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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.


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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.


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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.


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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'.


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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.


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Image Taken on 16 Sep 2019 at 20:08    Image of day on 05 Nov 2019

2 short visits by obviously the same Tawny Owl 2 days apart.
The 1st & 3rd, and 2nd & 4th (from the left) images are uncannily almost identical despite quite definitely being 2 days apart - notice the new damage to the post at the top right hand edge occurring in the intervening 2 days.


Ref: 20191105_d01_20190916_2008_087-20190918_1937_169_fb6 tawny owl short visits 2 nights apart with moth (4 of 5) 1-5 of 5 (montage)(r+mb id@1024).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


Image Taken on 07 Jun 2015 at 13:40    Image of day on 06 Aug 2015

This White Ermine moth is one of the species is one of the species responsible for leaving 'silk' all over hedges. These two images were separate flights montaged for effect.


Ref: 20150806_da1_20150607_1340_162+153+1315_077_ft1 white ermine moth in flight (2 flights) + grass seed head (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 18 May 2014 at 12:50    Image of day on 13 Jul 2014

This is a white Ermine moth as a view from each of 2 different flights montaged to show top and bottom in what we think is an attractive way.


Ref: 20140713_da1_20140518_1250_028+1248_019_ft1 white ermine moth in flight (arbitrary montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 01 May 2011 at 15:53    Image of day on 30 May 2011

This (not a new species) is the White Ermine caught the same night.


Ref: 20110530_da1_20110501_1553_248+1602_291_ft1 white ermine moth in flight with hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 29 May 2009 at 15:04    Image of day on 29 Jun 2009

Some other moths in the trap included 'Ermine' moths which have beautiful speckled wings. The first image is of the White Ermine.


Ref: 20090629_d01_20090529_1504_178+1556_272 ft1 white ermine moth in flight with oak leaves (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg


Image Taken on 23 Jul 2019 at 16:19    Image of day on 13 Sep 2019

We startled this White Plume Moth hiding in the path and it flew off to find another safe place. It perched upside down partly in shade under these 'weeds'.
How different the world must be to these tiny creatures. In the Insect Flight Tunnel we often see insects flying inverted, but tend not to show them as aberrations caused by the artificial setup, but maybe it is quite normal.


Ref: 20190913_d72_20190723_1619_027 white plume moth (pterophorus pentadactyla) perched inverted on foliage(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 15:39    Image of day on 10 Aug 2011

One of our favourite moths is the plume moth. When perched it is a white 'T' shape with the 'plumes' brought close together. (Another Plume moth called the 'T' is brown and really does align all the plumes) In flight the plumes separate out to form a wing 'surface'. Here the insect is flying away from the camera and upwards.


Ref: 20110810_da1_20110626_1539_285_ft1 white plume moth in flight (crop)(r+mb id@432).jpg


Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 14:45    Image of day on 03 Sep 2013

This White Plume Moth was caught in the daytime and shows how the filaments on the wing struts lay over one another to make a (admittedly weak) aerodynamic structure.


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Image Taken on 26 Jun 2011 at 15:40    Image of day on 10 Aug 2011

This time the moth is flying right to left and banking towards the camera.


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Image Taken on 14 Jul 2013 at 14:34    Image of day on 03 Sep 2013

After release this same White Plume Moth decided it liked the post of our conservatory gate and was still there when we went to bed, but gone next morning.


Ref: 20130903_p10_20130714_1434_791 white plume moth on security gate post (crop)(r+mb id@768).jpg


Image Taken on 22 Jul 2013 at 11:03    Image of day on 08 Sep 2013

One of the two White Satin Moths obliged with a flight for us.


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Image Taken on 20 Jul 2013 at 16:40    Image of day on 08 Sep 2013

This White Satin Moth was hanging like this from a grass seed head a couple of metres from the moth trap in which we caught another. We like the pretty black and white ringed legs.


Ref: 20130908_a77_20130720_1640_004 white satin moth on grass head (crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg


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