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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

Ref: 20190905_df3_20190717_1242_043 red twin-spot carpet moth (xanthorhoe spadicearia)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

Ref: 20181006_e64_20180815_0057_110_fb2 red underwing moth in flight low over ground in woodland (crop 1)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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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Image Taken on 13 Aug 2020 at 23:14    Image of day on 21 Sep 2020

Next night the camera caught these two Red Underwing moths at this site together.

Ref: 20200921_d36_20200813_2314_013_fb4 red underwing moth on tree stump as another flies in(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 17 Aug 2019 at 22:46    Image of day on 07 Oct 2019

Food on the top of the tree-stump here attracts a Red Underwing Moth to have a feed. These two moments 5 minutes apart and montaged.

Ref: 20191007_d36_20190817_2246_038+2251_039_fb4 red underwing moth on tree-stump (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 14 Aug 2020 at 23:45    Image of day on 21 Sep 2020

And another night on finds two Red Underwing Moths joining a leopard slug for the feast. It's not very clear, but it is possible that the moth on the right is sucking up fluid that wets the slug. We have definitely seen fieldmice (wood mice) licking slugs, but this sighting is less certain.

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Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:54    Image of day on 28 Nov 2009

A red & green mottled moth with a name that matches it's appearance (not that this helped us discover what it was called).

Ref: 20091128_da1_20091029_0954_162_ft1 red-green carpet moth in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 09 Aug 2010 at 11:37    Image of day on 23 Sep 2010

This 'Ruby Tiger Moth' fits the description but is much redder than any illustrations or other photos but it varies a lot with geography.

Ref: 20100923_da1_20100809_1137_189+1400_236_ft1 ruby tiger moth (phragmatobia fuliginosa) in flight with grass seed head (montage)(r+mb id@768).jpg

Image Taken on 11 Aug 2013 at 11:16    Image of day on 01 Oct 2013

What we believe is a Ruby Tiger Moth montaged from 3 separate flights to make this impression.

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Image Taken on 12 Sep 2010 at 09:43    Image of day on 09 Nov 2010

We are fairly sure this moth is a 'Sallow'. We didn't get any one shot we thought told the whole story so here are two views on either side of a twig.

Ref: 20101109_da1_20100912_0943_127+133+0940_121_ft1 the sallow moth in flight - 2 views either side of hawthorn twig (montage)(r+mb id@1024).jpg

Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 10:01    Image of day on 29 Nov 2009

We found we had another with much less obvious marks in orange. A completely normal variation according to the 'book'.

Ref: 20091129_da1_20091029_1001_185_ft1 the satellite moth (brown markings) in flight (web crop)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 29 Oct 2009 at 09:44    Image of day on 29 Nov 2009

Probably the last outing for the moth-trap this year only collected some 50 insects but some were new species for us. This moth gets the name Satellite Moth' from an interesting 'dot' pattern on the wing with two 'satellite' dots by each main spot marking.

Ref: 20091129_da1_20091029_0944_150+0909_029_ft1 the satellite moth in flight with blackthorn (montage)(r+mb id@576).jpg

Image Taken on 16 Jul 2009 at 14:22    Image of day on 19 Aug 2009

A pretty creamy gold moth called the Scalloped Oak shown in flight.

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Image Taken on 27 May 2017 at 11:22    Image of day on 18 Jul 2017

Another first for us, this time the Scorched Wing Moth.
We couldn't get it to fly for the camera, so here is our initial 'ID' pic.

Ref: 20170718_da1_20170527_1122_080_ft1 scorched wing moth (plagodis dolabraria) (crop on box)(r+mb id@576).jpg

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.

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Image Taken on 12 May 2022 at 13:53    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

The stretch of hedge showing the density of the clusters

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Image Taken on 12 May 2022 at 13:51    Image of day on 20 Jun 2022

One patch of the south side of the south hedge becomes a 'nursery' for hundred of what we think are Ermine Moth caterpillars. The caterpillars 'hide' behind sheet of silk in groups a a few dozen.

Ref: 20220620_d72_20220512_1351_014 silk meshes in south facing hedge (poss ermine moth caterpillars) with 2x insert 1 of 3(r+mb id@768).jpg




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