The Moths of Caithness website
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purpose of this website is to make available information about the
status and distribution of moths in Caithness so as to encourage
greater interest in the recording of moths in the County. It is meant
to be a working tool and so will always be a work in progress.
While it cannot boast the diversity of species found in the south of
the UK, Caithness offers habitats for species that are scarce elsewhere
and supports high populations of some species that are now rare in
areas of greater agricultural intensity.
macro moth species
has a dedicated page giving details of status, flight periods recorded
a map of recorded distribution and an image of the moth taken in
Caithness where one is available. These pages can be accessed by
clicking on the Macro Alphabet List link to the left.
species, a group which has been little studied in Caithness, have a
separate section which can be accessed by clicking on the Micro
Alphabet List link to the left.
Most maps on the species pages are to 2km (tetrad) resolution
but these maps will not show historical records that do not have
site locations to this detail.
A complete list of species recorded in each 10km square can be seen by
clicking on the link on the left.
The last detailed assessment of the moths of Caithness was made by J H
Rosie in 1976. Rosie divided the County in to five regions and details
of these can be found on the Past Recording page by clicking on the
to the left.
information can be
obtained by contacting the County Moth
Throughout the website reference is made to:
Randle, Z., Evans-Hill, L.J., Parsons, M.S., Tyner, A., Bourn, N.A.D.,
Davis, A.M., Dennis, E.B., O'Donnell M., Prescott, T., Tordoff, G.M.,
& Fox, R. (2019) Atlas of Britain & Ireland's Larger Moths. Pisces Publications, Newbury.
Other references used:
Waring, Paul, Townsend, Martin Lewington, Richard (2017) Field Guide to the Moths of Great Britain and Ireland. Bloomsbury Publishing. London
Sterling, Phil, Parsons, Mark, Lewington, Richard(2012) Field Guide to the Micro Moths of Great Britain and Ireland, Bloomsbury Publishing, London
Langmaid,J.R., Palmer,S.M., Young,M.R. (2018) A Field Guide to the Smaller Moths of Great Britain and Ireland. The British Entomoloogical Society, Reading
Website: Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland: Distribution Atlas
to the many observers
who have provided records over the years to make this website possible.
Also to Roy Leverton for his advice and for providing a copy of J H
Rosie's 1976 article. Thanks also go to Mark Young & Nigel Richards for their help with
micro moth species and to Ian Wallace for help with caddis flies.
Maps are based on MapMate and thanks to Mark Yeates at MapMate for
advice on reproducing maps from that data base.
topography of Caithness