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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 15

Image Taken on 18 May 2009 at 13:23    Image of day on 08 Jun 2009

The female Scorpion fly doesn't have anything that suggests a scorpion. The face ends in a 'beak' pointing down and left here. The body is about 2 cm long.


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Image Taken on 22 May 2009 at 11:48    Image of day on 08 Jun 2009

But this is the male with a harmless (its said - we are not going to try it out) 'scorpion' tail complete with gap between the 'pincers'


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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 15:58    Image of day on 02 Sep 2015

From our archive of 6 years ago, here is an image of a Silver-ground Carpet Moth in flight with a Red Campion flower.


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Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009 at 12:56    Image of day on 31 Aug 2009

This is the first Burnet Moth of any sort we have spotted here. They are day-flying moths but don't fly very readily. So we have made a montage of our guest doing the best flight we got and then fluttering on a teasel head (where we had found it).


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:40    Image of day on 03 Sep 2015

Our first ever sighting of a Small Elephant Hawk Moth, along with a (non-small) Elephant Hawk Moth, gave us a chance to compare them.
The Small Elephant Hawk Moth is on the left, and the Elephant Hawk Moth is on the right.
This is a photo-montage but at exactly the same scale. They are not just different sizes of the same insect, but distinct species with similar colour palette but different colour patterns. Both are quite small 'for hawk moths' - you might imagine that anything called 'Elephant' was at the large end, but it is the appearance of the caterpillar as a brown 'trunk' that gives them their name.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:41    Image of day on 03 Sep 2015

This Small Elephant Hawk Moth was unusually caught twice in a single photo sequence. The camera fires 3 times at about 7fps to try to catch the insect somewhere in the frame. We have moved the top insect and duplicated the leaf by moving it upwards to avoid overlap.


Ref: 20150903_da1_20150706_1041_093+094_ft1 small elephant hawk moth flying from hawthorn twig @7fps 1+2 of 2 (vertically spread montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 27 Jun 2009 at 15:30    Image of day on 26 Jul 2009

Among the hoards of Meadow Brown butterflies are a few Small skipper butterflies. Normally seen perched with the wings slightly raised & top wing partly hidden, this spread wings view explains the orange shimmer as they fly.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 13:06    Image of day on 24 Oct 2015

We have not seen many Tortoiseshell butterflies this year, but it was all we COULD find in the middle of this day. Here is a montage of two flights arranged to show both sides of the wings.


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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009 at 16:04    Image of day on 27 Jul 2009

Just this one Small Tortoiseshell butterfly seen so far this year was fluttering from buttercup to buttercup. The hedges used to be awash with them. Instead we now have hundreds of Meadow Browns and still dozens of Speckled wood. We don't know whether the change is down to climate, our management, natural variation or chance.


Ref: 20090727_da1_20090624_1604_233+20090623_1513_171 ft1 small tortoiseshell butterfly in flight with buttercup (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 10 Jul 2010 at 15:57    Image of day on 22 Aug 2010

Small Tortoiseshell butterflies used to be abundant here, but we now see 'a few'. The underwing is a completely different dark brown.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:12    Image of day on 18 Jul 2017

Our first record this moth - a Small Waved Umber with a really 'burnt line' appearance along the wings.


Ref: 20170718_da1_20170527_1112_063+1327_204_ft1 small waved umber (horisme vitalbata) in flight + curled dock leaf tip (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 11:31    Image of day on 26 Jun 2010

A medium sized 'brown moth'. These are almost always far more intricately marked than you imagine from a distance. If moths of this sort flatten themselves against tree bark they are often incredibly difficult to see.


Ref: 20100626_da1_20100521_1131_341+1142_361_ft1 small waved umber (horisme vitalbata) in flight with red campion flowers (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 10:35    Image of day on 03 Oct 2013

Our first record of what we THINK is a Smoky Wave moth. Whatever - it is a beautifully subtle pattern on a translucent wing.
Not a single flight but taken as two flights in the same minute.


Ref: 20131003_da1_20130811_1035_025+022_ft1 smoky wave (q) moth (scopula ternata (q)) in flight (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:39    Image of day on 01 Oct 2015

This is a Snout Moth (exact species not certain) with subtle but interesting wing pattern and scalloped edges.


Ref: 20151001_da1_20150802_1039_028+1237_266_ft1 snout moth (prob hypena proboscidalis) in flight + thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 14:51    Image of day on 05 Oct 2013

This female Southern Hawker dragonfly spent a few minutes indoors for a some in-flight portraits.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 14:55    Image of day on 05 Oct 2013

This female Southern Hawker dragonfly spent a few minutes indoors for a some in-flight portraits. She was turning in flight here and partly out of frame.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 12:16    Image of day on 21 Oct 2015

The Southern Hawker Dragonfly nearly head on to camera. The maneuverability of these insects is amazing.


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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011 at 15:16    Image of day on 12 Nov 2011

Here you are looking up at the male Southern Hawker dragonfly from underneath.


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Image Taken on 16 Aug 2010 at 12:42    Image of day on 25 Sep 2010

I see you!
A week later another individual came in for a few in flight images. Like all our guests they get released unharmed near where we netted them


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2012 at 14:47    Image of day on 26 Sep 2012

A detail from another image of the head and thorax of a male Souther Hawker Dragonfly.


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