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Camouflage in Action: Buff-Tip Moth.

Camouflage in Action: Buff-Tip Moth.
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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
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Moths, Camouflage [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-15 11:33
Viewed: 5401
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Buff-tip (Phalera bucephala) bears a remarkable resemblance to a broken twig of silver birch. The head looks like a roughly snapped end, the wingtip a cleanly cut twig. Notice how even the lenticels of the bark are mimiced in the scales of the moth's wings.

The species is widespread in Britain, and quite common, particularly in the south.

The yellow-and-black caterpillars live gregariously and feed on a number of different deciduous trees, sometimes defoliating entire branches.

If disturbed, the moth falls to the ground, wings and legs tightly rolled into a cylindrical shape, looking even more like a piece of twig!

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2005-09-15 16:25]

The resemblance is extraordinaire.
Very good shot Nigel. Lot of details. Good POV.
Thank you.

Hi Nigel, your moth is a beauty! Your note about the behavior of this moth is very interesting. To me, the white spots in the background are a bit distracting so I did a workshop to see what the picture would look like with a few adjustments. There's nothing wrong with the picture that a little post processing wouldn't cure, and it's all a matter of personal taste anyway. I like your photo and I hope you find the WS helpful. TFS!

Incroyable ce camouflage, on dirait vraiment le prolongement de l'arbre. Les détails sont un peu flous et le ws vient corriger tout ça. Belle prise!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-25 4:08]

What a beautiful and interesting moth. She has a good camouflage with tree. Sharpness is a bit soft... Good note.
Congratulations Nigel and thanks for sharing.

Dear Nigel, a beautiful moth which must have given you head ache - due to the perfect camouflage - to get exposure and focus right, and therefore the details of the moth are a bit fuzzy/ slightly out of focus

Like all your work the notes are very interesting, and I add your photo to my theme "Camouflage"

Thanks for sharing
Warm greetings

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