在英國最後一次看到小飛蛾的42年後,小飛蛾出現在塞爾科克附近

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在英國最後一次看到小飛蛾的42年後,小飛蛾出現在塞爾科克附近

一種罕見的微型飛蛾在英國最後一次出現的40多年後出現了--就在蘇格蘭邊境的同一個偏遠濕地。

"你希望它是一種特別的東西,但我不確定,所以我拍了一張照片,並把它發送給專家,請求幫助。

"他很快就發來電子郵件,相當興奮地說,他認為我發現了一種極其罕見的飛蛾,並想進一步研究它。"

在英國,僅有的兩次目擊是在1979年和1980年,由著名的鱗翅目昆蟲學家Keith Bland博士在Ettrick沼澤地發現的。

Lindsay博士解釋說。"我不知道在Ettrick沼澤地的前兩次發現,但事實證明,我並沒有發現Apotomis Infida,而是在大約40年後重新發現了它。

"這證實了沼澤地是蘇格蘭南部最重要的野生動物濕地之一--它可能是英國唯一可以發現這種蛾子的栖息地。

"今年,我在埃特里克沼澤地做了更多定期的飛蛾記錄,發現了非常好的結果--飛蛾是健康的生物多樣性的一個重要指標,沼澤地是一個重要的地方。"

自1979年和1980年的發現以來,占地53公頃的Ettrick沼澤發生了很多事情,2000年完成了一個野化項目,自從去年Ettrick和Yarrow社區發展公司接管所有權以來,木板路、小路和藏鳥處都得到了恢復。

人們認為,在濕地的大部分地區普遍存在的柳樹是吸引和維持Apotomis Infida種群的原因。

今年林賽博士的重新發現導致了對埃特里克沼澤地的飛蛾數量的進一步研究計劃,以及確定其生命周期。

他補充說:"我們想嘗試了解這種小蛾子的生命周期,這將是很棘手的,因為我們需要把它確定為毛蟲,而這在以前是沒有的。"

"發言人說:"它在英國只在兩個地方出現過--1919年的蘭諾克湖,因此它的俗名是蘭諾克大理石,以及1979年和1980年在埃特里克沼澤。


A rare micro-moth has turned up more than 40 years after it was last seen in the UK - at the very same remote wetland in the Scottish Borders.

"You hope it is something special but I wasn't sure, so I took a photograph and sent it to an expert asking for help.

"He emailed back very quickly and rather excitedly saying that he thought I had found an extremely rare moth and wanted to study it further."

The only other two sightings ever made in the UK came in 1979 and 1980, by renowned lepidopterist Dr Keith Bland, at the Ettrick Marshes.

Dr Lindsay explained: "I wasn't aware of the previous two discoveries at the Ettrick Marshes, but it turns out I haven't discovered the Apotomis Infida, but rediscovered it some 40 years later.

"This confirms that the marshes are one of the most important wetland sites for wildlife in the south of Scotland - it is possibly the only habitat in the UK where this moth can be found.

"During this year I have been doing more regular moth recording at the Ettrick Marshes and finding very good results - moths are a great indicator of healthy biodiversity and the marshes are an important place."

A lot has happened at the 53-hectare Ettrick Marshes since the previous sightings in 1979 and 1980, with a rewilding project being completed in 2000 and, since ownership was taken over last year by Ettrick and Yarrow Community Development Company, boardwalks, pathways and bird-hides have been restored.

It is thought that the prevalence of willow across much of the wetlands is responsible for attracting and maintaining the population of Apotomis Infida.

This year's rediscovery by Dr Lindsay has led to plans for further research into numbers of the moth at the Ettrick Marshes, as well as determining its life cycle.

He added: "We want to try and understand the life cycle of this tiny moth, which will be tricky as we need to identify it as a caterpillar and that hasn't been done before."

"It has only ever been seen in the UK at two locations - Loch Rannoch in 1919, hence its common name the Rannoch Marble, and at Ettrick Marshes in 1979 and 1980," said a spokesman.

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