An Early Grey Moth (Xylocampa areola
) which as the name suggests is one of the earliest moths to appear in the spring flying from March through to the end of May. Fairly common throughout most of Britain, though usually much more abundant in the south. It has a wingspan of 32-38mm and tends to live in suburban and wooded areas, they sometimes have a variation in colour with some specimens having a purplish tinge. They are also extremely well camouflaged, see V3. The yellow/brown larvae like to feed on honeysuckle, which is why I think I seem to get plenty of them in my garden.
This specimen was extremely compliant when I was taken his image and left me with virtually no processing to do. V1 & V2 were stacked images using the MP-E 65mm lens, V3 was taken using the Tamron 90mm.
Thanks for all the comments on my recent posts, I'm still sticking with the moths for time being, tomorrow's upload though is a bit of a rarity, even if it is a bit plain looking.
Off out for the morning, I have to get the car serviced, but will be back looking through the galleries this afternoon, don't forget I'm GE this week, so I want to see all your best images guys.
Catch you all later......Ade
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