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Swallow-tailed Moth on Fern

By Ade_Osman    
Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

Still sticking with my beloved moths I'm afraid Smile Today I have the fairly common lemon coloured Swallow-tail Moth, ok, I'll grant you that it's not as impressive or as colourful it's similarly sized butterfly cousin, but I'm always pleased to find them in the garden at this time of year. There seem to be plenty of them about as well as I found several specimens over the weekend.

Thanks for all the positive feedback on yesterday's explanation of the stacking technique I use, this is a more conventional one shot image which is pretty well straight out the camera other than converting the RAW file, a small sharpen and adding a border.

Hope you enjoy, best regards to all......Ade

Tags: General Moths Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Lepidotera Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth

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SlowSong Plus
8 6.4k 29 England
16 Jul 2013 10:31AM
Fairly common!!! Not round my way. It's beautiful, and certainly not one I've ever seen. So delicate.

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tonyng Plus
6 8 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 10:34AM
Nice one Ade. Got one myself yesterday, but on a rock face. Not as nice as yours.
Briwooly 10 452 5 England
16 Jul 2013 10:46AM
excellent job Ade

DerekL 11 166 24 England
16 Jul 2013 10:54AM
The beauty we miss when we are asleep eh?
Lovely image Ade, well exposed, showing the delicate detail and tones so well.

RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
16 Jul 2013 10:57AM
So well exposed and captured I'm fine detail, Ade: not exactly camouflaged where it has landed.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
16 Jul 2013 11:05AM
I thought of you last night as I sat in my garden watching the moths dart back and forth. Of course it was too dark to photograph them well, and my admiration for your ability to do so rose by a mileSmile
This is a lovely moth, and one I've never seen.
richmowil Plus
7 310 1 England
16 Jul 2013 11:15AM
Stunning detail and colour in this fine image!!
16 Jul 2013 12:15PM
I've never seen one Ade fantastic close up work and sharp detail.
ChiliMan Plus
10 135 17 Singapore
16 Jul 2013 12:39PM
Oh that's a beautiful moth, Ade. I really love the shape of it especially.

What an exceptional shot of him!

16 Jul 2013 12:42PM
Great capture.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
16 Jul 2013 12:54PM
Like the shape to this one Ade.
It must be the ''stealth bomber'' of the moth world !!
Good shot.
Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 1:23PM
Looks out of this World Ade! Gourgeous shot!
PS - Happy belated Birthday Grin
CaroleS Plus
6 423 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 1:30PM
Such detail and colour with that gorgeous sheen!
Maiwand Plus
9 3 72 England
16 Jul 2013 2:04PM
The Butterfly and BG together make a super presentation Ade.GrinGrinGrin
7 10 10 England
16 Jul 2013 2:05PM
You say it's fairly common Ade but to me it is a very beautiful creature. Just wish they didn't flutter so much, they make me jump!
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 2:11PM
Lovely shot of a lovely moth, Ade.
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
16 Jul 2013 2:43PM
Beautifully detailed Swallowtail Ade. Not seen 1 this year.
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 2:47PM
I think you are doing this beautiful creature an injuticeSad

The markings and yellowish sheen are as good as anything elseSmile

CarolG Plus
9 196 18 Greece
16 Jul 2013 3:31PM
A beautiful moth, Ade, wish they flew over here Smile Carol
ali63 Plus
4 756 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 3:35PM
Cracking image,

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
16 Jul 2013 4:26PM
What a beautifully marked pale yellow moth Ade, the detail and clarity is exceptional. No doubt it is too hot for you to bother with the stacking technique at present, all that time spent slaving away in the heat in yoru shed! I'm sure that the only stacking technique you'll be demostrating in the near future will be cramming your fridge full of cider cans and bottles that Sue has brought you back from Lidl in Bedminster on the weekly shop!!!WinkGrinTongue
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
16 Jul 2013 4:31PM
Exquisite lighting and focus, I love the subtle that moths present--- rarely see them so well posed!
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
16 Jul 2013 4:58PM
What a beautiful moth, love your class
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
16 Jul 2013 6:03PM

Quote:You say it's fairly common Ade but to me it is a very beautiful creature. Just wish they didn't flutter so much, they make me jump!

Oh you're a Mottephobe Joan, bet you haven't ever been called that before. I must admit they ain't everyone's cup of tea, I sometimes run a few moth catching sessions locally in my village and you're not alone, some folk don't even know they suffer from it until it's too late......Interestingly, if you have a fear of butterflies you would be a Lepidopterophobe, same symptoms just slightly different names, but both fears are really quite genuine.

Mike_Smith Plus
9 323 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 6:27PM
Cracking shot Ade, you certainly educate me with your uploads
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 6:27PM
Wow! This is a beauty Ade, love it
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
16 Jul 2013 6:33PM

Quote:Cracking shot Ade, you certainly educate me with your uploads

If I can teach someone something new everyday, then I'll go to my grave a happy man Mike Tongue

pamelajean Plus
10 969 1832 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 7:00PM
I like the soft and delicate look of this one, Ade.
I wasn't sure if mottephobia was a joke or not, so googled it, and you weren't joking. Found it on, a site which you probably know about.
AnnChown Plus
6 199 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2013 7:03PM
I can understand your love of moths Ade - the colours and detail here are magical.
7 10 10 England
16 Jul 2013 8:02PM
Thanks for the explanation Ade. If one comes in the house or caravan I usually cover with a glass slide a piece of card underneath and then let it fly free. It's just when they flutter about that I get twitchy!!!
Ade_Osman 13 4.5k 36 England
16 Jul 2013 8:29PM

Quote:Found it on, a site which you probably know about.

I know of it, but the first place I go to when I get stuck and don't know what I'm looking at (it does happen!) is which a much more comprehensive site and is UK orientated, if I can't find what I'm after there I usually post a message to some of the more specialised forum sites I'm a member of.

16 Jul 2013 9:00PM
Captured beautifully, the image shows this lovely moth at it's very best, first class nature photography,
such lovely delicate colour and detail.
16 Jul 2013 10:10PM
Great shot. Cathy

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