'Fake Females' To Aid Rare Moth Work In Cairngorms

'Fake Females' To Aid Rare Moth Work In Cairngorms

by The Daily Eye Team May 16 2017, 12:37 pm Estimated Reading Time: 0 mins, 37 secs

In the UK, the Kentish glory is only found in north east Scotland. Their fast flight makes the species hard to identify so conservationists are to lure males to the "fake female", which will be placed on trees. The Kentish glory is one of six of Scotland's rarest insects to be targeted in a new conservation project. The others are the shining guest ant, dark bordered beauty moth, small scabious mining bee, northern silver-stiletto fly and pine hoverfly. Small scabious mining bees can only be found in Scotland in the Cairngorms and feed exclusively on a plant known as devil's-bit scabious - so called because the roots come to an abrupt end "as if the devil had bitten them off".


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