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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 5

Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 13:52    Image of day on 12 Sep 2013

Taken indoors in flight, this shows the undersides of the Comma Butterfly's wings, including the white 'comma' on both sides of the insect at once.


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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 15:27    Image of day on 05 Dec 2010

3 days later we netted this surprisingly spruce Comma butterfly and brought it in for some images in flight. First showing the bottom of the wings with the white 'comma'.


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Image Taken on 05 Jul 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 08 Aug 2009

The Comma butterfly used to be a Spring and Autumn only sighting here but this year we are seeing them regularly. The 'comma' is the white shape on the brown underwing.


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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2010 at 15:05    Image of day on 05 Nov 2010

The mint bed outside the back door has been allowed to flower and some of the butterflies like to feed on it now many other flowers are turning to seed. First the crenelated Comma butterfly, named for the white spot when the wings are closed.


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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 15:40    Image of day on 05 Dec 2010

And now the top view with our resilient yellow buddleia still making new flowers as you can see at the top of the floret.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2009 at 14:26    Image of day on 17 Sep 2009

This tatty individual is our first sighting of ANY 'blue' butterfly for 2 seasons. He never produced a good single top and bottom wing visible in a single shot, so here is a montage of a single flight about 1/4 seconds apart.


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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 10:48    Image of day on 17 Sep 2009

A closer and more sedate view of the beautiful patterned wing.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 10:42    Image of day on 02 Oct 2013

A very common moth here that 'disappears' when perched on bark - the light rear wing is then hidden under the forewing.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:39    Image of day on 03 Sep 2009

We netted a couple of male darter dragonflies. We were surprised to find the second about 50% heavier than the first.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:56    Image of day on 03 Sep 2009

The apparent expression on the 'face' and the leg waving as it flew by really cracks us up. We know its not real but still love it.


Ref: 20090903_da1_20090725_1456_671+20090726_1229_005 ft1 common darter dragonfly male (220mg) in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010 at 12:34    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

This image of a male of the same species is taken as a single exposure using a strobe light - a very fast flash with the shutter held open. 80Hz means 80 flashes a second, so the image below last for about 1/10th second. These have to be photographed against an extremely black background (typically 20 flashes hit it) and are not photo montages but made 'in the camera' with the images appearing to be transparent.


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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010 at 13:58    Image of day on 01 Oct 2010

A common darter dragonfly in flight. Darters dragonflies are intermediate in size between Damselflies and Hawker Dragonflies and you may spot them perching on overhanging pond side foliage, taking off and returning to the same spot.


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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 10:09    Image of day on 10 Oct 2009

This quite old female common darter dragonfly is very faded but in otherwise good condition and a good flyer.


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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 14:35    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

As the season advances dragonflies generally get tatty wings from encounters with thorns etc. They continue to fly fine with quite extensive damage - we are glad there are no nerves in dragonfly wings. This Common Darter Dragonfly female is now past breeding and is photographed with the actual teasel plant she was netted on. Her head is turned bit toward the camera with her left eye at the top of the head.


Ref: 20101108_da1_20100912_1435_068+1444_081_ft1 common darter overmature female (torn wing) in flight with teasel netted on (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 11:53    Image of day on 09 Aug 2017

A Common Emerald Moth in flight.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 13:05    Image of day on 02 Sep 2013

This is a Common Footman Moth in flight. Apparently they appear anywhere that there are soft fruit bushes.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 11 Jul 2009

We are fairly sure this is a Common Rustic moth caught on clover so we knew what to provide as a 'prop'. It then surprised us by feeding off the 'prop' in front of the camera setup. First just landing.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 11 Jul 2009

And second the proboscis is uncurling complete with droplets or particles from it's previous meal.


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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 13:38    Image of day on 13 Sep 2009

Bush crickets have enormously long antennae - it really reaches just past the right edge of this picture!


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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 12:07    Image of day on 14 Oct 2017

A true sign of approaching Autumn is the appearance of Craneflies. This one is a 'whopper' practically filling the camera frame


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