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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 11:40    Image of day on 13 Jul 2009

And here in flight. The clover head will give you more idea of their large size.

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Image Taken on 24 Jun 2001 at 09:43    Image of day on 16 Jun 2008

7 years ago (24 June 2001) we photographed the same species in flight using a electronically triggered camera and flash. Its a genuine single image of a rather tatty individual, though the 'sky' was a painted backboard.

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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 13:50    Image of day on 01 Sep 2013

This startlingly coloured Elephant Hawk-moth obliged with this nice portrait hanging from the end of a hawthorn twig.

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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 11:28    Image of day on 13 Jul 2009

The Moth trap caught 5 of these wonderful 'Elephant Hawk-Moths'. We haven't touched up the colour - this is what they are like.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2019 at 10:28    Image of day on 19 Aug 2019

A better idea of the scale - this individual is nearly 'perfect'.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2008 at 11:26    Image of day on 16 Jun 2008

The Moth trap (see yesterday) also caught a Elephant Hawk-moth with its incredible shocking pink colouration

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 14:17    Image of day on 19 Jul 2010

in flight from the top it's another story altogether! The eye spots do not show when the insect is at rest.

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 14:19    Image of day on 19 Jul 2010

An Eyed hawk moth photographed in flight viewed from underneath with some attractive but unspectacular markings.

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 14:34    Image of day on 19 Jul 2010

And how you might normally see him - the feathered antenna identify him as a male.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:26    Image of day on 30 Nov 2009

You can here see the male antennae more clearly in a static image taken on blue card. Some references say that the antennae can detect the female pheromone from possibly a single molecule.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:03    Image of day on 30 Nov 2009

Probably the last outing for the moth-trap this year only collected some 50 insects but some were new species for us. This is a male 'Feathered Thorn Moth'.

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Image Taken on 13 Jul 2016 at 12:45    Image of day on 27 Aug 2016

Deep in a pond-side tree a Great tit has captured this moth we can't ID. It is too big to swallow whole, so here it is dismembering it to swallow the bits.

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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:46    Image of day on 20 Oct 2015

This tiny (1.3cm long) very attractive Green Carpet Moth on our screen appears 3 or 4 times life size!

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Image Taken on 23 May 2012 at 13:54    Image of day on 19 Jun 2012

The green upon the upper wing of this Green Carpet moth is more noticeable when the insects is 'perched', and fades over the few weeks of it's life

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Image Taken on 21 May 2010 at 10:06    Image of day on 28 Jun 2010

Caught on moth trap this Green Carpet Moth shows the flexibility of it's wings as it powers along.

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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 11:19    Image of day on 14 Jul 2019

This Moth was a delightful 'first' for us - a Green Silver-lines Moth, here in his box warming up for his turn in the spotlight.

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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 11:20    Image of day on 14 Jul 2019

The Green Silver-lines Moth performed nicely in flight - this is two of the flights.

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Image Taken on 12 Oct 2008 at 14:42    Image of day on 27 Oct 2008

We put the moth trap out on a misty moonlit night (neither good for catching moths). Something gave the trap a thump in the night and partly knocked the top off, but there were still about 100 moths inside of which this rather attractive iridescent creature took our fancy.

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2009 at 16:13    Image of day on 29 Oct 2009

This side view shows it chewing successive arcs out of the leaf.

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Image Taken on 27 Sep 2009 at 13:53    Image of day on 29 Oct 2009

This beauty was on the top of a 1.5m high hedge. The moth that will emerge is a rather drab affair in shades of grey that we don't seem ever to have photographed. The 2 bumps and strange angle are quite normal according to 'the book'.

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