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Puss Moth

Puss Moth
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor AF Micro 105 mm f/2.8
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-02 5:04
Viewed: 3681
Points: 24
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Puss Moth Cerura vinula.

I promised to post a photograph of an adult after yesterday's caterpillar. This is a female.

Species facts:-
Wingspan 45-70 mm.
UK flight period May to July.
Larval foodplants - Salix and Populus species.

A widespread but declining (like most of our larger moths)species in the UK , and widely distributed in Europe. The moth often comes to light traps.

The larvae are quite extraordinary (see postings elsewhere on TN), and the pupa is encased in an incredibly strong and well camouflaged cocoon made from chewed wood bark and bonded and blended with the bark of a tree.

Named after the allegedly cat-like very hairy appearance of the adult moth.

Photo Information: No cropping, just a resize and some selective sharpening for posting. Saturation and contrast untouched from default ("off") camera settings. Again, manually exposed and focused.

boreocypriensis, wishnugaruda, xTauruSx, Argus, jignasi has marked this note useful
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Hi Nigel, A masterpiece work in all around. After the larva capture, this adult completed our knowledge on this gem. I liked its camouflaged colours and pattern. Diagonal composition is also great my friend.
TFS this fine image and have a great Sundey!


Muy buena nitidez y composición para este animal.Excelente.

Hi Nigel,
that's a marvelous moth, realy beautiful.
Look at these hairy legs, wow!
Thanks, very well done
Sabine - wishnugaruda

podoba mi się to zdjęcie - nigdy nie widziałam podobnej ćmy...
Pomimo mało kontrastowego ubarwienia udało ci się pięknie wyeksponować owada. Dobry kadr, przyjemne naturalne tło.
Sama modelka bardzo elegancka...;-)
Dziękuję i pozdrawiam

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2008-11-02 8:44]
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Hello Nigel,
you present a brilliant and outstanding picture of this moth. It is excellent in all respects.
I like the fine details which you made visible for us due to superb sharpness, optimal depth
of field and well balanced light. Clearly, this picture is a highlight at TN and ranks very high
in my opinion with respect to technical quality.
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Nigel, an excellent macro shot of this interesting moth species. Composition and details are very beautiful. TFS and greetings,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-11-02 9:51]

So that's what that scary little monster grows up to be. : 0
What a beautiful moth. : )
Your sharp details show the "furry" texture of the scales and the subtle, but beautiful patterns on the wings very clearly.
I know that butterflies and moth wings are covered with scales. But that is a concept that eludes me. What are these scales made of, and how can moth scales be so long as to simulate hairs?
TFS. : )

Hello Nigel,

Very well-composed picture. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Superb detail and excellent colours.

This hairy moth is an impressive insect. Excellent camouflage, I guess.
Well composed .

Ciao Nigel,
splendida cattura di questa falena, eccellenti POV e composizione diagonale, fantastici i dettagli, bellissimi i colori e BG.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-08 4:33]

Hello Nigel,
Most of us 'cheat' by cropping and composing the image as part of the PP work, but to take such a full frame image of C. vinula in a perfect composition with only a little sharpening afterwards is a fine example of nature photography to us all.
Well done and thanks for sharing this beauty from Lincolnshire,
Have a good weekend,

Preciosa y con encuadre y presentación bien trabajados.

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