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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 15

Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 14:15    Image of day on 02 Sep 2013

A Spinach moth (which doesn't mean it has anything to do with the vegetable), has a rather subtly marked forewing.


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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 09:36    Image of day on 09 Nov 2010

A really pretty little moth we think is a 'Square-spot Rustic'.


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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2009 at 09:50    Image of day on 27 Sep 2009

Continuing from yesterdays night flying moth, first a subtle brown moth called the 'Swallow Prominent'.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 15:32    Image of day on 06 Oct 2013

Teasels have a wonderfully complex flowering pattern with 2 rings starting at the centre and moving upward and downwards. You can see the individual flowers here from which many insects take nectar.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2015 at 16:20    Image of day on 07 Aug 2015

Tree Bumble Bees are gradually introducing themselves to the UK. We are finding dozens on a stretch of Green Alkanet along our farm track. This individual would fly for us but she always took off flying backwards. The left and right images are about 150mS apart from the same flight, and we have slipped in another flight between them to make a satisfactory montage. We would have 'photoshopped' the insects box on the right for something more natural if we could have done it convincingly, but in the end 'truth' won out. Nobody got stung - we handle our guests with kindness.


Ref: 20150807_da1_20150607_1620_427+1621_430+1620_426_ft1 tree bumble bee (q) in flight backwards away from launch (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg


Image Taken on 03 Oct 2011 at 13:03    Image of day on 19 Nov 2011

This appears to be a Cuckoo Bee but we don't have enough experience or the right books to definitively ID it. Cuckoo Bees do what their name says - they lay eggs in another bees nest.


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Image Taken on 05 Jun 2010 at 14:35    Image of day on 15 Jul 2010

We often see Lacewings as an almost ghostly blue haze slowly flying in and out of hedges. So here is a good look at one of the larger one. One ID book says are 14 species in the UK, of which we can find photos or drawings of about 5 altogether. None of them include the wing spots this one has, so are not even going to guess at further identification.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 11:28    Image of day on 26 Jun 2010

A stunningly beautiful White Ermine moth caught overnight in a moth trap You don't see the orange body when it is 'at rest'.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:30    Image of day on 20 Jul 2017

A 'frequent flier' is the White Ermine Moth, here echoing the colours of an Oxeye Daisy flower. This is a concoction of 3 separate flights


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2015 at 13:40    Image of day on 06 Aug 2015

This White Ermine moth is one of the species is one of the species responsible for leaving 'silk' all over hedges. These two images were separate flights montaged for effect.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 12:50    Image of day on 13 Jul 2014

This is a white Ermine moth as a view from each of 2 different flights montaged to show top and bottom in what we think is an attractive way.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:53    Image of day on 30 May 2011

This (not a new species) is the White Ermine caught the same night.


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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 15:04    Image of day on 29 Jun 2009

Some other moths in the trap included 'Ermine' moths which have beautiful speckled wings. The first image is of the White Ermine.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 15:39    Image of day on 10 Aug 2011

One of our favourite moths is the plume moth. When perched it is a white 'T' shape with the 'plumes' brought close together. (Another Plume moth called the 'T' is brown and really does align all the plumes) In flight the plumes separate out to form a wing 'surface'. Here the insect is flying away from the camera and upwards.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 14:45    Image of day on 03 Sep 2013

This White Plume Moth was caught in the daytime and shows how the filaments on the wing struts lay over one another to make a (admittedly weak) aerodynamic structure.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 15:40    Image of day on 10 Aug 2011

This time the moth is flying right to left and banking towards the camera.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 11:03    Image of day on 08 Sep 2013

One of the two White Satin Moths obliged with a flight for us.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 14:07    Image of day on 30 Oct 2015

A Woody Nightshade with blossoms suggesting to us Japanese lanterns.
Looks delightful, but all parts of this plant are poisonous.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 11:29    Image of day on 29 Aug 2014

This Yellow Shell moth is a day flying moth shown with a small sample of Orange Hawkweed


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:29    Image of day on 11 Aug 2010

The range of yellow underwing moths are always startling as they change from a drab brown into a brilliant yellow-orange display that frightens off many potential predators.


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