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ID Request - Erastria decrepitaria - male

ID Request - Erastria decrepitaria - Male
Camp Wood, Edwards County, Texas, USA
July 27, 2012
Size: apx. 33mm WT/WT
Erastria decryptaria Hodges # 6702 Q

I tried to upload my spreadwing pictures, but they were too large for Bug Guide to take. This is the first time I have run into this problem. I could e-mail a picture if there is any interest in this posting.

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ID Request - Erastria decrepitaria - male ID Request - Erastria decrepitaria - male

Moved from Moths.

Seeing a few this week in Medina. Nice male.
Thanks, Ann!

Maury, Thanks for the ID.

Thanks for the ID. I have only seen this one and it was a beauty to me.


Moved from ID Request.

Photo size
BugGuide only shows most people the 560 x 560 view. Only the editors and you can see the large version.
First take your image and crop it to "just the bug", then if it is still over 2M resize it down towards 560 on the long side. Always start by cropping all images close to "just the bug".

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Many thanks, John. I did as you said and I think I can post one now - not as clear as I would like but maybe acceptabe for identification purposes. I thought it was my camera setting. For a while I tried to improve my resolution by upping the file size.

To get the best image it is probably best to set your camera to take the largest file possible. Don't use digital zoom or digital macro. Take the full-size image off the camera, then using photo editing software crop it, then resize smaller if needed. You don't need to buy something like PhotoShop just to crop a picture, there are many other photo editing programs available for free.
Google's Picasa is free and can edit photos.
For quick edits (like cropping) I use irfanview, it is also free and crops just fine.
I have never used GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program, but I believe that it is popular and free.

For this site please crop images close to "just the bug".

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Thanks again, John. I am not sure you aren't over my head, but I will try experimenting next time I get to photograph moths. I have Picasa but have used Microsoft's Digital Imaging more, so I don't want to confuse myself. I will look up irfanview.

I really don't know WHAT I use! I use my auto setting that allows me to set my flash level, and flash on every picture. I do not zoom, but let it beep when it has focused itself. Will get my manual out and read some more.

You are so kind to try to help me. So far, all my troubles seem to be with the photographer, not the camera!

My camera
is just a point-and-shoot in auto mode! The only thing I do is put it into macro mode (not digital macro) which on most cameras is "The Flower" icon.

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Thank you again, John.

I have been thinking about what I do and I may be trying to get too close to the subject which, I think, puts it in Macro automatically. I have been disappointed with the clarity of my shots vis a vie others I see posted, so I will definitely try your method.

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