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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.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:15 Jun 2014 - 1:44 PM
Focal Length:50mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Aperture:f/5.0
Shutter Speed:1/320sec
Exposure Comp:-2/3
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Polyphemus Moth Resting
Username:Daisymaye Daisymaye
Uploaded:18 Jun 2014 - 12:50 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, Moth, Wildlife / nature
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Votes:56
Voters:mikbee · GillyB · taggart · NDODS · pascalg · Golgoon · Hercules · CarolG · KarenFB · ugly · SteveMoulding · cabbie · RobertTurley · Chinga · LynneJoyce · Armakk · Ted447 · barbarahirst · andylea · SUE118 · jovanovic · Badgerfred · franken · M_squared · PhilT2 · bobpaige1 · rayme330 · morpheus1955 · SlowSong · Alan_Baseley · gwynn56 · rontear · mex · whatriveristhis · digital_boi · tomcat · djh698 · CaroleS · TrevBatWCC · MalcolmM · WesternRed · Jekaro · Quoise · lonely_oryx · Philip_H · ChiliMan · Fefe · lifesnapper · danbrann · cats_123 · jaktis · Stace · georgiepoolie · Ray12 · bricurtis · Shaji84 ·
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mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 12:53 AM

A fine shot Sandy.
An open and shut case for me !!
Mick.

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taggart
taggart Plus Member 1046 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 1:43 AM

She might have been drying his wings, might have just emerged from his caccoon--

It is a fantastic image whatever!

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NDODS
NDODS Plus Member 44245 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom116 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 1:57 AM

Two quite exceptional captures, image number two being my particular favourite. A fine specimen with gorgeous detail and markings.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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Hercules
Hercules  2 Canada
18 Jun 2014 - 5:17 AM

Beautiful Sandy. Smile

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CarolG
CarolG Plus Member 8185 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 5:27 AM

Another two excellent images, Sandy. Carol

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 94475 forum postsKarenFB vcard England165 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 5:33 AM

Two beautiful captures.

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Chinga
Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 - 6:36 AM

A most attactive specimen... V1 show off her head geer really well! GrinGrin
IB

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 6:51 AM

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.

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Ted447
Ted447 Plus Member 2106 forum postsTed447 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 7:05 AM

Two fine images. Ted. GrinGrin

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 7barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 7:17 AM

Another 2beauties

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SUE118
SUE118 Plus Member 7SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 7:24 AM

Another fantastic capture. SmileSmile

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
18 Jun 2014 - 7:48 AM

Excellent captures Sandy, great detail in both,
Fred.

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franken
franken Plus Member 123555 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 8:05 AM

Both are lovely.

Ken.

ps, I appear to be useless at insect shots!Sad

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rayme330
rayme330 Plus Member 3rayme330 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 9:01 AM

Superb detail and textures again, Sandy.

Ray

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rontear
rontear Plus Member 12rontear vcard England7 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 10:24 AM

Those eye markings, meant to put off birds eating it !! Excellent Sandy, well done on the awards.
Ron

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bobpaige1
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18 Jun 2014 - 10:42 AM

Beautiful image Sandy.

Bob.

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whatriveristhis
whatriveristhis Plus Member 283 forum postswhatriveristhis vcard England94 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 11:32 AM

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.


Alan

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digital_boi
18 Jun 2014 - 11:42 AM

both excellent Sandy but V1 has my vote today love it

Graham

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tomcat Plus Member 96361 forum poststomcat vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 12:07 PM

I reckon Jenn has it about right SandySmile

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TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 1:27 PM

Another two beautiful captures, Sandy, both equally delightful Smile
Trev Smile

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WesternRed Plus Member 4WesternRed vcard Australia
18 Jun 2014 - 1:30 PM

Two lovely captures of this beautiful insect. Well done Sandy.
WesternRed.

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Jekaro
Jekaro  6 United Kingdom
18 Jun 2014 - 1:37 PM

Two fabulous close up shots Sandy, wonderful details.

Roy

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lonely_oryx
18 Jun 2014 - 3:24 PM

Super detail

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan Plus Member 8135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 5:13 PM

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.

Andrew

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Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
18 Jun 2014 - 5:53 PM

Enough to make Ade Osman proud!.......Must be a moth, its soooo chunkyGrinGrinGrin. Built like a bull dog!
Diane

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18 Jun 2014 - 6:08 PM

It looks like an open and shut case Sand but two great shots.

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