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drinker moth

drinker moth
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Copyright: Catalin Josan (methos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 213 W: 51 N: 281] (1189)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XTi, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM, HOYA 72mm UV
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/20 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-14 3:44
Viewed: 4190
Points: 12
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Latin name: Philudoria potatoria
Special features: The drinker moth gets its name from the caterpillars habit of drinking large droplets of rainwater or dew from the grass stems on which they feed.
Although the caterpillars are quite large and impressive, the moth itself is a plain brown colour with a wingspan of around 50mms. Drinker moths are fairly widespread throughout Britain.
The hairy caterpillars are often seen between April and June, and the moths normally start flying in July.
The yellowish females are slightly larger than the orange-brown male, but both sexes usually show the two distinctive white spots on the forewing.
The males especially are attracted to light.


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To batu: thanksmethos 1 06-14 07:14
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Hi Catalin,
Sorry I can't help with an ID but it is a wonderful image of what appears to be a Butterfly. The quality is superb and it looks very interesting. I will have to call back later and see if you had any success with the id.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-06-14 5:10]
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Hello Catalin,
this is a nice and sharp picture of the moth
- Philudoria potatoria
- family: Lasiocampidae
Well discovered and excellently presented for us.
Thnak you and best wishes,

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-14 7:04]

Hola amigo,
excelente macro,
original captura y detalles...
bellos tonos y colores...

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-15 4:49]

Catalin, Beautiful color and nice shot of this insect. I really like the color. Ganesh

Hi Catalin,
Beautiful colours in the picture and the orange moth shows off very well against the green rushes.
The Moth just seems to be a little off sharp but there is plenty of definition there.
Well done,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-08-07 11:47]

Hello Catalin, very strange and beautiful moth ! Very sharp and well exposed. Very nice background too. Very good work.


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