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Magpie Moth

Magpie Moth
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Copyright: Vicky Adams (Vicky) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 94] (468)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Fujinon 6x zoom
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Devon and Cornwall visit 2005
Theme(s): Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-31 7:07
Viewed: 3717
Points: 6
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I spotted this Magpie Moth in the garden of our holiday cottage. At first I thought it was a butterfly, but it somehow seemed the wrong shape and it was very, very docile and let me take loads of pics before it flew off. The conditions, as you can probably see, were extremely windy. You can see the anntenae being blown backwards. He reminded me of a "wing walker", those daredevil people who strap themselves to the wings of aeroplanes. Looks like he's got goggles on and his expression gives away his battle against the elements!

Anyway, Magpie Moths Abraxas grossulariata have a variable black and white pattern with a yellowish-orange line across the middle of the forewing and near the head. It is found throughout Britain, except in the far North.

It is poisonous and, if trapped in a spiders web, the spider will take no more than one bite!

The caterpillar is a looper, with black spots on a white/light green body with reddish sides, conspicuously coloured to warn off predators.

The adults drink nectar from flowers and the caterpillars eat blackthorn, hawthorn, currant and gooseberry bushes.

It can be seen from June to August.

It's habitat is woods, gardens and hedges.

It is slightly noisy (I think) but not quite enough to distract (I hope). I'm still learning NeatImage!

Thanks for stopping by.

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To carper: Right, of courseVicky 1 08-31 11:17
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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-08-31 10:30]
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as the owner and user of the 7000 I had to critique this photo. I know what the 7000 can do, it can do better then this. In the super macro position, with a higher F stop, with this light. I think this could be done much better. Not that it is bad, no absolutely not. But it can be done much better I think. Now it is a little oversharped, there is nois in the dof that you can remove easy with Neat image.
anyway with the good note it is enough for tn, good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-31 11:09]

Hello Vicky!
Very nice capture and I liked it a lot.I'm agree with Jaap,maybe it could be better;)TFS...:-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-12-01 6:44]

Nice shot of this moth!
I nver saw it.
Good colors.
A bit over exposed.
Very good notes too!

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