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Not expecting this one to go to well as it's a bit something of nothing, on the other hand I know some of you enjoy looking at my moth images, so I thought it worth posting for the interest factor.

This is a a March Moth Alsophila aescularia and it's one of the few species where the female is apterous, or wingless (as yet I haven't found one of these, but I'm working on it). The male has a distinctive way of resting, with the wings overlapping, they're also as you might be able to tell from this image, incredibly well camouflaged and quite tricky to find. Occurring in March and April, when the females may be found crawling on tree-trunks at night, and the males can be attracted to light.

It is fairly well distributed over most of Britain and reasonably common, although not easily found. The pale green larvae feed on a range of deciduous trees, including hawthorn (Crataegus), oak (Quercus) and fruit trees.

Please excuse me for not being on too much at the moment, Suzie, whilst making good progress is still quite poorly and because of this I'm still having to do pretty much everything at home. My spines also giving me holy hell because of all the extra work, so I'm off to the GP's surgery this morning in the hope they can sort me out some even stronger painkillers, at least on a temporary basis while Sue is recovering.

Thanks for looking in and all the recent comments and awards on my recent images, hopefully I'll be feeling a little better myself later and will be able to spend a little time looking at what everyone else has been up to. Best regards as always to all.......Ade & Suze

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro Check out Totally Tamron!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:20 Mar 2012 - 12:03 PM
Focal Length:90mm
Aperture:f/13.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:March Moth / Alsophila aescularia
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:11 Apr 2012 - 9:13 AM
Tags:Alsophila aescularia, Close-up / macro, General, March Moth, Moths, Wildlife / nature
Votes:48

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gary_d
gary_d e2 Member 6539 forum postsgary_d vcard Wales13 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 9:16 AM

They say it never rains mate, I hope the doc can help you through this difficult time for you both, a nice shot and the usual interesting info.

gary

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64470 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 9:42 AM

So well camouflaged, you did well even spotting it let alone getting such a superb photograph.
We always learn something from your work - nicely done.
Chris

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achieverswales
11 Apr 2012 - 10:44 AM

OK I give in! Where is the moth? Only joking Ade a great shot.

Regards

Trev.

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7130 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 10:45 AM

Don't let Sue do too much, Ade, but alsoo try and look after yoursef, after all, you are her 'main man' now, and she needs you fit and well to help her Smile Carol

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johnjo58
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11 Apr 2012 - 12:22 PM

The photo shows the superb camoflage of the Moth Ade, nice one. Hope all is well at home soon

David

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taggart
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11 Apr 2012 - 12:26 PM

One could easily miss this moth unless one was looking hard--- Great details in spite of the camouflage!

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cjl47
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11 Apr 2012 - 12:55 PM

Give Sue our best wishes.
chris

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Daisymaye
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11 Apr 2012 - 1:47 PM

Great textures and good for you for spotting this moth. Hope you and Suzie are both back to health soon...........Sandy

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FeatherFriend
FeatherFriend e2 Member 632 forum postsFeatherFriend vcard England217 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 2:15 PM

Good'un' again Ade, best wishes to you both,
Geoff.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 3:35 PM

I would never have seen this so well camouflaged,
great detailed shot Ade
Do hope that you are sorted with the pain killers by now
and my thoughts with you both
Lillian

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Glostopcat
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11 Apr 2012 - 3:41 PM

He certainly is well cameouflaged Ade although nothing evades your eagle eyes! The details and textures are tremendous in this one

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3188 forum postsannettep38 vcard France32 Constructive Critique Points
11 Apr 2012 - 3:45 PM

excellent camouflage Smile
now as you have given us such nice detail and a cracking shot, i will scan the hawthorn around home. You never know!

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chase
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11 Apr 2012 - 6:36 PM

Ten out of ten for the spot Ade,a really good find.

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ChristineD
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11 Apr 2012 - 7:01 PM

A well spotted capture, great detail and textures.

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JohnoP
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11 Apr 2012 - 7:12 PM

You have a natural eye for spotting these Ade! A great shot. Just take care - forget the housework etc - it is health that matters so just do only what you need to and take care both. John

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ChiliMan
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11 Apr 2012 - 8:38 PM

This is one fascinating moth with the overlapping wings. Thanks for uploading it and for the info! Well shot.

NOW THEN...you take of your spine! Painkillers kill the pain. But that can also lull you into a false sense of security and make you do things you shouldn't. Then you might end up with some irreversible damage and you'll be of no use to you or Sue. So...you know...help out as much as you can but don't push it, man.

Andrew

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11 Apr 2012 - 8:50 PM

In spite of your increased ' work load ' Ade you still seem to be pushing out some real beauties. This is a crackerGrinGrin
Best wishes to you both.
Ron

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bricurtis
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11 Apr 2012 - 9:10 PM

Excellent detail Ade despite its camouflage bg.
Brian.

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11 Apr 2012 - 9:19 PM

Well been to see the GP and we've sorted out a temporary plan to last at least until Sue's back on her feet properly and I'm happy with that and feeling the benefits already.......Sue made her first cooked meal today since having her heart attack and managed very well, mind you I was left with all the washing up! Shouldn't grumble really, I was just pleased to have gotten out of the cooking for the time in a fortnight.

Were toying around with a nice easy trip down to the Somerset Levels tomorrow, because I have a Disabled Blue Badge we can access areas not normally reached by able bodied folk and can still stay near the car in case we have an emergency......Poor lass has been going nuts since she's gotten ill and has started to go a bit stir crazy, so I've been talked into taking her out for a twitcher fix Wink I'm sure everything will be ok, just so long as she decides not to try and find the cuckoo we heard in the distance last time we were there Smile

I'll let you know how we get on, but she has all her drugs and sprays just in case we run into ant bother and I'll be keeping a very watchful eye on here that I cab assure you all of Tongue

Thanks for the comments etc guys, muchly appreciated as always.....Ade

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Snapitt
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11 Apr 2012 - 9:50 PM

Super shot Ade. Hope your trip to the levels goes well.

Jane

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11 Apr 2012 - 9:54 PM

take each day one at a time Ade, its surprising how sometimes that works, enjoy a little break and remember work will be waiting for you both long after the dust settles! I could so easily have missed this shot posted today - so beautifully and well camouflagedSmile

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12 Apr 2012 - 7:55 PM

you did well even spotting it with that fantastic camo.
Great image of an insect in its enviroment.
well done.
Darryl.

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13 Apr 2012 - 1:13 PM

Read twice through your commentary - so much to take in as I haven't run across you much on EPZ - I constantly find photographers I seem not to have noticed, and wish I had.

I enjoy flutterbys and moths and this year we have so many in the garden - last year very few as the area has been in severe stage 4 drought for several years. We've had more rain this spring than we had all of last year (central Texas). Our live oak trees have just finished the cycle of leaf shedding, growing new leaves which are devoured by at least 4 species of caterpillar and now putting out the second set of leaves! It's a messy proposition, but I think all those droppings give fertilizer to the trees!

We do have a moth that I've seen on the oak bark and it's extremely well camouflaged as this onein your image is - too early in the day, and names evade me.

Glad to hear your wife is on the mend. Heart attacks are scary, but people today seem to do very well afterwards. My 92 year old uncle had a heart attack 10 years before he died of kidney failure! So I'd be very optimistic about full recovery.

I don't know what kind of spinal problems you have, so I can only mention that I had had great help from the McKenzie Method which was taught to me by a physical therapist. I brought the book home to Norway to a pt there and he had never heard of it!

Anyway, sorry to run on - I don't usually do that............

Anne

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13 Apr 2012 - 9:24 PM

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15 Apr 2012 - 7:01 AM

This is a great capture and an interesting write up. Hope you are both better soon. A

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