April on the Isle of Skye


1 April 2024
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Calliphora vomitora


4 April 2024

My first butterfly record of the year.

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Peacock

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Bibio species (B. lanigerus or B. varipes)


7 April 2024

The weather turned much warmer yesterday and despite gale-force winds, three craneflies turned up on the walls of the house this morning.

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Tipula lateralis


10 April 2024

Seven craneflies on the walls of the house yesterday morning and five today.

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Tipula rufina

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Tipula rufina


11 April 2024

The Corry Lodge area continues to deliver!

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Phaonia subventa


12 April 2024

An interesting sawfly appeared on the wall of the house this morning.
Despite close examination it was impossible to get an accurate ID - there are just too many options!

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Euura species

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Euura species

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Euura species

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Euura species


16 April 2024

Two new species from my morning dog walk in Broadford.

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Heteromyza commixta

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Probably Leptocera fontinalis


19 April 2024

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Hawthorn Shieldbug

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Pentatoma rufipes nymph

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Andrena ruficrus

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Andrena ruficrus

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Ophion obscuratus agg.

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Trochosa sp.


20 April 2024

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Andrena clarkella

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Fannia mollissima


21 April 2024

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Probably Bombus bohemicus

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Probably Gymnocheta viridis, but there are other options.
I need to collect a specimen.


22 April 2024

About a week ago, Sue gave me a woodlouse that she'd found in her garden.
It turned out to be a relatively rare species not recorded before on Skye!

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Porcellio spinicornis


25 April 2024

My daily walk in Broadford continues to yield good results!

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Ferdinandea cuprea

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Portevinia maculata

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Probably Lonchoptera lutea

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Bombylius major

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Pipunculus campestris

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A Sepsis species


26 April 2024

A trip to Kyleakin yielded two new hoverflies. Mine was apparently the first report of Sericomyia lappona that the Hoverfly Recording Scheme has received this year!

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Eristalis intricaria

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Sericomyia lappona


27 April 2024

The highlight of this morning's outing to Broadford was this cranefly.
The only previous Skye record was mine (1 May 2019), though Stephen had one on Raasay in 2018.

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Tipula vittata


28 April 2024

Three new species to finish the month

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Lochmaea suturalis

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Probably Polydrusus cervinus

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Orthops basalis