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It is the season for the Northern February Red Stonefly Brachyptera putata again.

Click the image to get to the Buglife survey page.

If you find it, please send the details to HBRG as well as to Buglife.
NFR poster

Do you have Fire-thorn Pyracantha coccinea in your garden, or somewhere nearby?  If so, check it for the mines of the micro-moth Phyllonorycter leucographella.  Despite the rather empty map on NBN Atlas it has been recorded much more widely in Scotland.  Records in E Ross are from Kildary and Invergordon, and Fortrose and Rosemarkie on the Black Isle.  The detail of the Inverness-shire record is not known.
P. leucographella mine  P. leucographella larva in mine.
 The berries on the host can be yellow or red, and the mines are very obvious large and upper-surface.  The black-marked larvae are easily seen through the thin cover.

The mines in Edinburgh were on most of the leaves, very obvious giving the plant a grey-dappled appearance.  If you find it, let us know!

Mine and larva© Murdo Macdonald.  Fire-thorn, © Brosen.  Map from Micro maps - East Scotland Branch - Butterfly Conservation.
P. leucographella map   Pyracantha coccinea.

The expansion of Comma Polygonia c-album in Highland this year has been astonishing. The animated map below shows the spread in Highland based on records in the public domain (NBN Atlas, iRecord, HBRG).

© Brian Etheridge
Comma spread

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