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Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

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With a wingspan 40 to 50 mm, the Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) is spectacular species and one of our largest Geometrids. The wings are pale yellow marked with darker lines. It can be found in woodland, scrub, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Being strictly nocturnal and having quite a short emergence period throughout July, it is not often encountered by the non-enthusiast. The larvae feed on a number of trees and shrubs, but prefer ivy. It is reasonably common in Britain, except for northern Scotland where it is local or absent.
This is a full frame capture.

Many thanks for your kind support of my last upload, with a special thank you to Mike (mikesmith) for his User Award - really appreciated and highly valued Smile

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 5D MkIII
Lens:EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:13 Jun 2014 - 5:41 PM
Focal Length:100mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/2.8
Aperture:f/5.6
Shutter Speed:1/1000sec
Exposure Comp:-1/3
ISO:640
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Manual
Title:Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)
Username:teocali teocali
Uploaded:14 Jun 2014 - 10:21 AM
Tags:Britain, Close-up / macro, Common, Full frame, Geometrid, Insect, Moth, Nocturnal, Ourapteryx sambucaria, Swallow-tailed Moth
Votes:34

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 - 12:27 PM

BEAUTIFUL... What a great find! Grin
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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84308 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2014 - 12:28 PM

Gorgeous colours and details on this pristine specimen! Well caught!

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TonyDy
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14 Jun 2014 - 2:42 PM

Lovely shot, Sylvia.
Tony

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tomcat
tomcat e2 Member 95932 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2014 - 6:06 PM

A peach of a shot Sylvia

Just caught up with your last uploads
Top drawer stuff indeed

Adrian

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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 8283 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
14 Jun 2014 - 8:12 PM

Not seen many butterflies or moths yet this year but this one is outstanding

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ColleenA
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15 Jun 2014 - 1:03 AM

Wow.....impressive photography

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Greyheron
Greyheron e2 Member 12277 forum postsGreyheron vcard England5 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2014 - 1:25 PM

Delightful little creatures - glad this one escaped your little 'friends' Wink

Fine viewing Sylvia…

Mike

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johnjo58
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15 Jun 2014 - 6:04 PM

A beautiful subtle toned image Sylvia

David

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Glostopcat e2 Member 8235 forum postsGlostopcat vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Jun 2014 - 6:56 PM

What a splendid specimen Sylvia, it's good to see you trying your hand at macros

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SteveMackay
19 Jun 2014 - 8:03 PM

A beautiful Moth and a beautiful detailed capture, Sylvia!. Fantastic macro!!!Smile

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