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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 25 Aug 2019 at 09:34    Image of day on 20 Oct 2019

A Common Carpet Moth makes a couple of flights

Ref: 20191020_da1_20190825_0934_156+0935_161+1126_019_ft1 common carpet moth (epirrhoe alternata) in flight + greater willow herb flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20131002_da1_20130811_1042_038+1052_064_ft1 common carpet moth in flight with hawthorn (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20130902_da1_20130714_1305_068+1451_284_ft1 common footman moth in flight with grass head (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20121007_db1_20120818_2136_019 common footman moth on yellow buddleia (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090711_da1_20090614_1452_513 ft1 common rustic (q) moth flying to clover flower & starting to feed (web crop) 2 of 6(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20090711_da1_20090614_1452_517 ft1 common rustic (q) moth flying to clover flower & starting to feed (web crop) 6 of 6(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 03 Jun 2015 at 14:54    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

At the beginning of June we photographed this large Drinker Moth caterpillar on a not very attractive garden pot - the first we have spotted one for 9 years.

Ref: 20150904_p10_20150603_1454_533 drinker moth caterpillar about 4cm long + 2 greenfly (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:31    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

A month later in the moth trap we were delighted to find our first ever adult Drinker Moths, a mix of 3 males and 2 females (moth traps normally catch mainly the exploratory males of moth species). Neither female would fly in the 'tunnel', so here is one hanging from a hawthorn twig. Note the absence of frilled antennae that is the male equipment for finding a female.

Ref: 20150904_da1_20150706_1031_062_ft1 drinker moth female on hawthorn twig (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 11:35    Image of day on 10 Aug 2017

The Drinker Moth is a moderately large moth that flew rather nicely for us. Here are 3 flights.

Ref: 20170810_da1_20170618_1135_233+237+1149_279+1309_318_ft1 drinker moth male in 3 flight + fox & cubs flowers (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 11:06    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

A male Drinker Moth in flight. He has his underside and legs turned towards the camera - moths can do amazing aerial acrobatics!

Ref: 20150904_da1_20150706_1106_151+1243_291_ft1 drinker moth male in flight (bottom view) + musk mallow flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:34    Image of day on 04 Sep 2015

Another male (note the Antennae) Drinker Moth in the more conventional flight orientation.

Ref: 20150904_da1_20150706_1034_069+1243_295_ft1 drinker moth male in flight + blackberry flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 26 Feb 2019 at 08:33    Image of day on 25 Mar 2019

Outside the window we see 'steam' from the beak of this singing Dunnock. The morning is cold and very still (wind free).
We thought there must be a proper name for the 'steam' and 'plumes of breath' we use here because it much more obvious in humans. It is obviously not 'steam' even if it looks a bit like it, but you can't really call it fog or mist either. A hole in the English vocabulary.

Ref: 20190325_e65_20190226_0833_018+020+021 dunnock singing in hedge on cold morning with plumes of breath vapour 4+6+7 of 7 (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 12:49    Image of day on 09 Sep 2013

Early Thorn moths vary in appearance with sex and brood This male shows lovely rich orange brown.

Ref: 20130909_da1_20130722_1249_242_ft1 early thorn moth in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:34    Image of day on 11 Aug 2010

Most moths are little brown or grey creatures ... but this psychedelic beastie is called an Elephant Hawk Moth. They love honeysuckle but we decided to show this moth unadorned.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 11:23    Image of day on 03 Sep 2015

The is the Elephant Hawk Moth flying downwards from it's perch.

Ref: 20150903_da1_20150706_1123_209+1246_304_ft1 elephant hawk moth in flight + clover flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 13:53    Image of day on 01 Sep 2013

Once this Elephant Hawk-moth had warmed itself up fluttering its wings on the hawthorn, it obliged with a few photos in flight - this one is of it flying towards camera.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2019 at 10:50    Image of day on 19 Aug 2019

Elephant Hawk-moths are about 4cm across, with a beautiful subtle pink colouration.

Ref: 20190819_da1_20190629_1050_174+1045_151_ft1 elephant hawk-moth in flight (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg




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