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The Spectacle

By Ade_Osman    
This fella gets it English name from the tufts of hair that can be seen on either side of it's thorax, when seen from head on it looks rather like it's wearing a pair of spectacles. It's Latin name is Abrostola tripartita and it's quite a common moth usually found anywhere near nettles (Urtica dioica) where the species passes the winter as a pupa.

Apologies to all for not being as active as I usually am, just been really busy with all the other boring things that life throws at us Sad Hopefully I should get around to catching up with everyone over the next few days, although I see sun is forecast tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get out and about at last!!!

Hedgehog Update
Well things have gone really quiet now with most hedgehogs having gone into hibernation, however were still seeing the odd visit here and there in the garden, they ain't daft they know where there's an easy meal to be had! Smile Had a very brief visit by the fox last night at 4am and the Wood Mice are still very active. Speaking of which I had a bit of spare time today, so I very quickly cobbled together a Feeding Station for them to visit, I'm hoping they'll start using this and it will offer them a bit of security away from the neighbourhood Cat population. It's been put into place and is ready for use tonight, so I'll be switching between the cameras tonight to see if they make use of it or not, should be interesting especially now the hedgehog activity has died away. Usual place to see the action (assuming there is any) as always is Ade's Hedgehog/Fox Garden Cam it will all be live after dark falls.

Regards to all as always......Ade

Tags: General Moths Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Wildlife and nature The Spectacle Abrostola tripartita

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Briwooly 12 452 5 England
26 Oct 2012 4:00PM
Top detail and enjoyed the description


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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
26 Oct 2012 4:14PM
Excellent macro accompanied by excellent write up ! Love it - thanx Smile
TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 4:17PM
Great shot, Ade.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
26 Oct 2012 4:35PM
What a wonderful bespectacled fella, Ade Smile Carol
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 4:35PM
Superb detail on this moth and always look for news of hedgie thanks for weeks of entertainment Ade
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 4:44PM
Fine detail and light Ade - he's a beauty!
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 5:16PM
Wonderful detail Ade.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
26 Oct 2012 5:24PM
Sharp and wooly, outstanding capture here!
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
26 Oct 2012 5:49PM
Great shot of the moth, Ade, the detail as ever so well captured.
Great shot Ade.

KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
26 Oct 2012 6:11PM
A beautiful moth, brilliantly caught - the details are fantastic!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Oct 2012 6:13PM
A marvellously detailed moth macro Ade, I doubt we shall see your prickly pals until the spring given that the cold weather has set in.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
26 Oct 2012 6:28PM

Quote:I doubt we shall see your prickly pals until the spring given that the cold weather has set in.

Still getting the odd hoggie come in Ed, but for the next few nights we'll be watching out to see if we can get the ever busy and non hibernating Wood Mice in their new feeding station, whether or not this happens remains to be seen? I've just been out in the garden and whilst it's not raining yet, that wind is enough to put a chill through Satan's bones, brrrrrrr.....It's Brass Monkey's weather out there tonight. If anything has any sense it will stay safely tucked up warm and snug in it's nest.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
26 Oct 2012 6:49PM
You surely do seem to find a limitless supply of these fascinating beauties Ade. The marvellous quality of your exposures almost makes them look lovable.GrinGrinGrinTongueTongue
26 Oct 2012 6:53PM
Have missed these close ups Ade, hope you are doing OK. Lou
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 7:14PM
Superb Ade, great to see you back on line
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
26 Oct 2012 8:01PM
Super shot Ade - shows the spectacle look well.
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2012 8:51PM
Fantastic detail and composition, Ade, a real stunner.
Well done.
Darryl. Smile
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
27 Oct 2012 7:15AM
Your image really shows off the 'Spectacles'. Excellent work.
27 Oct 2012 7:29AM
Great image and good write up - impressed with dof. A
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
27 Oct 2012 8:46AM
An interesting moth I perfect camouflage.
You must have eagle eye to spot them on that rusty looking bark!
But then there s Ade and the rest of the worldWink
28 Oct 2012 7:46PM
Great shot Ade. One of my favourite moths.


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