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I spotted tens of these moths fluttering around in the mulberry tree foliage, and I had to capture one in the swimming pool leaf-cleaning net and bring it indoors to photograph, as they stayed hidden in the foliage outside.

Most species of Catocala, or underwing moths, are mid-sized, cryptically coloured except for the hindwings, which are marked with stripes in orange, red, white, or even blue. In some, the hindwings are mostly blackish. Unlike what the common name ‘underwings’ seems to suggest, the colour is brightest on the upperside. However, the bright hindwings are not visible at rest, being hidden under the dull forewings – hence the name. An underwing moth, well camouflaged in its daytime resting spot on a tree trunk or branch, will suddenly flash open the hindwings when disturbed. A bird or other small predator that is not used to this display is likely to be frightened, allowing the moth to escape. The adults are predominantly nocturnal, flying from shortly after dusk right up to daybreak. They are generally most active about two hours after nightfall.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:underwing moth
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:30 Aug 2012 - 5:17 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Flash / lighting, General, Lighting, Macro, Moth, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:62
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howdog
howdog e2 Member 525 forum postshowdog vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 5:55 AM

All four shots have there own merit but V1 for me Carol, Great macro shots each one full of detailSmile
Iain

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RonnieAG
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30 Aug 2012 - 6:04 AM

Great shots of this moth, Carol, and a very informative narrative up top.
At least having been brought indoors, this one hung around long enough to let you get some good shots.
Ronnie.

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Andysnapper
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30 Aug 2012 - 6:33 AM

It's the eyes that amaze me Carol, they are all so huge and complicated. Great shots again.

Andy

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NDODS
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30 Aug 2012 - 6:54 AM

A rather brilliant set of macro/close up photographs Carol, which you have managed to capture all the right ingredients, colour, detail, light which all go towards enhancing the beauty of this rather gorgeous looking 'Underwing Moth' whom is quite content on being the star of the show.

Regards Nathan

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Lillian
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30 Aug 2012 - 6:59 AM

That is some write up Carol V1 all the way
spot on for details and clarity
Lillian

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saeidNL
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30 Aug 2012 - 7:14 AM

Fantastic and great set of images,V1 is my favorite,
saeid

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SUE118
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30 Aug 2012 - 7:22 AM

The face reminds me of a bat.SmileSmile

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fentiger
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30 Aug 2012 - 7:26 AM

A great set of macro images and you have introduced me to something else I have not seen before. Informative write-up too.

Albert

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Deep_Bhatia
30 Aug 2012 - 7:28 AM

A nice set. V1 for me. Deep

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moiral
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30 Aug 2012 - 7:33 AM

Ahhhhh it's little eyes are looking up at you as if to say 'Please don't eat me'. And I hope you didn't CarolTongueGrin. 4 very well captured shots, I take it that the moth didn't flash you TongueGrin.
Also thanks very much for your UA, a lovely surprise and most appreciated. Moira

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LynneJoyce
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30 Aug 2012 - 7:36 AM

I have visions of you dashing around, wielding the net in your attempt to trap models. Excellent series.

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Philip_H
Philip_H  2 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 - 8:16 AM

What a cutey!

P.

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barbarahirst
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30 Aug 2012 - 8:41 AM

Whoah!!! What a character ... a great set

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mrswoolybill
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30 Aug 2012 - 8:44 AM

V1 - A symmetrical view with one raised 'eyebrow', it has a quizzical look.
Moira

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WhiteRose1
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30 Aug 2012 - 9:29 AM

Lovely 'eye-balling' contact of v1, Carol. And a concise but informative and interesting description.

Dave

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TrevBatWCC
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30 Aug 2012 - 10:29 AM

A cracking set, Carol, and think the 'head-on' shot in V1 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile

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digital_boi
30 Aug 2012 - 10:30 AM

fine work on all macros Carol for me V1 is way out there nice one

Graham

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CaroleS
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30 Aug 2012 - 10:39 AM

Woven your magic again Carol, it appears to be waiting patiently for you to finish!
Carole

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FeatherFriend
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30 Aug 2012 - 10:51 AM

Another fine set Carol, pleased to make it 30,
Geoff.

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EMJAYCEE
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30 Aug 2012 - 11:10 AM

V1 stand out Carol but the set is superb.
Joan.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
30 Aug 2012 - 11:15 AM

Quite amazing well I'l go to the foot of our stairs lol. four great shots love them, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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TonyDy
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30 Aug 2012 - 11:17 AM

Worth all the effort, Carol, well photographed.
Tony

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dmhuynh72
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30 Aug 2012 - 11:32 AM

nice write up, and series. the blue bg worked well.
regards
Yung

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PattiW
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30 Aug 2012 - 12:33 PM

Carol, this is an absolutely amazing macro! Patti Smile

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ChiliMan
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30 Aug 2012 - 1:52 PM

Awww...wonderful captures, Carol, especially of those bewildered and grateful eyes Grin

What a sweet thing Smile

Andrew

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Irishkate
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30 Aug 2012 - 2:19 PM

Another Natural History lesson so well taught and
illustrated in your four great images.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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30 Aug 2012 - 2:21 PM

V 1 is a cracker.

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danbrann
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30 Aug 2012 - 3:58 PM

A superb clean image Carol.

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30 Aug 2012 - 4:22 PM


Quote: A rather brilliant set of macro/close up photographs Carol, which you have managed to capture all the right ingredients, colour, detail, light which all go towards enhancing the beauty of this rather gorgeous looking 'Underwing Moth' whom is quite content on being the star of the show.

Regards Nathan

I agree with Nathan Carol . A very fine capture. Your photography is spot on as usual . Looks more like a pet you could stroke . xxx

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Billyray
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30 Aug 2012 - 5:42 PM

More excellent macro shots from your very capable hands Carol.
I love to look at your shots, they are so full of detail. A really informative description too. V1 for me.
Ray

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1881
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30 Aug 2012 - 5:47 PM

EXCELLENT work.


===== sanjeev

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30 Aug 2012 - 7:09 PM

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh V1 is my fave CarolGrin A fluff bombGrinGrinGrin
Diane

I quoted your comment if you want to nip backGrin

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achieverswales
30 Aug 2012 - 7:35 PM

Like them all Carol, good rescue.

Regards

Trev.

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30 Aug 2012 - 8:06 PM

Great set of images I like them all and a brilliant narrative xx

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30 Aug 2012 - 8:17 PM

These or relatives of this species I should say are the bain of my life at the moment Carol, I get what seem like 100's of the darn things! I post an image of one tomorrow for you to look at, pesky things are great escape artists aswell! I empty my traps in the workshop just in case a rare one tries to escape, these are anything but rare, but they always escape and I then have to try and catch the beggars.....grrrrrr.....GrinGrinGrinGrin.

Good image BTW.....Ade

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30 Aug 2012 - 8:29 PM

All excellent macro shots Carol,well done..lin

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30 Aug 2012 - 9:09 PM

V1 is a superb head on shot Carol.
Brian.

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30 Aug 2012 - 10:09 PM

superb set with cracking detail. paul

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31 Aug 2012 - 6:55 AM

A fantastic set Carol, what a wonderful creature.

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31 Aug 2012 - 8:57 AM

they are all great- the front view fascinates me as it looks as if he is wearing a cap!

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31 Aug 2012 - 5:45 PM

The wing colours may not be dramatic, Carol, but the face is wonderful, so V1 has to be my favourite, very nice work.

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4 Sep 2012 - 7:55 PM

A top set Carol, be warned if the Big O is ever allowed to visit Crete he will convert you to the dark side and you will then be setting up moth traps, drinking cider and talking in a broad west country accent!Wink

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