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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 8

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 29 Jun 2019 at 10:28    Image of day on 19 Aug 2019

A better idea of the scale - this individual is nearly 'perfect'.

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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 17 Jun 2023 at 13:59    Image of day on 13 Aug 2023

The Eyed Hawk-moth was a bit reluctant to fly for us, but we got a few frames which actually had a moth in them.
Here is a montage of two flights, the right image shows the underside of the moth, and the left the top of the moth (with the eyes) because the moth is flying inverted.

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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 17 Jun 2023 at 13:49    Image of day on 13 Aug 2023

Our 'won't fly for us' Poplar Hawk Moths have been supplemented by 2 or 3 Eyed Hawk-moths. Here you see the trick appearance of the 'eyes' used to frighten off an attacker.

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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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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010 at 13:07    Image of day on 08 Nov 2010

We accidentally caught this fly along with a dragonfly (likely the male above) and we used the same strobe technique for this pic.

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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 11:27    Image of day on 13 Oct 2017

Shield Bugs in general are good, if reluctant, flyers. This Forest Bug, unfortunately starting on the white plastic tip of a soft artists paintbrush, unexpectedly took off. These two images we taken about 200mS apart.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 13:02    Image of day on 28 Jul 2009

This is a male 'four-spot chaser' (change of common name since the link below). This species has been breeding on our plot for at least a decade. It first came to our attention one day when a number were emerging in May 1999 after a warm night that turned cold in the morning and slowed down the usual overnight emergence. You can see it on the main web site at Dragonfly Emergence Sequence.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 13:13    Image of day on 28 Jul 2009

Their favourite perches seem to be dead twigs by the waterside. If you have a pond put a couple of sticks about half meter long at 30 degrees from horizontal & overhanging the water, and you will likely be graced with some dragonflies using the tip. If they are already about they sometimes land on them within seconds (but usually not).

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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2012 at 13:46    Image of day on 09 Sep 2012

The small Gatekeeper butterflies seem to spend most of their time on Blackberry flowers. This flower head includes a Flower bud, a forming fruit, and a fairly exhausted open flower.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2009 at 08:58    Image of day on 07 Aug 2009

The gatekeeper butterfly has appeared. It is barely 2/3 the size of the meadow brown, but the two white dots in the black spot is characteristic

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:46    Image of day on 20 Oct 2015

This tiny (1.3cm long) very attractive Green Carpet Moth on our screen appears 3 or 4 times life size!

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:49    Image of day on 29 Jun 2021

A younger 'greener' individual provided these moments a Green Carpet moth in flight.

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