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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 16

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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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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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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