Red rescue

As I continue my trawl through an old hard drive I found this. Never touched before. After a couple of years in the darkest recess of my somewhat generously called filing system, I decided I’d give it an airing.

Red Leaves

You can see the creative streak in me oozing out as I captioned this “Red Leaves”.  It does have a vaguely dramatic feel to the lighting though. It must have been my day for inspiration. Never again, I promise.

Do you like it?

 

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Kunugia divaricata

Now of course you all know that this is a Lasiocampidae moth. The larvae are out and about in Sai Kung at present. Here are three images of this attractive chap from my morning outing.

Kunugia divaricata

Note that the ‘business end’ is at the bottom of this picture.

And here it is waving its head at me as it sprints across and up the tree trunk.

Kunugia divaricata

And a close up of the scary end:

Kunugia divaricata

I don’t know whether the hairs on the caterpillar are major irritants but my guess is that it is better not to experiment.

This butterfly on the other hand is perfectly harmless and rather easy on the eye

Discophora sondaica

Judging by its latin name I guess you could catch Saturday Night Fever from it.

And finally, a plant. No idea what it is but perhaps a botanist out there will help me.

That’s all folks.

 

From the moth archive

I tend to think that all my old photos were rubbish. Possibly this is because I am aware that I have learned a lot in recent months thanks to some great feedback and guidance from others. I have also had more time to invest in my hobby. However it is evident that occasionally I did take shots I still like today. However my ability to process half decently has risen so I can hopefully produce a nicer finish to an image than I could when this one was originally shot in August 2008. See what you think of this rather gaudy diurnal lep.

 

Episteme lectrix

 

Ok, it is not going to win any prizes but I find the colours have a good impact against the green background and the plants are quite attractive in their own right. Note to self – must go back to the same location again this year!