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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


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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.


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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.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 1999 at 05:46    Image of day on 10 Aug 2010

And finally from 11 years ago we had completely forgotten finding this pair mating on grass stems taken with an early digital camera working at less than 1 M pixel and writing the results to a floppy disc!


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Image of day on 26 May 2005

First ever sighting of this very attractive Pebble Hook-Tip Moth.


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Image Taken on 28 Aug 2015 at 11:03    Image of day on 30 Oct 2015

This tiny moth only about a quarter of an inch long is on a Verbascum stem. This is a 'Micro-moth' of which there are over 1000 species in the UK along with almost that many normal (macro) sized moths.


Ref: 20151030_df3_20150828_1103_106 moth pyrausta aurata (typically 8mm long) on leaf of great mullein (verbascum thapsus)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 15 Aug 2017 at 13:27    Image of day on 04 Oct 2017

This Moth, another first sighting for us, does not have a common name but we think it is rather pretty.


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Image Taken on 18 Jun 2017 at 10:47    Image of day on 09 Aug 2017

A Mottled Beauty Moth in flight.


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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2017 at 16:07    Image of day on 01 Aug 2017

In a Pot by the back door a self set Great Mullein plant has attracted the attention of at least 5 of these Mullein Moth caterpillars (seems appropriate). The Adult moth looks like a 'piece of twig' we have probably seen but have never photographed. The Caterpillar has this warning colouration - 'Eat me at your Peril'
The caterpillar is facing right - the 3 legs each side at the right are the 3 standard 3 legs per side of insects - the rest are called 'Prolegs'.


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Image Taken on 08 Jun 2017 at 16:09    Image of day on 01 Aug 2017

A view of a Mullein Moth caterpillar showing less detail of the legs but highlighting the damage to the Great Mullein plant leaves.


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Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:22    Image of day on 30 May 2011

A couple of first sighting of moths here. First the rather drab 'Muslin Ermine' moth (called just the 'Muslin Moth' in some ID books) has surprisingly white legs - its not a lighting effect.


Ref: 20110530_da1_20110501_1522_174+1602_292_ft1 muslin ermine moth male with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 09 Aug 2010 at 11:18    Image of day on 23 Sep 2010

We put the moth trap out Sunday-Monday night and caught something like 1000 insects! Many wouldn't oblige in our flight kit, but some did. This lovely little 'Orange swift moth' obliged with just this one image.


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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2006 at 23:57    Image of day on 02 Aug 2006

A chance image of a Orange Swift Moth (Male) as it flew by. Rarely seen with wings spread, identification books always show it with the wings folded down the body.


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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.


Ref: 20151020_da1_20150822_1053_128+1054_132_ft1 pebble prominent moth in box resting and with wings spread (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


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.


Ref: 20151003_da1_20150802_1124_221_ft1 peppered moth in box with clear view of male antennae (id crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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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