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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 11

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

For an in-flight photograph of a female Migrant Hawker Dragonfly this image is ridiculously sharp.


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

A detail from the previous in-flight photo.


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Image Taken on 17 Aug 2009 at 14:54    Image of day on 28 Sep 2009

Unusually a tripple entry for today celebrating this years first Migrant Hawker Dragonflies. First we netted this female.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 13:39    Image of day on 04 Oct 2013

This is a female Migrant Hawker dragonfly flying across our little indoor stage before we released her back over the meadow.


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2012 at 10:40    Image of day on 19 Sep 2012

Migrant Hawker Dragonflies are the dominant larger dragonflies on our patch at the moment. We netted this one for a few flights down our 'tunnel' before releasing it, and obtained this elegant moment of take-off.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2010 at 15:12    Image of day on 29 Aug 2010

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly, an immature female, was the first of the year reported in this area.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:13    Image of day on 07 Oct 2010

This Migrant Hawker Dragonfly was for once flying low enough over a hedge for us to net her and bring it in for a few minutes taking photos.
Several years ago the Hawk and Owl trust determined that pellets from hobbies mostly contained the remains of Migrant Hawker dragonflies. But it is not so abundant this year - we have been pleased to see just one or two.



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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 12:33    Image of day on 22 Oct 2015

This male Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is one of the smaller Hawker Dragonflies (though still impressive perching on your hand) and is a delight to watch hunting.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 12:37    Image of day on 22 Oct 2015

The Migrant Hawker Dragonfly is only interested in the flower as somewhere to perch while hunting over the pond!


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 10:47    Image of day on 09 Aug 2017

A Mottled Beauty Moth in flight.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:22    Image of day on 30 May 2011

A couple of first sighting of moths here. First the rather drab 'Muslin Ermine' moth (called just the 'Muslin Moth' in some ID books) has surprisingly white legs - its not a lighting effect.


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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 10:36    Image of day on 28 Nov 2009

Probably the last outing for the moth-trap this year only collected some 50 insects but some were new species for us. First this quite large Ichneumon. It is a parasitic insect that lays it's eggs in other species larvae (ugh!). Nature doesn't think 'cruel' or not - it just finds ways to survive.
This preliminary image we took in an insect box shows the amazing carapace and head/eye much better than the later in-flight images.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 10:11    Image of day on 17 Oct 2019

Out first sighting of a Frosted Orange Moth, but a reluctant flyer. The photo-kit here takes 3 consecutive frames (all with flash) at about 250mS intervals. This insect tended to jump onto the soft paintbrushes we use to tease them into flight, and we catch the moment that this one departed. Read bottom upwards.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2010 at 11:18    Image of day on 23 Sep 2010

We put the moth trap out Sunday-Monday night and caught something like 1000 insects! Many wouldn't oblige in our flight kit, but some did. This lovely little 'Orange swift moth' obliged with just this one image.


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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 13:03    Image of day on 18 May 2019

We caught another male Orange-tip Butterfly on this day, so took the opportunity to show you female (left) and male Orange-tip Butterflies, so you can compare.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 14:18    Image of day on 16 Jul 2014

Top right is the Male Orange-tip butterfly, together with an image of the female and a flowering Garlic Mustard - one of their favourite plants for egg laying which we encourage down our trackway edge. We would love to have caught this setup 'for real' but it's hard enough getting a decent image of one insect in flight at a time, so this is a montage of 3 images to illustrate what we see in the wild.


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Image Taken on 23 May 2012 at 12:45    Image of day on 21 Jun 2012

The only freshly emerged butterflies at the moment are orange tips. They don't seem to feed to on buttercups but fly over them on the way to their regular food plants.


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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 12:58    Image of day on 18 May 2019

This is a FEMALE Orange-tip Butterfly - which doesn't have even a trace of the orange wing tips, but has a similar wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the wing.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:28    Image of day on 02 May 2011

Caught in a sheltered corner on a sunny but cold day this is the first time we have photographed a female Orange-tip butterfly flight before. What does she lack - the orange tip! You are seeing her slightly from the rear with her head lower left. The pretty flower is called 'Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower)' - it seeds freely and our site is every increasingly awash with it!


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 13:34    Image of day on 02 May 2011

Here she is standing on more of the same flower.


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