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Moths Page 11

Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 12:34    Image of day on 07 Sep 2013

Another Poplar Hawk Moth this time shown with Ragwort flowers for scale.

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

The moth trap caught a couple of Poplar Hawk-moths. Here is an image of one of them after release back in the meadow

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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 01 Jun 2021 at 13:42    Image of day on 02 Jul 2021

Here montaged at the same scale with a small head of Cow Parsley you get a better idea of scale.

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Image Taken on 01 Jun 2021 at 13:42    Image of day on 02 Jul 2021

Hawk-moths are, by Moth standards, really big. This Poplar Hawk-moth was a wingspan of about 40mm (inch and a half) though it seems bigger when you are handling them. The orange patch doesn't show at all on the resting insect, and doesn't get any mention in ID books or normal photos.

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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 29 Jun 2019 at 10:54    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

Also about 6cm across is this Privet Hawk-moth

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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 29 Jun 2019 at 10:57    Image of day on 18 Aug 2019

This Privet Hawk-moth on the wrist provides a better idea of size.

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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 17 Jul 2019 at 12:42    Image of day on 05 Sep 2019

Our first ID of a Red Twin-spot Carpet Moth. The two black marks near the tip of the wings give them their name

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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 12 Aug 2020 at 21:00    Image of day on 21 Sep 2020

An unusual amount of wet 'bait' overnight at this site attracted what is most likely several different Red Underwing Moths over a period of 6 hours. Here is an accurate montage of 5 of the 10 camera triggers that made useful images.

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