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Large Ranunculus

By KarenFB
I think this is a Large Ranunculus, confirmation would be great please!! Smile

Not the best of perches (my arm), but everytime I found it a nice perch it would start walking away - because it was a moth I'd never seen before I really wanted an image of it. As I turned it into the late afternoon sun the orange patches glittered like little flecks of gold! A really pretty effect. Smile

Tags: Moth Insect Wildlife and nature Large Ranunculus

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
22 Sep 2012 7:38AM
A beauty, Karen, have heard of a ranunculus flower, but never a moth Smile. Carol

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Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
22 Sep 2012 8:11AM
Ranunculus after the buttercup colour spots maybe. Lovely detail, Karen.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 8:13AM
Great shot, i think you are correct but i'm not the expert on these moths, well taken
Ade_Osman 15 4.5k 36 England
22 Sep 2012 10:32AM
Difficult to tell from the photograph Karen as there is no sense of scale, however I'd have said you were quite right so long as you think the wingspan was about 42-45mm. If not and knowing where you live, although not precisely, it may possibly be a Black Banded - Polymixis xanthomista statices which is a bit smaller with a wingspan of 32-35mm. If it was a Black Banded, it would be an excellent find as they are altogether a much rarer beast, but the two are often confused........I'm more inclined to think it is a L.Rannulus though......Hope this helps?.....Good find either way and a good image too....

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
22 Sep 2012 12:12PM
Nice detail capturedGrin
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Sep 2012 1:01PM
Superb detail and textures in this close up Karen, I'm glad to see that this little fellow came to no armSmile
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
22 Sep 2012 1:01PM
Thank you everyone! Smile

Ade: I didn't think to measure it! Wink

*Groan* @ Ed!! Grin
lovely detail well spotted and captured.

23 Sep 2012 12:37PM
This is a superb macro shot like that lovely sharp detail.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
23 Sep 2012 1:12PM
Detail is superb Karen,
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
23 Sep 2012 5:40PM
Thank you everyone! Smile
23 Sep 2012 7:53PM
Great capture Karen. I have to agree with Ade on the ID of this one. It has very strong similarities to a Small Ranunculus moth which I photographed in my garden a few weeks ago. The orange markings on the wings are quite striking in bright light.

basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
26 Sep 2012 4:20PM
well captured ,different colour....
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
26 Sep 2012 4:29PM
Thank you! Smile
1 Oct 2012 12:19PM
lovely shot
Tibetan 6 3 England
2 Oct 2012 5:54PM
A very nice moth good detail shot like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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