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Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Still sticking with my beloved moths I'm afraid Smile Today I have the fairly common lemon coloured Swallow-tail Moth, ok, I'll grant you that it's not as impressive or as colourful it's similarly sized butterfly cousin, but I'm always pleased to find them in the garden at this time of year. There seem to be plenty of them about as well as I found several specimens over the weekend.

Thanks for all the positive feedback on yesterday's explanation of the stacking technique I use, this is a more conventional one shot image which is pretty well straight out the camera other than converting the RAW file, a small sharpen and adding a border.

Hope you enjoy, best regards to all......Ade

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Sigma 150mm 2.8 EX DG Macro HSM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:14 Jul 2013 - 7:43 AM
Focal Length:150mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/8.0
Shutter Speed:1/500sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:125
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Evaluative
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Swallow-tailed Moth on Fern
Username:Ade_Osman Ade_Osman
Uploaded:16 Jul 2013 - 10:28 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Flowers & plants, General, Lepidotera, Moths, Ourapteryx sambucaria, Swallow-tailed Moth, Wildlife / nature
Votes:62

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64346 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 10:31 AM

Fairly common!!! Not round my way. It's beautiful, and certainly not one I've ever seen. So delicate.
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tonyng
tonyng e2 Member 4tonyng vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 10:34 AM

Nice one Ade. Got one myself yesterday, but on a rock face. Not as nice as yours.

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Briwooly
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16 Jul 2013 - 10:46 AM

excellent job Ade

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DerekL
DerekL e2 Member 9101 forum postsDerekL vcard England23 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 10:54 AM

The beauty we miss when we are asleep eh?
Lovely image Ade, well exposed, showing the delicate detail and tones so well.

Derek

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland111 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 10:57 AM

So well exposed and captured I'm fine detail, Ade: not exactly camouflaged where it has landed.
Ronnie.

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Joline
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16 Jul 2013 - 11:05 AM

I thought of you last night as I sat in my garden watching the moths dart back and forth. Of course it was too dark to photograph them well, and my admiration for your ability to do so rose by a mileSmile
This is a lovely moth, and one I've never seen.

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richmowil
richmowil e2 Member 5241 forum postsrichmowil vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 11:15 AM

Stunning detail and colour in this fine image!!

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Growmore
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16 Jul 2013 - 12:15 PM

I've never seen one Ade fantastic close up work and sharp detail.
Gary

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 12:39 PM

Oh my...now that's a beautiful moth, Ade. I really love the shape of it especially.

What an exceptional shot of him!

Andrew

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georgiepoolie
16 Jul 2013 - 12:42 PM

Great capture.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 12:54 PM

Like the shape to this one Ade.
It must be the ''stealth bomber'' of the moth world !!
Good shot.
Mick.

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Chinga
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16 Jul 2013 - 1:23 PM

Looks out of this World Ade! Gourgeous shot!
PS - Happy belated Birthday Grin
Isabel

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 1:30 PM

Such detail and colour with that gorgeous sheen!

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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:04 PM

The Butterfly and BG together make a super presentation Ade.GrinGrinGrin
Ron

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EMJAYCEE
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 5EMJAYCEE vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:05 PM

You say it's fairly common Ade but to me it is a very beautiful creature. Just wish they didn't flutter so much, they make me jump!
Joan.

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TonyDy
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16 Jul 2013 - 2:11 PM

Lovely shot of a lovely moth, Ade.
Tony

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bricurtis
bricurtis e2 Member 91899 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:43 PM

Beautifully detailed Swallowtail Ade. Not seen 1 this year.
Brian.

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 85908 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 2:47 PM

I think you are doing this beautiful creature an injuticeSad

The markings and yellowish sheen are as good as anything elseSmile

Adrian

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CarolG
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16 Jul 2013 - 3:31 PM

A beautiful moth, Ade, wish they flew over here Smile Carol

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ali63
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16 Jul 2013 - 3:35 PM

Cracking image,

Ali

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Glostopcat
Glostopcat e2 Member 8232 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 4:26 PM

What a beautifully marked pale yellow moth Ade, the detail and clarity is exceptional. No doubt it is too hot for you to bother with the stacking technique at present, all that time spent slaving away in the heat in yoru shed! I'm sure that the only stacking technique you'll be demostrating in the near future will be cramming your fridge full of cider cans and bottles that Sue has brought you back from Lidl in Bedminster on the weekly shop!!!WinkGrinTongue

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
16 Jul 2013 - 4:31 PM

Exquisite lighting and focus, I love the subtle that moths present--- rarely see them so well posed!

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ColleenA
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16 Jul 2013 - 4:58 PM

What a beautiful moth, love your presentation...top class

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16 Jul 2013 - 6:03 PM


Quote: You say it's fairly common Ade but to me it is a very beautiful creature. Just wish they didn't flutter so much, they make me jump!
Joan.

Oh you're a Mottephobe Joan, bet you haven't ever been called that before. I must admit they ain't everyone's cup of tea, I sometimes run a few moth catching sessions locally in my village and you're not alone, some folk don't even know they suffer from it until it's too late......Interestingly, if you have a fear of butterflies you would be a Lepidopterophobe, same symptoms just slightly different names, but both fears are really quite genuine.

Ade

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Mike_Smith
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16 Jul 2013 - 6:27 PM

Cracking shot Ade, you certainly educate me with your uploads

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pluckyfilly
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16 Jul 2013 - 6:27 PM

Wow! This is a beauty Ade, love it

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Ade_Osman
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16 Jul 2013 - 6:33 PM


Quote: Cracking shot Ade, you certainly educate me with your uploads

If I can teach someone something new everyday, then I'll go to my grave a happy man Mike Tongue

Ade

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pamelajean
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16 Jul 2013 - 7:00 PM

I like the soft and delicate look of this one, Ade.
I wasn't sure if mottephobia was a joke or not, so googled it, and you weren't joking. Found it on Aboutmoths.com, a site which you probably know about.

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AnnChown
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16 Jul 2013 - 7:03 PM

I can understand your love of moths Ade - the colours and detail here are magical.
Ann

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EMJAYCEE
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16 Jul 2013 - 8:02 PM

Thanks for the explanation Ade. If one comes in the house or caravan I usually cover with a glass slide a piece of card underneath and then let it fly free. It's just when they flutter about that I get twitchy!!!
Joan.

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16 Jul 2013 - 8:29 PM


Quote: Found it on Aboutmoths.com, a site which you probably know about.

I know of it, but the first place I go to when I get stuck and don't know what I'm looking at (it does happen!) is http://www.ukmoths.org.uk/ which a much more comprehensive site and is UK orientated, if I can't find what I'm after there I usually post a message to some of the more specialised forum sites I'm a member of.

AdeWink

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chalkhillblue
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16 Jul 2013 - 9:00 PM

Captured beautifully, the image shows this lovely moth at it's very best, first class nature photography,
such lovely delicate colour and detail.
David

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Holmewood
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16 Jul 2013 - 10:10 PM

Great shot. Cathy

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