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Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata)

By Ade_Osman    
Not entirely happy with the shot as I've had to reluctantly use Ring-Flash on it, not something I'd normally use, but this species can be really flighty, so I decided to capture these images while it was still reasonably dark. I've mucked about with the colour balance, but I never feel I can quite get the colours just right, which is why I always err away from flash and try and use natural light. It was also shot indoors as it was blowing another hoolie last night and this specimen would have been off as soon as I opened the trap given half a chance.....

So here you have it a Brimstone Moth (Opisthograptis luteolata) Very similar looking in some ways to the Brimstone Butterfly only much smaller and very much more delicate, you really have to handle these very carefully as they can't take much abuse.

A common and widespread species in Britain, occurring in three overlapping generations in the south, graduating to just one brood in the far north. Adults can be expected on the wing at any time from April to October, depending on the locality and number of generations, and occurs in any suitable habitat. Wingspan 32-37mm.

Hope you enjoy and many thanks for all the kind comments on my recent Caddis-Fly image, I was really surprised at how popular it was......


Tags: General Close-up and macro Brimstone moth Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting Opisthograptis luteolata

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Silverzone 14 2 England
9 Aug 2011 12:28PM
2 lovely images. Sylvia
9 Aug 2011 1:31PM
Good capture. Did some moth drapping on friday night with a friend from the BTO and we got a couple of these beauties.
Maiwand 15 3 73 England
9 Aug 2011 1:38PM
Cracking good image Ade. I love the soft and subtle colouring.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
9 Aug 2011 3:08PM
These must be wonderful to see flitting about in the twilight!
9 Aug 2011 3:30PM
Superb images with excellent detail and colour.

achieverswales 11 8 101 Wales
9 Aug 2011 4:49PM
Awesome shot.


CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2011 5:05PM
Two great images. Carole
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2011 5:10PM
However you have done this is wonderful, 2 great shots
lawbert 15 1.8k 15 England
9 Aug 2011 5:29PM
2 reference book quality shots Ade, V2 for me by a whisker just because its so sharp.
All the Best
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
9 Aug 2011 6:30PM
Two splendid close ups Ade, such superb detail and colouring
FujiJan 14 3 England
9 Aug 2011 8:07PM
2 super shots..
Snapitt 13
9 Aug 2011 8:19PM
Two excellent macros Ade.

bricurtis Plus
16 2.6k 52 England
9 Aug 2011 8:21PM
V2 looks best to me Ade - got a good shot of one back in April when we had that warm spell.
SteveMoulding 13 3 7 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2011 8:24PM
A pair of cracking macro's, lovely colour.
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
9 Aug 2011 9:08PM
Both superb but the detail in V2 does it for me Ade,
pluckyfilly 15 351 33 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2011 9:51PM
V2 for me as well I think its a great shot, well both of them really but V2 stands out for me
bunbeam 16 2 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2011 11:36PM
both lovely captures
Ray42 14 3 England
10 Aug 2011 7:16AM
Two good captures Ade - like the detail in v2
10 Aug 2011 11:49AM
Hi ade great shots very well caught regards gray,
tomcat 16 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 12:50PM
Same here Ade.
Somehow I can never get the WB right with a flash, even when adjusting in RAW

He/she looks so delicate

teocali Plus
14 442 18 England
10 Aug 2011 2:25PM
A pair of superb captures of this fragile looking moth, Ade. I know what you mean about preferring not to use flash, but both these images work very well for me. You have managed to extract maximum detail and the colours are beautiful. Love the angle of V2. Haven't had the moth box out as time is of the essence at the moment Sad
jasonrwl Plus
12 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2011 7:43PM
Superb as ever

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