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N 23 B 139 C 4 E May 27, 2017 F May 27, 2017
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A large Convolvulus Hawk-moth freshly emerged from its underground pupa.

Agrius convolvuli is common throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. partly as a migrant. It is a brownish-grey moth with a pink and black striped body. An immigrant from Africa, some adults fly to Europe from June to August and breed there; the offspring are those most commonly seen in Britain and Ireland. It flies low (only a few metres) over the sea.

The male has heavier markings than the female and sometimes has a broad central cross-band. The male also has thicker, longer antennae than the females. They usually hold the wings close to the body whilst resting, like the Privet and Pine Hawk-moths.

The adults fly from June to December, but are most commonly seen from late August to late November, when other migrant species are often in the UK. They are nocturnal and rest by day, when it can often be seen on walls, rocks and tree trunks. They are attracted to light and can be seen from dusk to dawn. As they have an unusually long proboscis, they are able to feed on tubular flowers e.g. tobacco plant (Nicotiana), petunia, lilies and phlox, that many other moths cannot feed on.

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Tags:   Convolvulus Hawk-moth Agrius convolvuli macro moths insect British Britain Europe pupa

N 6 B 101 C 1 E May 20, 2017 F May 27, 2017
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Caught in a Victorian time warp are two modern Class 68 locomotives as they pass through the beautifully restored Grange-over-Sands Station in Cumbria on 20th May 2017. This Grade II listed station was built in 1864-72 and restored in 1997-98. The two Direct Rail Services-operated locomotives, led by No. 68020, named Reliance, are taking flasks from Sellafield to Crewe.

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Tags:   68020 Class 68 Reliance DRS Grange-over-Sands Sellafield Crewe Coal Sidings station Cumbria Direct Rail Services railways GB UK British Britain

N 7 B 94 C 0 E May 18, 2017 F May 27, 2017
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Aggregate Industries-liveried, DB Cargo-operated Class 59/0 Co-Co diesel-electric locomotive No. 59002 named "Alan J Day", complete with '30 years' badge, passes through Romsey Station in Hampshire with empty aggregate wagons, en route from Chichester to Merehead Quarry on 18th May 2017.

This image was published in Railway Herald issue 550 on 18th May 2017.

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Tags:   59002 Class 59/0 Co-Co diesel-electric locomotive Alan J Day Aggregate Industries DB Cargo freight Romsey Chichester Merehead Quarry station Hampshire rail trains railways GB UK Britain British

N 2 B 66 C 0 E May 26, 2017 F May 27, 2017
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Class 156 Super Sprinter diesel multiple unit No. 156444 eases past the signal box and level crossing into Drigg Station in Cumbria with a Northern Trains service from Lancaster to Carlisle on 26th May 2017.

Drigg railway station serves the villages of Drigg and Holbrook and is a request stop on the scenic Cumbrian Coast Line 15 miles south of Whitehaven.

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Tags:   156444 Class 156 Super Sprinter DMU Northern Drigg Lancaster Carlisle station Cumbria diesel multiple unit trains railways GB UK Britain British

N 3 B 21 C 0 E May 26, 2017 F May 27, 2017
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Direct Rail Services Class 37/4 diesel locomotive No. 37425 named "Concrete Bob" after Sir Robert McAlpine, departs Ravenglass Station in Cumbria with a Northern Trains service from Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle on 26th May 2017.

The Ratty Arms pub is a former Victorian railway station built in 1873 from sandstone and granite.

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Tags:   37425 Class 37/4 Concrete Bob DRS Ravenglass Northern Barrow-in-Furness Carlisle station Cumbria railways Direct Rail Services trains UK GB Britain British locomotive Ratty Arms


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