Category Archives: Insects

Eyed Hawk Moth hatching

A couple of months ago, I picked up an eye hawk moth from an apple tree and brought it home to photograph. As it was late when I found it, I kept it overnight to photograph first thing the next morning and, when I came to get it out of the container, I found it…

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Vapourer moth caterpillar

Sometimes, you just marvel at nature’s creation and the caterpillar of the vapourer moth never fails to impress me! A mass of hair and ‘shaving brushes’ and difficulty in determining which is the head and which is the tail, this is a very impressive beast. I have photographed these caterpillars a few times now, but…

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Poplar Hawk Moth in the garden

I’ve been running my newly aquired moth trap over the past couple of weeks and I’m catching a few different species, mostly common, small plain moths. This morning, however, I had a great suprise when I opend the trap to find this perfect poplar hawk moth sitting quetly in the corner of the trap. I’ve…

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Emporer Moth on the North York Moors

Today’s shoot was all about the Emperor Moth, a really special inhabitant of the moorland habitat. Although they occur widely in Yorkshire, we decided to do our emperor moth on the North York Moors as we’d seen a likely spot while out looking for ring ouzels a couple of days ago. We easily found a…

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Brown Hairstreak at Chambers Farm Woods

  Today we headed down to Lincolnshire for brown hairstreak at Chambers Farm Woods, a well known site for this scarce butterfly and probably the closest site to me. The wind was a constant nuisance throughout the day making macro photography a particular challenge but in the end, we did find a couple of brown…