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Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria)

By teocali
With a wingspan 40 to 50 mm, the Swallow-tailed Moth (Ourapteryx sambucaria) is spectacular species and one of our largest Geometrids. The wings are pale yellow marked with darker lines. It can be found in woodland, scrub, hedgerows, parks and gardens. Being strictly nocturnal and having quite a short emergence period throughout July, it is not often encountered by the non-enthusiast. The larvae feed on a number of trees and shrubs, but prefer ivy. It is reasonably common in Britain, except for northern Scotland where it is local or absent.
This is a full frame capture.

Many thanks for your kind support of my last upload, with a special thank you to Mike (mikesmith) for his User Award - really appreciated and highly valued Smile

Tags: Full frame Moth Insect Close-up and macro Britain Nocturnal Common Ourapteryx sambucaria Swallow-tailed Moth Geometrid

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Chinga Plus
5 3 1 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 12:27PM
BEAUTIFUL... What a great find! Grin

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KarenFB Plus
10 4.7k 167 England
14 Jun 2014 12:28PM
Gorgeous colours and details on this pristine specimen! Well caught!
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 2:42PM
Lovely shot, Sylvia.
tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 6:06PM
A peach of a shot Sylvia

Just caught up with your last uploads
Top drawer stuff indeed

pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
14 Jun 2014 8:12PM
Not seen many butterflies or moths yet this year but this one is outstanding
ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
15 Jun 2014 1:03AM
Wow.....impressive photography
Greyheron 14 282 7 England
15 Jun 2014 1:25PM
Delightful little creatures - glad this one escaped your little 'friends' Wink

Fine viewing Sylvia…

johnjo58 6 2 5 United Kingdom
15 Jun 2014 6:04PM
A beautiful subtle toned image Sylvia

Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
15 Jun 2014 6:56PM
What a splendid specimen Sylvia, it's good to see you trying your hand at macros
19 Jun 2014 8:03PM
A beautiful Moth and a beautiful detailed capture, Sylvia!. Fantastic macro!!!Smile

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