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Camptogramma bilineata

Camptogramma bilineata
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-10-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-10-20 15:06
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Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

(unranked) Macrolepidoptera

Superfamily: Geometroidea

Family: Geometridae

Name: Camptogramma bilineata

The geometer moths or Geometridae are a family of the order Lepidoptera. A very large family with around 26,000 species of moths described (over 300 of which occur in the British Isles), it notably includes the peppered moth, Biston betularia.Many Geometrids have slender abdomens and broad wings which are usually held flat with the hindwings visible. As such they appear rather butterfly-like but in most respects they are typical moths: the majority fly at night, they possess a frenulum to link the wings and the antennae of the males are often feathered. They tend to blend in to the background, often with intricate, wavy patterns on their wings. In some species, females have reduced wings (e.g. winter moth and fall cankerworm).
Most are of moderate size, about 3 cm across but a range of sizes occur. They have distinctive paired tympanal organs at the base of the abdomen (lacking in flightless females).The name Geometer (earth-measurer) refers to the means of locomotion of the larvae or caterpillars, which lack most of the prolegs of other Lepidopteran caterpillars. Equipped with appendages at both ends of the body, a caterpillar will clasp with its front legs and draw up the hind end, then clasp with the hind end (prolegs) and reach out for a new front attachment - creating the impression that it is measuring its journey. The caterpillars are accordingly called loopers, spanworms, or inchworms. They tend to be green, grey, or brownish and hide from predators by fading into the background or resembling twigs. Some have humps or filaments (see Filament-bearer image). They are seldom hairy or gregarious. Typically they eat leaves. However, some eat lichen, flowers or pollen. Some, such as the Hawaiian species of the genus Eupithecia, are even carnivorous.This moth comes in a wide range of colour forms, from bright yellow (more common in the south) through orange to a warm brown. But all forms carry the distinctive pattern of fine wavy lines. Coloration is significantly affected by lighting conditions, the moths appearing much brighter in full sunlight than they do in shade.There is generally only one generation per year and the moths are seen on the wing, usually in the early evening, from late May to August, around hedgerows, meadows, etc.
The larvae, to be found from July through to May, overwinter low down on the foodplant - of which there is a rich variety; cleavers, docks, sorrels, dandelions, etc., and pupatation takes place underground.

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Hi Luciano,
Interesting shot, from the shallow DoF the viewer may think it's an in-flight capture. :-) Anyway, a good one. Perfect exposure control, nice details on the wings and on the head. Greatly composed with a plant, which seems bright orange, in the background, it supports the visual impact with framing the moth and providing nice contrast. Only the noise remained unreduced a bit, everything else seems pretty excellent on this image, at least I like it. Good work, congratulations!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Great DOF, giving the impression as if the Moth is in flight, neighbour Luciano.
Focus might have gone a bit soft at the edges, but the details on the wings are excellent.

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2018-10-20 19:58]

Wow beautiful placement, the tree branch creating more charming.
Perfect click, have charming Sunday.

Hi Luciano
I love the delicate colouring and markings on this butterfly. A crisp sharp image.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2018-10-21 1:50]


Hello Luciano,
Nice colorful moth. Very good capture with such impressive details.

Hello Luciano,
Very Nice colorful moth with good details.

Ciao Luciano, una delizia sta falenetta, in gran contrasto con lo sfondo scuro, dettagli strepitosi e splendida nitidezza, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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