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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 5

Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 13:54    Image of day on 28 Aug 2014

A regular in the Moth trap - the Burnished Brass moth.
The polished metal look only works with lighting and angles right. and rarely appears in photographs in flight. This was the only frame of the session to show some of the wing as 'burnished'.
The insect is flying upwards showing us the top of the wing.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2023 at 14:10    Image of day on 12 Aug 2023

Here the Burnished Brass Moth is flying upside down - we often see images of insects flying inverted.
To small insects the viscosity of air must be a bit like Humans in water - the sense of up and down becomes blurred.

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 13:48    Image of day on 12 Jul 2009

Burnished Brass moths are quite small but really beautiful when the light catches the 'burnished' areas properly.

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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2023 at 14:08    Image of day on 12 Aug 2023

The Burnished Brass Moth has patches of iridescent scales that really do shine brightly when the light and viewer angles are appropriate. Here we got lucky in-flight.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 11:18    Image of day on 13 Oct 2017

The overnight moth trap caught several of these Thorn Moths - we think the Canary-shouldered variety. Here is an interpretation of a series of separate flights.

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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 11:02    Image of day on 02 Oct 2013

This vivid Canary-shouldered Thorn moth is - well - just beautiful.
Not a single flight but an impression

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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:25    Image of day on 30 May 2011

This Chocolate-tip moth is a new sighting for us, but was a reluctant flier.

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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 16:03    Image of day on 30 May 2011

So here he is so he looks like the photo in the ID book!

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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:47    Image of day on 20 Jul 2017

The striking Cinnabar Moth makes a great splash of colour.
The only other UK insect we know of with these colours (but different pattern) are the Burnet Moth family.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:01    Image of day on 30 Jun 2021

Another two moments from Cinnabar Moth flights.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:01    Image of day on 30 Jun 2021

Photographing Cinnabar Moths has always been really difficult, but this one after an initial period of playing dead, kindly obliged with several quite decent flights past the camera.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 10:59    Image of day on 29 Jun 2010

The first Cinnabar moth we have seen here with a striking red and black appearance that acts as a warning to birds that it tastes horrible. This one was caught in the moth trap and photographed against black, but it is also flies at dusk.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2019 at 14:21    Image of day on 13 Jul 2019

This Cinnabar Moth kept flying by us, and we couldn't resist catching it for a few photos. You don't usually see the bright red whole wing on the resting insect.

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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 13:20    Image of day on 17 Aug 2013

The Cinnabar Moth is a daytime flyer and quite common as a startling red fluttering in the air. The eggs are laid on the foliage of the poisonous ragwort plant, whose flowers are seen here, with a vividly (warning) marked poisonous caterpillar.

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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 13:49    Image of day on 28 Aug 2014

This is a clouded border moth. Here you see the bottom of the wing.

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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 10:27    Image of day on 05 Jul 2017

We last saw a Clouded Silver moth in May 2010 in a Moth-trap catch, so it must be on the wing both day and night (ID books don't state either way). The one in-flight image from 2010 was only moderately good and we didn't 'publish' it at the time, but now with a good reference image it is worth including because it shows how the antennae are tucked underneath the body in the moths resting position (as widely shown in ID book & WWW images) but are forward in flight.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 15:27    Image of day on 30 Jun 2009

And here a view of it in flight providing a view from below. It was not a very cooperative flyer & this was the only one worth showing.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 16:33    Image of day on 30 Jun 2009

Caught in the Moth trap, but definitely NOT a moth was this Cockchafer, also known as a May Bug (and caught in 29 May!). First a view outdoors before it flew off.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 14:20    Image of day on 28 Jun 2021

This is a male Cockchafer Beetle in a couple of flights down what we call out 'Flight Tunnel'. If you are interested in how we get these pics there is lots of detail (probably too much!) to be found at Flight Tunnel.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 13:39    Image of day on 15 Jul 2014

We found 4 male Cockchafer beetles in the moth trap, but only this one would fly for us. Beetles have 2-wings (the transparent lobe lower left and right) with the other pair of wings evolved into the protective wing case upper left and right.

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