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Lime-speck Pug (Eupithecia centaureata)

By Ade_Osman    
This is a distinctive but quite small species, all the wings being white except for a black blotch on the costa of the forewing. The wingspan is 2024 mm. Often two broods are produced each year and the adults can be seen at any time during the summer and autumn. The species flies at night and is attracted to light and nectar-rich flowers.
It's thought that this species may resemble a bird-dropping and thus reduce attraction to predators.
Fairly common throughout Britain, occurring in a wide range of habitats, being found on the wing from April to September.

Taken using a 13mm ext tube with the camera tripod mounted, using mirror lock up and a radio remote release due to very low light levels.

Thanks for all the positive comments on yesterday's upload, they were very much appreciated and I hope you enjoy this post as much......Regards.....Ade

Tags: General Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Pugs Lime-speck Pug Eupithecia centaureata

Voters: Gemma9, taggart, Daisymaye and 43 more

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taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
21 Jul 2011 1:16AM
Splendid Ade my watering is done) The details on this moth are outstanding-- Well done friend!
Daisymaye Plus
14 25 24 Canada
21 Jul 2011 1:16AM
Very well captured, great detail in this little guy.............Sandy
Ade_Osman 19 4.5k 36 England
21 Jul 2011 1:18AM
Thank you ladies, very much appreciated as always........Ade
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
21 Jul 2011 5:31AM
Another fine specimen, Ade, a rather apt name for it Smile Carol
KarenFB Plus
16 5.9k 184 England
21 Jul 2011 7:08AM
A gorgeous image - the details are wonderful!
Ray42 14 3 England
21 Jul 2011 8:10AM
A cracking shot Ade - excellent detail
CaroleS Plus
12 442 3 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 8:23AM
A wonderful image with fine detail. Carole
Richsr 15 91 223 England
21 Jul 2011 8:58AM
Good details in this Ade.
Regards Richard
TonyDy Plus
13 55 3 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 10:58AM
Cracking shot, Ade.
Thanks for the info yesterday.
21 Jul 2011 11:01AM
Hi Ade great shot took a bit of planning to capture.gray
21 Jul 2011 4:18PM
Excellent macro!
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
21 Jul 2011 7:04PM
Another 'good un' Ade, amazes me how you find so many different species,
Brian65 13 2 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 7:21PM
A wonderful detailed shot Ade. Thanks for your good wishes, im pleasd to say all went wellSmile
jasonrwl Plus
12 1.1k 11 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 7:46PM
Excellent - the shot sounds difficult.
Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
21 Jul 2011 8:01PM
A marvellous moth macro Ade, this series has been throughly enjoyable to view
21 Jul 2011 8:33PM
Good macro shot.
pluckyfilly 16 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2011 9:17PM
splendid shot a great example of your work
whiteswan01 14 13 England
21 Jul 2011 11:23PM
A great portfolio some superb images
taggart Plus
18 47 15 United States
22 Jul 2011 1:10AM
X marks the priest of horrors!
lobski 11 2 1 Philippines
22 Jul 2011 1:22AM
A cracking capture and excellent detail!

Fred Grin
Lillian Plus
13 23 17 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2011 9:26AM
Great shot and to capture with wings spread out ...perfect Ade
teocali Plus
14 442 18 England
22 Jul 2011 10:17AM
Brilliantly detailed capture, Ade and your low-light method description very much appreciated, as well as the narrative on the subject itself.
Chinga Plus
12 112 3 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2011 9:48PM
Never seen one of those! Interesting long legs (with hooks?) showing under the wings and great colour! IB
bunbeam 17 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2011 2:36PM
all your latest moths are amazing. great info too

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