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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 31 May 2022 at 10:15    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

The Saga of the Spindle Ermine Moth seems to be nearing it's end. Under a leaf we find this 100 or so in a clump.

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Image Taken on 31 May 2022 at 10:16    Image of day on 08 Jul 2022

A metre away we find dozens more clinging to this vertical thread.
This has been an exceptional year for these moths. The adults are said to be about from June to September, so we hope they provide good feeding for the new crop of birds building up their bodies ready for Winter.
And the moths are rather pretty as well!

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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 17 Jun 2023 at 13:59    Image of day on 13 Aug 2023

The Eyed Hawk-moth was a bit reluctant to fly for us, but we got a few frames which actually had a moth in them.
Here is a montage of two flights, the right image shows the underside of the moth, and the left the top of the moth (with the eyes) because the moth is flying inverted.

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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 17 Jun 2023 at 13:49    Image of day on 13 Aug 2023

Our 'won't fly for us' Poplar Hawk Moths have been supplemented by 2 or 3 Eyed Hawk-moths. Here you see the trick appearance of the 'eyes' used to frighten off an attacker.

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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 11 Sep 2020 at 12:29    Image of day on 28 Oct 2020

More used to finding Garden Carpet Moths in the moth trap, here is one on a Blackberry leaf at midday, albeit in the shade.

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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 17 May 2022 at 15:40    Image of day on 25 Jun 2022

This Green Carpet moth landed inside a bush. The green colour of the insect soon becomes bleached - this is the greenest one we have ever seen, though this might be enhanced by light being tinged by the surrounding foliage.

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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 01 Jun 2021 at 07:06    Image of day on 29 Jun 2021

Green Carpet Moths fade from green quite quickly - this one grey. It is photographed against the black plastic of the moth trap it was caught in.

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