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March Moth / Alsophila aescularia

By Ade_Osman    
Not expecting this one to go to well as it's a bit something of nothing, on the other hand I know some of you enjoy looking at my moth images, so I thought it worth posting for the interest factor.

This is a a March Moth Alsophila aescularia and it's one of the few species where the female is apterous, or wingless (as yet I haven't found one of these, but I'm working on it). The male has a distinctive way of resting, with the wings overlapping, they're also as you might be able to tell from this image, incredibly well camouflaged and quite tricky to find. Occurring in March and April, when the females may be found crawling on tree-trunks at night, and the males can be attracted to light.

It is fairly well distributed over most of Britain and reasonably common, although not easily found. The pale green larvae feed on a range of deciduous trees, including hawthorn (Crataegus), oak (Quercus) and fruit trees.

Please excuse me for not being on too much at the moment, Suzie, whilst making good progress is still quite poorly and because of this I'm still having to do pretty much everything at home. My spines also giving me holy hell because of all the extra work, so I'm off to the GP's surgery this morning in the hope they can sort me out some even stronger painkillers, at least on a temporary basis while Sue is recovering.

Thanks for looking in and all the recent comments and awards on my recent images, hopefully I'll be feeling a little better myself later and will be able to spend a little time looking at what everyone else has been up to. Best regards as always to all.......Ade & Suze

Tags: General Moths Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Alsophila aescularia March Moth

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gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
11 Apr 2012 9:16AM
They say it never rains mate, I hope the doc can help you through this difficult time for you both, a nice shot and the usual interesting info.


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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
11 Apr 2012 9:42AM
So well camouflaged, you did well even spotting it let alone getting such a superb photograph.
We always learn something from your work - nicely done.
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
11 Apr 2012 10:44AM
OK I give in! Where is the moth? Only joking Ade a great shot.


CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
11 Apr 2012 10:45AM
Don't let Sue do too much, Ade, but alsoo try and look after yoursef, after all, you are her 'main man' now, and she needs you fit and well to help her Smile Carol
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 12:22PM
The photo shows the superb camoflage of the Moth Ade, nice one. Hope all is well at home soon

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
11 Apr 2012 12:26PM
One could easily miss this moth unless one was looking hard--- Great details in spite of the camouflage!
cjl47 10 4 3 England
11 Apr 2012 12:55PM
Give Sue our best wishes.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
11 Apr 2012 1:47PM
Great textures and good for you for spotting this moth. Hope you and Suzie are both back to health soon...........Sandy
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
11 Apr 2012 2:15PM
Good'un' again Ade, best wishes to you both,
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 3:35PM
I would never have seen this so well camouflaged,
great detailed shot Ade
Do hope that you are sorted with the pain killers by now
and my thoughts with you both
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
11 Apr 2012 3:41PM
He certainly is well cameouflaged Ade although nothing evades your eagle eyes! The details and textures are tremendous in this one
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Apr 2012 3:45PM
excellent camouflage Smile
now as you have given us such nice detail and a cracking shot, i will scan the hawthorn around home. You never know!
chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Apr 2012 6:36PM
Ten out of ten for the spot Ade,a really good find.
11 Apr 2012 7:01PM
A well spotted capture, great detail and textures.
JohnoP 12 2
11 Apr 2012 7:12PM
You have a natural eye for spotting these Ade! A great shot. Just take care - forget the housework etc - it is health that matters so just do only what you need to and take care both. John
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
11 Apr 2012 8:38PM
This is one fascinating moth with the overlapping wings. Thanks for uploading it and for the info! Well shot.

NOW take of your spine! Painkillers kill the pain. But that can also lull you into a false sense of security and make you do things you shouldn't. Then you might end up with some irreversible damage and you'll be of no use to you or Sue. out as much as you can but don't push it, man.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
11 Apr 2012 8:50PM
In spite of your increased ' work load ' Ade you still seem to be pushing out some real beauties. This is a crackerGrinGrin
Best wishes to you both.
bricurtis 12 2.2k 49 England
11 Apr 2012 9:10PM
Excellent detail Ade despite its camouflage bg.
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
11 Apr 2012 9:19PM
Well been to see the GP and we've sorted out a temporary plan to last at least until Sue's back on her feet properly and I'm happy with that and feeling the benefits already.......Sue made her first cooked meal today since having her heart attack and managed very well, mind you I was left with all the washing up! Shouldn't grumble really, I was just pleased to have gotten out of the cooking for the time in a fortnight.

Were toying around with a nice easy trip down to the Somerset Levels tomorrow, because I have a Disabled Blue Badge we can access areas not normally reached by able bodied folk and can still stay near the car in case we have an emergency......Poor lass has been going nuts since she's gotten ill and has started to go a bit stir crazy, so I've been talked into taking her out for a twitcher fix Wink I'm sure everything will be ok, just so long as she decides not to try and find the cuckoo we heard in the distance last time we were there Smile

I'll let you know how we get on, but she has all her drugs and sprays just in case we run into ant bother and I'll be keeping a very watchful eye on here that I cab assure you all of Tongue

Thanks for the comments etc guys, muchly appreciated as always.....Ade
11 Apr 2012 9:50PM
Super shot Ade. Hope your trip to the levels goes well.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Apr 2012 9:54PM
take each day one at a time Ade, its surprising how sometimes that works, enjoy a little break and remember work will be waiting for you both long after the dust settles! I could so easily have missed this shot posted today - so beautifully and well camouflagedSmile
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2012 7:55PM
you did well even spotting it with that fantastic camo.
Great image of an insect in its enviroment.
well done.
AnneWorner 10 620 43 United States
13 Apr 2012 1:13PM
Read twice through your commentary - so much to take in as I haven't run across you much on EPZ - I constantly find photographers I seem not to have noticed, and wish I had.

I enjoy flutterbys and moths and this year we have so many in the garden - last year very few as the area has been in severe stage 4 drought for several years. We've had more rain this spring than we had all of last year (central Texas). Our live oak trees have just finished the cycle of leaf shedding, growing new leaves which are devoured by at least 4 species of caterpillar and now putting out the second set of leaves! It's a messy proposition, but I think all those droppings give fertilizer to the trees!

We do have a moth that I've seen on the oak bark and it's extremely well camouflaged as this onein your image is - too early in the day, and names evade me.

Glad to hear your wife is on the mend. Heart attacks are scary, but people today seem to do very well afterwards. My 92 year old uncle had a heart attack 10 years before he died of kidney failure! So I'd be very optimistic about full recovery.

I don't know what kind of spinal problems you have, so I can only mention that I had had great help from the McKenzie Method which was taught to me by a physical therapist. I brought the book home to Norway to a pt there and he had never heard of it!

Anyway, sorry to run on - I don't usually do that............

13 Apr 2012 9:24PM
15 Apr 2012 7:01AM
This is a great capture and an interesting write up. Hope you are both better soon. A

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