Conservationists are to coat items of rubber with the scent of feminine moths as a part of a survey of a uncommon species within the Cairngorms.
Within the UK, the Kentish glory is simply present in north east Scotland.
Their quick flight makes the species onerous to determine so conservationists are to lure males to the “pretend feminine”, which can be positioned on timber.
The Kentish glory is one in all six of Scotland’s rarest bugs to be focused in a brand new conservation undertaking.
The others are the shining visitor ant, darkish bordered magnificence moth, small scabious mining bee, northern silver-stiletto fly and pine hoverfly.
Small scabious mining bees can solely be present in Scotland within the Cairngorms and feed solely on a plant referred to as satan’s-bit scabious – so referred to as as a result of the roots come to an abrupt finish “as if the satan had bitten them off”.
Centered on the Cairngorms Nationwide Park, the brand new three-year conservation undertaking entails RSPB Scotland, Cairngorms Nationwide Park Authority, Buglife, Butterfly Conservation and Scottish Pure Heritage.
Funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Growth, the initiative will contain recruiting volunteers to assist with survey work.
The surveys will assist to determine the scale and distribution of the species’ populations, in addition to guiding efforts to higher shield them.
Gabrielle Flinn, of the Uncommon Invertebrates within the Cairngorms Challenge, mentioned: “The Cairngorms Nationwide Park is well-known for its iconic species such because the capercaillie and wildcat, but it surely’s additionally the final refuge for a few of Scotland’s rarest bugs.
“For the subsequent three years the undertaking can be working to preserve a few of these uncommon species unfold throughout the parks key habitats, from aspen woodland to flower wealthy grasslands.
“We’ll be counting on individuals in and across the park to help, so in the event you’re passionate concerning the smaller issues in life we would love to listen to from you.”