Well no not really, but my grandchildren like to call it this as they help to try and find them due to strange shape the have when they have their wings folded at rest as in V2. The actual correct name for this moth is the Drinker Euthrix potatoria
which seems to me to be even stranger, however it gets its English (and Latin) name from the habits of the caterpillar, which is supposed to have a liking for drops of dew. It's a medium sized moth with a wingspan up to 65mm. The yellowish females are slightly larger than the orange-brown male, but both sexes usually show the two distinctive white spots on the forewing. Flying at night, in July and August, the males especially are attracted to light.
Versions 1 & 2 have been taken using a conventional 1:1 macro lens, with versions 3 & 4 being small stacks at X3 and x4 magnification respectively using the Canon MP-E 65mm X5 lens, I think it looks even more like a hedgehog in V3 & 4
V5 is just a straight head on shot using a 90mm macro lens.
Thanks for all the kind comments on yesterdays image of The Flame Moth and especially to Arthur (Accipiter) for his kind bestowal of his UA. Hope you enjoy looking at these unusual images as much.....Ade
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