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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 8

Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:48    Image of day on 01 May 2011

The Holly Blue butterfly is a rare visitor - only seen a handful of times in 20 years. We managed to catch this one and photograph him in flight. The light blue with dots is what you see when the wings are folded, and the deep blue when open.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:41    Image of day on 01 May 2011

We don't feel the previous image does justice to the blue top of the wing, so here is another view.


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Image Taken on 25 May 2009 at 15:17    Image of day on 23 Jun 2009

Honey bees are in short supply this year, so after we caught this on flag iris and brought it in for some photos, it went straight back out where it came from. Note the (yellow) pollen sack on the leg.


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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 11:29    Image of day on 14 Oct 2017

This Ichneumon is a parasitic insect, laying eggs in various other insect Pupae.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 15:33    Image of day on 06 Oct 2013

This Knapweed flower is untidy but interesting. Another insect favourite.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2009 at 11:36    Image of day on 24 Sep 2009




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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2009 at 11:24    Image of day on 24 Sep 2009

At last - a 7-spot ladybird willing to fly indoors!
Put it on a leaf, it walked to the light, waiting a moment at the tip, and off it flew. Another 7-spot alternated with it preferred to walk back up the twig and hide. Never realised the wings have a little spot matching the carapace.


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Image Taken on 16 May 2009 at 14:16    Image of day on 09 Jun 2009

The Dragonflies and damselflies just starting to be seen. The Large Red Damselfly (size being a relative measure) was found in the long grass and photographic in flight. The underside is NOT red - most dragonflies are different underneath.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 14:38    Image of day on 01 Jun 2011




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Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:19    Image of day on 24 Aug 2010

A Large Red Damselfly but as yet without the typically red eyes. Many odonata vary hugely in colour as they age.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:50    Image of day on 02 Oct 2015

The Large Yellow Underwing Moth is a regular visitor but usually a reluctant flyer. But this one made a few flights for us & here we montage moments from 2 flights.


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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011 at 14:28    Image of day on 22 Nov 2011

The underwing class of moths go in for cryptic camouflage on the forewing, and the startle effect with an orange hindwing only showing as defence and in flight. This is two views of separate flights of a single insect to show predominantly the upper (left) and bottom wing surfaces.


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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2009 at 10:15    Image of day on 27 Sep 2009

Although we know what many moths are at first glance many look so like wood bark with wings closed we don't know what it is until later. So the orange wings often generate the same surprise for us on their first flight as it has evolved to do to predators.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2009 at 15:07    Image of day on 18 Oct 2009

This moth was trapped in the conservatory & we took some portraits before letting it go. The plant is Lemon Balm (not listed as a native wild flower in the UK) but grows rampantly in the herb patch and smells and tastes smashing.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:35    Image of day on 01 Sep 2009

This was found in a patch of teasel. Its about ladybird size but is actually one of many stages of life of a shieldbug with no common name (see description). The dark areas including the row of spots are iridescent.


Ref: 20090901_da1_20090725_1435_586 ft1 late instar nymph of shieldbug troilus luridus (7mm long) head iridescent on teasel (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:16    Image of day on 02 Oct 2015

A Lesser Yellow Underwing moth in flight


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:07    Image of day on 19 Aug 2013

After a night in the moth trap Moths often need to warm their flight muscles before take-off. This was the moment of lift-off from a hawthorn twig, the downstroke bending the right rear wing as it catches on a leaf.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 11:05    Image of day on 09 Aug 2017

Two flights of a Light Emerald moth.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:05    Image of day on 19 Aug 2013

This delightful moth always appears very 2-dimensional when spread out at rest, but when active you can appreciate the creature rather better. Here it is in free flight.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 14:52    Image of day on 18 Jul 2010

A first photograph we have taken here of Lime Hawk Moth, taken in flight after capture in a moth trap. We have included a bit of Large Leaf Lime twig, although the leaves here are atypically small to fit into our little photographic 'stage'.


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