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Cypress Carpet Moth

By Ade_Osman    
Cypress Carpet Thera cupressata

A little bit of a rarity with this species only being first found in this country in the county of Sussex in 1984, it has since become established in most of the southern counties. When I captured this one back earlier this year in North Somerset, it was the first time I'd ever recorded it here, however since then I've since seen two more specimens. With a wing span of 30mm it's quite a small species and very well camouflaged when sited in amongst it's food plant of Monterey cypress (Cupressus macrocarpa) and Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii). The moths fly in May and June, with a second generation in August and September. Version 2, is a side on perspective on the same creature.

Many thanks for all the kind comments on yesterday's image, thought I get back to showing off some of my moths for a little while now.

Anybody watching my webcam last night will have seen a very early appearance by the the Fox (22:00) we now have regularly coming into the garden along with the usual Hedgehogs, I'm currently exploring ways in which I can try and capture some conventional images of them all without actually being in the garden, so watch this space Wink

Hope everyone has a good day......Ade

Ade's Hedgehog/Fox Garden Webcam
Sue & Ade's Wildlife Photography

Tags: General Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Cypress Carpet Moth Thera cupressata Lepodoptera

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rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
5 Oct 2012 8:48AM
Detailed beauty Ade, you know your stuff !!!

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Richsr 11 91 223 England
5 Oct 2012 8:55AM
Like the fine details in this Ade
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
5 Oct 2012 9:01AM
Super shot as the moth reaches the 'end of the line' as it were.
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 9:02AM
An extremely informative, interesting and well composed pre-narrative Ade. One which I certainly glean much information. The two supporting images were simply the icing on the cake. Crisp, detail, amazing natural colour and quality in abundance.

Regards Nathan

P.S. Glad to hear that you are on the road to normality "Whatever that maybe?"
cdm36 14 391 7 England
5 Oct 2012 12:13PM
Spot on again Smile
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
5 Oct 2012 1:48PM
Taht's a ggod one ade--- they have such "queer" noses/faces!
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 3:17PM
Excellent detail and colour Ade. Perfect image! Smile
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
5 Oct 2012 3:43PM
You are excelling yourself these days Ade. Another superb shot.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 4:00PM
Like V2 for the lovely pose Ade
but has to be V1 for the perfectly detailed shot!!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
5 Oct 2012 4:34PM
Two marvellous moth macros Ade, you've captured its wing markings in such intricate detail
saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
5 Oct 2012 4:40PM
Excellently captured, and made far more interesting thanks to your informative notes, Ade.
Not as colourful as Ed's Blue, thoughTongue

Coat on, leavingWink

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
5 Oct 2012 5:33PM
Great bg Ade,I do like the profile version ( V2) but the chopped off stem & just not quite in focus at the back spoils it a little tbh,I see why you dropped it in as a version though.
Stunning detail Ade - you never fail to impress! Have not been around much so I hope you are going on OK? Lou
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:00PM
Perfect Ade, now i better get the Hoover out.TongueWinkWinkWink
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:00PM
Wonderful, Ade, the subject is awesome as is your background choice, they compliment each other so well, once again another cracking image.
Well done.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:11PM
Lovely shot Ade - what will we do when the hedgies go to sleep? Mine surprised me by waking what I thought was far too early but how I miss them since we moved
JohnoP 12 2
5 Oct 2012 7:21PM
Really excellent work Ade - you have really captured the texture of this moth which stands out so well against the excellent background. John Grin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2012 7:49PM
Saw the fox last nightGrin!
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
5 Oct 2012 8:34PM
2 good shots Ade - I like the head detail in V2. Good informative -write up.
9 10 10 England
5 Oct 2012 8:38PM
Super image Ade.
Tibetan 6 3 England
5 Oct 2012 10:37PM
As you know Ade I do not agree with your methods of producing your photo's but!; if for future education as did the Victorians with their constant collecting of specimens they enlighten people to further the habitats and conservation of the species then so be it! at least you show the beauty of each species to be enjoyed by the uninitiated in the world of insects. As a nipper I spent hours and days in the natural history museum in London going through drawer after drawer of Victoria specimens of Butterflies and beetles and moths, it was fascinating to say the least, I have been a champion of nature from the day I was born, also the underdog! I have been a fighter all my life and will not stop now! I know what you are about! but there comes a time to reflect, om shanti om, the sound of the universe is oooooommmmmmmm! regards Leon.SadSadSadSadSadSmileSmileSmileSmileGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinWink
5 Oct 2012 11:21PM
Two excellent captures of this moth.

ValSaxby Plus
12 146 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2012 4:28PM
Great captures of this lovely little moth

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