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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 8

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 23 May 2012 at 13:54    Image of day on 19 Jun 2012

The green upon the upper wing of this Green Carpet moth is more noticeable when the insects is 'perched', and fades over the few weeks of it's life

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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 10:06    Image of day on 28 Jun 2010

Caught on moth trap this Green Carpet Moth shows the flexibility of it's wings as it powers along.

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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 11:19    Image of day on 14 Jul 2019

This Moth was a delightful 'first' for us - a Green Silver-lines Moth, here in his box warming up for his turn in the spotlight.

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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 11:20    Image of day on 14 Jul 2019

The Green Silver-lines Moth performed nicely in flight - this is two of the flights.

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2009 at 16:53    Image of day on 14 May 2009

We have resurrected and upgraded our 'flight tunnel' last used 13 years ago making the best of what modern digital cameras have to offer.
Our site is awash with these Lady's smock (Cuckoo flower) flowers and all the white butterflies, including this Green-veined, love them!

Ref: 20090514_dc1_20090421_1653_244+1716_318 ft1 green veined white butterfly over ladys smock (cuckoo flower) they were feeding on (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 16:05    Image of day on 19 May 2019

A different Green-veined White individual flies towards the camera - a direction totally the decision of the insect. Once they are in flight they can do whatever they like!

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 13:01    Image of day on 19 May 2019

This is a Green Veined White Butterfly 'visiting' which is somethimes seen feeding on Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) flowers.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2009 at 14:07    Image of day on 07 Jun 2009

This is a Hairy Dragonfly' - one of the earliest dragonflies of the season. This was brought to us for some technical photographs, after which we took this portrait. You can see the hairiness along the top and bottom of the body in the first image

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Image Taken on 18 May 2009 at 15:06    Image of day on 07 Jun 2009

It was reluctant to fly indoors but we did manage this single image of it in flight.

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Image Taken on 23 May 2009 at 16:38    Image of day on 07 Jun 2009

About a week later we had the opportunity to photograph a male and can't resist this close-up of the thorax where you can see the hairs in detail

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2009 at 13:05    Image of day on 06 Oct 2009

And now a montage of a couple of separate flights. Never caught this one in focus with it's wings down.
If your are surprised it is a Harlequin (about the same size as a 7-spot) have a look at

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Image Taken on 20 Aug 2009 at 13:01    Image of day on 06 Oct 2009

We have had Harlequin Ladybirds for a few years now, but this year have only found a couple against 2 dozen or 7-spots - hopefully a good trend. However, it obliged with flying for us so, this one gets it's place on the site.
First just after taking off from the hawthorn leaf.

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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 13:21    Image of day on 01 Sep 2009

A harvestmen spider also found on the teasels & so photographed on one.

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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011 at 14:51    Image of day on 10 Nov 2011

Two images of Autumn
We picked this hawthorn twig to 'decorate' the insects-in-flight set, but decided it deserved a picture of it's own.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:00    Image of day on 13 Sep 2012

Of a few hundred moths in the moth trap this moth called 'The Herald' stood out for its orange markings, and flew fairly well. This ivy flower is not open, but it is their 'summer' food - Willows and Poplars in the Spring.

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