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Moths Page 8

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 27 May 2022 at 09:03    Image of day on 06 Jul 2022

This rather pretty Micro-Moth has no common name. The out-of-proportion antennae are many times the length of the insects body.

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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 26 Jul 2020 at 12:43    Image of day on 31 Aug 2020

A really beautiful if rather small 2cm (0.7 inch) wingspan Mint Moth feasting on the flowering mint plants. The inner yellow 'dots' are actually mostly hidden streaks on the lower wings.
Allowing patches of mint to flower in the last year or two has been unexpectedly rewarding.

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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 22 Aug 2021 at 12:13    Image of day on 02 Oct 2021

This tiny Moth catches the eye despite it's small size. Here it is feeding on a mint flower - very appropriate for a 'Mint 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.

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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 10 Jun 2022 at 16:41    Image of day on 28 Jul 2022

Each year a Mullein plant pops up from a crack in a concrete block blocking the unused end of our access track. This year the block-bound plant has been 'invaded' by Mullein Moth Caterpillars who have stripped the plant of leaves and left it to wither.
Will we see the plant again next year? Most probably!

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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.

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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 10:11    Image of day on 17 Oct 2019

Out first sighting of a Frosted Orange Moth, but a reluctant flyer. The photo-kit here takes 3 consecutive frames (all with flash) at about 250mS intervals. This insect tended to jump onto the soft paintbrushes we use to tease them into flight, and we catch the moment that this one departed. Read bottom upwards.

Ref: 20191017_da1_20190825_1011_287-289_ft1 frosted orange moth (gortyna flavago) flying from brush head @4fps (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg




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