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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 12

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 01 Jun 2021 at 11:31    Image of day on 25 Jun 2021

Another flyby by this male Orange-tip butterfly shows you the underside of the insect including the intricate green lacework that provides disguise (on both sexes) when the wings are closed.

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

This is a female Orange-tip Butterfly, who lacks the orange tip! This one has been bird pecked, but you can enjoy the intricate pattern on the rear wing underside (only) and the patch of the same pattern on underside edge of the forewings so that the disguise with wings vertical is complete.

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Image Taken on 23 Apr 2009 at 13:45    Image of day on 16 May 2009

Only the orange tip butterfly male (shown here) sports the orange tip that gives the species it's name. The female does share the delicate green tracery with her mate.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 11:29    Image of day on 25 Jun 2021

A male Orange-tip butterfly flies by giving us a good view of the top of the wings. Only the males show the orange tips.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 13:47    Image of day on 27 May 2017

On an unusually warm Spring day we only managed to catch 3 male orange-tip Butterflies, just one of which was obliging enough to fly through our IR trigger beam while still in the photo-frame.
In this image the Orange-tip Butterfly is nearly upside down showing us the marvellous green tracery that appears on only the underside of the rear wings.

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Image Taken on 21 Apr 2019 at 12:51    Image of day on 18 May 2019

Here is the male Orange-tip Butterfly in flight, showing the upper surface of the far wing, and wonderful lattice pattern on the lower surface of the near wing.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 14:56    Image of day on 02 May 2011

And this a male in all his glory, seeing the bottom of the wings (what you see when the wings are folded vertical). The green and white tracery on both sexes is really beautiful, but somehow set off even better by the orange coloured tip.

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