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Insects in flight in controlled setup Page 18

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 14 Jun 2023 at 15:21    Image of day on 09 Aug 2023

This Spring's dearth of Butterflies since the glut of Orange-tip Butterflies is rather alarming. The only butterfly we see in more than one per hour is the Speckled Wood. Here are a couple of photos taken in our refurbished insects-in-flight camera kit

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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 14 Jun 2023 at 15:26    Image of day on 09 Aug 2023

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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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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 01 Jun 2021 at 13:56    Image of day on 03 Jul 2021

A montages celebration of this beautiful White Ermine moth.

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