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Buff Tip on Buddleia

By Ade_Osman    
Another Buff Tip moth, Phalera bucephala today I'm afraid.........V1 was taken with the Tamron 90mm, V2 is a small stack showing head details taken with the Canon MP-E 65mm. This specimen wasn't trapped, it was found on our large Buddleia in the garden.

Wingspan 42-55 mm.

When at rest, the adults of this species bear a remarkable resemblance to a broken twig of silver birch. The species is widely distributed throughout Britain, and quite common, especially in the southern half. The yellow-and-black caterpillars live gregariously and feed on a number of different deciduous trees, sometimes defoliating entire branches. The adults fly in June and July, frequenting mixed woodland.

I'll be posting a shot of Chocolate Tip moth tomorrow which is very similar but much rarer for those interested in such creatures

Thanks for all the recent comments.......Ad

Tags: General Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Phalera bucephala Buff tip Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 10:39AM
As ever, excellent shots, Ade, with the stacked version at V 2 showing so much detail being the one for me.

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6 Aug 2012 10:41AM
two fine captures Ade v2 for me today

paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 10:48AM
Spot on macro. Love the detail captured on V2.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 11:02AM
An extremely informative foreword supported by a pair of extremely fine macro photograph of exceptional quality. Version II is certainly worthy of the Gold Medal position

Regards Nathan
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
6 Aug 2012 11:03AM
v2 for me. He looks so cuddly and furry Smile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
6 Aug 2012 11:12AM
Exquisite detail, Ade, love V.2. Carol
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 11:42AM
Two very fine images Ade! I love v2 too!
Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
6 Aug 2012 12:02PM
It certainly does look like a twig....very fine close up.
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
6 Aug 2012 12:23PM
Spot on. - gary
2 great shots Ade well done.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
6 Aug 2012 1:43PM
I love seeing the details such as seen in v2--- thank you!
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
6 Aug 2012 1:47PM
Had this been April the first Ade,
I would have accused you of uploading a
bit of twig and passing it of as a moth for a joke !!
Good shots.
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
6 Aug 2012 4:41PM
Two excellent complementary images, Ade.

Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
6 Aug 2012 5:20PM
A superbly detailed close up of your little buddleia buddy, it took me a while to twig that this one was real!Wink
9 10 10 England
6 Aug 2012 6:20PM
V2 is quite amazing - thought you had taken to photographing twigs in V1 - you (and the creature) had me completely foxed.
Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 6:23PM
Amazing as ever Ade. Grin

carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 7:01PM
Awesome image Ade, it actually looks like a log the camo is brilliant.
Well done.
Darryl SmileSmileSmile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
6 Aug 2012 7:45PM
Fantastic example of animal /insect natural camoulfage Ade. A stunner.
Mike_Young Plus
11 12 9 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:02PM
Loving these shots, enhanced by good narrative too
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:20PM
2 excellent shots, great result
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 8:51PM
Another pair of par excellence AdeWink

Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
6 Aug 2012 9:51PM
Two superb images, Ade.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 10:04PM
V2 for me mate, stunning detail as always
OAKEY 10 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 11:13PM
Two beauties Ade but really blown away by the detail in V2, fantastic close up work.
Ray42 10 3 England
7 Aug 2012 8:33AM
Two excellent shots Ade

Quote:Fantastic example of animal /insect natural camoulfage Ade. A stunner.

I quite agree - a chip off the old block!!!!!WinkWink
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
15 Aug 2012 5:10AM
A little (hairy) princess! Lovely shots. IB

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