Camouflage in Action: Buff-Tip Moth.
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|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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- [2005-09-15 16:25]
The resemblance is extraordinaire.
Very good shot Nigel. Lot of details. Good POV.
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!
- [2005-10-17 13:31]
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!
- [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