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The Hedgehog Moth????

By Ade_Osman    
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 Tongue 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

Tags: General Lepidoptera Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated The drinker Wildlife and nature Euthrix potatoria

Voters: Derek_Fearn, DerekL, RonnieAG and 81 more

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rontear Plus
13 8 8 England
23 Jul 2013 10:54AM
Such detail Ade, a deserving U/A from me !!!

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Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
23 Jul 2013 10:57AM
Cheers Ron, I never expected that Blush

DerekL 11 166 24 England
23 Jul 2013 10:58AM
Fantastic set Ade.
Super detail and presentation as usual.
Thanks for giving us the chance to see inside the secretive world of the Moth.

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
23 Jul 2013 11:05AM
Have to agree 100% with Derek's comments.....the detail is quite amazing, Ade: wonderful photography.
PattiW 11 24 2 United States
23 Jul 2013 11:17AM
Five amazing images of this interesting little one! And a great writeup! PattiSmileSmileSmile
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 11:26AM
Superb shots, Ade - fantastic detail.
CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
23 Jul 2013 11:43AM
What a gorgeous creature, Ade, super images and write-up to go with them. Carol
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
23 Jul 2013 11:46AM
Superb stacking detail, Ade, but v1 with the standard macro is a winner for me.

Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 11:58AM
Spectacular moth Ade, beautifully presented... Grin
SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
23 Jul 2013 12:29PM
A real beauty. How do they keep cool underneath all that fur?
23 Jul 2013 12:55PM
Great detail, lovely images.
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 1:12PM
Superb stacking detail in V4, what a beauty!
Nigeve1 Plus
3 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 1:18PM
Really excellent set, V1 wins the day for me great detail, light and pov.
boov Plus
3 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 1:24PM
Cracking set... deserving of a few more UAs here (just spent mine) ... fantastic
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
23 Jul 2013 2:06PM
Fantastic set Ade.
Love V4.
I think it looks like a Warthog.
But then again,I was on the drink last night !!
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
23 Jul 2013 2:42PM
Great quality series Ade. Got your signature all over them.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 3:02PM
Should at least get you an editors choice but I would say worthy of pick of the week, this moth does have the same shaped nose as the hedgehogWink and the detail is excellent Ade
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 3:29PM
Great image, can I pick your brains please, I have caught a moth which is a similar colour, it seems to have a pointy nose like your Drinker Moth, are there any others with this pointy nose? I have looked on line & it could be a Triangle Moth, I am going to try & get a few shots of it & hopefully upload it tomorrow, thanks for your help in advance BlushSmileSmile

richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
23 Jul 2013 3:30PM
Its all been said above - Excellent set!!
23 Jul 2013 3:48PM
Fantastic set, the detail is amazing
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
23 Jul 2013 4:28PM
Thank you Ann Grin Wink
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 4:52PM
WOW! all brilliant Ade
but for me Versions 2 and 3
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
23 Jul 2013 4:55PM
Thank you too Christine Blush

jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
23 Jul 2013 5:04PM
Lots of great textures on your moths

23 Jul 2013 5:14PM
Fefe Plus
4 23 31 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 5:20PM
Love them Ade!
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 5:55PM
He does look like a hedgehog - what a beauty!
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
23 Jul 2013 6:16PM
Oh my word...he DOES look like a hedgehog in V2 and even more so in V3!! Grin

Incredible detail on the eye in V4.

Absolutely superb pose you've caught him in in V1, Ade, with those Lambo doors up Grin

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
23 Jul 2013 6:37PM
Incredible detail in these astounding close ups Ade, you can't get much more extreme than v4! No doubt it was the lure of some cheap left over cider that attracted it to your trap, after all it is known as the drinker!Wink
KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
23 Jul 2013 7:25PM
Brilliant!! I love version 4, stunning details! Smile
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 7:43PM
A master class of macro photographyGrin

At least I nailed the caterpillarWink

Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
23 Jul 2013 7:47PM
Cheers again Guys and special thanks to AnnChown and to Karen for the kind UA's :SmileSmileSmile

Richsr Plus
9 91 223 England
23 Jul 2013 8:23PM
Excellent fine details in this Ade.
Regards Richard
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
23 Jul 2013 8:32PM
Very cool Ade, and his name is extra special!
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
23 Jul 2013 8:39PM
It's a beauty of a moth Ade - I prefer V1 & V2 - both superb images. The stacked images are good but the full moth images are more interesting to me.Smile
23 Jul 2013 9:21PM
Fantastic shots. Cathy
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2013 10:09PM
Such a glorious set of images, Ade, and I agree with your grandchildren, it does look like a hedgehog.
annettep38 Plus
5 218 40 Costa Rica
23 Jul 2013 11:29PM
amazing series..only I'd call it the mothy bear Smile
v3 and 5 are my favourites !
senn Plus
5 4 1 Belgium
24 Jul 2013 9:02AM
fab set !..
24 Jul 2013 9:12AM
Mrsbass 3 2 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 12:10PM
Incredible shots Ade, fabulous!
soulofharmony 6 22 1 Norfolk Island
24 Jul 2013 8:19PM
Little furry fuzz

Wonderful to see Grin
bunbeam 11 2 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2013 8:31PM
he does look like a hedgehog.... brilliant shots
25 Jul 2013 7:43PM
Excellent set.

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