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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 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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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:49    Image of day on 29 Jun 2021

A younger 'greener' individual provided these moments a Green Carpet moth in flight.

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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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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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