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Image Taken on 09 Jul 2013 at 13:34    Image of day on 22 Aug 2013

The Banded Demoiselle Damselfly also is about 50% bigger than typical Damselflies, but much more noticeable. The bands are only seen on the male as here. The iridescent green thorax and blue abdomen are in their original jewel like colours and visible whatever the lighting.

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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 12:56    Image of day on 12 Aug 2011

The first couple of warm days at last brought out the Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselfies).
This Banded Demoiselle damselfly male flying along in all his glory.

Ref: 20110812_da1_20110626_1256_110+1307_145_ft1 banded demoiselle male in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011 at 13:23    Image of day on 13 Nov 2011

An atypically very warm few days in Autumn brought out some moths. This is a Barred Sallow Moth which we haven't identified before.

Ref: 20111113_da1_20110929_1323_061+1447_250_ft1 barred sallow moth (xanthia aurago) in flight with autumn hawthorn leaves (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 24 Apr 2010 at 14:50    Image of day on 30 May 2010

This might be a 'common' bee-fly (one of 12 or 15 species according to which book you look in but neither has any detail) now seen here in Spring for the last 3 years. This year we got the 'Flight Tunnel' out of its winter hibernation early and made this one one of the subjects.

Ref: 20100530_da1_20100424_1450_117+1612_208_ft1 bee-fly in flight and red campion flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 13:48    Image of day on 12 Dec 2010

This Black Rustic Moth looks jet black at rest because all you can see is the top of the forewing, that you can see bottom left, which is opaque black. It is very reluctant to fly to order - this was the only in-flight image over about 6 individuals from 2 sessions a month apart.

Ref: 20101212_da1_20101010_1348_203_ft1 black rustic (aporophyla nigra) moth in flight (crop)(r+mb id@432).jpg

Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011 at 13:49    Image of day on 22 Nov 2011

The Black Rustic moth appears almost black at rest, and the first time you see it fly it is quite a shock when the white rear wing is exposed. Its probably the normal 'don't be seen, and if you are seen, startle the hunter'.

Ref: 20111122_da1_20110929_1349_134+1445_234_ft1 black rustic moth (aporophyla nigra) in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 11:13    Image of day on 28 Jun 2010

The red line along the wing of this Blood-vein moth is clearly visible.

Ref: 20100628_da1_20100521_1113_265_ft1 blood-vein moth (calothysanis amata) in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:19    Image of day on 19 Oct 2015

The Blood-vein Moth doesn't really have a vein in the wing which is 'dead' tissue pumped up and then de-hydrated during the final emergence as a moth. But it is none the less striking for that. Read this sequence right to left.
The 2nd and 3rd images where taken about 150mS apart and accurately placed. The first image was another flight positioned for effect.

Ref: 20151019_da1_20150822_1019_046+1023_053-054_ft1 blood-vein moth in flight single+1-2 of 2 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:35    Image of day on 19 Oct 2015

Here is the another Blood-vein individual. This one wouldn't fly until we released it, when it flew away just fine!

Ref: 20151019_da1_20150822_1035_079_ft1 blood-vein moth on hawthorn twig (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 15:08    Image of day on 17 Jul 2014

Saturday saw the first Damselflies appear. We haven't seen one of these Blue-tail Damselflies for several years, and that time it was a male.

Ref: 20140717_da1_20140518_1508_290+1616_349_ft1 blue-tailed damselfly female and pond grass (montage 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 23 May 2009 at 15:27    Image of day on 15 Jun 2009

The Female Brimstone butterfly does not sport the vivid yellows of the male (click to view top) the male (click to view top) and (click to view bottom)

Ref: 20090615_d01_20090523_1527_075+1315_137 ft1 brimstone butterfly female in flight bottom view with red campion (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 13:48    Image of day on 12 Sep 2009

The new emergence of Brimstone butterflies has started so we have some pristine examples to photograph. Here we were lucky enough to catch a moment with the top and bottom of the wings both visible.

Ref: 20090912_da1_20090806_1348_272+1156_150_ft1 brimstone butterfly in flight showing top and bottom of wings with thistle (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 13:38    Image of day on 20 May 2019

This shows two flights by a male Brimstone Butterfly.
The top of the male's wings are a much more vivid colour than the bottom.

Ref: 20190520_da1_20190421_1338_174+1345_213+1545_298_ft1 brimstone butterfly male (2 flights) with green alkanet (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 12:54    Image of day on 04 Oct 2015

This male Brimstone Butterfly made several flights for us, but his tendency to fly very fast upwards made portraits difficult. Here we montage 2 flights to make an impression. The cut at the top was not an artistic choice!

Ref: 20151004_da1_20150802_1254_321+1255_324+1240_282_ft1 brimstone butterfly male in 2 flights + thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 03 May 2009 at 15:04    Image of day on 27 May 2009

Did not get a good view of both sides of the wing together, so here is what you see from underneath or when the wings are folded.

Ref: 20090527_dc1_20090503_1504_183+1453_150 ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight bottom with bluebell (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 03 May 2009 at 15:00    Image of day on 27 May 2009

The Brimstone butterflies are a bit tatty and a little faded, but still lovely. Seen feeding on these (probably hybridised) bluebells so we have used them as 'decoration'.

Ref: 20090527_dc1_20090503_1500_159+1451_145 ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight top with bluebell (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 05 Jun 2010 at 16:50    Image of day on 14 Jul 2010

This Brimstone butterfly is in surprisingly good condition for June. This image in flight shows the top of the wing (brightest yellow), bottom of wing (greeny-yellow) and body all in one 'lucky' image.

Ref: 20100714_da1_20100605_1650_194+1657_223_ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight with ground ivy flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Aug 2012 at 14:39    Image of day on 28 Sep 2012

This the a Brimstone butterfly (often the first butterfly of the year after over-wintering as adults) but this one will have emerged this year. It is difficult to see both sides of the wing together because when they perch they close their wings, making this in-flight photo unusual. This male is yellow - the females are white, but still have the orange spot.

Ref: 20120928_da1_20120818_1439_142+1536_278_ft1 brimstone butterfly male in flight with thistle flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 10:49    Image of day on 27 Jun 2010

The delicate beauty of the Brimstone Moth knocks us out every time we see one caught in the moth trap

Ref: 20100627_da1_20100521_1049_188+1142_361_ft1 brimstone moth (opisthograptis luteolata) in flight with red campion flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 23 Aug 2009 at 12:37    Image of day on 09 Oct 2009

The day-flying Brimstone Moth has wing marks mimicking leaf damage that make it very hard to spot on foliage.

Ref: 20091009_da1_20090823_1237_280+1249_292_ft1 brimstone moth in flight with corkscrew hazel leaf (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg




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