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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Image Taken on 21 May 2019 at 10:33    Image of day on 26 Jun 2019

We have seen lots 'Carpet Moths' here over the years, but it seems to be the first time we have seen this 'Wood Carpet Moth'.


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Image Taken on 22 Jun 2014 at 11:29    Image of day on 29 Aug 2014

This Yellow Shell moth is a day flying moth shown with a small sample of Orange Hawkweed


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Image Taken on 03 Jul 2019 at 14:50    Image of day on 20 Aug 2019

This Yellow Shell Moth has been given a green cast by sunlight shining through the Laurel leaf above it.
We considered 'colour correcting' the image, but this is what we saw. Checking the ID in a venerable insect ID book this species was alone on the page as being shown on a dead leaf, so maybe this is a typical daytime hiding place.


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Image Taken on 27 Jun 2010 at 14:29    Image of day on 11 Aug 2010

The range of yellow underwing moths are always startling as they change from a drab brown into a brilliant yellow-orange display that frightens off many potential predators.


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Image Taken on 19 Aug 2012 at 14:22    Image of day on 27 Sep 2012

This small mostly white moth is a Yellow-tail Moth - a new species for us.


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