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Which butterfly is this ?

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

  1. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 9, 2010
    Paris, France
    <table style="width:auto;"><tr><td><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/fAbnSe-X8beGn8zW23tptw?feat=embedwebsite"> bombyx. "800" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">De <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/manuel.viet0/OLYMPUSEP1?feat=embedwebsite">OLYMPUS E-P1</a></td></tr></table>

    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).

    Cheers,
     
  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,
    Rafael
     
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  3. grebeman

    grebeman Mu-43 All-Pro

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

    Barrie
     
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  4. mauve

    mauve Mu-43 Top Veteran

    892
    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.

    Cheers,