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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.

Ref: 20190715_p10_20190602_1136_345 lempkes gold spot moth (plusia putnami) (1st sighting here) (orig)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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

Ref: 20121007_db1_20120818_2137_022 lesser broad-bordered yellow underwing on yellow buddleia (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20191020_da1_20190825_0943_193+1941_177_ft1 lesser swallow prominent moth (pheosia gnoma) on box & in flight (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20191018_da1_20190825_0901_035+0855_011+0904_047_ft1 lesser yellow underwing moth in 3 separate flights (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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

A Lesser Yellow Underwing moth in flight

Ref: 20151002_da1_20150802_1116_172+1235_251_ft1 lesser yellow underwing moth in flight + great willow herb flowers (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

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.

Ref: 20130819_da1_20130707_1407_231_ft1 light emerald moth flying from hawthorn leaf 10 of 11 (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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

Two flights of a Light Emerald moth.

Ref: 20170809_da1_20170618_1105_155+1106_159+1309_320_ft1 light emerald moth in 2 flights + hawthorn twig (montage)jpg(r+mb id@768).jpg

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.

Ref: 20190713_da1_20190602_1043_028+1044_035+1157_220_ft1 light emerald moth male in 2 flights + red campion flowers (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

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'.

Ref: 20100718_da1_20100604_1452_214+20100606_1252_006_ft1 lime hawk moth in flight with small twig of large leaf lime (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20190923_df3_20190808_1505_037 magpie moth(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 24 Jun 2015 at 12:16    Image of day on 25 Aug 2015

We have often caught this moth in the moth trap, but startled this one in a hedge and saw it re-land underneath this leaf. A foreshortened view.

Ref: 20150825_df3_20150624_1216_229 magpie moth hiding under hedge leaf(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:09    Image of day on 18 Oct 2015

Here you see the top of the Magpie moth - the markings are similar to those on the bottom of the wings, but the yellow streak only appears on the top.

Ref: 20151018_da1_20150822_1009_037+1039_098_ft1 magpie moth in flight + great willow herb (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:01    Image of day on 18 Oct 2015

One of the more distinctive moths is this Magpie moth, also to be found hiding in hedges in the day. This is the view of the moth from the underside.

Ref: 20151018_da1_20150822_1001_022+1038_089_ft1 magpie moth in flight + thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 10:28    Image of day on 03 Oct 2013

A Magpie moth in flight. The bottom of the wing doesn't include the orange markings you see on the top.

Ref: 20131003_da1_20130811_1028_004+1538_453_ft1 magpie moth in flight as from grass head (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 19 Aug 2012 at 13:53    Image of day on 27 Sep 2012

This Magpie Moth was one of several hundred moths that spent the night in the moth trap.

Ref: 20120927_da1_20120819_1353_154+1518_421_ft1 magpie moth in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 14 Aug 2009 at 11:05    Image of day on 26 Sep 2009

We would never have dreamed of including a Japanese lantern seed case with this Magpie moth (a day flyer) if it hadn't been that when we released this Magpie moth it flew straight onto one and stayed until we left.

Ref: 20090926_da1_20090814_1105_004+1732_047_ft1 magpie moth in flight with japanese lantern which it landed on after release (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 04 Aug 2017 at 17:43    Image of day on 20 Sep 2017

An attractive moth seen both day and night is the Magpie Moth, here stopping in the hazy sunlight

Ref: 20170920_df3_20170804_1743_210 magpie moth on blackberry leaf(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 11:24    Image of day on 01 Oct 2013

We are not sure of the ID here, but the Marbled Beauty moth appears to be very variable.

Ref: 20131001_da1_20130811_1124_192_ft1 marbled beauty (q) moth on hawthorn (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 04 Jun 2011 at 14:49    Image of day on 17 Jul 2011

First identification of this moth here - a 'microlepidoptera' about 2 cm across with common name the 'Mint moth'. The petals & other parts on some of the oxeye daisies this year are deformed in various ways, as you see here.

Ref: 20110717_df1_20110604_1449_067 mint moth (pyrausta aurata) on oxeye daisy (crop)(r+mb id@432).jpg




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