Death's Head Hawk Moth and mask

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    Ask any lepidopterist what their dream moth find would be and a significant proportion would say the Death's head Hawkmoth, It is a rare migrant, and with a wing span of 12 cm it is one of the biggest moths in the UK. But most of all, it has the most sinister of patterns on its thorax just below its neck, which resembles a human skull, complete with eye sockets!! A friend of mine found a large caterpillar last Autumn and gave it to a friend with an interest in natural history. It emerged a few days ago into the beauty you see above. She was released into the wild that evening, but not before I took some photos. I can't tell you how exciting I found the entire experience :0)

    Ralph J Clark, Mark willden, sureba67, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. WanaM3 18 months ago | reply

      Nothing quite like a well executed macro shot and both of the these are exceptionally well executed!! Nothing quite like putting this little critter under the microscope and taking a closer look!! Stunning clarity on each and every tiny scale of fleck that makes up to soft wings and body!! I'm betting that this beauty carried a few taboos with it in ancient times!! I like the scene with the close-up of the mask but it's the overall side view that really sparkles even though the mask is not visible!! Some lovely earthy tones woven into those gray colors covering the body!! So very unique!!

    2. captured views 18 months ago | reply

      very thrilling backstory!!! the detailed patterning, colors and light create a masterful macro!!

    3. Bob the Birdman and All Around Nature Guy 18 months ago | reply

      Beautiful moth and stunning patterning here James!!! I would love to see one of these myself. Your detail here is exceptional, a stunning macro indeed!!! :D

    4. alan fear 18 months ago | reply

      Nice fine detail, James...well done :)...wonderful capture! :)

    5. Astral Will 18 months ago | reply

      How cool! Congrats on the spotting!

    6. Christiane Z 18 months ago | reply

      Yes, how interesting and exciting !
      Excellent macros indeed.

      Put some "good luck" on my page for everybody today.
      Please, read below the photyograph.
      Have a nice day, James.

    7. Kevin HARWIN 18 months ago | reply

      Fantastic set of images. Stunning details, well done.

    8. T i s d a l e 18 months ago | reply

      Sensational Macro James. Outstanding details.

    9. Jon Cormorant 18 months ago | reply

      Great find and presentation James, glad to see you posting again!

    10. jaybeepea 18 months ago | reply

      Fabulous macro James. Superb detail.

    11. Abdulkader Imam 18 months ago | reply

      Superb detailed macro.

    12. Don Delaney 18 months ago | reply

      Great find and shots James!

    13. photocheck2 18 months ago | reply

      Superb captures, James! Marvellous colour and detail!

    14. ImagesByLin 18 months ago | reply

      Gosh, I've missed your superb macros!! A real beauty!!!

    15. Jan Nagalski (catching up) 18 months ago | reply

      This is amazing.
      Great macro of this "big boy"!!

    16. Colin Rigney 18 months ago | reply

      wonderful image

    17. Hettie Naude.OFF. 17 months ago | reply

      Amazing fantastic brilliant brilliant James !!!!!!

    18. Christiane Z 16 months ago | reply

      Sure a very interesting experience, James.
      Very beautiful picture here !

    19. Kai-Ming :-)) 10 months ago | reply

      awesome detailed capture !
      fave !

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