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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 6

Image Taken on 03 Oct 2011 at 12:29    Image of day on 19 Nov 2011

The previous day we have seen a number of craneflies, so we decided to have a go at some of them in flight. Typically - all we could find was this unusually willing flier but with a leg missing.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:31    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

A month later in the moth trap we were delighted to find our first ever adult Drinker Moths, a mix of 3 males and 2 females (moth traps normally catch mainly the exploratory males of moth species). Neither female would fly in the 'tunnel', so here is one hanging from a hawthorn twig. Note the absence of frilled antennae that is the male equipment for finding a female.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 11:35    Image of day on 10 Aug 2017

The Drinker Moth is a moderately large moth that flew rather nicely for us. Here are 3 flights.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 11:06    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

A male Drinker Moth in flight. He has his underside and legs turned towards the camera - moths can do amazing aerial acrobatics!


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:34    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

Another male (note the Antennae) Drinker Moth in the more conventional flight orientation.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 12:49    Image of day on 09 Sep 2013

Early Thorn moths vary in appearance with sex and brood This male shows lovely rich orange brown.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:34    Image of day on 11 Aug 2010

Most moths are little brown or grey creatures ... but this psychedelic beastie is called an Elephant Hawk Moth. They love honeysuckle but we decided to show this moth unadorned.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 11:23    Image of day on 03 Sep 2015

The is the Elephant Hawk Moth flying downwards from it's perch.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 13:53    Image of day on 01 Sep 2013

Once this Elephant Hawk-moth had warmed itself up fluttering its wings on the hawthorn, it obliged with a few photos in flight - this one is of it flying towards camera.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2014 at 10:58    Image of day on 06 Aug 2014

This regular night flying moth here is the Elephant Hawk-moth. Despite the name it is about two-third the linear size of the Poplar Hawk-moth. We haven't 'wound up' the colour - this is what they really look like and it amazes us afresh every year


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 11:40    Image of day on 13 Jul 2009

And here in flight. The clover head will give you more idea of their large size.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 13:50    Image of day on 01 Sep 2013

This startlingly coloured Elephant Hawk-moth obliged with this nice portrait hanging from the end of a hawthorn twig.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 11:28    Image of day on 13 Jul 2009

The Moth trap caught 5 of these wonderful 'Elephant Hawk-Moths'. We haven't touched up the colour - this is what they are like.


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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2010 at 14:10    Image of day on 02 Oct 2010

In 26 Sep 2010 we showed you a male Emerald damselfly brought to us for some technical photos (see previous description). To complete the study we photographed some more males and this female.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010 at 14:43    Image of day on 26 Sep 2010

And taking a final fly before going back to the waterside


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010 at 14:39    Image of day on 26 Sep 2010

A male Emerald Damselfly brought to us for some technical photos of the blue 'pruinescence' (a powdery substance that rubs off) & went on to provide some delightful images before release. The Hop sedge looks a bit strange but that is how it goes - there were hundreds like this with very similar strips sticking up and down.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 14:17    Image of day on 19 Jul 2010

in flight from the top it's another story altogether! The eye spots do not show when the insect is at rest.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 14:19    Image of day on 19 Jul 2010

An Eyed hawk moth photographed in flight viewed from underneath with some attractive but unspectacular markings.


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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:26    Image of day on 30 Nov 2009

You can here see the male antennae more clearly in a static image taken on blue card. Some references say that the antennae can detect the female pheromone from possibly a single molecule.


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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:03    Image of day on 30 Nov 2009

Probably the last outing for the moth-trap this year only collected some 50 insects but some were new species for us. This is a male 'Feathered Thorn Moth'.


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