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Close encounter with a Privet Hawkmoth

Discussion in 'Nature' started by grebeman, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Last nights moth trap catch was a little poor, probably as a result of a cool night, however I did have one Privet Hawkmoth, one of the UK's larger moth species.

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    This will give some idea of the size of the beast, resting rather quietly on my first finger. Panasonic G1 with 45mm, f/2.8 Leica DG Macro-Elmarit

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    Here adopting a threat posture showing its coloured hind wings and abdomen. Panasonic G1 with 105mm, f/2.8 Sigma DG Macro

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    Detail of the head. Panasonic G1 with 45mm, f/2.8 Leica DG Macro-Elmarit

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    Closer in showing the compound eye. Panasonic G1 with 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor and extension tubes.

    Barrie
     
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  2. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    It has beautiful eyes :smile:
     
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    All the better to see you with :wink:

    Barrie
     
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  4. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Lili
    Ooooh pretty!
    Hawk moths are some of the fastest flying insects and some even raise their internal temperature well above ambient through muscle exertion.
     
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  5. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    a moth charmer as well as a bee charmer ...
     
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  6. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Hehe, Hawkmoths are easy (well some are).

    Barrie
     
  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Beautiful "threat posture" colors! These are such fantastic close ups, Barrie. I always enjoy seeing what you've taken photographs of, as well as learning about the subjects.:th_salute:
     
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