David Hodson

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Owl butterfly (Caligo martia )

Owl butterfly (Caligo martia )
A butterfly from Central and South America.

Simone Maurel, David Amiltemps, beverleyplaya, Jan Klimczak and 8 other people have particularly liked this photo


31 comments - The latest ones
Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry
Nice macro. That's the one I found overwintering in our garage some 10-15 years ago. An escapee from a butterfly collection I guess.
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Roy Lowry
Thank you Roy. It must have been an escapee, it would have been impossible to breed in the wild, but a startling and wonderful find. Did it survive the Winter. I do not know the life span of this Butterfly, but I do know that it is a very slow flyer and seldom flies more than a few metres at a time. It also is one of the butterflies that usually do not become active until dusk and I am guessing that it would not be tolerant of our night time temperatures.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry has replied to David Hodson
I'm afraid I honestly can't remember its fate. I just remember photographing it around November. Can't recall if I saw it again. There is a possible local source.
2 years ago.
Paolo Tanino
Paolo Tanino
super macro view !
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Paolo Tanino
Thank you Paolo
2 years ago.
yokopakumayoko Francesco
yokopakumayoko Franc…
Magnificent!
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to yokopakumayoko Franc…
Thank you Yokopakumayoko.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful macro.
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Thank you Jaap
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Gorgeous creature !

Admired in ~ Butterflies ƸӜƷ Moths ƸӜƷ Caterpillars ~~~o
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Pam J
Thank you Pam.
2 years ago.
Maria W.
Maria W.
Mirakla papilio!!! Super foto!!! )))
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Maria W.
Thank you Maria, he/she is very beautiful.
2 years ago.
Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland
Fantastic shot.
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Don Sutherland
Thank you Don. I was pleased with the image.
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Don Sutherland
Thank you Don.
2 years ago.
beverleyplaya
beverleyplaya
I've never seen one of these before,
they frighten me sadly and yet I know
they are fragile and beautiful creatures,
I just had to look closer from the safety
of my pc ;-) ... wonderful markings indeed !
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to beverleyplaya
It is a shame that they Frighten you Bev, but at least you can admire there beauty on the computer, don't worry they are harmless in the flesh and totally harmless on your monitor. Continue to admire from a distance. :)
2 years ago.
beverleyplaya has replied to David Hodson
agreed it is indeed ... but a long standing fear of mine,
have even been to a butterfly farm with a flickr friend to try
to overcome the fear ... I even took some macro shots,
how ... don't as k me ;-) but the fear remains ... I even
saved one from a spiders web, it's wing was caught ...
I could not let it struggle .. their life is so short .. I managed
to help it and it flew away ... after a rest ;-) but the fear
remains ... looking at them on the screen is worrying
for me ... but I love the detail of their colours and want
to look ... it can be difficult ;-) it is irrational I know ...
crazy ... ;-)
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to beverleyplaya
If you you have the ability to zoom in on a photo, why not try to zoom in to a a nice part of the creature, eg. The wing. Then if that is ok, slowly zoom out and find at what point the image becomes worrying. This may help to see the creature in a different way. Just a thought :)
2 years ago.
Diane Putnam has replied to beverleyplaya
Bev, see my comment below!
2 years ago.
beverleyplaya has replied to David Hodson
I did indeed summon up courage to zoom in ... and managed to take
some pictures ... but the fear returns ... I love to see them, the colours
and I know this is irrational ... I have no control over it ... I have overcome
my fear of spiders that I think most of us at some point in our lives,
we may experience ... and just about every other creature (other than
ourselves and others ;-))) but butterflies and yes indeed moths ...
no ... this fear is embedded from a young age inherited from Mum ...
and it won't go away ... even helping one escape as I mentioned,
did not ease the anguish ... I am a lost cause ;-)
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to beverleyplaya
I am sorry Bev, it must be awful for you,but at least you can appreciate the colours and intricacy of these insects. All I can say is that they will not harm you, so sit still and they will go away.
2 years ago.
Simone Maurel
Simone Maurel
so beautiful
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Simone Maurel
Thank you Simone.
2 years ago.
Nora Caracci VERY BUSY
Nora Caracci VERY BU…
nice and interesting, very well done !
P'TITES BEBÊTES EN MACRO.
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Nora Caracci VERY BU…
Thank you Nora.
2 years ago.
Diane Putnam
Diane Putnam
Bev is not alone. I have a moth phobia, though it's not nearly as intense as it was. It's my only unreasonable fear. I can barely admire them in two dimensions. It's gone from hair-on-end, cold sweats, screaming and running in decades past to my current, controlled anxiety while staying in the room and waving my arms around. If it doesn't disappear on its own, I smash it with a newspaper.

I am not fond of butterflies, either, but at least they stay outside! Oh - my cat brought a bat inside two weeks ago - dead, thank God! You should have seen me...
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2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
beverleyplaya has replied to Diane Putnam
my fear extends to moths also ... "flutter" and I'm in a state of fear ...
I have tried and tried and tried ... but inherited from my fear from Mum,
who would say ... come away quickly there is a moth Bev ... she instilled
her fear in me ... this was at the age of around 4 as I remember ... well
it stays with you ... how many Mothers have this phobia about cats
climbing into pushchairs ? the cats do not want to harm the child
they are just looking for somewhere to curl up warm and go to sleep ;-)
they pass that fear on ;-) ... I am sorry you also suffer from this ... a large
moth I will run a mile from .. a small one .. those that eat clothes ...
they get whacked ;-) .... I have no hesitation in doing this .. and yet
always after each one ... I feel a sense of guilt ... it's a life !!!
2 years ago.
David Hodson has replied to Diane Putnam
A cat catching a bat, (Parody to Dr Seuss) cool trick. Now my dear lay back on the couch and tell me about your Mother.
Seriously all these problems stem from some event, or thought. I, for example hate beetroot. Not because I do not like the taste, or the colour, but because I have a memory from school of a girl eating her lunch (Salad with beetroot's) and she could not stop talking while eating. Mash potato and beet makes a horrible pink mush. I also have a problem with people eating with there mouths open. Not quite a screaming event, but it does make me feel physically sick.
2 years ago.