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

More detail of the head and antennae.


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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2008 at 11:33    Image of day on 15 Jun 2008

An overnight run of the moth trap (a bright mercury vapour lamp to attract moths who spend the night safely below in old egg cartons) caught about 200 moths of 30 species. These Poplar Hawk-moths have a body length of about 4cm. We happened to catch two and couldn't resist showing them together - they look different because their underwings are differently positioned.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 16:10    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

Here it was vigorously flapping its wings to warm up for flight and making a noticeable draught and blowing dust about on the 'set'. But even when thoroughly warm and flying round the room we couldn't persuade it to fly in the right direction to get images in flight.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:49    Image of day on 20 Aug 2013

By any standard Privet Hawk-Moths are impressive insects with a body length of about 6cm (2.5 inches). This is a portrait hanging from hawthorn, although caterpillars feed on Privet and Lilac of which we have both.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:53    Image of day on 20 Aug 2013

This is the Privet Hawk-Moth in flight, showing the small rear wings.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 16:04    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

Yes - it is a BIG moth.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 14:46    Image of day on 11 Aug 2011

The Moth trap caught this huge moth - our first sighting of a Privet Hawk Moth.


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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2017 at 14:33    Image of day on 26 May 2017

On the OUTSIDE of the Moth trap was alighted a Purple Thorn Moth, a new visitor here. This little montage shows this attractive creature in three separate flights.


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Image Taken on 23 Aug 2012 at 12:20    Image of day on 15 Oct 2012

This micro-moth about 10mm long (wingspan about 20mm =0.8 inch) was feeding on the pond edge Water mint.


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Image of day on 15 Jul 2005

This is a time of year for moths triggering the IR beam (mostly out of frame so you get 'nothing'). Here we have added to an image of a rabbit + one moth a number of other moths from other frames to make this montage of several species. None are good quality but they are all 'real'.


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2010 at 11:06    Image of day on 24 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. Here is a Red Underwing Moth, a large moth we have not seen before that looks just mottled grey when at rest.


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Image Taken on 15 Aug 2018 at 00:57    Image of day on 06 Oct 2018

This is a Red Underwing Moth flying over the ground, complete with shadow to lower right. We have no record of seeing this moth since 2011, and very few images of any of the 'Underwing' moths in flight - they are reluctant to fly in our 'flight tunnel' though we did manage a few pics in 2009 to 2011.


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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:54    Image of day on 28 Nov 2009

A red & green mottled moth with a name that matches it's appearance (not that this helped us discover what it was called).


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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2010 at 11:37    Image of day on 23 Sep 2010

This 'Ruby Tiger Moth' fits the description but is much redder than any illustrations or other photos but it varies a lot with geography.


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Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 11:16    Image of day on 01 Oct 2013

What we believe is a Ruby Tiger Moth montaged from 3 separate flights to make this impression.


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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 09:43    Image of day on 09 Nov 2010

We are fairly sure this moth is a 'Sallow'. We didn't get any one shot we thought told the whole story so here are two views on either side of a twig.


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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 10:01    Image of day on 29 Nov 2009

We found we had another with much less obvious marks in orange. A completely normal variation according to the 'book'.


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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:44    Image of day on 29 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 moth gets the name Satellite Moth' from an interesting 'dot' pattern on the wing with two 'satellite' dots by each main spot marking.


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Image Taken on 16 Jul 2009 at 14:22    Image of day on 19 Aug 2009

A pretty creamy gold moth called the Scalloped Oak shown in flight.


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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:22    Image of day on 18 Jul 2017

Another first for us, this time the Scorched Wing Moth.
We couldn't get it to fly for the camera, so here is our initial 'ID' pic.


Ref: 20170718_da1_20170527_1122_080_ft1 scorched wing moth (plagodis dolabraria) (crop on box)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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