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Lunar hornet moth

BigTom

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I was cutting up an old willow stump last week for use in the aquarium, and found a bunch of bore-holes and a larval casing. And today I found what made them - a pair of quite spectacular lunar hornet moths (Sesia bembeciformis), I think.

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Pretty good mimicry, huh.
 

Lindy

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Beautiful moths. I found a Burnished Brass on a dock plant last weekend, first time I've seen one and very pretty with its tufts and dark green metalic sheen...
 

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Definitely superb photography and what a great find:) and also a great example of Batesian mimicry...if I'm not mistaken...probably am, it's been a while:p
 

Wallace

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There was one of these in my front garden on Saturday, I saw it in all it's yellow and black stripey glory and ran like **** in the opposite direction. It was still in he same place about 5 hours later so I got a little brave and had a closer look, then I felt even braver so I came in to google it lol


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Iain Sutherland

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Learn something new everyday on here... Next time won't run like a girl! If it turns out to be an angry hornet I will entirely blame you.
Great pics Tom, thanks.
I must by a proper macro soon, trying to hold the lens the opposite was round is trying at best :p


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BigTom

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Learn something new everyday on here... Next time won't run like a girl! If it turns out to be an angry hornet I will entirely blame you.
Great pics Tom, thanks.
I must by a proper macro soon, trying to hold the lens the opposite was round is trying at best :p


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Haha yeah I remember the frustrations of the old reversed lens malarkey. These were just taken with the kit lens on my E-M5, the semi macro mode is surprisingly useful.
 
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