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underwing moth

By CarolG  
I spotted tens of these moths fluttering around in the mulberry tree foliage, and I had to capture one in the swimming pool leaf-cleaning net and bring it indoors to photograph, as they stayed hidden in the foliage outside.

Most species of Catocala, or underwing moths, are mid-sized, cryptically coloured except for the hindwings, which are marked with stripes in orange, red, white, or even blue. In some, the hindwings are mostly blackish. Unlike what the common name ‘underwings’ seems to suggest, the colour is brightest on the upperside. However, the bright hindwings are not visible at rest, being hidden under the dull forewings – hence the name. An underwing moth, well camouflaged in its daytime resting spot on a tree trunk or branch, will suddenly flash open the hindwings when disturbed. A bird or other small predator that is not used to this display is likely to be frightened, allowing the moth to escape. The adults are predominantly nocturnal, flying from shortly after dusk right up to daybreak. They are generally most active about two hours after nightfall.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Moth Close-up Lighting Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Flash and lighting

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howdog Plus
8 25 1 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 5:55AM
All four shots have there own merit but V1 for me Carol, Great macro shots each one full of detailSmile

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RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
30 Aug 2012 6:04AM
Great shots of this moth, Carol, and a very informative narrative up top.
At least having been brought indoors, this one hung around long enough to let you get some good shots.
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
30 Aug 2012 6:33AM
It's the eyes that amaze me Carol, they are all so huge and complicated. Great shots again.

6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 6:54AM
A rather brilliant set of macro/close up photographs Carol, which you have managed to capture all the right ingredients, colour, detail, light which all go towards enhancing the beauty of this rather gorgeous looking 'Underwing Moth' whom is quite content on being the star of the show.

Regards Nathan
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 6:59AM
That is some write up Carol V1 all the way
spot on for details and clarity
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
30 Aug 2012 7:14AM
Fantastic and great set of images,V1 is my favorite,
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 7:22AM
The face reminds me of a bat.SmileSmile
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
30 Aug 2012 7:26AM
A great set of macro images and you have introduced me to something else I have not seen before. Informative write-up too.

30 Aug 2012 7:28AM
A nice set. V1 for me. Deep
moiral 6 12 Scotland
30 Aug 2012 7:33AM
Ahhhhh it's little eyes are looking up at you as if to say 'Please don't eat me'. And I hope you didn't CarolTongueGrin. 4 very well captured shots, I take it that the moth didn't flash you TongueGrin.
Also thanks very much for your UA, a lovely surprise and most appreciated. Moira
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 7:36AM
I have visions of you dashing around, wielding the net in your attempt to trap models. Excellent series.
30 Aug 2012 8:16AM
What a cutey!

30 Aug 2012 8:41AM
Whoah!!! What a character ... a great set
mrswoolybill Plus
9 985 1499 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 8:44AM
V1 - A symmetrical view with one raised 'eyebrow', it has a quizzical look.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
30 Aug 2012 9:29AM
Lovely 'eye-balling' contact of v1, Carol. And a concise but informative and interesting description.

TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
30 Aug 2012 10:29AM
A cracking set, Carol, and think the 'head-on' shot in V1 has to be my fave Wink
Trev Smile
30 Aug 2012 10:30AM
fine work on all macros Carol for me V1 is way out there nice one

CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 10:39AM
Woven your magic again Carol, it appears to be waiting patiently for you to finish!
FeatherFriend 8 38 217 England
30 Aug 2012 10:51AM
Another fine set Carol, pleased to make it 30,
7 10 10 England
30 Aug 2012 11:10AM
V1 stand out Carol but the set is superb.
Tibetan 4 3 England
30 Aug 2012 11:15AM
Quite amazing well I'l go to the foot of our stairs lol. four great shots love them, regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 11:17AM
Worth all the effort, Carol, well photographed.
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 11:32AM
nice write up, and series. the blue bg worked well.
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
30 Aug 2012 12:33PM
Carol, this is an absolutely amazing macro! Patti Smile
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
30 Aug 2012 1:52PM
Awww...wonderful captures, Carol, especially of those bewildered and grateful eyes Grin

What a sweet thing Smile

Irishkate Plus
6 38 100 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 2:19PM
Another Natural History lesson so well taught and
illustrated in your four great images.
30 Aug 2012 2:21PM
V 1 is a cracker.
danbrann Plus
12 624 17
30 Aug 2012 3:58PM
A superb clean image Carol.
Mavis Plus
14 143 2 England
30 Aug 2012 4:22PM

Quote:A rather brilliant set of macro/close up photographs Carol, which you have managed to capture all the right ingredients, colour, detail, light which all go towards enhancing the beauty of this rather gorgeous looking 'Underwing Moth' whom is quite content on being the star of the show.

Regards Nathan

I agree with Nathan Carol . A very fine capture. Your photography is spot on as usual . Looks more like a pet you could stroke . xxx
Billyray 8 70 3 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 5:42PM
More excellent macro shots from your very capable hands Carol.
I love to look at your shots, they are so full of detail. A really informative description too. V1 for me.
1881 4 India
30 Aug 2012 5:47PM

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Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 7:09PM
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh V1 is my fave CarolGrin A fluff bombGrinGrinGrin

I quoted your comment if you want to nip backGrin
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
30 Aug 2012 7:35PM
Like them all Carol, good rescue.


sable 8 9 7 England
30 Aug 2012 8:06PM
Great set of images I like them all and a brilliant narrative xx
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
30 Aug 2012 8:17PM
These or relatives of this species I should say are the bain of my life at the moment Carol, I get what seem like 100's of the darn things! I post an image of one tomorrow for you to look at, pesky things are great escape artists aswell! I empty my traps in the workshop just in case a rare one tries to escape, these are anything but rare, but they always escape and I then have to try and catch the beggars.....grrrrrr.....GrinGrinGrinGrin.

Good image BTW.....Ade
30 Aug 2012 8:29PM
All excellent macro shots Carol,well done..lin
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
30 Aug 2012 9:09PM
V1 is a superb head on shot Carol.
PaulLiley 7 2 13 United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 10:09PM
superb set with cracking detail. paul
marktc Plus
6 86 14 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 6:55AM
A fantastic set Carol, what a wonderful creature.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
31 Aug 2012 8:57AM
they are all great- the front view fascinates me as it looks as if he is wearing a cap!
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 5:45PM
The wing colours may not be dramatic, Carol, but the face is wonderful, so V1 has to be my favourite, very nice work.
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
4 Sep 2012 7:55PM
A top set Carol, be warned if the Big O is ever allowed to visit Crete he will convert you to the dark side and you will then be setting up moth traps, drinking cider and talking in a broad west country accent!Wink

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