Big Butterfly Count & Moth Identification at Loughmacrory

Local families joined a representative of Butterfly Conservation Northern Ireland for a Big Butterfly Count & Moth Identification at Loughmacrory on Friday morning.

One of those who joined the team was the chair of LCDA, Declan Mc Aleer, and was again delighted by another great initiative at the Lough. ‘This a very educational and interesting experience that also involved the use of sonar equipment which detected bats around the lough.

‘The results of the butterfly survey revealed a total of 29 different species of moths in the 3 traps that were placed on Thursday night.

‘Of major significance and interest was the capture of a ‘Border Beauty’ species.  According to Butterfly ConservationNI this is a specialized species that feeds mostly on hazel and alder.  It was the first time this year that such a species has been spotted and its presence in Loughmacrory has now  been officially logged.

‘LCDA hope to organize a similar event in the autumn and we extend thanks to the parents and children who took part and to the Omagh District Council Biodiversity Officer and Butterfly ConservationNI for making the event possible’.

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