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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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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:00    Image of day on 13 Sep 2012

Of a few hundred moths in the moth trap this moth called 'The Herald' stood out for its orange markings, and flew fairly well. This ivy flower is not open, but it is their 'summer' food - Willows and Poplars in the Spring.


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Image Taken on 07 Sep 2006 at 01:05    Image of day on 15 Sep 2006

An old friend from our early (early 1970s) moth watching days is this Large Yellow underwing Moth. Never could get them to fly down our flight-tunnel to take their own photos, and here we get an interesting image without trying.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:50    Image of day on 02 Oct 2015

The Large Yellow Underwing Moth is a regular visitor but usually a reluctant flyer. But this one made a few flights for us & here we montage moments from 2 flights.


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Image Taken on 29 Sep 2011 at 14:28    Image of day on 22 Nov 2011

The underwing class of moths go in for cryptic camouflage on the forewing, and the startle effect with an orange hindwing only showing as defence and in flight. This is two views of separate flights of a single insect to show predominantly the upper (left) and bottom wing surfaces.


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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2009 at 10:15    Image of day on 27 Sep 2009

Although we know what many moths are at first glance many look so like wood bark with wings closed we don't know what it is until later. So the orange wings often generate the same surprise for us on their first flight as it has evolved to do to predators.


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Image Taken on 31 Aug 2009 at 15:07    Image of day on 18 Oct 2009

This moth was trapped in the conservatory & we took some portraits before letting it go. The plant is Lemon Balm (not listed as a native wild flower in the UK) but grows rampantly in the herb patch and smells and tastes smashing.


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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 11:36    Image of day on 15 Jul 2019

Here is the Lempkes Gold Spot Moth, in the same family as the Burnished Brass.
After a few minutes of trying unsuccessfully to get an image in flight, we put her on a bit of white card for this photo. This moth gold spots are iridescent like the Burnished Brass, but the white spots are not lighting dependent and must be some sort of reflective white pigmented scales which really outshine the white card at all angles.
As usual, the moment you release them outdoors they fly blithely away.


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Image Taken on 18 Aug 2012 at 21:37    Image of day on 07 Oct 2012

This Lesser Broad-Bordered Yellow Underwing is a new moth for us - it will have a bright underwing that flashes in flight, but we never got to see it


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 09:43    Image of day on 20 Oct 2019

This Lesser Swallow Prominent Moth was a reluctant flyer, but is such an stunning woodland stick mimic we had to show you.


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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 09:01    Image of day on 18 Oct 2019

This is a Lesser Yellow Underwing Moth who flew quite well for us. We have assembled 3 separate flights into this interpretation.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:16    Image of day on 02 Oct 2015

A Lesser Yellow Underwing moth in flight


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:07    Image of day on 19 Aug 2013

After a night in the moth trap Moths often need to warm their flight muscles before take-off. This was the moment of lift-off from a hawthorn twig, the downstroke bending the right rear wing as it catches on a leaf.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 11:05    Image of day on 09 Aug 2017

Two flights of a Light Emerald moth.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:05    Image of day on 19 Aug 2013

This delightful moth always appears very 2-dimensional when spread out at rest, but when active you can appreciate the creature rather better. Here it is in free flight.


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Image Taken on 02 Jun 2019 at 10:43    Image of day on 13 Jul 2019

The moth trap from the previous night caught this elegant Light Emerald Moth that flew for the camera a few times before release.


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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2010 at 14:52    Image of day on 18 Jul 2010

A first photograph we have taken here of Lime Hawk Moth, taken in flight after capture in a moth trap. We have included a bit of Large Leaf Lime twig, although the leaves here are atypically small to fit into our little photographic 'stage'.


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Image Taken on 08 Aug 2019 at 15:05    Image of day on 23 Sep 2019

A Magpie Moth doing an only marginally successful job of hiding in the foliage.


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