Black Arches Lymantria monacha Male at Rest

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A relative of the Gypsy Moth, this is a woodland species in southern Britain, flying in July and August. It is nocturnal.

I saw this male yesterday. It was on the trunk of a mature Oak tree. I could see it from several paces away, such that any attempt for it to blend in was a failure.

This was a male, the feathered antennae folded down beside the thorax. The males vary in the amount of black markings and can be entirely black.

It was a dull day and the moth was in the shade of the tree.

Olympus EM-1, (aperture priority), Olympus 4/3 50mm f2 macro, 1/30 at f10 ISO 1600, hand-held.

The stereos are crosseye.

Harold

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