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

Two flights of a Light Emerald moth.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 27 Mar 2023 at 10:54    Image of day on 07 May 2023

Circumnavigating our patch takes us by the Round Pond which is showing several unexplained ripples. They turn out to be moths trapped in the water's surface tension, making remarkably deep ripples for such a small insect's struggle. So some fallen branches provides us with the tools to 'fish' them out and leave them to dry out.

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Image Taken on 27 Mar 2023 at 11:45    Image of day on 07 May 2023

Here is one of the rescued Moths - we think a Powdered Quaker - looking lovely on the richly coloured end of his rescue stick.

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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 Taken on 05 Jul 2023 at 08:13    Image of day on 07 Sep 2023

Ponds are an important feature of our wildlife sanctuary, but inevitably there are misfortunes with the water. This incredibly symmetrical rings of ripples in the Round Pond turned out to be a poor little moth struggling to get free of the water. Freeing him with a long piece of fallen branch was a most frustrating endeavour, eventually accomplished.

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