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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 9

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 http://www.uksafari.com/ladybirdharlequin2.htm



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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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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 16:06    Image of day on 21 Oct 2019

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 16:10    Image of day on 21 Oct 2019

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 16:06    Image of day on 21 Oct 2019

The female Holly Blue Butterfly is a small insect, as you can see relative to this smaller than average Oxeye Daisy. The bottom of the wings is a soft blue with characteristic pattern of dots, while the top of the wings is a much darker blue, the female (here) also having the dark edge.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:08    Image of day on 31 May 2011




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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:04    Image of day on 31 May 2011

A 3 weeks ago we brought you the male Holly Blue butterfly. Here is the subtly different female with different top of the wing but similar underwing


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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 15:01    Image of day on 22 May 2019

This Holly Blue Butterfly shows the top of the wings on the left, and the bottoms and on the right. As usual we then sent him on his way across the fields.


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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 14:59    Image of day on 22 May 2019

Blue Butterflies are not well represented here, so we were pleased that an hour's effort 'bagged' this male Holly Blue Butterfly which obliged with a few flights.


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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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