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Moths Page 9

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 22 Nov 2023 at 09:11    Image of day on 04 Jan 2024

Another Moth trapped in the water of Round Pond makes some fantastic ripples, but ...


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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.


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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 01 Jul 2021 at 15:54    Image of day on 24 Aug 2021

The Oxford Ragwort plants have just started flowering. Just right of lower middle you can see the first Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar that we have spotted this year. The top flowerhead is massively deformed. There are several other examples, and some years we see similar on Oxeye daisies. We think it probably an insect converting the flower for breeding purposes, but have been unsuccessful in finding out what species. This plant is poisonous to most creatures, but the Cinnabar Moth absorbs the poison to make itself poisonous, and has the warning colouration to tell the bird not to 'try it for dinner'. We also sometimes see Cinnabar Moths feeding on Groundsel where they don't pick up the poison defence. They don't do as well on this plant, and we haven't seen any on Groundsel so far this year.


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Image Taken on 17 May 2022 at 10:46    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

5 Days later there is not a caterpillar to be seen.
The previously occupied areas are completely stripped of leaves.


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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.


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Image Taken on 15 Jun 2023 at 14:51    Image of day on 11 Aug 2023

After we released one of the Peppered moths he chose a desiccated Blackberry leaf to hide on. The camouflage really works rather well.


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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.


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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 15 Jun 2023 at 14:30    Image of day on 11 Aug 2023

The Peppered Moth (on the large side for 'ordinary' moths) has this wonderful intricate pattern of black spots on white background.


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