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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 6

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.

Ref: 20090917_da1_20090802_1426_078+_079+1527_175 ft1 common blue (q) butterfly (accurate montage approx 250ms apart) with clover (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090917_da1_20090806_1048_026_ft1 common blue butterfly on thistle flower(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 09:34    Image of day on 20 Oct 2019

A Common Carpet Moth makes a couple of flights

Ref: 20191020_da1_20190825_0934_156+0935_161+1126_019_ft1 common carpet moth (epirrhoe alternata) in flight + greater willow herb flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20131002_da1_20130811_1042_038+1052_064_ft1 common carpet moth in flight with hawthorn (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090903_da1_20090725_1439_590+20090726_1243_003 ft1 common darter dragonfly male (130mg) in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20101108_da1_20100917_1234_018_ft1 common darter dragonfly male in flight strobe @ 80hz (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20101001_da1_20100816_1358_053+1544_157_ft1 common darter dragonfly male in flight with flag iris leaf (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20091010_da1_20090830_1009_115+1014_134_ft1 common darter dragonfly over mature female in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20170809_da1_20170618_1153_295+1311_324_ft1 common emerald moth in flight + grass seed head (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20130902_da1_20130714_1305_068+1451_284_ft1 common footman moth in flight with grass head (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090711_da1_20090614_1452_513 ft1 common rustic (q) moth flying to clover flower & starting to feed (web crop) 2 of 6(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090711_da1_20090614_1452_517 ft1 common rustic (q) moth flying to clover flower & starting to feed (web crop) 6 of 6(r+mb id@576).jpg

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

Ref: 20171014_da1_20170828_1207_056+1602_159_ft1 cranefly in flight with buddleia (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20111119_da1_20111003_1229_012+1322_164_ft1 cranefly in flight with great willow herb seed head (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20150904_da1_20150706_1031_062_ft1 drinker moth female on hawthorn twig (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20170810_da1_20170618_1135_233+237+1149_279+1309_318_ft1 drinker moth male in 3 flight + fox & cubs flowers (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg




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