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Oak Eggar

Oak Eggar
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Copyright: Robi rdfoto (rdfoto) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon, MP-E 65, SanDisk CFExtreme4gb
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-14 12:15
Viewed: 5270
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
The Oak Eggar, despite its name, does not feed on Oak, but is so-called because the shape of its cocoon is acorn-like. The foodplants are mainly heather (Calluna) and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus), but also include bramble (Rubus), Sallows (Salix), broom (Cytisus scoparius), sloe (Prunus spinosa), hawthorn (Crataegus), hazel (Corylus) and Sea-buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides).

The red-brown males fly during the day, especially in sunshine, whereas the larger, paler females are nocturnal and can be attracted to light. The normal flight period in lowland southern Britain is July to August, and in the north from late May to early July. Adults from northern moors, and some dunes and southern heaths, are often larger and darker than most southern forms.

In the north of Britain, development takes two years, in the south one year, with a zone in the Midlands and Welsh borders where it varies, probably with variation in the climate from year to year. Formerly, northern populations with a two-year cycle were given sub-specific status as the Northern eggar (Lasiocampa quercus callunae), but the situation is not as clear-cut as previously thought.

The larvae change considerably in appearance during development, and care should be taken not to confuse early instars with the larvae of other eggars (Trichiura, Eriogaster and Lasiocampa species). Fox moth (Macrothylacia rubi) and the Drinker (Euthrix potatoria) should be checked when identifying last instar larvae. Early instar larvae from moorlands are often duller, especially on the dorsum, than larvae from other habitats.

When the two-year cycle is followed, larvae usually live from July to the September of the following year, and pupae overwinter from September to May. One-year cycle larvae usually live from September to May, with pupae in June. Rearing larvae indoors can accelerate development.

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Hi Robi,
wonderful shot, I like the frontside of this moth with the pretty antennaes.
Thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Bonjour Robi ,
Très belle macro avec des superbes détails,les couleurs et la composition sont aussi excellentes.


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  • lise Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 169 W: 48 N: 548] (2877)
  • [2007-09-14 14:16]

Hi Robi,
Wow, check out those antennas! Very detailed, wonderful colors and well blurred bg--all put together in a very nice composition.
Well done

Impresionante toma Robi....... Magníficosd colores y un buen trabajo con la luz. Es realmente sorprendente ver desde tan cerca los detalles de este insecto. Una fotografía genial.
Saludos : J. Ignasi

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  • tiklod Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 290 W: 74 N: 875] (3397)
  • [2007-09-14 19:24]

Hi Robi,
This is an amazing picture. Details and focus are excellent. Colors are great. Really beautiful moment!


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-09-14 20:14]

Hola amigo,
excelente macro,
los detalles son excelentes,
buen foco.

bonjour robi
quelle belle approche de ce bombix,
macro bien réussie comme à ton habitude, de belle couleurs,
bon wend à toi

Hello Robi
Excellent shot of this Oak Eggar,
Great focusing,Use of flash and composition,
Superb shot.

Good Luck

Salut Robi,
Impressionnant! J,adore la profondeur de champs utilisée pour juste voit la tête et les antennes. Dommage qu'une des ailles soit coupée.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-09-15 5:31]

Bonjour Robi,
Le revoilà donc dans toute sa splendeur, le bombyx du chêne! Excellente netteté, une expression presque humaine. Etonnant.
Je te souhaite un bon weekend et dis bonjour à Hans, si tu le vois

Hi Robi,
Beautiful sharpness on this macro, amazing details and nice colors, I like it
Thank you

bonjour robi
une tres bonne note tres instructive,pour la photo,bein c'est comme toujours tres bon.

Hello again!
And again I need to say that this is a fantastic shot even if some contructive critique will be given below :)
But first strarting from all these elements which I like a lot.

1. Composition - great portrait shot! It is not easy to keep in focus head of such species! My best congratulation because final effect is just amazing! :>

2. DOF - great details, especially on head and antennae.

3. Colouration - perfectly saturated colours and very beautiful contrast between insect, flower and the BG.

4. Note - at first is it :) at second it is very interesting and informative. And bravo for that!

And at the end the only one thing which I would like to change in this picture. It would be nice to keep also the second wind on the image, especially that there is a lot of free, black space on the right side of moth :)
TFS and I am waiting for your next presentation!
Best withes,

Ps. Just for fun, not for points, please feel free to look at some of my moth portraits here and here :>

Hola Robi,
Extraordinario macro de gran nitidez y detalle, buenas texturas, bonito color bien contrastado con el fondo, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-09-22 8:25]

Bonjour Robi,
Excellent capture of the front of an Oak Eggar moth, the head and antennae being the main feaqtures of this shot. Fine sharpness but the flash has made the eyes a bit pale.
Overall an interesting shot!
TFS and have a nice weekend,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-10-02 15:07]

HI Robi!
I love those fluffy fuzzy moths with great anthenae, this one looks superb and great sharpnes and compo, I love his portrait!

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