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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 14

Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:42    Image of day on 02 Jul 2021

Here montaged at the same scale with a small head of Cow Parsley you get a better idea of scale.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:42    Image of day on 02 Jul 2021

Hawk-moths are, by Moth standards, really big. This Poplar Hawk-moth was a wingspan of about 40mm (inch and a half) though it seems bigger when you are handling them. The orange patch doesn't show at all on the resting insect, and doesn't get any mention in ID books or normal photos.

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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 29 Jun 2019 at 10:54    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

Also about 6cm across is this Privet Hawk-moth

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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 29 Jun 2019 at 10:57    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

This Privet Hawk-moth on the wrist provides a better idea of size.

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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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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019 at 12:40    Image of day on 22 Aug 2019

The Red Admiral butterfly here shows the wings from the top.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 14:13    Image of day on 06 Oct 2015

A rather 'worn' Red admiral Butterfly could nevertheless fly well.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:07    Image of day on 08 Oct 2010

A bit of sunshine tends to bring out the butterflies on even quite cool days. These two were enjoying a sheltered patch of blackberries (brambles) when we 'invited' them in for a photo session.
First a Red Admiral butterfly.

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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2010 at 16:18    Image of day on 05 Nov 2010

And now a Red Admiral butterfly.

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Image Taken on 30 Aug 2009 at 09:42    Image of day on 08 Oct 2009

A pristine batch of Red Admiral butterflies have emerged, and we caught a couple to photograph. The first was taken in flight at a moment that shows both top and bottom of the wings.

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Image Taken on 30 Jun 2019 at 12:34    Image of day on 22 Aug 2019

This Red Admiral butterfly made a couple of nice flights for us, here showing only the bottom of the wings.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2010 at 11:06    Image of day on 24 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. Here is a Red Underwing Moth, a large moth we have not seen before that looks just mottled grey when at rest.

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Image Taken on 22 May 2009 at 13:34    Image of day on 16 Jun 2009

A Red-Eyed damselfly with wonderful bronze and bright yellow-green body, and of course red eyes. This is a female not yet ready to breed.

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