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Image Taken on 07 Aug 2018 at 12:30    Image of day on 01 Oct 2018

This brimstone moth (not to be confused with the brimstone butterfly) was quite visible against the dark green of the hedge. It fluttered about in the hedge and then seemed to disappear. We just could not see it against this Yellowed leaf in the dark of the hedge, but the camera following the action shows a brilliant piece of camouflage we only discovered on-screen later.


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Image Taken on 10 Oct 2010 at 13:13    Image of day on 12 Dec 2010

From an autumn moth trap catch of about 200 moths we selected about 20 to try to photograph in flight. Only 2 obliged enough to obtain reasonable images. First what we think is a Bridled Green Moth


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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2009 at 13:14    Image of day on 20 Aug 2009

A montage of two images of the Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing moth. On the left in flight showing the startling orange underwing and on the right same species (probably the same insect) taken hanging from a hawthorn twig. The 'purpose' of the colour is said to be to startle predators. It certainly startled us because we hadn't identified the moth before the photo shoot and the first hint of the orange was in this 'first flight'.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:58    Image of day on 02 Oct 2015

An 'underwing' moth - a type of moth with bright colours on the rear wing which are hidden when at rest by the forewing. The scheme is assumed to startle any attacker by the sudden flash of colour. We don't remember seeing this species before


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 15:07    Image of day on 16 Jul 2010

We caught both White and Buff Ermine moths in the moth trap on the same night which suggested a simple montage to allow comparison of size, colour and markings.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 14:58    Image of day on 29 Aug 2014

Another Moth trap regular - the Buff Ermine moth. These two images are from separate flights, montaged for effect


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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 15:21    Image of day on 29 Jun 2009

This is the Buff Ermine - a beautiful almost golden colour.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2013 at 08:14    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013

Next day they were still busy eating the Lime leaves, but 3 days later we could not find any on the tree or ground.
According to our reference book "when nearly full grown and ready to pupate they descend the tree and construct underground chambers in which they pass the winter as Blackish-Brown pupae".
We will leave them in peace!


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Image Taken on 01 Sep 2013 at 10:57    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013

The Buff-tip Caterpillar are now on consuming their third branch of the Lime tree. Enjoy the natural light shadows of the caterpillars on the other side of the leaf near the bottom.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 15:40    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Our only Lime tree showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 13:50    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Our only Lime tree (as opposed to Large-leaf Lime) showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2013 at 13:51    Image of day on 27 Oct 2013

Finish your greens before leaving the branch!
Our only Lime tree showed a twig with the leaves completely eaten away. The culprits had moved to an adjacent twig where we found about 10 Buff-tip moth caterpillars continuing their search for food.


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Image Taken on 02 Sep 2013 at 08:15    Image of day on 05 Nov 2013




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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:53    Image of day on 10 Aug 2010

The Buff tip moth has an incredible camouflage when on wood - it looks like a broken twig end. Doesn't work so well on this leaf but you get to see it's intricacy.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:44    Image of day on 10 Aug 2010

Here in flight.


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Image Taken on 19 Jul 2014 at 13:43    Image of day on 26 Sep 2014

We caught this Buff-tip moth in our moth trap. While he warmed up we photographed him on a dead twig to show how good the camouflage is.


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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2009 at 20:25    Image of day on 21 Oct 2009

And here actually feeding with the proboscis in a floret. This moth has previously been photographed after being caught in the moth trap - see the image for 12 July 2009.


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Image Taken on 07 Jun 2015 at 13:47    Image of day on 06 Aug 2015

A very common moth here is the 'Burnished Brass'.
Of the several caught in the moth trap this one would fly for us, but the shiny brass effect doesn't show well in flight. Here are 3 images from 3 flights montaged for effect. The top left image was at the top of the camera frame.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 13:54    Image of day on 28 Aug 2014

A regular in the Moth trap - the Burnished Brass moth.
The polished metal look only works with lighting and angles right. and rarely appears in photographs in flight. This was the only frame of the session to show some of the wing as 'burnished'.
The insect is flying upwards showing us the top of the wing.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 13:48    Image of day on 12 Jul 2009

Burnished Brass moths are quite small but really beautiful when the light catches the 'burnished' areas properly.


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