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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 11

Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:08    Image of day on 03 Oct 2015

A plain Wave moth, we think, dwarfed by even this quite small teasel flower head.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:17    Image of day on 06 Sep 2015

A Poplar Hawk Moth flying upwards.
The crop of the wing at the bottom is the bottom of the original frame.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:25    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

A Poplar Hawk Moth in flight showing the colour patches that this exposes.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:24    Image of day on 19 Jul 2017

This is a Poplar Hawk Moth - a really impressive size insect.
The oranges patches don't appear in ID books - you only see them in flight.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:55    Image of day on 01 Oct 2015

The Poplar Hawk Moth is a BIG moth (wingspan about 70mm) that we see most years. Normally reluctant flyers, this one made a few decent flights of which this is the 'best' (from a photos point of view anyway).


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:28    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

A Poplar Hawk Moth in flight showing the colour patches that this exposes.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:17    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

Just one Hawk moth in the trap - a Poplar Hawk moth that did a few flights for us. But first we took some portraits on Black poplar leaves


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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 13:46    Image of day on 28 Jun 2009

The Moth trap caught its usual few hundred moths including a couple of these Poplar Hawk-moths. Hawk-moths are BIG - see the typical size oak leaf.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 14 Jul 2014

Hawk-moths are as big as UK moths get. With the 100 or so Poplar trees planted along the farm track we have hopes of being inundated with these Poplar Hawk-moths. For now we just enjoyed just this one.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 10:57    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

This is a Poplar Hawk Moth as if taking off from the thistle. If you look for this insect in a reference book DON'T look for the orange patches - the resting position of the moth has the rear wings partly in front of the forewings, hiding the orange for use in startling attackers.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2014 at 10:52    Image of day on 06 Aug 2014

This is the Poplar Hawk-moth showing off the orange patches you don't see in the resting insect - the insect hides them by moving the rear wings so that they stick out in front of the forewings in an atypical position. See how the wings bend under the stress of flight.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 12:34    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

Another Poplar Hawk Moth this time shown with Ragwort flowers for scale.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 16:10    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

Here it was vigorously flapping its wings to warm up for flight and making a noticeable draught and blowing dust about on the 'set'. But even when thoroughly warm and flying round the room we couldn't persuade it to fly in the right direction to get images in flight.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:49    Image of day on 20 Aug 2013

By any standard Privet Hawk-Moths are impressive insects with a body length of about 6cm (2.5 inches). This is a portrait hanging from hawthorn, although caterpillars feed on Privet and Lilac of which we have both.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:53    Image of day on 20 Aug 2013

This is the Privet Hawk-Moth in flight, showing the small rear wings.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 16:04    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

Yes - it is a BIG moth.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 14:46    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

The Moth trap caught this huge moth - our first sighting of a Privet Hawk Moth.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 14:33    Image of day on 26 May 2017

On the OUTSIDE of the Moth trap was alighted a Purple Thorn Moth, a new visitor here. This little montage shows this attractive creature in three separate flights.


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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 10:33    Image of day on 08 Oct 2009

We offered the pair a feed on a yellow buddleia flower (on which we netted one of them) and took the opportunity for some portraits.


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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 15:56    Image of day on 15 Oct 2017

This Red Admiral butterfly was caught circling the Buddleia, but we had seen them over the Water Mint as well and this is what we show the butterfly with.


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