The Scottish Wildlife Trust observed the first sallow-shoot piercer moth.
Conservation trust’s Cathkin Marsh Wildlife Reserve near Glasgow.
Only 29 of the moths had ever been observed north of Birmingham, England.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust says a visitor observed the first sallow-shoot piercer moth in the country.
Bill Higgins spotted the visitor while wandering in the conservation trust’s Cathkin Marsh Wildlife Reserve near Glasgow.
The tortrix moth is one of the thousands, the charity claimed.”The moth is one of the thousands of species in the family of tortrix moths,” added, “It relies on willow trees as its food plant. Eggs are laid on buds and the larvae burrow into twigs for the winter before emerging in spring as adults.”
The organisation says only 29 sallow-shoot piercer moths had ever been observed north of Birmingham, England.
Higgins didn’t know the moth’s species, so he contacted an expert online.
Higgins told the Scottish Wildlife Trust, “Mark said he had a good idea of what the moth was and suggested I refer to a publication about the tortrix moth family and come back with an identification. I then told him what I thought it was, bearing in mind that it had never been recorded in Scotland before.”
“I was delighted when Mark agreed with my identification and confirmed that I had the privilege of being the first to record the moth on this side of the border,” he said.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust’s West Central Reserves manager called the find “exciting.”
“Bill’s exciting discovery shows there is lots we don’t know about Scotland’s wildlife. It’s likely that this species of moth has been in Scotland for some time and has simply gone unseen or unnoticed,” saying.
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