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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 16

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

This is a male Southern Hawker viewed from below (i.e. flying vertically upwards). They often perch in a sun-warmed Blackberry hedge to warm up before starting their patrols over the ponds.


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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011 at 15:14    Image of day on 12 Nov 2011

After initially fighting at one pond, two unexpectedly pristine (for late in the season) male Southern Hawker dragonflies settled to patrolling one pond each for hours on end for a few days - lovely to watch. We brought one of them in for a little photo-shoot.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2010 at 15:05    Image of day on 25 Sep 2010

This Southern Hawker dragonfly landed on a Cypreses (from which this frond was cut) in a small cloud of pollen. We brought it in for a few pics in flight, of which this actually has the whole insect in view. One of the 4 wings is pointing straight at the camera - a useful illustration of the total independence of each wing in flight.


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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2009 at 11:15    Image of day on 14 Sep 2009

This is a male Southern Hawker Dragonfly which has become a regular summer visitor in the last few years. We finally managed to net this one for some portraits. The first image was taken in our flying insect setup.


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2012 at 14:46    Image of day on 26 Sep 2012

This large & colourful male Southern Hawker dragonfly was quite accommodating for the few minutes before we released him to carry on guarding the main pond as his territory - i.e. looking for 'girls'.


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Image Taken on 17 Sep 2010 at 13:39    Image of day on 04 Nov 2010

Hardly a nick in the wing of this beauty despite being almost at the end of his life.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 15:40    Image of day on 10 Aug 2017

Speckled Wood butterflies like the edges of our woodland rather than the areas of full sun or shade.


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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2017 at 13:13    Image of day on 15 Oct 2017

This Speckled Wood Butterfly was a fairly cooperative flyer. These are 3 different flights montaged together. The right view is of the 'top' of the wings while the centre and left images are from below.


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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2012 at 14:08    Image of day on 23 Oct 2012

There are far fewer of these Speckled Wood Butterflies this year than usual, but this one provided a couple of separate in-flight portraits we decided to show as a single image.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2009 at 14:38    Image of day on 23 May 2009

In the last couple of years speckled wood butterflies have moved from occasional sightings to the most common butterfly here. Unfortunately the previous holder of that title - the Small Tortoiseshell - is becoming a once in a while siting. Anyway, this slightly tatty individual make a nice pic with lilac.


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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2010 at 12:24    Image of day on 08 Oct 2010

This is a speckled wood - the dominant butterfly LAST year and quite common this year.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 15:21    Image of day on 26 Aug 2014

In a patch of sunshine in the woodland where we have been seeing them for year, we found a few freshly emerged Speckled Wood butterflies (even if this one already has a bird peck).


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 13:07    Image of day on 18 Aug 2013

Of the 3 speckled wood butterflies we tried to photograph in flight, only this slightly damaged (possibly bird pecked) individual was a really cooperative flyer.


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Image Taken on 22 Apr 2019 at 12:27    Image of day on 20 May 2019

This is an overwintered Speckled Wood Butterfly - a bit tatty but not much faded. You can't see the bird peck on the rear of the far wing, totally by our choice of photo.


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Image Taken on 22 May 2010 at 16:39    Image of day on 02 Jul 2010

One sweep of the net over these frond produced both the damselfly and this spider. Our quickly acquired Spider field guide indicates the ID.


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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.


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