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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 2

Image Taken on 29 Jun 2009 at 11:41    Image of day on 03 Aug 2009

The edges of the 4 wings are so nearly aligned that they almost look like shadows.


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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2009 at 14:35    Image of day on 30 Jul 2009

The Banded Demoiselle is quite one of the most beautiful damselflies we know of. This is the male - the female has no band on different coloured wings. See in a few days.


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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.


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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.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:47    Image of day on 11 Jul 2019

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body. Note the complicated tail tip of the female as opposed to the male.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:49    Image of day on 11 Jul 2019

A female Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly has a wonderful green and gold iridescent body. Note the complicated tail tip of the female as opposed to the male.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:12    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 11:14    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 13:36    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 13:54    Image of day on 10 Jul 2019

A male Beautiful Demoiselle Damselfly with his blue iridescent body and dark wings. The Grey wings are accentuated here as he shows overlaps of 2 and 3 wings.


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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.


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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.


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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'.


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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.


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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 11:26    Image of day on 13 Jul 2019

The Blood-vein Moth (no actual blood - just a striking red line across the wings) is also an 'old friend'. Here are 3 flights that show you both sides of the wings.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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)


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