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Moths Page 9
Image Taken on 07 Sep 2012
at 20:32 Image of day on 21 Oct 2012
Not the more common Hebrew Character moth, but the 'Setaceous' (means 'hairy')
variant on a yellow Buddleia.
Ref: 20121021_db1_20120907_2032_012 setaceous hebrew character moth feeding on buddleia (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 08 Sep 2009
at 20:18 Image of day on 22 Oct 2009
Another newly discovered dusk visitor to our yellow buddleia is this
'Silver Y' moth - it's not hard to see where it gets it's name.
Ref: 20091022_d01_20090908_2018_032 silver y moth feeding on yellow buddleia at night (orig)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 05 Aug 2006
at 12:23 Image of day on 17 Aug 2006
We are used to Silver Y moths in the (harmless) moth-trap but
have not noticed them in the day before. This one is taking
nectar from a teasel.
Ref: 20060817_d10_20060805_1223_035 silver y moth on teasel (daylight)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Jul 2015
at 16:29 Image of day on 02 Sep 2015
For some reason - nature, farming practice or our observance - we are noticing
more moths startled from the hedges in daylight and hiding as we walk along.
This is a Silver-ground Carpet Moth hiding on a leaf.
Ref: 20150902_df3_20150702_1629_146 silver-ground carpet moth hiding in hedge(r+mb id@432).jpg
Image Taken on 24 Jun 2009
at 15:58 Image of day on 02 Sep 2015
From our archive of 6 years ago, here is an image of a
Silver-ground Carpet Moth in flight with a Red Campion flower.
Ref: 20150902_da1_20090624_1558_212+1516_187 ft1 silver-ground carpet moth in flight with red campion flower (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 30 Jul 2013
at 15:56 Image of day on 19 Sep 2013
There are several species of Burnet Moth, the most common types
differentiated by the number of spots on a single side (not BOTH
sides like counting spots on ladybird carapaces). This one was
using it's proboscis to drink nectar from the thistle flower,
accompanied by two hover-flies.
Ref: 20130919_df1_20130730_1556_084 six-spot burnet moth and marmalade hoverflies (episyrphus balteatus) on thistle flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Jul 2009
at 12:56 Image of day on 31 Aug 2009
This is the first Burnet Moth of any sort we have spotted here.
They are day-flying moths but don't fly very readily.
So we have made a montage of our guest doing the best flight we got and
then fluttering on a teasel head (where we had found it).
Ref: 20090831_da1_20090725_1256_169+1306_223 ft1 six-spot burnet moth in flight and perched on teasel (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 10 Aug 2017
at 15:21 Image of day on 20 Sep 2017
The Duck-shaped pond hosts numerous small white Moths that flutter about just
over the water and then usually perch annoyingly out of view in the marginal
vegetation. There are a variety of these China-mark Moths, of which this is the
Small China-mark Moth staying for a moment in a less than ideal hiding spot.
Ref: 20170920_df3_20170810_1521_039 small china-mark moth(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 25 Jun 2018
at 14:33 Image of day on 12 Aug 2018
These moths that spend their lives precariously over water are generically
called 'China Mark' moths, but comes in 4 varieties (at the moment - who knows
what climate warming will bring) of which this is the Small China-mark Moth. You
can just see the gorgeous patterning that adorns the lower wings.
Ref: 20180812_df3_20180625_1433_003 small china-mark moth at water surface(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015
at 10:40 Image of day on 03 Sep 2015
Our first ever sighting of a Small Elephant Hawk Moth, along with a
(non-small) Elephant Hawk Moth, gave us a chance to compare them.
The Small Elephant Hawk Moth is on the left, and the Elephant Hawk Moth
is on the right.
This is a photo-montage but at exactly the same scale. They are
not just different sizes of the same insect, but distinct species
with similar colour palette but different colour patterns. Both
are quite small 'for hawk moths' - you might imagine that
anything called 'Elephant' was at the large end, but it is the
appearance of the caterpillar as a brown 'trunk' that gives them
Ref: 20150903_da1_20150706_1040_088+1116_183_ft1 small elephant hawk moth + elephant hawk moth (identical scale montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015
at 10:41 Image of day on 03 Sep 2015
This Small Elephant Hawk Moth was unusually caught twice in a
single photo sequence. The camera fires 3 times at about 7fps to
try to catch the insect somewhere in the frame. We have moved the
top insect and duplicated the leaf by moving it upwards to avoid
Ref: 20150903_da1_20150706_1041_093+094_ft1 small elephant hawk moth flying from hawthorn twig @7fps 1+2 of 2 (vertically spread montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013
at 10:35 Image of day on 03 Oct 2013
Our first record of what we THINK is a Smoky Wave moth.
Whatever - it is a beautifully subtle pattern on a translucent wing.
Not a single flight but taken as two flights in the same minute.
Ref: 20131003_da1_20130811_1035_025+022_ft1 smoky wave (q) moth (scopula ternata (q)) in flight (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015
at 10:39 Image of day on 01 Oct 2015
This is a Snout Moth (exact species not certain) with subtle but
interesting wing pattern and scalloped edges.
Ref: 20151001_da1_20150802_1039_028+1237_266_ft1 snout moth (prob hypena proboscidalis) in flight + thistle flower (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg
Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013
at 14:15 Image of day on 02 Sep 2013
A Spinach moth (which doesn't mean it has anything to do with the
vegetable), has a rather subtly marked forewing.
Ref: 20130902_da1_20130714_1415_254_ft1 spinach moth in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 02 Jul 2015
at 14:19 Image of day on 05 Sep 2015
There are two types of Burnet Moth in the UK (5 and 6 spot) where
you count the spots on one side only. This is a 5 spot.
Should you find a similar coloured moth without all the spots
check out the Cinnabar Moth instead.
Ref: 20150905_df3_20150702_1419_091 5 spot burnet moth feeding on thistle flower (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010
at 09:36 Image of day on 09 Nov 2010
A really pretty little moth we think is a 'Square-spot Rustic'.
Ref: 20101109_da1_20100912_0936_108+0940_117_ft1 square-spot rustic (xestia xanthographa) (q) moth in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg
Image Taken on 18 Aug 2009
at 09:50 Image of day on 27 Sep 2009
Continuing from yesterdays night flying moth, first a
subtle brown moth called the 'Swallow Prominent'.
Ref: 20090927_da1_20090818_0950_195+1033_287_ft1 swallow prominent moth male in flight with rough hawks-beard flower (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 27 Oct 2013
at 10:21 Image of day on 20 Dec 2013
We haven't recorded a T-Moth (a type of plume moth) for 3 years, and
spotted this one perched in a miniature evergreen outside the house.
Ref: 20131220_a77_20131027_1021_012 t-moth plume moth in conifer (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 21 May 2010
at 11:28 Image of day on 26 Jun 2010
A stunningly beautiful White Ermine moth caught overnight in a moth trap
You don't see the orange body when it is 'at rest'.
Ref: 20100626_da1_20100521_1128_322_ft1 white ermine moth (spilosoma lubricipeda) in flight (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg
Image Taken on 27 May 2017
at 11:30 Image of day on 20 Jul 2017
A 'frequent flier' is the White Ermine Moth, here echoing the colours
of an Oxeye Daisy flower. This is a concoction of 3 separate flights
Ref: 20170720_da1_20170527_1130_136+1131_145+1145_185+1326_200_ft1 white ermine moth flights + oxeye daisy flower (montage 2)(r+mb id@768).jpg
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