Which butterfly is this ?

Discussion in 'Nature' started by mauve, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
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    I'm not really fond of nature, and macro is definitively not my cuppa', but this specimen caught my eye ; I guess it's a bombyx of sort, but it really looks like a hanging dead leaf (to the point I thought that's what it was until I bent myself to see closer).

    Any help appreciated (I know the picture isn't good by any standard, I know I should have gone the full monty, with tripod and extender, but really, as I said, beetles and macro don't make me tick from a photographic point of view).

  2. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
    Very probably Mimas tiliae, known as the Lime Hawk-moth.

    Nice find, what a pity you didn't want to make a really good pic of this !

    BTW, did you see how much this moth resembles to an Avro Vulcan strategic bomber ?

    have a nice evening,
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    I can confirm the identification made by Rafael, it is indeed a Lime Hawkmoth.

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  4. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    Thank you both for the prompt answer, so I've learned the french name is "Sphynx du Tilleul".

    Sorry for the shot quality, but I didn't had anything besides my OM 50 mm, and the outside temperature being over 30°C today, I wasn't enthralled at the perspective of running back and forth from home to pick up more stuff to carry. Next time, maybe.