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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.

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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.

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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).

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Image Taken on 27 Mar 2023 at 11:45    Image of day on 07 May 2023

An hour later there were some more to rescue - here we are caught in action by the trail-cam that 'watches' the pond.

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Image Taken on 22 Nov 2023 at 09:11    Image of day on 04 Jan 2024

... soon to be rescued across several metres of deep water using this long thin branch extracted from one of the dozens of woodpiles around the sites.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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 15 Jun 2023 at 13:50    Image of day on 11 Aug 2023

The Moth trap catch this time was something between 200 and 300 moths - a more typical number than the thousand or so a few days earlier.
This is a Scorched Wing Moth caught in two moments of 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.

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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.

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Image Taken on 12 May 2020 at 10:11    Image of day on 02 Jun 2020

This moth fluttered past us and landed on this stinging nettle. It is the fairly common 'Silver Y' Moth that flies both day and night. The Latin name (Autographa gamma) just seem so apt!

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Image Taken on 08 Sep 2009 at 20:18    Image of day on 22 Oct 2009

Another newly discovered dusk visitor to our yellow buddleia is this 'Silver Y' moth - it's not hard to see where it gets it's name.

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Image Taken on 05 Aug 2006 at 12:23    Image of day on 17 Aug 2006

We are used to Silver Y moths in the (harmless) moth-trap but have not noticed them in the day before. This one is taking nectar from a teasel.

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