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Grey Dagger

Grey Dagger
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-19 2:21
Viewed: 4051
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Acronicta psi

Dutch name: Psi-uil
French name: Acronycte ?

The Grey Dagger is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is destributed throughout Europe.

This species has grey forewings with bold black dagger-shaped markings. The hindwings are dirty grey, generally paler in the male. The wingspan is 34-45 mm. This moth is very similar to the Dark Dagger (Acronicta tridens) and identification is generally only possible by minute examination of genitalia. However, in general this moth is generally darker in colour than the Dark Dagger and always lacks the white hindwings often present in the male of that species. The larvae of the two species are very different. The Grey Dagger flies at night from April to September. (source wikipedia)

I have already published a picture of the caterpillar of this species here.

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Hi Marie,

Good exposure and Dof to show this moth which looks as if it can camoflage itself pretty well.



Hello Marie. I like the capture with fine sharp detail. The choice of tall frame is very good. Well shared and best regards. Jusni

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-08-19 6:44]

Hi Marie,
Great shot of this Grey Dagger moth with very impressive sharpness and clear details. It looks nicely camouflaged. Superb handling of lighting and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely composed too. Thanks for sharing.

This looks well textured and fine.. you can almost feel it... the way it blends in is impressive. Fine composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-19 9:31]

Salut Marie,tu as eu des beau yeux pour la voir,elle est bien camouflee'! Tres belle qualite' et excellent point de vue,jamais vue comme ca,mes compliments et bonne soiree',Luciano

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-08-19 10:04]

Hello Mariki, wonderful picture of a moth. Good details and nice POV. TFS.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-19 11:29]

Hi Marie. The colours make it blend in well to the BG. you have captured good detail in the wings . we can see the markings so well. with very natural colours.well done TFS.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-08-19 16:40]

Hola Marie.- You set the camera in the proper adjustments to get this photo. Very sharp and good light. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-08-20 0:22]

Bonjour Marie-Christine,
C'est ce qu'on appelle un parfait camouflage! Et malgré sa grandeur relative, difficile de voir ce papillon de nuit. J'ai vu que tu avais des problèmes avec internet et TN. Je te dirai que c'est la même chose chez nous. Et souvent cela ne concerne que TN, internet étant normalement accessible.
Une belle journée encore, ici il fait gris ,-(

Hi Mariki,

Nice close-up, shows good detail and also shows how it blends in with the background for protection.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-21 7:18]

Hello Mariki,
A fine capture of a Grey Dagger moth. You show the features sharply with good detail from a fine POV. You are right to mention the caterpillar as the best way to differentiate these confusing Acronicta species, otherwise one has to dissect the genitalia!
TFS this fine image,

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