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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 13

Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 13:42    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.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 14:44    Image of day on 25 Jun 2010

The Cuckoo Flower (lady's smock (cuckoo flower)) has almost finished, and the Red campion is now the Orange-tip butterfly's preferred fuel. This male is a bit tatty but still lovely and flying well.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 14:14    Image of day on 27 May 2017

This individual Orange-tip Butterfly just wouldn't fly in our kit, but while perched on a soft artists paint brush he gave us a good view of his proboscis curled up in the manner that it is stored between feeds. We have inserted a primrose leaf to mostly hide the bristles of the brush - the double edge effect on the leaf is real - not some 'photoshopping' artefact.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:52    Image of day on 05 Oct 2015

Our first sighting of a Painted Lady Butterfly this year, and in fact our first record at all since a large influx in 2009.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2009 at 10:37    Image of day on 23 Aug 2009

After a years absence we are seeing the migrant painted lady butterfly this year. Most are rather tatty and faded but this individual was still in good condition. The Soldier Beetles on the thistle spent all 45 minutes of the photo-shoot mating in happy oblivion!


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 13:14    Image of day on 04 Oct 2015

We have always found Peacock butterflies really hard to photograph well - they always look brighter in real life than in a photo (film or digital). Certainly the bottom of the wing is very dark. Here is an in-flight impression, both images showing the colourful top side of the wings, and the almost black bottom


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 15:34    Image of day on 11 Sep 2012

Peacock butterflies have always (for us over 40 years) been a difficult subject for in-flight photographs because they are very dark despite the splashes of bright colour. This one was netted on Buddleia.


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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2012 at 13:23    Image of day on 11 Sep 2012

Peacock butterflies have always (for us over 40 years) been a difficult subject for in-flight photographs because they are very dark despite the splashes of bright colour. This one was netted on a teasel flower head - a fascinating plant to watch flower.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 14:04    Image of day on 02 Sep 2009

The extremely dark underwing and dazzling top wing of this Peacock Butterfly make an incredible contrast.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:53    Image of day on 20 Oct 2015

A new sighting for us is this Pebble Prominent moth. This is two views of the same moth in different collecting boxes. In the second it was fluttering wings to warm up the flight muscles and we hoped for a launch, but it was content to out-stare us. Upon release it flew fine into a bush to wait in safety for the next night.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:24    Image of day on 03 Oct 2015

While he rests between flights in a collecting box, we enjoyed this unusually good view of the male Peppered Moth's antennae he uses to 'sniff out' the girls.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:24    Image of day on 03 Oct 2015

Another regular visitor is the Peppered moth - a study in the beauty of Black and White. An average sized moth, but stands out as we empty the moth trap.


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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2023 at 14:30    Image of day on 11 Aug 2023

The Peppered Moth (on the large side for 'ordinary' moths) has this wonderful intricate pattern of black spots on white background.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:02    Image of day on 16 Aug 2013

Caught in our moth trap (along with about 300 other moths) this Peppered Moth wouldn't fly down our photographic flyway, so we contented ourselves with portrait on a hawthorn twig.
Males have these 'feathery' antennae with which to pick up (it is said) single molecules of the females pheromones


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

A Plume Moth in flight. When perched the multiple wing 'plumes' merge together to make the insect look a capital 'T' with long top bar. We are not sure of the exact species, but it was brownish rather than the more usual 'white' varieties we see here.


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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 25 Aug 2019 at 09:11    Image of day on 17 Oct 2019

We only found a single Hawk Moth in the trap - this Poplar Hawk Moth. The Brown patch doesn't show at all in the resting insect.


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