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The Lacky-Malacosoma neustria

By Ade_Osman    
Up close and very personal with the male Lacky Moth, part of the Eggar (Lasiocampidae) family of moths. Males always have the feathered antennae for detecting female pheromones, but are unable to feed as adults, which make them quite short lived. Wingspan is up to 45mm in the males, with the females being slightly smaller up to about 32mm. Found throughout the Southern half of the UK. Caterpillars are very colourful and sometimes quite hairy, these can irritate some people, so you've been warned!

Four images of the same moth V1 is a full frame stack of 70+ images, processed using Zerene and PS. V2 is a crop of the same image and was taken using Canon's MP-E 65mm macro lens.
V3 & 4 show the same moth full sized using the Tamron 90mm Macro, just before it was released back in to the wild alive and well and desperate to find a mate I've no doubt. Tongue

Many thanks to Snappit & Johnjo58's UA's on yesterdays Herald moth shot.......Here's hoping you all enjoy these 4 images as much.....Apologies for not being about as much as normal, I will try and catch up at the w/e.


Tags: General Flowers and plants Close-up and macro Digitally manipulated Malacosoma neustria Wildlife and nature The Lacky

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barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 2:15PM
just amazing!!!!

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paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 2:33PM
Great series. Love the detail on V2.
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
11 Jul 2012 2:40PM
I saw that Donald Trump on the telly last night Ade.
Looks like his hair here !!
Super shots.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
11 Jul 2012 2:44PM
What a hairy beastie. So pretty. V1 reminds me of Dennis Healy (he of the eyebrows Smile).
KarenFB Plus
11 4.9k 171 England
11 Jul 2012 2:59PM
Absolutely fantastic! What amazing details, brilliantly caught!
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
11 Jul 2012 2:59PM
Is that a selfportrait, Ade?
Very good.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
11 Jul 2012 3:04PM
good detail. my fav is the close up detqil of v2. lesley
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
11 Jul 2012 3:09PM
Totally amazing, Ade SmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Carol
chris-p Plus
12 66 England
11 Jul 2012 3:14PM
Brilliant...and super fine detail..
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
11 Jul 2012 3:24PM
Better known as the hairy monster AdeWink Supreme image.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
11 Jul 2012 3:53PM
Incredible detail and wonderful rich colouring in these close ups Ade, no doubt you will find some interesting and unsual species down on Ham Wall tonight.
MossyOak 6 22 15 England
11 Jul 2012 4:01PM
Outstanding stuff Ade. The eye detail in V2 is superb
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
11 Jul 2012 6:00PM

Quote:Incredible detail and wonderful rich colouring in these close ups Ade, no doubt you will find some interesting and unsual species down on Ham Wall tonight.

That's the plan mate, although I hear they've had some really bad flash floods down at Shepton Mallet today, but hopefully this won't impact on me in anyway.......Still I've put the rubber dinghy in the car just in case! The forecast is good though so keep those fingers crossed for us!

11 Jul 2012 6:03PM
A truly stunning set of shots Ade. The detail is fantastic.

chase 12 1.1k 246 England
11 Jul 2012 6:13PM
You are getting far too close to these critters Ade,hairy little monster aint he ?
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
11 Jul 2012 6:14PM
Better pack your wet suit, flippers and snorkel then Ade, as well as your supplies of pasties and cider to keep you going throughout the night!Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 1.9k 150 England
11 Jul 2012 6:16PM
Amazing, Ade, can it get any better?

Gerryrys 6 1 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 6:21PM
Truly amazing Ade. Brilliant.

Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 6:51PM
Amazing! Lovely fluffy chapGrin V3 my fave.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
11 Jul 2012 7:15PM
Amazing macro images, Ade, the detail quite spectacular.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
11 Jul 2012 7:42PM
Fuzzy Wuzzy is a moth?! brilliannt~
11 Jul 2012 7:59PM
Immaculate detail & clarity Ade Smile Superb
johnjo58 7 2 5 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 8:02PM
These are amazing Ade, you keep blowing me away with these amazing photos
11 Jul 2012 8:39PM
These are absolutely breathtaking Ade. Stunning! Lou
A cracking set ade. No.2 for me mate, the detail is just incredible!!
tomcat 12 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 9:26PM
My jaw dropped when I saw thisWink

There is stacking and there is stacking - you have certainly mastered the artTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongueTongue

Summat really special, will have to knock it off the top of my shortlistWink

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2012 10:27PM
The detail is superb this is among the best of the best Ade
8 10 10 England
11 Jul 2012 10:42PM
Such fine detail - I stand back in amazementWink
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
11 Jul 2012 11:02PM
Flipping marvellous. V 2 is a picture to knock you off your sock.s.
Ray42 9 3 England
12 Jul 2012 7:03AM
A top class set of macros of this lovely looking moth (I couldn't pronounce this sober let alone after a few snifters!!!) A good lesson in macro photography - congratulations on the 5 very well deserved UA's
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
12 Jul 2012 7:25AM
Amazing detail captured in these fine macro images.

CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:42AM
Such stunning detail
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
12 Jul 2012 7:37PM
One word.......stunning !
Tibetan 5 3 England
13 Jul 2012 4:27PM
Superb focus and detail love it not seen one myself, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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