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Image Taken on 22 Aug 2015 at 10:53    Image of day on 20 Oct 2015

A new sighting for us is this Pebble Prominent moth. This is two views of the same moth in different collecting boxes. In the second it was fluttering wings to warm up the flight muscles and we hoped for a launch, but it was content to out-stare us. Upon release it flew fine into a bush to wait in safety for the next night.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:24    Image of day on 03 Oct 2015

While he rests between flights in a collecting box, we enjoyed this unusually good view of the male Peppered Moth's antennae he uses to 'sniff out' the girls.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:24    Image of day on 03 Oct 2015

Another regular visitor is the Peppered moth - a study in the beauty of Black and White. An average sized moth, but stands out as we empty the moth trap.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:02    Image of day on 16 Aug 2013

Caught in our moth trap (along with about 300 other moths) this Peppered Moth wouldn't fly down our photographic flyway, so we contented ourselves with portrait on a hawthorn twig.
Males have these 'feathery' antennae with which to pick up (it is said) single molecules of the females pheromones


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:08    Image of day on 03 Oct 2015

A plain Wave moth, we think, dwarfed by even this quite small teasel flower head.


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Image of day on 23 Jul 2005

Most plume moths appear as a white stick 'T' shape when resting, but in flight multiple feather-like plumes form the wings. Here they are partly spread.


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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:17    Image of day on 06 Sep 2015

A Poplar Hawk Moth flying upwards.
The crop of the wing at the bottom is the bottom of the original frame.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:25    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

A Poplar Hawk Moth in flight showing the colour patches that this exposes.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:24    Image of day on 19 Jul 2017

This is a Poplar Hawk Moth - a really impressive size insect.
The oranges patches don't appear in ID books - you only see them in flight.


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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:55    Image of day on 01 Oct 2015

The Poplar Hawk Moth is a BIG moth (wingspan about 70mm) that we see most years. Normally reluctant flyers, this one made a few decent flights of which this is the 'best' (from a photos point of view anyway).


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:28    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

A Poplar Hawk Moth in flight showing the colour patches that this exposes.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:35    Image of day on 19 Jul 2017

After photographing this moth in flight he seemed a bit reluctant to go. Here on a hand you get a sense of scale.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:17    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

Just one Hawk moth in the trap - a Poplar Hawk moth that did a few flights for us. But first we took some portraits on Black poplar leaves


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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 13:46    Image of day on 28 Jun 2009

The Moth trap caught its usual few hundred moths including a couple of these Poplar Hawk-moths. Hawk-moths are BIG - see the typical size oak leaf.


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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2008 at 11:34    Image of day on 15 Jun 2008

Detail of the head and antennae.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 14 Jul 2014

Hawk-moths are as big as UK moths get. With the 100 or so Poplar trees planted along the farm track we have hopes of being inundated with these Poplar Hawk-moths. For now we just enjoyed just this one.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 10:57    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

This is a Poplar Hawk Moth as if taking off from the thistle. If you look for this insect in a reference book DON'T look for the orange patches - the resting position of the moth has the rear wings partly in front of the forewings, hiding the orange for use in startling attackers.


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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2014 at 10:52    Image of day on 06 Aug 2014

This is the Poplar Hawk-moth showing off the orange patches you don't see in the resting insect - the insect hides them by moving the rear wings so that they stick out in front of the forewings in an atypical position. See how the wings bend under the stress of flight.


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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 12:34    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

Another Poplar Hawk Moth this time shown with Ragwort flowers for scale.


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Image Taken on 14 Jun 2009 at 16:08    Image of day on 10 Jul 2009

The moth trap caught a couple of Poplar Hawk-moths. Here is an image of one of them after release back in the meadow


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