a photo of it to the Buteman.
This all changed last summer when I was doing well with Butterflies and daytime flying moths at various parts of the Island. I was wandering around boggy areas near Ettrick Bay. Going past the new bird hide, along the shoreline till you come to a big gate for tractor etc., then beside that is one for the public. Carry on till you come to the end of a Dry-Stone-Dyke.
Now this is a very boggy area on your left where I found them, so do not rush headlong into it. If you have a pair of binoculars, use them to see if there is anything unusual around you. This will help if there is, something, as you can now find the best and driest way to get to it, or them. This is where I got the pair of Drinker Moths sound asleep near the top of a reed. The one in full view is the female, and the male is just behind and a bit lower. To you it will just look like a dark shadow. It would have been better if they were both facing me, but no joy. I got another good image, but it showed the underside of the female and the topside of the male, but I wanted to show you the wing pattern of the female. Getting a fairly good image or two, then carry on, just to find another female within 20 feet, on top of another reed. With it being on its own, maybe waiting till nightime to try and lure the male away?
Well I was delighted to have eventually found the Moths, both sexes, plus another female.
I carried on along these boggy bits, of which there are plenty, but no more of these moths, but I found other species of Butterflies that I have found before on Bute, but not in this area. I was amazed at how many I found. They were everywhere. It was as though they all wanted their photo took. They were buzzing around me, and then diving into the dense under growth, making it well-nigh impossible to get a good photo, so after many run-abouts I decided that the best thing to do is sit down and wait for them to come to me, and it worked!
Well after I got my backside a wee bit drier, (wet, by sitting on the grass), and carried on heading to the Straad, and found even more species that I have never seen in these areas, which I will write about soon.
First Published in the Buteman 29-03-2013