Close encounter with a Privet Hawkmoth

grebeman

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Last nights moth trap catch was a little poor, probably as a result of a cool night, however I did have one Privet Hawkmoth, one of the UK's larger moth species.

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This will give some idea of the size of the beast, resting rather quietly on my first finger. Panasonic G1 with 45mm, f/2.8 Leica DG Macro-Elmarit

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Here adopting a threat posture showing its coloured hind wings and abdomen. Panasonic G1 with 105mm, f/2.8 Sigma DG Macro

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Detail of the head. Panasonic G1 with 45mm, f/2.8 Leica DG Macro-Elmarit

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Closer in showing the compound eye. Panasonic G1 with 55mm f/2.8 Micro-Nikkor and extension tubes.

Barrie
 

Lili

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Oct 17, 2010
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Ooooh pretty!
Hawk moths are some of the fastest flying insects and some even raise their internal temperature well above ambient through muscle exertion.
 

BBW

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Jul 7, 2010
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Beautiful "threat posture" colors! These are such fantastic close ups, Barrie. I always enjoy seeing what you've taken photographs of, as well as learning about the subjects.:th_salute:
 

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