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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


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.


Ref: 20140713_da1_20140518_1259_056+1346_205_ft1 brimstone moth in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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


Ref: 20101212_da1_20101010_1313_061_ft1 brindled green (q) moth in flight (crop)(r+mb id@432).jpg


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


Ref: 20090614_d01_20090524_1339_038+1403_128 ft1 broad bodied chaser dragonfly male in flight with flag iris leaf (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20090614_d01_20090524_1355_106 ft1 broad bodied chaser dragonfly male top view (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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'.


Ref: 20090820_da1_20090716_1314_181+1322_214 ft1 broad-bordered yellow underwing in flight & on hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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


Ref: 20151002_da1_20150802_1058_105+1235_256_ft1 broad-bordered yellow underwing moth in flight + hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20091001_da1_20090823_1107_085+1114_120+1251_304_ft1 brown argus butterfly in flight top & bottom with round-leaved mint (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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.


Ref: 20110813_da1_20110626_1233_013+1310_156_ft1 brown hawker dragonfly male in flight bottom view with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


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