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Phalera bucephaloides

Phalera bucephaloides
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-07-28 4:15
Viewed: 3680
Points: 62
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Phalera bucephaloides (Ochsenheimer 1810)

Phalera bucephaloides is a moth of the Notodontidae family. It is found in Europe, Turkey and The Middle East. The wingspan is 55-73 mm. It has a characteristic white spot on the apex of the fore wings which with the buff thoracic hairs give it a twig –like appearance at rest. It is similar with the species Phalera bucephala (Linnaeus 1758) (Buff-tip)
The larvae feed on Quercus and Arbutus species.

In Cyprus Phalera bucephaloides is a rare species found manly on the mountains.

In my WS I am posting a larva of this species which I found on Quercus coccifera.

I am posting also a photo showing the similarity of the wing markings with a broken twig.

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Ciao Christodoulos. Interesting example of camouflage. Top quality MF, as usual! Great macro shot.


Hallo Cristodoulos,
another fantastic macro shot, outstanding sharpness, very beautiful colours, excellent point of view and composition,
very beautiful and interesting pictures in workshop too.
Best regards

Hi Chris,

Very nice capture and well seen image of this amazing species of Moth, well in thumbnail its so camouflaged i can hardly see this guy, great sharpness as per usual, good lighting and superb out of focus mottled background, splendid work Chris and well done,
Best regards,


Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive macro of this very interesting moth, superb details sharpness, very good point of view, beautiful colours and nice composition, very well seen and nicely done,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

Hi Christodoulos,

I like moths and their life style. They are very interesting insects. Thanks for sharing the camouflage of this beautiful moth. And the details, sharpness of your photo are very good. Bets regards...ilker

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-07-28 5:55]

Hi Christodoulos.
Excellent macro shot of this very interesting moth. Impressive sharp details. Beautiful composition, very good POV and accurate DOF with super blurred BG. Also amazing picture with a larva in WS.
Thanks and regards

wonderful species of moth. great coloring. tfs.

Ciao Christodoulos, great mcro of fantastic moth, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-28 7:00]

Amazing moth perfecting the art of camouflage, excellent capture. tfs.

An amazing observation and case of camouflage. Excellent photo and details. regards yiannis

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-28 8:46]

A very professional work another time my friend.This macro is over the top of quality,this little moth seems an elephant..ehehe..very impressive sharpness,details,colors and light balance,magnificent too the caterpillar in WS taken in a beautiful composition whit the sky in background.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

Hello Christodoulos,, another great shot this picture. A great light and great details distinguish this photo. All the best, Paolo

HI Christodoulos,
amazing photo of this moth. A lot of details. Great sharpness and point of view. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Christodoulos
this is a super good picture of this beauty moth
the details and colours are beautiful
thanks greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-07-28 9:49]

Hi Chris,
Very good photo of this interesting moth.Nice colours with excellent detail.Perfect camouflage.
Regards Jiri.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-28 10:03]

Hello Christodoulos.
Wow!this is fabulous!Great colours and details and perfect composition with the dark BG setting off the colours very nicely.Best regards Siggi

This is a great shot of this very unusual moth. Excellent work. Good sharpness and detail. Have a wonderful week, Bill

Hi Christodoulos,
Another outstanding picture Christodoulos!
Shaprness and details are excellent, and the composition is great.
Good POV and focus.
Thanks for sharing

Hallo Cristodoulos,

the one after one suburp image... this one are no exeption.
Very well taken.
Fine saturated colors.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-28 14:19]

Hello Christodoulos,
What an interesting moth in excellent camouflage,great POV,sharpness and very nice colors.Wonderful composition.
Have a nice day!...

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-07-28 18:34]

Hello Christodoulos,
What a superb demonstration of camouflage you share with us here. The camera work here is outstanding, thank you for sharing this excellent work.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-28 20:17]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this rare species, TFS!

Hi Christodoulos,
I hope you are doing well in the heat of Cyprus.
This moth is not easy to discover it have a perfect camouflage.
Fine sharpness, good DOF, the whole moth is in good focus.
Colours are fien and natural.
Well done, mf.

See you in about 2.5 months.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-29 3:16]

Hello Christodoulos,
A very fine capture of a close relative of P. bucephala. The technical standard, use of the ambient light and composition are superb and the WS is nice to view.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Preciosa !

Hello Christodoulos
Beautiful Moth very interesting, lovely capture of it, great details, color, depth of field and composition, great presentation. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2011-07-31 12:46]

Hi Christofoulos,

This is one of the finest examples of camouflage I have ever seen. It took a minute to realize that the moth was not part of the tree! Colors, shadings, details and textures are all excellent. I loved the workshops too.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2011-08-03 12:09]

Oh my, what excellent camouflage this moth is exhibiting! Amazing feat of nature!
Wonderful sharpness and exposure, showing off the texture of the folded wings.
Great shot, Chris. TFS. : )

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-04 4:51]

Hello Christodoulos,
An interesting image showing so well the mimicry between Moth and the tree on which it is posed. You must have a vivid eye! Thanks also to show the caterpillar in the WS.
As usual technically perfect shot.
Kind regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-08-04 19:42]

Hello Christodoulos,
An awesome looking moth which looks exactly like a broken twig. Excellent detail and beautiful coloration. I have never seen this species before, therefore I'm thankful that you were able to capture and post this wonderful photo. Super job!!

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! what a great camouflage of this insect,
with fine POV, excellent light, great focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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