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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2013 at 14:02    Image of day on 16 Aug 2013

Caught in our moth trap (along with about 300 other moths) this Peppered Moth wouldn't fly down our photographic flyway, so we contented ourselves with portrait on a hawthorn twig.
Males have these 'feathery' antennae with which to pick up (it is said) single molecules of the females pheromones

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:08    Image of day on 03 Oct 2015

A plain Wave moth, we think, dwarfed by even this quite small teasel flower head.

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Image Taken on 14 Sep 2020 at 06:42    Image of day on 28 Oct 2020

Plume Moths when perched all have something like the same appearance of a capital 'T'. But the 'top' of the 'T' is actually a set of several hairy wings normally only seen properly in flight'.

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

A Plume Moth in flight. When perched the multiple wing 'plumes' merge together to make the insect look a capital 'T' with long top bar. We are not sure of the exact species, but it was brownish rather than the more usual 'white' varieties we see here.

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Image of day on 23 Jul 2005

Most plume moths appear as a white stick 'T' shape when resting, but in flight multiple feather-like plumes form the wings. Here they are partly spread.

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Image Taken on 06 Jul 2015 at 10:17    Image of day on 06 Sep 2015

A Poplar Hawk Moth flying upwards.
The crop of the wing at the bottom is the bottom of the original frame.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:25    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

A Poplar Hawk Moth in flight showing the colour patches that this exposes.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:24    Image of day on 19 Jul 2017

This is a Poplar Hawk Moth - a really impressive size insect.
The oranges patches don't appear in ID books - you only see them in flight.

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Image Taken on 25 Aug 2019 at 09:11    Image of day on 17 Oct 2019

We only found a single Hawk Moth in the trap - this Poplar Hawk Moth. The Brown patch doesn't show at all in the resting insect.

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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:55    Image of day on 01 Oct 2015

The Poplar Hawk Moth is a BIG moth (wingspan about 70mm) that we see most years. Normally reluctant flyers, this one made a few decent flights of which this is the 'best' (from a photos point of view anyway).

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:28    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

A Poplar Hawk Moth in flight showing the colour patches that this exposes.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:35    Image of day on 19 Jul 2017

After photographing this moth in flight he seemed a bit reluctant to go. Here on a hand you get a sense of scale.

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Image Taken on 09 Aug 2012 at 13:17    Image of day on 12 Sep 2012

Just one Hawk moth in the trap - a Poplar Hawk moth that did a few flights for us. But first we took some portraits on Black poplar leaves

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Image Taken on 11 Jun 2023 at 07:24    Image of day on 03 Aug 2023

Poplar hawk moths are big and take a while to warm up for flight, providing a chance to get this portrait 'in the hand' 'on the thumb'.

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Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 13:46    Image of day on 28 Jun 2009

The Moth trap caught its usual few hundred moths including a couple of these Poplar Hawk-moths. Hawk-moths are BIG - see the typical size oak leaf.

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Image Taken on 09 Jun 2008 at 11:34    Image of day on 15 Jun 2008

Detail of the head and antennae.

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Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 13:08    Image of day on 14 Jul 2014

Hawk-moths are as big as UK moths get. With the 100 or so Poplar trees planted along the farm track we have hopes of being inundated with these Poplar Hawk-moths. For now we just enjoyed just this one.

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Image Taken on 29 Jun 2019 at 10:10    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

The Moth-trap caught 3 different types of Hawk-moths.
This Poplar Hawk Moth is the biggest we caught at about 6cm across

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Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 10:57    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

This is a Poplar Hawk Moth as if taking off from the thistle. If you look for this insect in a reference book DON'T look for the orange patches - the resting position of the moth has the rear wings partly in front of the forewings, hiding the orange for use in startling attackers.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2014 at 10:52    Image of day on 06 Aug 2014

This is the Poplar Hawk-moth showing off the orange patches you don't see in the resting insect - the insect hides them by moving the rear wings so that they stick out in front of the forewings in an atypical position. See how the wings bend under the stress of flight.

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