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Pink and Gold

Pink and Gold
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/124 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-03 12:42
Viewed: 3577
Points: 26
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Small Elephant Hawkmoth Deilephila porcellus (Wingspan 40-45 mm).

Hopefully a nice comparison with my posting of the larger Elephant Hawkmoth yesterday.

Smaller but even more brightly-coloured than its cousin the Elephant Hawk-moth (D. elpenor), it is however more locally distributed in the UK, where it prefers districts with chalk or limestone geology and dry grassy localities. Although its coloration is very obvious against an artificial background, amongst low vegetation, where it rests by day, it breaks up the outline of the moth very well. At dusk it takes flight in search of flowers such as Valeriana, Iris, Salvia, Echium, Silene and, especially, Rhododendron, ceasing to feed 2-3 hours later. After midnight, the species is once again active, but this time in search of a mate.

The larvae, which are similar to those of elpenor, feed mostly on bedstraw Galium, mainly Galium verum in my area.

Another freshly emerged captive bred specimen from 2006 on the day of its release at a newly created local limestone grassland nature reserve.

Once again, a simple, centred composition - nothing arty, just a considered document of this beautiful little hawkmoth.

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To boreocypriensis: Thanks for the courtesy :)Merlin 1 10-31 09:31
To wishnugaruda: Big Elephant, Little Elephant!Merlin 1 05-03 15:10
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Hi Niegel,
Very good capture of this butterfly!
It seems like if it were tinted or airbrushed with that pink tone.
And very contrasting with the white parts.
Excellent exposure and a very effective upper POV to show this colurful insect.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Nigel,
again that impressive moth, the colours are so brilliant - a perfect shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-05-03 16:07]

Hello Nigel, what a wonderful shot, I really like the vibrant collors of this moth, you have a beauty here..well done..

  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2007-05-03 17:28]

Hi Nigel,

now with the same species (same with mine) but in day time.
nice POV of this moth.

now i'm taking photo at the light on my balcony :)


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-04 0:26]

Another gorgeous moth, Nigel.
The colors and markings are exquisite.
Incredibly sharp details.
The light from your flash brings out the beauty without being too harsh.
How do you do that?
A lovely specimen.
TFS. : )

Damn. this is amazing. beautiful colors

Hi Nigel,
Corking picture of this moth. Shows all relevant detail and very sharp.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-05-04 5:19]

Hello Nigel,
Wonderful Hawkmoth close up.I liked POV,vivid colors,details and composition a lot.TFS

bonjour nigel
avec de tel couleurs ce papillon ne doit pas passer inaperçu et pourtant je ne me souvient pas en avoir deja vu en vrai!
superbe couleurs,le POV est egalement bon.

Hi Nigel,
nothing "arty" as you say, but a very pleasant, well detailed, well reported document of one of the prettiest hawkmoths, sitting in dense vegetation that provides an equally pleasant rich background, and demonstrates the good camouflage of the seemingly conspicuous colours and markings.
Also here a lovely fresh specimen that emerged quite early in the year. In front of my home in Vienna I was lucky to find such a hawkmoth resting on the ground under a spotlight around midnight, that was after a very hot day by the end of June this year. I may post an image of that encounter soon.
My congratulations for the successfully breeding, and for this clear image.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-02-16 17:29]

What an excellent photo. Great colours, extremely sharp and detailed. Your insect shots are truly a work of art. TFS

Very well done!I love the POV and the colours!Very sharp!
Good shot!Thanks for critiqueing my shot!

Hola Nigel,
Muchas gracias por tu rápida y efectiva ayuda en la id de mi mariposa. No tengo perdón :-( al
ser una de las típicas mariposas de mi Península Ibérica !! Es laprimera vez que la veia y es impresionante por su tamaño y colorido.
Tu toma excelente, con unos tonos y texturas muy bien captados.
Un abrazo: J.Ignasi

Hi Nigel, perfectly focused and composed shot of this Elephant Hawkmoth from a dorsal POV with wonderful colours.
TFS this fine image and have a nice weekend!

Ps. On my butterly shot, we discuss the taxonomic status with Ivan and we share that same id approx. 3 days ago. I will also upload a P. icarus in a short time from Cyprus.

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