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Ayrshire

Scotland

   

7-25 August 2023

Observers: F. Simpson

 

Introduction


 

In 2023 we returned home to Ayrshire for our summer holiday which coincided with reasonable weather with max temperatures ranging from 17-22C. I again concentrated on mapping Orthoptera in central Ayrshire, surveying 1-km squares for Mottled Grasshopper (Myrmeleotettix maculatus), Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) and Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus). Hot, sunny weather really does make a big difference for hearing stridulating grasshoppers. Common Green Grasshopper rarely sing when it is overcast (unless their body temperature is already high) but as soon as sunshine breaks through they begin that characteristic reeling sound of summer. Cycling country lanes allowed me to cover large distances while listening for this:

 


     

This year I found Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata) at Gailes Marsh on the coast. Meadow Grasshopper was not located despite being recorded historically - this may be a case of range loss or misidentifications in the past and present. All records were uploaded to the Biological Records Centre's (BRC) Grasshoppers and Allied Species Recording Scheme, using the iRecord Grasshoppers mobile app. Check out the UKCEH Targeting Revisits Map.

 

In total I cycled 217 miles and recorded in 153 one-kilometre squares.

 

I also ran a moth trap in the garden on several nights. Diversity (63 species) and numbers were similar to 2022. Gardens in the village do not have many mature trees or decent vegetation and are more likely to be gravelled over for car parking, although plastic grass is becoming popular. The surrounding area is mainly dairy pasture and long, untouched grassland is restricted to road verges.

 

Highlights included Speckled Wood, Comma, Holly Blue, and breeding Grey Partridge.

 

Ayrshire Trip Reports:  2023 | 2022 | 2021 | 2019 | 2018 |

 

Ayrshire Orthoptera surveys by bike: Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line  Fraser Simpson Ayrshire Orthoptera surveys by bike

 

Area surveyed for Orthoptera in Ayrshire (VC75) 5-23 August 2023

1 Km squares surveyed for Orthoptera in central Ayrshire, 15-23 August 2023

 

 

Garden mothing with a 20W Actinic Heath moth trap  Fraser Simpson Garden mothing with a 20W Actinic Heath moth trap

 

 

 

Orthoptera Surveys


 

 Mottled Grasshopper  Fraser Simpson

 

All records are from VC75 unless otherwise stated.

 

 

Common Groundhopper  Tetrix undulata


2, Gailes Marsh SWT, NS 326356, 23-Aug 2023.

I used a sweep net to find this tiny (8-11 mm) pygmy grasshopper species at various other locations but did not find any.

 

Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata)  Fraser Simpson

Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata), Gailes Marsh SWT, Ayrshire (VC75), Scotland, Aug 2022

 

Currently known from only a few locations in Ayrshire, the Common Groundhopper favours low vegetation on damp ground around wetlands with a considerable moss component. This species should be searched for in any damp habitats, including mossy areas in woodland.

 

Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata) habitat, Gailes Marsh SWT, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata) habitat, Gailes Marsh SWT, Ayrshire, Aug 2023

 

 

Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata) habitat, Gailes Marsh SWT, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Common Groundhopper (Tetrix undulata) habitat, Gailes Marsh SWT, Ayrshire, Aug 2022

 

 

 

Common Green Grasshopper  Omocestus viridulus   S=stridulating (singing) noted;  f/ff females noted


13+S + 2ff, Crosshouse, Gatehead Road-Laigh Milton Mill, NS 391381 - 385375 - 384373, 8-Aug 2023.

2S, Glasgow Road/Borland Bridge, NS 441406, 9-Aug 2023.

7+S, Crosshouse, Gatehead Road-Laigh Milton Mill, NS 384373, 10-Aug 2023.

S, Craig Tara, NS 298186, 12-Aug 2023.

f, Heads of Ayr, NS 288187, 12-Aug 2023.

S, Craig Tara, NS 301179, 13-Aug 2023.

S, Heads of Ayr farm park, NS 298180, 13-Aug 2023.

S, Heads of Ayr farm park, NS 297179, 13-Aug 2023.

2S, Knockentiber-Kilmaurs B751, Longwalk Plantation, NS 405402, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Brackenhill Farm, NS 411424, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Lochside, NS 415438, 15-Aug 2023.

2S + 2 ff, Stewarton (S side), NS 416449 15-Aug 2023.

S, Laigh Castleton, NS 408446, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Stewarton (S side A735), NS 415454, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Stewarton (W side), NS 409461, 15-Aug 2023.

S, High Kilbridge, NS 399463, 15-Aug 2023.

S, North Kilbride, NS 394466, 15-Aug 2023.

4S, Gouknest, NS 399470, 15-Aug 2023.

3S, Gouknest, NS 402472, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Low Gameshill, NS 409479, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Low Gameshill, NS 410479, 15-Aug 2023.

2S, Pointhouse Cottage, NS 412482, 15-Aug 2023.

2S, High Gameshill, NS 416487, 15-Aug 2023.

4S, Sidehead, NS 417491, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Dunlop House, NS 422497, 15-Aug 2023.

S, West Moneyacres, NS 425499, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Easy Moneyacres, NS 428500, 15-Aug 2023.

S, New Mill, NS 437505, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Tailend, NS 442509, 15-Aug 2023.

6S, Craignaught, NS445514, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Craignaught quarry, NS 447520, 15-Aug 2023.

3S, Crummies Law, NS 451527 (border Ayrshire VC75/Renfrewshire VC76), 15-Aug 2023.

S, Glebe Knowe, NS 456534 (Renfrewshire VC76), 15-Aug 2023.

2S, Harelaw, NS 466545 (Renfrewshire VC76), 15-Aug 2023.

S, Harelaw, NS 471543 (Renfrewshire VC76), 15-Aug 2023.

S, Harelaw Loch, NS 472539 (Renfrewshire VC76), 15-Aug 2023.

3S, Moyne Moor, NS 469531 (Renfrewshire VC76), 15-Aug 2023.

S, Graystonehill, NS 463519 (Renfrewshire VC76), 15-Aug 2023.

S, Gabroc Hill, NS 453511, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Greensland, NS 450509, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Townend of Fullwood, NS 442501, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Fullwood, NS 441499, 15-Aug 2023.

2S, Springbank, NS 437492, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Auchentiber, NS 437478, 15-Aug 2023.

2S, Gateside, NS 435478, 15-Aug 2023.

S. Causey Head, NS 431469, 15-Aug 2023.

S, High Peacockbank, NS 422446, 15-Aug 2023.

S, Kelburn Country Park, NS 212563, 16-Aug 2023 (LS/JS).

2S, Knockentiber, NS 395388, 16-Aug 2023.

2S, Greenhill, NS 400389, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Grange Estate/Annanhill GC, NS 413371, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Howard Park, NS 424373, 16-Aug 2023.

50+, brownfield site (old Safeway), Burnside Street, Kilmarnock, NS 425369, 16-Aug 2023.

2S, Shortless, NS 423353, 16-Aug 2023.

10+S, Shortless, NS 424349, 16-Aug 2023.

3S, Howcommon, NS 424330, 16-Aug 2023.

2S, Laigh Langside, NS 413311, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Muirhouse, NS 403325, 16-Aug 2023.

3S, Stafflar Reservoir, NS 412332, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Craigie Mains, NS 404312, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Heughmill, NS 403305, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Baillieston, NS 397295, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Underwood, NS 388290, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Low Wardneuk, NS 387289, 16-Aug 2023.

S, High Wardneuk, NS 392283, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Pisgah, NS 400287, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Kirkhill, NS 400296, 16-Aug 2023.

S, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, NS 412390, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Townholm, NS 433387, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Crookedholm, NS 447379, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Hurlford, NS 456364, 17-Aug 2023.

10+S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 462360, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 472360, 17-Aug 2023.

10+S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 476361, 17-Aug 2023.

10+S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 481361, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 484361, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 491361, 17-Aug 2023.

25+S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 498361, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Galston Cemetery, NS 503360, 17-Aug 2023.

S, B7037 nr Cessnock Castle, NS 506355, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Sornhill, NS 512347, 17-Aug 2023.

S, back road nr Cessnock Castle, NS 514351, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Sornbeg, NS 504350, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Sornbeg, NS 501348, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Millands, NS 495351, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Drumdroch, NS 493344, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Overland, NS 487342, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Overland, NS 481338, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Netherlands Farm, NS 476332, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Whitehill Farm, NS 485329, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Whitehill Farm, NS 490330, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Little Sorn, NS 493320, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Little Sorn, NS 500330, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Bruntwood, NS 505327, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Bruntwood Hill, NS 510322, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Bent, NS 512331, 17-Aug 2023.

4S, Crossroads, NS 469339, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Fiveways, NS 463325, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Newbyre, NS 475346, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Ashyard, NS 479351, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Bellisle, NS 480351, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Haining Mains, NS 464347, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Haining Mains, NS 462350, 17-Aug 2023.

4S, Purroch, NS 461353, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Barleith, NS 458357, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Springside-Dreghorn disused railway line, NS 352385, 18-Aug 2023.

10+S, Annick Park, NS 348384, 18-Aug 2023.

S, Holm, NS 386383, 19-Aug 2023.

S, West Plann, NS 390394, 20-Aug 2023.

2S, Perceton Row, NS 360392, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Perceton Row, NS 358395, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Perceton, NS 354400, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Annick Water, Annick Lodge, NS 361418, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Annick Lodge, NS 356419, 20-Aug 2023.

2S, Fairliecrevoch, NS 368422, 20-Aug 2023.

2S, Barnahill, NS 372425, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Newtonhead, NS 379415, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Newtonhead, NS 382416, 20-Aug 2023.

2S, Laigh Langmuir, NS 394414, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Busbie Mains, NS 393409, 20-Aug 2023.

2S, Southhook, NS 386402, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Kilmaurs (W side), NS 400413, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Kilmaurs, NS 414414, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Kilmaurs, NS 418403, 20-Aug 2023.

3S, Meikle Mosside, NS 437418, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Meiklewood, NS 443412, 20-Aug 2023.

2S, Rowallan (former PS), NS 440404, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Southcraigs, NS 438402, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Greenholm, NS NS 535369, 20-Aug 2023.

S, High Dalloy, NS 529367, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Newmilns-Darvel cycle path, NS 551372, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Newmilns-Darvel cycle path, NS 564370, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Newmilns-Darvel cycle path, NS 558370, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Galston-Newmilns cycle path, NS 525368, 20-Aug 2023.

S, Galston-Newmilns cycle path, NS 517367, 20-Aug 2023.

10+S, Kilmarnock, Queen's Drive, NS 435371, 21-Aug 2023.

10+S, Kilmarnock Rugby Club, NS 436369, 21-Aug 2023.

3SS, Towerlands Roundabout, NS 339390, 23-Aug 2023.

2S, Bourtreehill, Cheviot Gardens, NS 339393, 23-Aug 2023.

10+S, Bourtreehill, NS 340396, 23-Aug 2023.

10+S, Eglinton Country Park, 328415, 23-Aug 2023.

10+S, Ayrshire Central Hospital, NS 318408, 23-Aug 2023.

10+S, Trindlemoss Loch, NS 321394, 23-Aug 2023.

4S, Irvine, River Irvine, NS 317394, 23-Aug 2023.

2S, Irvine-Kilwinning cyclepath, NS 307414, 23-Aug 2023.

2S, Irvine beach park, NS 305380, 23-Aug 2023.

S, Irvine beach park, NS 312374, 23-Aug 2023.

S, Gailes Hotel, NS 326363, 23-Aug 2023.

S, Shewalton, NS 342361, 23-Aug 2023.

S, Drybridge, NS 360364, 23-Aug 2023.

S, Fairlie Cottages, NS 378360, 23-Aug 2023.

S, Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, NS 360378, 23-Aug 2023.

pr, sheltering in rain, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, NS 385375, 23-Aug 2023.

 

Oscillogram of Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus) calling song  Fraser Simpson

 

 

     

 

Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus)  Fraser Simpson

male Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus), Townholm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire (VC75), Scotland, Aug 2022

 

 

Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus)  Fraser Simpson

female Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus), Laigh Milton Mill, Ayrshire (VC75), Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

The Common Green Grasshopper is the most abundant and widespread orthopteran in Ayrshire, favouring long, damp, unimproved grassland from the coast to the hills. It occurs in areas of dairy pasture only where field margins are left untouched and along unmown verges bordering roadside hedgerows through such areas. This grasshopper may also be found in small numbers in urban areas such as parks, if grassland is left unmown. 

 

Common Green Grasshopper habitats in Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Common Green Grasshopper habitats: Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line; linear strips of unimproved grassland (TL) | Symington; field margin in dairy pasture (TR) | Eglinton Country Park; large areas of unimproved rough grassland (BL) | Howard Park, Kilmarnock; small patch of unmown grass in municipal town park (BR), Jul-Aug 2022

 

 

 

Mottled Grasshopper  Myrmeleotettix maculatus


10+S & f ovipositing, Irvine-Kilwinning cyclepath, NS 312400, 23-Aug 2023.

5+, Gailes Marsh, NS 328356, 23-Aug 2023.

 

Oscillogram of Mottled Grasshopper (Myrmeleotettix maculatus) calling song  Fraser Simpson

 

 

     

Mottled Grasshopper (Myrmeleotettix maculatus)  Fraser Simpson

male Mottled Grasshopper (Myrmeleotettix maculatus), Irvine, Ayrshire (VC75), Scotland, Aug 2022

 

 

Mottled Grasshopper (Myrmeleotettix maculatus)  Fraser Simpson

female Mottled Grasshopper (Myrmeleotettix maculatus), Irvine-Kilwinning cycle path, (VC775), Scotland, Aug 2023

 

  

The Mottled Grasshopper is found in short, dry grassland in coastal areas, favouring patches of heath and exposed ground on sandy soil. It would be worth searching inland on old pit bings where new colonies may be awaiting discovery.

 

Mottled Grasshopper habitats in Ayrshire & Arran  Fraser Simpson

Mottled Grasshopper habitats: Gailes; healthland (TL) | Brodick Bay; wet dune (TR) | Irvine; dunes (BL) | Irvine, Marine Drive; fire-impacted heathland with Gorse (Ulex) (BR), Jul-Aug 2022

 

 

Field Grasshopper  Chorthippus brunneus


S, Craig Tara, NS 299186, 12-Aug 2023.

S, Craig Tara, NS 297186, 12-Aug 2023.

4S, Craig Tara sewage works, NS 296186, 12-Aug 2023.

2S, Craig Tara. NS 301188, 13-Aug 2023.

5S, Craig Tara-Greenan Castle. NS 306191, 13-Aug 2023.

50+, brownfield site (old Safeway), Burnside Street, Kilmarnock, NS 425369, 16-Aug 2023.

4S, Shortless, NS 423353, 16-Aug 2023.

4S, Bonnyton (cyclepath through industrial estate), NS 421386, 17-Aug 2023.

5S, Townholm, NS 433387, 17-Aug 2023.

2S, Hurlford-Galston dusused railway line, NS 476361, 17-Aug 2023.

S, Knockinlaw, Kilmarnock, NS 428394, 20-Aug 2023.

10+S, Kilmarnock, Queen's Drive, NS 435371, 21-Aug 2023.

10+S, Ayrshire Central Hospital, NS 318408, 23-Aug 2023.

10+S, Trindlemoss Loch, NS 321394, 23-Aug 2023.

20+S, Irvine-Kilwinning cyclepath, NS 313399, , 23-Aug 2023.

2S, Irvine harbour, NS 311382, 23-Aug 2023.

2S, Holmsford Bridge Crematorium, NS 360378, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Oscillogram of Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus) calling song - two males  Fraser Simpson

 

 

     

Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)  Fraser Simpson

male Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus), Townholm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire (VC75), Scotland, Aug 2022

 

 

Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus)  Fraser Simpson

female Field Grasshopper (Chorthippus brunneus), Townholm, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire (VC75), Scotland, Aug 2022

 

 

The Field Grasshopper is most abundant on the coast, prefering shorter, drier grassland to Common Green Grasshopper. It is widespread though more localised inland, but can occur in large numbers on urban brownfield and post-industrial sites, particularly those with bare ground and sparse grassland exposed to the sun. As with Common Green Grasshopper, this species would benefit from reducing excessive tidyness in urban areas by leaving marginal areas to nature. Compared to 2021, this grasshopper was found more frequently along hedgerow grass verges in farmland - perhaps evidence of dispersal during the hot, dry summer of 2022.

 

Field Grasshopper habitats in Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Field Grasshopper habitats: Ayr beach; dunes (TL) | Shewalton; rough grassland, post industrial (TR) | Kilmarnock, Burnside Street, brownfield site (BL) | Greenan; low dune & coastal grassland (BR), Jul-Aug 2022

 

 

 

Meadow Grasshopper  Chorthippus parallelus


This species was not located in any of the survey areas. It may have been present historically and it is likely that modern records are misidentifications.

 

 

 

Garden Moth Trapping


 

Centre-barred Sallow, Crosshouse, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

A compact 20W Actinic Heath moth trap was placed centrally in the garden and run for 13 nights between 8 and 24 August.

 

 

Bird-cherry Ermine  Yponomeuta evonymella  16.001


1-3, most days in trap, Crosshouse, 9-15-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

Orchard Ermine  Yponomeuta padella  16.002


1, in hedgerow, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, Ayrshire (NS 387377), 8-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

Ermine sp.  Yponomeuta sp.


2, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug, 2023.

20, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Yponomeuta sp.  Fraser Simpson

Ermine sp. (Yponomeuta sp.), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 7 August 2021

 

 

 

White-shoulded House-moth  Endrosis sarcitrella  28.009


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 11-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

Brown House-moth  Hofmannophila pseudospretella  28.010


3, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

 

Brown House-moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella)  Fraser Simpson

Brown House-moth (Hofmannophila pseudospretella), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 6 August 2022

  

 

 

Large Ivy Tortrix  Lozotaenia forsterana  49.029


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

 

Large Ivy Tortrix (Lozotaenia forsterana)  Fraser Simpson

Large Ivy Tortrix (Lozotaenia forsterana), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 

Light Brown Apple Moth  Epiphyas postvittana  49.039


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

1, Gailes Marsh SWT (NS 326356), 23-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

Maple Button  Acleris forsskaleana  49.062


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

 

Maple Button (Acleris forsskaleana)  Fraser Simpson

Maple Button (Acleris forsskaleana), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 31-Jul 2022

 

 

 

Strawberry Tortrix/Dark-triangle Button  Acleris comariana/A. laterana  49.065/49.066


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 25-Aug 2023.

 

Strawberry Tortrix/Dark-triangle Button (Acleris comariana/A. laterana)  Fraser Simpson

Strawberry Tortrix/Dark-triangle Button (Acleris comariana/A. laterana), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 25 August 2023

 

 

 

Ashy Button  Acleris sparsana  49.069


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

 

Ashy Button (Acleris sparsan)  Fraser Simpson

Ashy Button (Acleris sparsana), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2023

 

 

 

Garden Rose Tortrix  Acleris variegana  49.077


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 21-Aug 2023.

 

Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana)  Fraser Simpson

Garden Rose Tortrix (Acleris variegana), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 21 August 2023

 

 

Grey Poplar Bell  Epinotia nisella  49.255


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

 

 

Grey Poplar Bell (Epinotia nisella)  Fraser Simpson

Grey Poplar Bell (Epinotia nisella), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 

Pale Straw Pearl  Udea lutealis  63.033


7, roadside verge, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, Ayrshire (NS 387377-385375-384373), 8-Aug 2023.

10+, Dean Castle Country Park, Ayrshire (NS 444403-442400), 9-Aug 2023.

10+, roadside verge, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, Ayrshire (NS 387377-385375-384373), 10-Aug 2023.

9+, River Irvine, Laigh Milton Mill (NS 383370), 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

 

Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis)  Fraser Simpson

Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis)  Fraser Simpson

Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 6 August 2022

 

 

Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis)  Fraser Simpson

Pale Straw Pearl (Udea lutealis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 8 August 2021

 

 

Dusky Pearl  Udea prunalis  63.034


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 11-Aug 2023.

 

Dusky Pearl (Udea prunalis)  Fraser Simpson

Dusky Pearl (Udea prunalis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

 

Mother of Pearl  Pleuroptya ruralis  63.038


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

 

Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis)  Fraser Simpson

Mother of Pearl (Pleuroptya ruralis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2023

 

 

Garden Grass-veneer  Chrysoteuchia culmella  63.080


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

 

Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella)  Fraser Simpson

Garden Grass-veneer (Chrysoteuchia culmella), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 28 July 2022

 

 

 

Common Grass-veneer  Agriphila tristella  63.089


2, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

10+, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr (NS 299187), 12-Aug 2023

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 19-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 20-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 21-Aug 2023.

 

Common Grass-veneer (Agriphila tristella)  Fraser Simpson

Common Grass-veneer (Agriphila tristella), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

 

Straw Grass-veneer  Agriphila straminella  63.093


2, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 11-Aug 2023.

 

Straw Grass-veneer (Agriphila straminella)  Fraser Simpson

Straw Grass-veneer (Agriphila straminella), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

 

Water Veneer  Acentria ephemerella  63.115


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

 

Water Veneer (Acentria ephemerella)  Fraser Simpson

Water Veneer (Acentria ephemerella), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2022

 

 

 

Riband Wave  Idaea aversata  70.016


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

Shaded Broad-bar  Scotopteryx chenopodiata  70.045


1, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill (NS 385374), Ayrshire, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

1, Gailes Marsh SWT (NS 326356), 23-Aug 2023.

 

Shaded Broad-bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata)  Fraser Simpson

Shaded Broad-bar (Scotopteryx chenopodiata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

 

Garden Carpet  Epirrhoe fluctuata  70.049


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 25-Aug 2023.

 

Garden Carpet (Epirrhoe fluctuata)  Fraser Simpson

Garden Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2021

 

 

 

Flame Carpet  Xanthorhoe designata  70.053


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

 

Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata)  Fraser Simpson

Flame Carpet (Xanthorhoe designata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

Common Carpet  Epirrhoe alternata  70.061


2, roadside verge, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, Ayrshire (NS 387377), 8-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

1, Gailes Marsh SWT (NS 326356), 23-Aug 2023.

 

Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata)  Fraser Simpson

Common Carpet (Epirrhoe alternata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2023

 

 

 

July Highflyer  Hydriomena furcata  70.074


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

 

July Highflyer (Hydriomena furcata)  Fraser Simpson

July Highflyer (Hydriomena furcata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 28 July 2022

 

 

 

 

Chevron  Eulithis testata  70.090  


1, outside trap (remain of bird predation?), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 18-Aug 2023.

 

Chevron (Eulithis testata)  Fraser Simpson

Chevron (Eulithis testata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 July 2023

 

 

Small Phoenix  Ecliptopera silaceata  70.094  


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

 

Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata)  Fraser Simpson

Small Phoenix (Ecliptopera silaceata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 

Common Marbled Carpet  Dysstroma truncata  70.097


2, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

 

Common Marbled Carpet (Dysstroma truncata)  Fraser Simpson

Common Marbled Carpet (Dysstroma truncata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 29 July 2022

 

 

 

Small Rivulet  Perizoma alchemillata  70.133


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

Barred Rivulet  Perizoma bifaciata  70.134


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

 

Barred Rivulet (Perizoma bifaciata)  Fraser Simpson

Barred Rivulet (Perizoma bifaciata), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 

Canary-shouldered Thorn  Ennomos almiaria  70.234


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 16-Aug 2023.

 

Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria)  Fraser Simpson

Canary-shouldered Thorn (Ennomos alniaria), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 16 August 2023

 

 

 

Scalloped Oak  Crocallis elinguaria  70.241


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug, 2023.

 

Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria)  Fraser Simpson

Scalloped Oak (Crocallis elinguaria), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 27 August 2022

 

 

 

Willow Beauty  Peribatodes rhomboidaria  70.258


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

 

Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria)  Fraser Simpson

Willow Beauty (Peribatodes rhomboidaria), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 

Iron Prominent  Notodonta dromedarius  71.012


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

 

Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius)  Fraser Simpson

Iron Prominent (Notodonta dromedarius), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

 

Lesser Swallow Prominent  Pheosia gnoma  71.018


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

 

Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma)  Fraser Simpson

Lesser Swallow Prominent (Pheosia gnoma), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 

Ruby Tiger  Phragmatobia fuliginosa  72.024


1 larva, in garden, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 10-Aug 2023.

 

 

Buff Footman  Eilema depressa  72.043


1 f, larva, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 20-Aug 2023.

 

Buff Footman (Eilema depressa)  Fraser Simpson

Buff Footman (Eilema depressa), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2023

 

 

Cinnabar  Tyria jacobaeae  72.031


20+ late instar larvae on three Ragworts, Craig Tara-Greenan Castle (NS 306192), 13-Aug 2023.

 

Cinnabar Moth larva (Tyria jacobaeae)  Fraser Simpson

Cinnabar Moth larva (Tyria jacobaeae), Brodick Bay, Isle of Arran, Scotland, 5 August 2022

 

 

 

Silver Y  Autographa gamma  73.015


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in coastal grassland, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr (NS 299187), 11-Aug 2023.

1, in coastal grassland, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr (NS 293186), 14-Aug 2023.

1, in coastal grassland, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr (NS 294186), 14-Aug 2023.

1, in flower bed, Craig Tara holiday park (NS 302183), 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Gold Spot  Plusia festucae  73.022


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 18-Aug 2023.

 

Gold Spot (Plusia festucae)  Fraser Simpson

Gold Spot (Plusia festucae), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2023

 

 

Copper Underwing  Amphipyra pyramidea  73.062


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

 

Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea)  Fraser Simpson

Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 24 August 2023

 

 

Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea)  Fraser Simpson

Copper Underwing (Amphipyra pyramidea), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 24 August 2023

 

 

Mouse Moth  Amphipyra tragopoginis  73.064


2, in trap, Crosshouse, 14-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

 

Mouse Moth (Amphipyra tragopoginis)  Fraser Simpson

Mouse Moth (Amphipyra tragopoginis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 17 August 2023

 

 

 

Marbled Beauty  Bryophila domestica  73.084


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

 

Marbled Beauty (Bryophila domestica)  Fraser Simpson

Marbled Beauty (Bryophila domestica), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2023

 

 

Marbled Beauty (Bryophila domestica)  Fraser Simpson

Marbled Beauty (Bryophila domestica), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

 

Old Lady  Mormo maura  73.107


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 16-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

The Crescent  Helotropha leucostigma  73.119


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 18-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 24-Aug 2023.

 

The Crescent (Helotropha leucostigma)  Fraser Simpson

The Crescent (Helotropha leucostigma), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2023

 

 

 Rosy Rustic  Hydraecia micacea  73.123


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

 

Rosy Rustic (Hydraecia micacea)  Fraser Simpson

Rosy Rustic (Hydraecia micacea), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 Ear Moth agg.  Amphipoea sp.


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 17-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 18-Aug 2023.

 

Ear moth agg (Amphipoea sp.)  Fraser Simpson

Ear moth agg (Amphipoea sp.), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 17 August 2022

 

 

Flounced Rustic  Luperina testacea  73.131


2, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

5, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 19-Aug 2023.

8, in trap, Crosshouse, 20-Aug 2023.

8, in trap, Crosshouse, 21-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

5, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

 

Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea)  Fraser Simpson

Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2023

 

 

Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea)  Fraser Simpson

Flounced Rustic (Luperina testacea), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 21 August 2023

 

 

 

Slender Brindle  Apamea scolopacina  73.160


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

 

Slender Brindle (Apamea scolopacina)  Fraser Simpson

Slender Brindle (Apamea scolopacina), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 28-July 2022

 

 

 

Dark Arches  Apamea monoglypha  73.162


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 11-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 15-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 17-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 20-Aug 2023.

 

Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha)  Fraser Simpson

Dark Arches (Apamea monoglypha), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

 

Common Rustic agg.  Mesapamea secalis/didyma  73.169/170


3, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug, 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

1, on Ragwort, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr (NS 299187), 12-Aug 2023

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

 

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma)  Fraser Simpson

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 27 July 2022

 

 

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma)  Fraser Simpson

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 31 July 2022

 

 

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma)  Fraser Simpson

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2022

 

 

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma)  Fraser Simpson

Common Rustic agg. (Mesapamea secalis/didyma), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 12 August 2022

 

 

 

Marbled Minor  agg.  Oligia sp.


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 19-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

 

Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia sp.)  Fraser Simpson

Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia sp.), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 16 August 2023

 

 

Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia sp.)  Fraser Simpson

Marbled Minor agg. (Oligia sp.), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 22 August 2023

 

 

The Dun-bar  Cosmia trapezina  73.216


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire 18-Aug 2023.

 

The Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina)  Fraser Simpson

The Dun-bar (Cosmia trapezina), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 28 August 2023

 

 

Centre-barred Sallow  Atethmia centrago  73.219


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 21-Aug 2023.

 

Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago)  Fraser Simpson

Centre-barred Sallow (Atethmia centrago), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2023

 

 

Grey Chi  Antitype chi  73.228


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 19-Aug 2023.

 

Grey Chi (Antitype chi)  Fraser Simpson

Grey Chi (Antitype chi), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 19 August 2023

 

 

 

Cabbage Moth  Mamestra brassicae  73.274


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

 

Cabbage Moth (Mamestra brassicae)  Fraser Simpson

Cabbage Moth (Mamestra brassicae), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 31 July 2022

 

 

 

Dark Sword-grass  Agrotis ipsilon  73.327


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 17-Jul, 2023.

 

Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon)  Fraser Simpson

73.327  Dark Sword-grass (Agrotis ipsilon), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, England, 17 Aug 2023

 

 

Small Square-spot  Diarsia rubi  73.334


1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 20-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 21-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 24-Aug 2023.

 

Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi)  Fraser Simpson

Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 6 August 2023

 

 

Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi)  Fraser Simpson

Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 6 August 2022

 

 

Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi)  Fraser Simpson

Small Square-spot (Diarsia rubi), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2021

 

 

 

Large Yellow Underwing  Noctua pronuba  73.342


7, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

6, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

12, in trap, Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 15-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

7, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

6, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 19-Aug 2023.

5, in trap, Crosshouse, 20-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 21-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

 

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  Fraser Simpson

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  Fraser Simpson

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 22 August 2023

 

 

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba)  Fraser Simpson

Large Yellow Underwing (Noctua pronuba), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2023

 

 

 

Lesser Yellow Undering  Noctua comes  73.345


2, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 9-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 10-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 17-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 19-Aug 2023.

3, in trap, Crosshouse, 20-Aug 2023.

2, in trap, Crosshouse, 21-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, 22-Aug 2023.

 

Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)  Fraser Simpson

Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2023

 

 

Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes)  Fraser Simpson

Lesser Yellow Underwing (Noctua comes), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2023

 

 

 

Least Yellow Undering  Noctua interjecta  73.346


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 18-Aug 2023.

1, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 20-Aug 2023.

 

Least Yellow Underwing (Noctua interjecta)  Fraser Simpson

Least Yellow Underwing (Noctua interjecta, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 18 August 2023

 

 

 

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing  Noctua janthe  73.348


1, in trap, Crosshouse, 16-Aug 2023.

 

 

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe)  Fraser Simpson

Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing (Noctua janthe), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 31 July 2022

 

 

 

Square-spot Rustic  Xestia xanthographa  73.357


2, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 17-Aug 2023.

4, in trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, 17-Aug 2023.

 

Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthograph)  Fraser Simpson

Square-spot Rustic (Xestia xanthographa), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 17 August 2023

 

 

 

Moth trap  Fraser Simpson

Moth Trap, Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, July 2022

 

 

 

Butterflies


 

Large White  Pieris brassicae


1, Craig Tara, NS 298186, 12-Aug 2023.

1, Craig Tara, NS 303189, 13-Aug 2023.

6, Craig Tara, NS 294186, 14-Aug 2023.

1, Gouknest, NS 403473, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Townholm, Kilmarnock, NS 433387, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 488361, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Galston Cemetery, NS 502361, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Knockentiber-Bonnyton disused railway line, NS 411390, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Small White  Pieris rapae


1, Crosshouse, NS 392380, 10-Aug 2023.

1, Irvine Station, NS 316386, 11-Aug 2023.

11, Craig Tara holiday village-sewage works, NS 299186 - 296186, 12-Aug 2023.

18, Head of Ayr, NS 293186 - 288187, 12-Aug 2023.

4, Heads of Ayr, NS 293187, 14-Aug 2023.

12, Craig Tara, NS 294186, 14-Aug 2023.

1, Sidehead, NS 417491, 15-Aug 2023.

2, brownfield site, Burnside Street, Kilmarnock, NS 425369, 16-Aug 2023.

1, Bonnyton industrial estate, NS 421386, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 481361, 17-Aug 2023.

2, Kilmaurs, NS 412412, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Knockinlaw, Kilmarnock, NS 428395, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Queen's Drive/River Irvine, Kilmarnock, NS 435371, 21-Aug 2023.

1, Trindlemoss Loch, NS 321394, 23-Aug 2023.

1, River Irvine, Irvine, NS 318393, 23-Aug 2023.

4, Wardneuk, Kilmarnock, NS 436401 - 435402, 24-Aug 2023.

1, Onthank, Kilmarnock, NS 431397, 24-Aug 2023.

2, Knockinlaw, Kilmarnock, NS 430395, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Green-veined White  Pieris napi


5, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, NS 391381 - 383369, 8-Aug 2023.

1, Craig Tara, NS 299187, 12-Aug 2023.

1, Craig Tara, NS 304190, 13-Aug 2023.

1, Heads of Ayr, 293186, 14-Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara, NS 294186, 14-Aug 2023.

2, Brackenhill Farm, NS 411424, 15-Aug 2023.

2, Lochside, NS 415439, 15-Aug 2023.

3, Gouknest, NS 402479, 15-Aug 2023.

1, High Gameshill, NS 416487, 15-Aug 2023.

1, New Mill, NS 437505, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Craignaught Quarry, NS 447520, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Crummies Law, NS 451527, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Glebe Knowe, NS 456534, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Harelaw, NS 466545, 15-Aug 2023.

2, Harelaw, NS 471543, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Harelaw Loch, NS 472539, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Graystonehill, NS 463519, 15-Aug 2023.

1, brownfield site, Burnside Street, Kilmarnock, NS 425369, 16-Aug 2023.

1, Loreny Drive, Shortlees, Kilmarnock, NS 424349, 16-Aug 2023.

2, Knockentiver Viaduct, NS 402395, 17-Aug 2023.

2, Bonnyton-Knockentiber disused railway line, NS 412390, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Townholm, Kilmarnock, NS 433387, 17-Aug 2023.

28, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 462360 - 498361, 17-Aug 2023.

1, B7037/Cessnock Castle, NS 506355, 17-Aug 2023.

2, Sornhill, NS 512347, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Whitehill Farm, NS 485329, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Little Sorn, NS 500330, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Dreghorn, NS 368390, 18-Aug 2023.

1, West Plann, NS 390394, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Perceton, NS 360392, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Annick Water, Cunninghamhead, NS 374423, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Southhook, NS 386402, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Kilmaurs, NS 414414, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Meiklewood, NS 443412, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Long Cairn Walk, Darvel, NS 564370, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Queen's Drive/River Irvine, Kilmarnock, NS 434373, 21-Aug 2023.

1, Annick Water, Dreghorn-Irvine disused railway line, NS 356386, 23-Aug 2023.

1, Broomlands, NS 347387, 23-Aug 2023.

1, Eglinton Country Park, NS 331416, 23-Aug 2023.

1, Knockentiber-Bonnyton disused railway line, NS 411390, 24-Aug 2023.

1, Knockentiber-Bonnyton disused railway line, NS 402395, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Small Copper  Lycaena phlaeas


1, Head of Ayr, NS 293186, 12-Aug 2023.

1, Queen's Drive/River Irvine, Kilmarnock, NS 435371, 21-Aug 2023.

 

 

Holly Blue  Celastrina argiolus


1, Kilmaurs, NS 412412, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Galston, near cemetery, NS 503360, 20-Aug 2023.

 

 

Red Admiral  Vanessa atalanta


1, Head of Ayr, NS 290187, 12-Aug 2023.

1, Brackenhill Farm, NS 411424, 15-Aug 2023.

1, brownfield site, Burnside Street, Kilmarnock, NS 425369, 16-Aug 2023.

1, Bonnyton brownfield site at Kilmarnock College, NS 424386, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Galston, NS 505360, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Bent, NS 512331, 17-Aug 2023.

1, River Irvine, Kilmarnock Rugby Club, NS 436376, 21-Aug 2023.

5, Knockentiber-Bonnyton disused railway line, NS 407392 - 401395, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Painted Lady  Vanessa cardui


1, Knockentiber-Bonnyton disused railway line, NS 409391, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Small Tortoiseshell  Aglais urticae


1, River Irvine, Laigh Milton Mill, NS 383369, 8-Aug 2023.

2, Gouknest, NS 403473, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Harelaw Loch, NS 472539, 15-Aug 2023.

10+, brownfield site, Burnside Street, Kilmarnock, NS 425369, 16-Aug 2023.

1, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 488361, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Peacock  Inachis io


2, River Irvine, Laigh Milton Mill, NS 383369, 8-Aug 2023.

1, Crosshouse, NS 392380, 11-Aug 2023.

1, Craig Tara, NS 303186, 11-Aug 2023.

1, Head of Ayr, NS 293186, 12-Aug 2023.

1, Craig Tara, NS 297185, 11-Aug 2023.

1, Heads of Ayr, 293186, 14-Aug 2023.

1, Lochside, NS 415439, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Gouknest, NS 403473, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Dunlop House, NS 422497, 15-Aug 2023.

2, Crummies Law, NS 451527, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Glebe Knowe, NS 456534, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Harelaw, NS 471543, 15-Aug 2023.

5, Harelaw Loch, NS 472539, 15-Aug 2023.

7, Moyne Moor, NS 469531, 15-Aug 2023.

3, Graystonehill, NS 463519, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Greensland, NS 450509, 15-Aug 2023.

20+, brownfield site, Burnside Street, Kilmarnock, NS 425369, 16-Aug 2023.

1, Knockentiver Viaduct, NS 402395, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Bonnyton-Knockentiber disused railway line, NS 412390, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Bonnyton industrial estate, NS 421386, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Bonnyton brownfield site at Kilmarnock College, NS 424386, 17-Aug 2023.

6, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 484361 - 488361, 17-Aug 2023.

3, Galston Cemetery, NS 502361, 17-Aug 2023.

3, Galston, NS 506360, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Ayrshire Central Hotel, NS 318408, 23-Aug 2023.

1, Knockentiber-Bonnyton disused railway line, NS 401395, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Comma  Polygonia c-album


1, Queen's Drive/River Irvine, Kilmarnock, NS 433371, 21-Aug 2023.

 

Comma (Polygonia c-album), Eglinton Country Park  Fraser Simpson

Comma (Polygonia c-album), Eglinton Country Park, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2022

 

 

Speckled Wood  Pararge aegeria


1, edge of Hazel woodland, Heads of Ayr, NS 293186, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Meadow Brown  Maniola jurtina


1, Loreny Drive, Shortlees, Kilmarnock, NS 424349, 16-Aug 2023.

1, Irvine-Kilwinning cyclepath, NS 313399, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

 

Dragonflies


  

Common Hawker  Aeshna juncea


1, Montgomery Park suds pond, Eglinton Country Park, NS 328415, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Migrant Hawker  Aeshna mixta


1, Sourlie Wood SWT, NS 342414, 23-Aug 2023.

2, Eglinton Country Park, NS 331416, 23-Aug 2023.

2, Eglinton Country Park, NS 331414, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common Darter  Sympetrum striolatum


1, Loreny Drive, Shortlees, Kilmarnock, NS 424349, 16-Aug 2023.

10+, Montgomeria Park suds pond, Eglinton Country Park, NS 328415, 23-Aug 2023.

  

 

 

Other species


 

Red-thighed St Mark's Fly  Bibio pomonae


Regular in moth trap, NS 392380, Crosshouse, 10-24 Aug 2023.

 

Red-thighed St Mark's Fly (Bibio pomonae)  Fraser Simpson

Red-thighed St Mark's Fly (Bibio pomonae), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 20 August 2023

 

 

Grouse Wing  Mystacides longicornis


Regular in moth trap, NS 392380, Crosshouse, 10-24 Aug 2023.

 

Grouse Wing (Mystacides longicornis)  Fraser Simpson

Grouse Wing (Mystacides longicornis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

Caddisfly  Athripsodes albifrons


Regular in moth trap, NS 392380, Crosshouse, 10-24 Aug 2023.

 

Caddisfly (Athripsodes bilineatus)  Fraser Simpson

Caddisfly (Athripsodes bilineatus), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2023

 

 

Cinnamon Sedge  Limnephilus lunatus


Regular in moth trap, NS 392380, Crosshouse, 10-24 Aug 2023.

 

Cinnamon Sedge (Limnephilus lunatus)  Fraser Simpson

Cinnamon Sedge (Limnephilus lunatus), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 20 August 2023

 

 

European Cranefly  Tipula paludosa


Regular in moth trap, NS 392380, Crosshouse, 10-24 Aug 2023.

 

 

Green Leafhopper  Cicadella viridis


Abundant throughout central Ayrshire in damp grassland and marshes.

 

Green Leafhopper (Cicadella viridis)  Fraser SimpsonGreen Leafhopper (Cicadella viridis)  Fraser Simpson

Green Leafhopper (Cicadella viridis), Crosshouse, Ayrshire, Scotland, 15 August 2021

 

 

Spiked Shieldbug  Picromerus bidens


1, Laigh Milton Mill, Crosshouse, NS 383370, 10-Aug 2023.

 

Spiked Shieldbug (Picromerus bidens)  Fraser Simpson

Spiked Shieldbug (Picromerus bidens), Laigh Milton Mill, Ayrshire, Scotland, 10 August 2023

 

 

Red-legged Shieldbug [Forest Bug]  Pentatoma rufipes


1, in garden, Crosshouse, NS 392380, 10-Aug 2023.

1, in moth trap, Crosshouse, NS 392380, 24-Aug 2023.

 

Red-legged Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes)  Fraser Simpson

Red-legged Shieldbug (Pentatoma rufipes), Brodick Castle CP, Isle of Arran, Scotland, 5 August 2022

 

 

Hawthorn Shieldbug  Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale


1, Galston, NS 503360, 20-Aug 2023.

 

 

Devil's Coach-horse Beetle  Ocypus olens


1, in garden, Crosshouse, NS 392380, 10-Aug 2023.

 

 

Leopard Slug  Limax maximus


Common in garden, Crosshouse, 9-Aug 2023.

 

 

Large Black Slug  Arion ater


Common in garden, Crosshouse, 9-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common/Sand/Painted Goby  Pomatoschistus sp.


Several around rock pools, Craig Tara, NS 301188, 11-Aug 2023.

 

Goby sp. (Pomatoschistus sp.)  Fraser Simpson

Goby sp. (Pomatoschistus sp.), Craig Tara, Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire, Scotland, 11 August 2023

 

 

Common Toad  Bufo bufo


2, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, NS 383373, 10-Aug 2023.

 

 

Brown Hare  Lepus europaeus


1, Crosshouse, 21-Aug 2023.

1, Harperland, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

European Rabbit  Oryctolagus cuniculus


Widespread, in small numbers, inc:

6, Dean Castle Country Park, 9-Aug 2023.

 

 

European Hedgehog  Erinaceus europaeus


1 dead (roadkill), Gateheard, 16-Aug 2023.

 

 

Roe Deer  Capreolus capreolus


1, Marine Drive, Irvine beach park, NS 315369, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common Pipistrelle  Pipistrellus pipistrellus


2, Crosshouse, 9-Aug 2023.

10+, Bonnyton-Knockentiber disused railway line, 15-Aug 2023.

 

 

Dustbin-lid Jellyfish  Rhizostoma octopus


Many stranded, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

Dustbin-led Jellyfish (Rhizostoma octopus)  Fraser Simpson

Dustbin-led Jellyfish (Rhizostoma octopus), Heads of Ayr, Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire, Scotland, 14 August 2023

 

 

 

Birds


 

Canada Goose  Branta canadensis


12, over Crosshouse garden, 15-Aug 2023.

 

 

Mute Swan  Cygnus olor


pr + b/6, Kay Park pond, Kilmarnock, 17-Aug 2023.

pr + b/3, Irvine beach park, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Mallard  Anas platyrhynchos


17, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

51, Kay Park pond, Kilmarnock, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Tufted Duck  Aythya fuligula


pr, Irvine beach park, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Eider  Somateria  mollissima


1, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common Scoter  Melanitta nigra


2 S, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Red-breasted Merganser  Mergus serrator


4 redheads, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Grey Partridge  Perdix perdix


Heard calling, from edge of wheat field, east of Craig Tara, NS 307191, 13-Aug 2023.

4 juvs, roadside at edge of barley field, Little Raws-Brunthill, NS 47174004, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Pheasant  Phasianus colchicus


Male singing, Pisgah, NS 400287, 16-Aug 2023.

Male singing, Kirkhill, NS400296, 16-Aug 2023.

 

 

Red-throated Diver  Gavia stellata


1, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Little Egret  Egretta garzetta


3, Bogside, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea


1, River Irvine, Laigh Milton Mill, 10-Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

1, Cessnock Water, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 462360, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Eurasian Sparrowhawk  Accipiter nisus


1 f, , Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, 10-Aug 2023.

1 f, Rivergate Shopping Centre, 11-Aug 2023.

1 f, Bonnyton-Knockentiber disused railway line, 21-Aug 2023.

1 m, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common Buzzard  Buteo buteo


1 juv, heard calling, Laigh Milton Mill, 8-Aug 2023.

1, over Borland Bridge, 9-Aug 2023.

2 ads/2 juvs, Knockentiber-Kilmarurs, NS 405402, 15-Aug 2023.

1 calling, East Moneyacres, NS 4285004, 15-Aug 2023.

2, New Mill, NS 437505, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Moyne Moor, NS 469531, 15-Aug 2023.

1 calling, Gabroc Hill, NS 453511, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Shortlees, Kilmarnock, NS 424349, 16-Aug 2023.

1 calling, Howcommon, NS 424330, 16-Aug 2023.

1 calling, Baillieston, NS 397295, 16-Aug 2023.

1, calling, Knockentiber Viaduct, NS 402395, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Cessnock Water, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 462360, 17-Aug 2023.

2, Little Sorn, NS 500330, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Eglinton Country Park, NS 331414, 23-Aug 2023.

1, Gailes Marsh SWT, NS 326356, 23-Aug 2023.

1, GSK factory, Shewalton, NS 342361, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Kestrel  Falco tinnunculus


2, Crummies Law, NS 451527, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Holm, Crosshouse, 19-Aug 2023.

 

 

Gannet  Morus bassanus


4, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Shag  Phalacrocorax aristotelis


11, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo


1, River Irvine, Laigh Milton Mill, 10-Aug 2023.

1, over Crosshouse, 11-Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

1, over Eglinton Country Park, NS 328415, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Moorhen  Gallinula chloropus


6, Kay Park pond, Kilmarnock, 17-Aug 2023.

pr + b/1, Irvine beach park, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Coot  Fulica atra


31 inc small b/2, Kay Park pond, Kilmarnock, 17-Aug 2023.

pr + b/1, Irvine beach park, 23-Aug 2023.

 

  

Eurasian Oystercatcher  Haematopus ostralegus


5, Craig Tara, 11-Aug 2023.

10, Craig Tara, 12 Aug 2023.

39, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Whimbrel  Numenius phaeopus


1, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Eurasian Curlew  Numenius arquata


30, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

1, Pisgah, NS 400287, 16-Aug 2023.

Heard calling, Bogside, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Redshank  Tringa totanus


1, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Greenshank  Tringa nebularia


1, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Great Black-backed Gull  Larus marinus


1, Craig Tara, 11-Aug 2023.

Noted, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Black-headed Gull  Larus ridibundus


Noted, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common Gull  Larus canus


1, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus


Noted, Craig Tara, 11-14 Aug 2023.

Noted, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Herring Gull  Larus argentatus


pr + b/1, chimney stack, Crosshouse garden, 10-Aug 2023.

Many pairs with b/1 and b/2, Craig Tara holiday village, 11-Aug 2023.

Noted, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Sandwich Tern  Thalasseus sandvicensis


4, Craig Tara, 11-Aug 2023.

3, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

Heard calling, Irvine harbour, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Arctic Tern  Sterna paradisaea


2, Craig Tara, 12-Aug 2023.

 

 

Stock Dove  Columba oenas


2, Crosshouse, 9-Aug 2023.

1, Little Raws-Brunthill, NS 471400, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Wood Pigeon  Columba palumbus


1 singing m, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

 

 

Collared Dove  Streptopelia decaocto


1 singing m, Crosshouse, 9-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common Swift  Apus apus


1, Crosshouse-Laigh Milton Mill, 8-Aug 2023.

3, Crosshouse, 9-Aug 2023.

2, Assloss riding stables, 9-Aug 2023.

4, over Wardneuk, Kilmarnock, 9-Aug 2023.

14, over Crosshouse garden, 10-Aug 2023.

4, over Crosshouse garden, 15-Aug 2023.

4 screaming, over Crosshouse garden, 16-Aug 2023.

3, over Crosshouse garden, 19-Aug 2023.

 

 

Kingfisher  Alcedo atthis


1, River Irvine, Laigh Milton Mill, 10-Aug 2023.

ad + juv, Carmel Water, Knockentiber Viaduct, NS 402395, 17-Aug 2023.

1, River Irvine, Templeton Burn, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Great Spotted Woodpecker  Dendrocopos major


1, Irvine-Kilwinning cyclepath NCN Route 7, NS 312400, 23-Aug 2023.

1, Gailes Marsh SWT, NS 326356, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Jay  Garrulus glandarius


1, Southhook Bridge, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, 20-Aug 2023.

 

 

Magpie  Pica pica


8, Dean Castle Country Park donkey field, 9-Aug 2023.

 

 

Jackdaw  Coloeus monedula


Noted, Crosshouse farden, 9-25 Aug 2023.

43, over Craig Tara, 13-Aug 2023.

 

 

Rook  Corvus frugilegus


1, producing a range of high-frequency vocalisations, Crosshouse garden, 9-Aug 2023.

Noted feeding in seaweed, Craig Tara, 11-14 Aug 2023.

300+, Grougar Mains, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Raven  Corvus corax


1, over Ayr bus station, 11-Aug 2023.

1, High Kyleston, 13-Aug 2023.

1 calling, Harelaw, NS 466545, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Sornbeg, NS 501348, 17-Aug 2023.

pr, over Crosshouse Garden, 18-Aug 2023.

1, Barnahill, NS 372425, 20-Aug 2023.

 

 

Sand Martin  Riparia riparia


4, Gailes Marsh SWT, NS 326356, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica


40, flew south at 20:30, Crosshouse, 8-Aug 2023.

2, over Borland Bridge, 9-Aug 2023.

6, Assloss riding stables, 9-Aug 2023.

25, Crosshouse, west side, 11-Aug 2023.

5, Rivergate Shopping Centre, 11-Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara, 12 Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara, 13-Aug 2023.

4, over Crosshouse garden, 15-Aug 2023.

9, New Mill, NS 437505, 15-Aug 2023.

14, Craignaught, NS 445514, 15-Aug 2023.

25, Laigh Langside, NS 413311, 16-Aug 2023.

40+, Fortacres, 16-Aug 2023.

15, West Plann, 18-Aug 2023.

53, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, 20-Aug 2023.

10+, Queen's Drive, Kilmarnock, NS 436369, 21-Aug 2023.

18, West Plann, 23-Aug 2023.

160+, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

House Martin  Delichon urbicum


4, Crosshouse garden, 9-Aug 2023.

5, Crosshouse garden, 10-Aug 2023.

3, Crosshouse garden, 11-Aug 2023.

9, over Craig Tara, 13-Aug 2023.

12, over Crosshouse Garden, 18-Aug 2023.

2, over Crosshouse Garden, 20-Aug 2023.

6, over Crosshouse Garden, 25-Aug 2023.

 

 

Long-tailed Tit  Aegithalos caudatus


group heard in Hazel woodland, Heads of Ayr, 12 Aug 2023.

c23, Meadowhead Road pit, Shewalton, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Meadow Pipit  Anthus pratensis


2 calling, Glebe Knowe, NS 456534, 15-Aug 2023.

2 over calling, Pisgah, NS 400287, 16-Aug 2023.

 

 

Rock Pipit  Anthus petrosus


2, Craig Tara, 11-Aug 2023.

1, Craig Tara, 12 Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

1, over Crosshouse garden, 17-Aug 2023.

1, West Plann, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Grey Wagtail  Motacilla cinerea


1, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

1, Cessnock Water, Crossroads, NS 466335, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Pied Wagtail  Motacilla yarrellii


1, Rivergate Shopping Centre, 11-Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara, 11-Aug 2023.

5, feeding in seaweed, Craig Tara, 12 Aug 2023.

6, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

3 juvs, New Mill, NS 437505, 15-Aug 2023.

1, Knockentiber, NS 395388, 16-Aug 2023.

1 NS 400287, 16-Aug 2023.

16, Queen's Drive, Kilmarnock, NS 436369, 21-Aug 2023.

14, Irvine beach park, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Dipper  Cinclus cinclus


Ad + juv, Cessnock Water, Crossroads, NS 466335, 17-Aug 2023.

Juv, Annick Water, Annick Lodge, NS 361418, 20-Aug 2023.

1 heard, Annick Water, Cunninghamhead, NS 374423, 20-Aug 2023.

 

 

Willow Warbler  Phylloscopus trochilus


1, subsong, Crosshouse garden, 11-Aug 2023.

1, subsong, Crosshouse garden, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Blackcap  Sylvia atricapilla


1 calling, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, 20-Aug 2023.

 

 

Whitethroat  Sylvia communis


2, Craignaught landfill, 15-Aug 2023.

1 calling, Low Wardneuk, NS 387289, 16-Aug 2023.

 

 

Eurasian Wren  Troglodytes troglodytes


1 singing m, Crosshouse garden, 9-Aug 2023.

2 singing mm, Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

1 singing m, Annick Water, Annick Lodge, NS 361418, 20-Aug 2023.

1 singing m, Bourtreehill, NS 339393, 23-Aug 2023.

1 singing m, Sourlie Wood SWT, NS 342414, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Coal Tit  Periparus ater


1 singing, Crosshouse, 9-Aug 2023.

 

 

Treecreeper  Certhia familiaris


2, Underwood, NS 388290, 16-Aug 2023.

 

 

Common Starling  Sturnus vulgaris


140, Craig Tara, 12 Aug 2023.

14, Craig Tara-Heads of Ayr, 14-Aug 2023.

120, on rooftops, Crosshouse garden, 16-Aug 2023.

Singing bird mimicking Yellowhammer & Curlew, Crosshouse garden, 17-Aug 2023.

c260, on rooftops, Crosshouse garden, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Robin  Erithacus rubeculus


1 singing, Harelaw, NS 466545, 15-Aug 2023.

 

 

Stonechat  Saxicola rubicola


f + juv, Glebe Knowe, NS 456534, 15-Aug 2023.

 

 

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus


2, Craig Tara, 12 Aug 2023.

3, Craig Tara, 13-Aug 2023.

80+, Little Raws-Brunthill, NS 471400, 17-Aug 2023.

 

 

Eurasian Tree Sparrow  Passer montanus


14, West Plann, NS 390394, 20-Aug 2023.

 

 

Bullfinch  Pyrrhula pyrrhula


b/4, Borland Bridge, Fenwick Water, 9-Aug 2023.

2, Hurlford-Galston disused railway line, NS 472360, 17-Aug 2023.

3+, Dreghorn, NS 368390, 18-Aug 2023.

1 calling, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, 20-Aug 2023.

2+ calling, Ayrshire Central Hospital, Irvine, NS 318408, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Greenfinch  Chloris chloris


3, Craig Tara, 13-Aug 2023.

1, Springbank, NS 437492, 13-Aug 2023.

1, over Crosshouse garden, 17-Aug 2023.

2, over Annick Water, Cunninghamhead, NS 374423, 20-Aug 2023.

2, Southhook Bridge, 23-Aug 2023.

3, Irvine beach park, 23-Aug 2023.

1, over Crosshouse garden, 24-Aug 2023.

 

 

Goldfinch  Carduelis carduelis


2, over Crosshouse garden, 9-Aug 2023.

2, Craig Tara, 11-Aug 2023.

4, Heads of Ayr, 12 Aug 2023.

28, West Plann, 23-Aug 2023.

24, Eglinton Country Park, NS 339418, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Linnet  Linaria cannbina


pr, Craig Tara, 12 Aug 2023.

pr, Kirkhill, NS 400296, 16-Aug 2023.

1, Sornbeg, NS 504250, 17-Aug 2023.

1, Overland, NS 487342, 17-Aug, 2023.

pr, Netherlands Farm, NS 476332, 17-Aug 2023.

2, Dreghorn, NS 368390, 18-Aug 2023.

8, Irvine-Kilwinning cyclepath NCN Route 7, NS 312400, 23-Aug 2023.

2, Irvine beach park, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Lesser Redpoll  Acanthis cabaret


2, Eglinton Country Park, NS 339418, 23-Aug 2023.

2, Gailes Marsh SWT, NS 326356, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Siskin  Spinus spinus


2, Gabroc Hill, NS 453511, 15-Aug 2023.

1, West Raws, 17-Aug 2023.

4, Eglinton Country Park, NS 339418, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

Yellowhammer  Emberiza citrinella


1 singing m, Craig Tara, NS 307191, 13-Aug 2023.

1 calling, Pisgah, NS 400287, 16-Aug 2023.

1 calling, West Plann, NS 390394, 20-Aug 2023.

2, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, 20-Aug 2023.

2, Middleton, 20-Aug 2023.

1, Laigh Langmuir, NS 394414, 20-Aug 2023.

2, Southhook Bridge, 23-Aug 2023.

 

 

 

Moth trapping, logging and photography in the garden  Fraser Simpson

Moth trapping, logging and photography in the garden

 

 

Camping next to the moth trap  Fraser Simpson

Camping next to the moth trap, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Young entomologists in the garden  Fraser Simpson

Young entomologists in the garden, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Heads of Ayr, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Heads of Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Heads of Ayr, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Heads of Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Dunlop area, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Surveying roadside verges in dairy pasture, Dunlop, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

North of Dunlop, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Surveying roadside verges in upland pasture, north of Dunlop, on the Renfrewshire border, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Cycling along the course of the disused railway line between Kilmarnock and Irvine  Fraser Simpson

Cycling along the course of the disused railway line between Kilmarnock and Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Brownfield site, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Brownfield site with Field Grasshopper & Common Green Grasshopper, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Ailsa Craig from Craigie Hill  Fraser Simpson

Ailsa Craig from Craigie Hill, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Underwood-Ladykirk area  Fraser Simpson

Underwood-Ladykirk area, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Cessnock Water from Hurlford-Galston disused railway line  Fraser Simpson

Cessnock Water, from Hurlford-Galston disused raiway line, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Hurlford-Galston disused railway line  Fraser Simpson

Hurlford to Galston disused railway line, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Hurlford-Galston disused railway line  Fraser Simpson

Hurlford to Galston disused railway line, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Old moth poster in the garage  Fraser Simpson

Old moth poster from 1996 in my parents' garage, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Dean Castle Country Park, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Grassland along River Irvine, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Grassland along River Irvine, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Mottled Grasshopper habitat, Irvine-Kilwinning cycle path, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Mottled Grasshopper habitat, Irvine-Kilwinning cycle path, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Mottled Grasshopper habitat, Irvine dunes, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Mottled Grasshopper habitat, Irvine dunes, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Carmel Water from Knockentiber Viaduct, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Carmel Water from Knockentiber Viaduct, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line (NCN Route 73), Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Sunset from Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line (NCN Route 73), Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

  

 

Biological surveys by bike, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023  Fraser Simpson

Biological surveys by bike, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2022

  

 

Jack's Bug & Garden Plot, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Jack's Bug & Garden Plot, Ayrshire, Scotland, Jul 2022

  

 

Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus)  Fraser Simpson

Common Green Grasshopper (Omocestus viridulus), Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Ayrshire, August 2023   Fraser Simpson

Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2023

 

 

Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire  Fraser Simpson

Firth of Clyde, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2022

 

 

unset, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, Ayrshire, Scotland  Fraser Simpson

Sunset, Knockentiber-Springside disused railway line, Ayrshire, Scotland, Aug 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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