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Polyphemus Moth Resting

By Daisymaye
Well, now I'm a bit confused. Alan, whatriveristhis, says a moth rests with it's wings spread and a butterfly with it's wings closed. This is how I first found this moth, with it's wings closed. Then it dropped off, onto the ground and then flew to the rose garden. Where the last 2 shots were taken.

Thanks so much to CarolG, Sue118, Rayme330, digital_boi, franken and Lillian for their wonderful UA's. I was totally amazed at the reaction to this moth.

Tags: Moth Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: mikbee, GillyB, taggart and 53 more

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mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
18 Jun 2014 12:53AM
A fine shot Sandy.
An open and shut case for me !!

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
18 Jun 2014 1:43AM
She might have been drying his wings, might have just emerged from his caccoon--

It is a fantastic image whatever!
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 1:57AM
Two quite exceptional captures, image number two being my particular favourite. A fine specimen with gorgeous detail and markings.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
18 Jun 2014 5:17AM
Beautiful Sandy. Smile
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Jun 2014 5:27AM
Another two excellent images, Sandy. Carol
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
18 Jun 2014 5:33AM
Two beautiful captures.
Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 6:36AM
A most attactive specimen... V1 show off her head geer really well! GrinGrin
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 6:51AM
Two lovely shots of this huge beauty.

Alan must be wrong, the Clouded Yellow that I captured in my last post always rests with closed wings. Moths and butterflies are all Lepidoptera when all's said and done.
Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 7:05AM
Two fine images. Ted. GrinGrin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 7:17AM
Another 2beauties
SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 7:24AM
Another fantastic capture. SmileSmile
18 Jun 2014 7:48AM
Excellent captures Sandy, great detail in both,
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 8:05AM
Both are lovely.


ps, I appear to be useless at insect shots!Sad
rayme330 6 17 1 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 9:01AM
Superb detail and textures again, Sandy.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
18 Jun 2014 10:24AM
Those eye markings, meant to put off birds eating it !! Excellent Sandy, well done on the awards.
Beautiful image Sandy.

18 Jun 2014 11:32AM
Some moths, including Geometrids, rest with wings closed, just as some butterflies (mainly Riodininae ) rest with wings open. What I suggested was just a quick rule of thumb that applies more often than not. I think there may be more moths that are exceptions to that rule than butterflies, but I'm not certain. Another difference is that moths tend to have feathery antennae and thicker bodies. Taxonomically though there's no real difference... as LynneJoyce says, they're both classified the same.

18 Jun 2014 11:42AM
both excellent Sandy but V1 has my vote today love it

tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 12:07PM
I reckon Jenn has it about right SandySmile

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
18 Jun 2014 1:27PM
Another two beautiful captures, Sandy, both equally delightful Smile
Trev Smile
Two lovely captures of this beautiful insect. Well done Sandy.
18 Jun 2014 1:37PM
Two fabulous close up shots Sandy, wonderful details.

lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
18 Jun 2014 3:24PM
Super detail
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
18 Jun 2014 5:13PM
Could be wings open when facing the sky to soak up light/sun? And closed when clinging to verticals? Just guessing.

The detail and clarity in these two shots are stunning, Sandy. V1 is especially amazing.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 5:53PM
Enough to make Ade Osman proud!.......Must be a moth, its soooo chunkyGrinGrinGrin. Built like a bull dog!
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
18 Jun 2014 6:08PM
It looks like an open and shut case Sand but two great shots.

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