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Tulip-tree Beauty Moth - Epimecis hortaria   - Epimecis hortaria - male

Tulip-tree Beauty Moth - Epimecis hortaria - Epimecis hortaria - Male
Fort Washington , Prince George’s County, Maryland, USA
August 11, 2009
Size: 3x2 inches
OK… IDing these guys isn’t getting easier. This is a fairly large moth, the wings are completely spread open, and the hind-wings are pointy. From the silhouette it seems to be Geometrid Silhouette 2. Where do I go from here? The closest match is a granite moth but the wing pattern on my moth seems linear and not splotchy.
I have a few more questions. I notice most people sign their pics, is that really necessary or desirable? Many of my pics are full frame, so they are naturally a 4x6 format. To make them square, I have to add negative space to the short side… is that what you want me to do? I welcome any suggestions that will make my moth pics more useful to the guide.

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Tulip-tree Beauty Moth - Epimecis hortaria   - Epimecis hortaria - male Tulip-tree Beauty Moth - Epimecis hortaria   - Epimecis hortaria - male

Moved from ID Request.

please don't add borders at BugGuide. Notice every image submission form requests "For consistency, please do not include any borders or other decorations around your image."
Yes, MPG uses square formated images, but when posting on BugGuide please follow BugGuide standards. And I take it that this is not what Bob had in mind when he requested square "cropping", not filled out to a fake square format (that could have done by anyone with the rectangle image).

I think yours is a male, given the feathery antenna, someone correct me if I'm wrong

6599 - Epimecis hortaria - Tulip-tree Beauty Moth
One of our largest Geometrid moths.

Thanks for asking about signing and full-frame. Please don't take my admittedly passionate opinion personally. I abhor both. Signatures or watermarks ruin photographs. I am willing to bet that not 1:10,000 photos posted at BugGuide (or MPG) has ever been used wrongly. Copyright notice is given with all photos at both places.

Full-frame photos limit options for tasteful use. Unless you are specializing in 11x14 or larger prints you will probably never use more than half frame. It is difficult for me to conceive of uses for typical moth photos that exceed the maximum 560x560 for display here. No book publisher would need photos even that large.

Square photos are not needed/required at BugGuide. Yet the best moth photographers adopt 560x560 as standard, or 560x420 (4:3) for moths with wings spread open. They do this only to collaborate with MPG. It is a very workable system.

Thanks for bearing with me. I love your photos.

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