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|This is a caterpillar of the Buff-tip Moth, Phalera bucephala tucking into a delicious - in his mind, obviously - willow leaf on a sunny afternoon by our local brook. This chap and his siblings were doing their utmost to demolish the poor small willows there completely. Some of the branches had already been stripped totally bare. To get this photo I was standing in the brook holding onto the tip of the branch in order to turn branch and occupant in the direction that would afford the best light and the most vivid colours, including a wonderfully blue sky ;-)) As always when working at arms length or closer, I had to use the +2 diopter macro filter, as I would otherwise not be able to hold the subject sufficiently far from the lens. And using one hand for the branch I had to rely on the autofocus of the camera, which is not usually a good idea with little chaps as hairy as this one. Callie said once, that certain kinds of fur will play havoc with the autofocus, and these fuzzy little chaps certainly belonged to that category. Despite these troubles I did get a fair proportion of sharp images, and I elected to present this one, as it shows rather clearly his mouth parts and how he's working his way down the leaf.|
Description: Wingspan 55-68mm. Adults of this species are easily recognised by the silvery-grey coloured forewings, the small discal spot and the large buff coloured patch at the apex of the forewing. The hindwings are pale yellow, darkening towards the basal area. The thorax is a dark buff colour. When resting the adult holds its wings tightly along its body giving a very convincing impression of a broken birch twig.
Key Identification Features:
Buff-coloured patches on forewings and thorax
Resemblance to a broken twig
Flight Period: Mid-May to early September.
Status: Common and widely distributed in southern counties but apparently scarcer north of Lough Neagh and not recorded from Rathlin Island.
Ecology: The Buff-tip occurs in a wide variety of habitats, but is most commonly encountered in woodland, bogs and marshy areas. Adults come frequently to light in moderate numbers. The larvae are gregarious until the latter instars and are occasionally seen in full view on the branches of the foodplant. They are normally found between June and September. In N. Ireland larvae have been found on birch Betula spp, willow Salix spp. and Ash Fraxinus excelsior. It overwinters as a pupa.
World Distribution: Throughout Europe as far east as Siberia.
Treatment: Crop, brightness +10, contrast +10, saturation +10, USM and resize.
RAP, Robbrown, willie, extramundi, Callie, mogens-j, Luc has marked this note useful
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- [2004-12-20 8:37]
Excelente agudeza, sobre todo en el pelo (aunque el cuerpo pareciera no estar totalmente en foco), con gran contraste contra el fondo azul.
Excellent sharpness, mainly in the hair (although the body it seemed not to be totally in focus), with great contrast against the blue background.
Very good shot, but I would prefer a wide version, I think you've croped it too tight
Nicely caught Bente the action of it munching the leaves is well seen, the light glistening of the hair is good as they are not burnt out, they look longer than the one I posted. there are some more details to be had in the shadows around the feet so i did a quick WS to see if there were?
the note is as full and detailed as I would expect from you very well done
- [2004-12-20 10:56]
Excellent macro Bente. Very good detail and nice composition
Good macro of a very interesting action scene. Strange tones you got I dont know if in the shot or PP, but seem a bit artificial for me. Good shapness and composition. Thanks!
- [2004-12-21 5:12]
Lovey and lucky chap to have such a warm fur coat in the winter!
The Back lighting here works well . giving him a halo he dies not deserve.
Oh yes, I do remember these hairy guys. This is a very nice capture and I especially like the shiny hairs. Very nice an clear capture Bente.
- [2004-12-22 21:27]
Composition, sharpness, pose, light, shadows, background, subject, DOF, POV: all perfect to my eyes Bente.
Better than excellent: picture and note.
Thank you so much!
- [2004-12-23 15:40]
He obviously doesnt care about hair in his food. The image is sharp and I like the POV in this.
Very well done and thanks for posting.
- [2005-01-04 16:14]
One more excelent photo. And complete note. Superb. This is what TN is for!