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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 5

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 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 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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Image Taken on 23 May 2012 at 13:44    Image of day on 20 Jun 2012

Here the Cockchafer Beetle is creeping over hawthorn foliage, wings neatly hidden and protected under the cases.


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Image Taken on 23 May 2012 at 13:41    Image of day on 20 Jun 2012

We found this impressive (30mm long) Cockchafer Beetle (also called the May Bug) in the moth trap (along with a poor catch of only about 100 moths). Here he is in flight. When not flying the slightly blurred wings lay along the body under the wing cases of which his right is clearly visible and the left is edge-on to the camera.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 15:17    Image of day on 06 Oct 2015

Here are images from 2 flights of a Comma Butterfly merged into an almost believable pair.
We take 3 frames in quick succession in this setup in the hope of at least one having something in it. Sometimes we get 2 successive frames we know are only about 200mS part and even we find it hard to believe the maneuverability.


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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 15:40    Image of day on 20 May 2019

Comma Butterflies used to be Autumn-only visitors here, but now we see them in Spring as well. The upper and lower wings are completely different colours, the white 'comma' only showing on the bottom of the wing (right hand image of 2 separate flights).


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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:36    Image of day on 23 Aug 2010

Unable to choose between the various images we took of this individual, here is a montage as they actually appeared in their frames over about 2 minutes. An unusually obliging flyer.


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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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