Captured this little beauty yesterday morning in the light traps, V1 was taken outside in daylight using a Tamron 90mm Sp Di Macro, V2,3 &4 were taken inside using the Canon MP-E 65mm x1-5 lens using my focus rack, flash and stacking set up. V2 is @ x2, V3 @ x3 and V4 @ x4 magnification. Each indoor image was a stack of 30 images each, then processed using Zerene and a mish mash of other manipulation programs.......For the record, it took most of yesterday to process these and 15 other similar images of other moths using the same technique.......All images were shot using ISO100. The colour balance is a little off in V2, 3 & 4, but I'm going to try and re-work them sometime.
More on the actual moth now
Commonly distributed throughout Britain, though less so in Scotland, occurring in a wide range of habitats. There are two distinct generations (except in the far north), the first of which flies in April and May. The summer brood, which appears in August and September, usually produces smaller and paler moths. The larvae feed on a variety of deciduous trees. Melanic forms occur fairly regularly in parts of northern England.
BTW as always, the moth was released unharmed and alive and I wanted to give him a great big kiss because he was so compliant for so long.......Although in all honesty I think he was a little cold which made my life a damn site easier
There was a lot of graft in processing these images, here's hoping you all enjoy them, thanks for looking in......Ade
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