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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 3

Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 12:59    Image of day on 13 Jul 2014

A Brimstone moth with the characteristic colour and brown marks at the edge of the wings.

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

From an autumn moth trap catch of about 200 moths we selected about 20 to try to photograph in flight. Only 2 obliged enough to obtain reasonable images. First what we think is a Bridled Green Moth

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Image Taken on 24 May 2009 at 13:39    Image of day on 14 Jun 2009

This Broad Bodied Chaser Dragonfly obliged with just this one flight across the camera field

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Image Taken on 24 May 2009 at 13:55    Image of day on 14 Jun 2009

We include this static shot taken later to show the wonderful powder blue abdomen (and it really is powdery and gets worn off with 'living'). The blue is a strictly male feature - the female is orange and not a powder.

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2009 at 13:14    Image of day on 20 Aug 2009

A montage of two images of the Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing moth. On the left in flight showing the startling orange underwing and on the right same species (probably the same insect) taken hanging from a hawthorn twig. The 'purpose' of the colour is said to be to startle predators. It certainly startled us because we hadn't identified the moth before the photo shoot and the first hint of the orange was in this 'first flight'.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:58    Image of day on 02 Oct 2015

An 'underwing' moth - a type of moth with bright colours on the rear wing which are hidden when at rest by the forewing. The scheme is assumed to startle any attacker by the sudden flash of colour. We don't remember seeing this species before

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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2009 at 11:07    Image of day on 01 Oct 2009

We have confirmation (based on static images not included here) that this is a quite scarce 'blue' butterfly called the Brown Argus where .. err .. neither sex is blue! But it is beautiful.

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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2009 at 11:01    Image of day on 21 Aug 2009

This is a Brown Hawker dragonfly female flapping her wings as she clambered up a hawthorn twig during a photo-shoot to photograph her in flight (but the flight images didn't capture the 3-D feel).

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Image Taken on 23 Jul 2012 at 13:05    Image of day on 01 Sep 2012

This male Brown Hawker Dragonfly has just launched into flight. The strange pod on the left is the seed head of a Flag Iris.

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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 15:08    Image of day on 04 Oct 2013

This is a male Brown Hawker Dragonfly diving down.

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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 12:33    Image of day on 13 Aug 2011

A Brown Hawker male viewed from underneath the insect.

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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 12:39    Image of day on 13 Aug 2011

This detail from another image seemed to us to show how the pattern of veins in the wings forms sheets of corrugations when the wing is under stress as here when the insect turned back in flight.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 11:28    Image of day on 30 Aug 2009

A male Brown Hawker Dragonfly male in Flight shown over a twig of hawthorn from the hedge it frequently flies over. This wonderful beast weighed in at only 0.9 g (about 1/30th Ounce).

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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 12:47    Image of day on 13 Aug 2011

The first couple of warm days at last brought out the Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselfies) and this male Brown Hawker Dragonfly obliged with some in-flight images.
Just taking off from the twig (not a montage).

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 15:07    Image of day on 16 Jul 2010

We caught both White and Buff Ermine moths in the moth trap on the same night which suggested a simple montage to allow comparison of size, colour and markings.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 14:58    Image of day on 29 Aug 2014

Another Moth trap regular - the Buff Ermine moth. These two images are from separate flights, montaged for effect

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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 15:21    Image of day on 29 Jun 2009

This is the Buff Ermine - a beautiful almost golden colour.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:53    Image of day on 10 Aug 2010

The Buff tip moth has an incredible camouflage when on wood - it looks like a broken twig end. Doesn't work so well on this leaf but you get to see it's intricacy.

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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:44    Image of day on 10 Aug 2010

Here in flight.

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Image Taken on 23 Jun 2009 at 16:19    Image of day on 29 Jul 2009

A stop off for a mid-flight refuelling for once taken by pressing the shutter button to override the normal computer controlled trigger.

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