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Winter's Here!.......

By Ade_Osman    
It's official!......Why do say that I hear you ask, well because I've found my first December Moth of the year. Yes that's what this particular moth is called, although it's Latin name is Poecilocampa populi. I found this one early on Sunday morning despite it still being very frosty and only November, but the sun was very bright as you might be able to tell. It's one a the very few moths that fly throughout the winter, well it has a wonderful fur coat after all. Some amateur moth enthusiasts say that the earlier you find it it the year, the more likely you are to have early snowfall. Well I don't know about that, but what I can tell you is a couple of years ago when we had that really hard winter in the UK, I found a specimen in September! So make of that what you will, but I don't think we'll be on for a White Christmas this year Smile
The species is fairly common, although a little tricky to find because of it colour and is found in the the winter months between October to January. The female is distinctly larger than the male, and the wings have a slightly translucent appearance, due to their thinly-scaled surface. the larvae (caterpillars) feed in the spring on a variety of deciduous trees.
Many thanks for all the kind comments and votes on my recent close up of Razor, I didn't think it would go as well as it did being as it was a bit different than my usual work, but it's good to try your hand at other stuff once in a while. Hope you enjoy looking at this image as much, I'm out for the best part of today, but I'll catch up on everyone later, cheers for now...


Tags: General Lepidoptera Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting December Moth Poecilocampa populi

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
21 Nov 2012 9:01AM
A marvellous moth macro Ade, he certainly is a fine looking specimen. I hope you bring your golf umbrella and waterproof gear with you when make the trip up to Gloucester later, it is hammering down at present!Sad

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Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
21 Nov 2012 9:06AM

Quote:it is hammering down at present!

It ain't no better here mate, it p***** it down all night, played havoc with the CCTV system and I got a thoroughly good soaking when out in the garden topping up the bird tables. I'm bring the small Olympus camera up with me just on the off chance I might be able to get a few shots off here and there, but it don't look good, perhaps I'll visit the Waterways Museum if I get the chance, we'll see Tongue

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
21 Nov 2012 9:45AM
Beautiful moth Ade, love your POV. As for the weather guessed it !!!!
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 10:05AM
Wonderful dark shaggy fur coat that little moth is wearing! A very fine macro.
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
21 Nov 2012 10:40AM
What a lovely little fluffy bum!!
Norfolkboy 12 1 4 England
21 Nov 2012 12:24PM
A super macro, Ade and a very imformative narative mate.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
21 Nov 2012 12:28PM
Beautiful to see the dark fur and the transparency.
thanks for the information and I fully understand why you got so excited about this one Smile
basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
21 Nov 2012 1:52PM
Lovely macro & nice detail.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 1:58PM
I am particularly drawn to the detail in the? Antennae (I don't actually know the proper name but hopefully you will understand) the detail there is exceptional
21 Nov 2012 2:30PM
My word Ade - some of those glamour models would give their eye teeth for lashes like that!!!!
This is a superb shot - hope you are doing OK now - not been around for a bit so have lost track of you all! Hope you haven't got too wet today! Lou
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 2:47PM
Those antennae are beautiful - great detail. Love the sunny background.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
21 Nov 2012 2:58PM

Quote:My word Ade - some of those glamour models would give their eye teeth for lashes like that!!!!
This is a superb shot - hope you are doing OK now - not been around for a bit so have lost track of you all! Hope you haven't got too wet today! Lou

Well he won't have stayed dry today that is for sure........there are far too many public houses serving local cider in the close vicinity of Gloucester docks!Tongue Breaking news Sue Osmant has just told me that Ade is in Gloucester today for his new job modelling the latest waterproof winter clothing for the chain Superdry........he's been off the cider for three days now!Grin
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
21 Nov 2012 3:41PM
Wish I didn't have to go, it took me 90 minutes to bleeding well get there today as the motorway was flooded in 3 different places and in two of those places cars had managed to have accidents......What a bunch of numpties, they ought to try slowing down a bit FFS.....Lost count of the planks that must have been doing more than 80mph past me when the road conditions dictated that 60mph was pushing your luck. And as for the amount of cars doing this speed and not having any lights on, well it just defies logic, I dunno what's the matter with them all......Complete idiots most of them!.......GRRRRRR Sad Once we finally got to Gloucester, it was still sheeting it down and it stayed like that till we left, so all in all a bit of a naff morning......Never mind, the business I had is done, that's the main thing.

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
21 Nov 2012 4:15PM
An interesting specimen Ade and a very interesting narrative too

JohnoP 12 2
21 Nov 2012 5:53PM
Awesome macro detail Ade! John
9 10 10 England
21 Nov 2012 7:05PM
Superb shot Ade.

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