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Old Jul 16, 2003, 2:10 PM   #1
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Here's one I'm really pleased with. I think they are some kind of butterfly. Hope you like it as much as me!

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Old Jul 16, 2003, 2:33 PM   #2
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That's a great shot Martin. Nice contrast!
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Old Jul 16, 2003, 6:07 PM   #3
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What an interesting subject! (^J^).

Martin, they look like moths. Butterflys keep their wings upright at rest, while moths flatten their wings while resting - however, those guys certainly aren't resting.
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Old Jul 17, 2003, 10:52 AM   #4
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I think they're either 5 or 6-Spot Burnets. 5-Spots prefer damper teritory.
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Old Jul 17, 2003, 11:09 AM   #5
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Just did a quite search. Good call Checklg, they are Spotted Burnet moths.
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Old Jul 17, 2003, 1:27 PM   #6
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JanetKP,

Could you possibly do a search on this or point me in the right direction ? It's not a great shot, but probably enough for an ID.

http://www.pbase.com/image/19058168

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Graham.

p.s. For some more Burnet Moths have a look at -

http://www.pbase.com/image/19200819

and

http://www.pbase.com/image/18977952
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Old Jul 17, 2003, 3:13 PM   #7
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Checklg. I've found it. Your yellow moth is ....

Yellow Shell Camptogramma bilineata
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Wingspan 20-25 mm.

A very variable species, with examples ranging from bright yellow through to dark brown, and also variable in size. Four different subspecies occur, with the smaller and darker ones frequenting rocky places in northern Scotland and Ireland.

It is quite common throughout Britain, occupying a range of habitats, but with a preference for damper areas.

It has one generation, flying from June through to August, and the larvae feed on a variety of low-growing plants, including chickweed (Stellaria media) and sorrel (Rumex).


So now we know. (^J^)
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Glad you now know what it is ...BUT, do you like the photograph?!

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Old Jul 17, 2003, 3:24 PM   #9
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So sorry, I got so carried away researching what it was, I completely forgot to comment.

It is a good shot, and I'm guessing you shot the moth in macro mode. The moth is a little out of focus. I know how difficult it is to keep the foremost of our subjects in sharp focus when shooting in macro and other items are very close.

I have that problem shooting flowers in macro. So often, the stem is in perfect focus, and the flower not quite so.
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Old Jul 17, 2003, 3:35 PM   #10
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Thanks Janet!
Yes the moth on the right is not as sharp as I would like. I shot it at f5.6, I thought that would be enough to get both nice and sharp? Considering the moth on the left IS sharp I can't think that it is an AF problem. I probably should have shot it at f8 and then blurred the background in Photoshop?

Maybe someone more technically minded could suggest how in the future we could get better focus on sujects like these?

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