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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 11:02    Image of day on 02 Oct 2013

This vivid Canary-shouldered Thorn moth is - well - just beautiful.
Not a single flight but an impression


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:25    Image of day on 30 May 2011

This Chocolate-tip moth is a new sighting for us, but was a reluctant flier.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 16:03    Image of day on 30 May 2011

So here he is so he looks like the photo in the ID book!


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2018 at 15:13    Image of day on 12 Aug 2018

A Cinnabar Moth showing us the gloriously coloured top of the rear wings that make the insect so striking when it is in flight.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:47    Image of day on 20 Jul 2017

The striking Cinnabar Moth makes a great splash of colour.
The only other UK insect we know of with these colours (but different pattern) are the Burnet Moth family.


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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2013 at 15:48    Image of day on 25 Sep 2013

An unusual excess of Ragwort in our meadow brought with it an unprecedented number of Cinnabar caterpillars. Ragwort is poisonous to some mammals, but it is the only food plant of these caterpillars.


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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2013 at 15:49    Image of day on 25 Sep 2013

An unusual excess of Ragwort in our meadow brought with it an unprecedented number of Cinnabar caterpillars. Ragwort is poisonous to some mammals, but it is the only food plant of these caterpillars.


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Image Taken on 14 Aug 2011 at 14:38    Image of day on 30 Sep 2011

This Cinabar this caterpillar was waving itself about. A knowledgable visitor tells us they tend to do this when they are hosting the larva of a parasitic fly.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 10:59    Image of day on 29 Jun 2010

The first Cinnabar moth we have seen here with a striking red and black appearance that acts as a warning to birds that it tastes horrible. This one was caught in the moth trap and photographed against black, but it is also flies at dusk.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 13:20    Image of day on 17 Aug 2013

The Cinnabar Moth is a daytime flyer and quite common as a startling red fluttering in the air. The eggs are laid on the foliage of the poisonous ragwort plant, whose flowers are seen here, with a vividly (warning) marked poisonous caterpillar.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 13:49    Image of day on 28 Aug 2014

This is a clouded border moth. Here you see the bottom of the wing.


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Image Taken on 12 Jun 2017 at 18:02    Image of day on 02 Aug 2017

A Clouded Border Moth, long before dark, choosing this vicious looking Blackberry stem as a convenient perch.
We photographed a Clouded Border moth in flight in 2014 as a moth-trap catch - see http://www.moorhen.me.uk/imgofday/arch 2014 aug.htm scrolling down to 28th August 2014.
The Clouded Border moth has quite high reflective patches in Ultra-violet light - see http://www.moorhen.me.uk/uv/moths_03.htm


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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 10:27    Image of day on 05 Jul 2017

We last saw a Clouded Silver moth in May 2010 in a Moth-trap catch, so it must be on the wing both day and night (ID books don't state either way). The one in-flight image from 2010 was only moderately good and we didn't 'publish' it at the time, but now with a good reference image it is worth including because it shows how the antennae are tucked underneath the body in the moths resting position (as widely shown in ID book & WWW images) but are forward in flight.


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Image Taken on 16 May 2017 at 14:52    Image of day on 05 Jul 2017

This pretty Clouded Silver Moth was flying along a path in the middle of the afternoon, landing in a patch of Cherry hedge where it stayed long enough to photograph it.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 10:42    Image of day on 02 Oct 2013

A very common moth here that 'disappears' when perched on bark - the light rear wing is then hidden under the forewing.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 11:53    Image of day on 09 Aug 2017

A Common Emerald Moth in flight.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 13:05    Image of day on 02 Sep 2013

This is a Common Footman Moth in flight. Apparently they appear anywhere that there are soft fruit bushes.


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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2012 at 21:36    Image of day on 07 Oct 2012

A common Footman Moth with eyes glowing in the camera flash. Up and down doesn't seem to mean much to many small insects.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 11 Jul 2009

We are fairly sure this is a Common Rustic moth caught on clover so we knew what to provide as a 'prop'. It then surprised us by feeding off the 'prop' in front of the camera setup. First just landing.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 14:52    Image of day on 11 Jul 2009

And second the proboscis is uncurling complete with droplets or particles from it's previous meal.


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