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 barely present in north east Scotland.
Their quick flight makes the species arduous to establish so conservationists are to lure males to the “pretend feminine”, which might be positioned on bushes.
The Kentish glory is one in every of 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 completely on a plant often called 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 Improvement, the initiative will contain recruiting volunteers to assist with survey work.
The surveys will assist to ascertain the scale and distribution of the species’ populations, in addition to guiding efforts to raised shield them.
Gabrielle Flinn, of the Uncommon Invertebrates within the Cairngorms Undertaking, stated: “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 following three years the undertaking might 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 folks in and across the park to assist, so in the event you’re passionate in regards to the smaller issues in life we might love to listen to from you.”