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Rhodostrophia vibicaria.

Rhodostrophia vibicaria.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Final Version, Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-10 6:25
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Beauty from the Sand Dunes -

Rhodostrophia vibicaria (Clerck, 1759)

Pink-Barred Inch Moth
Zdobik różopas
Piadica prútnatcová
Žlutokřídlec janovcový

Family: Geometridae / Sterrhinae

Wing span: 30 - 35 mm

Geometrids are a large family of small to medium sized moths, most of them night active, but a few of them active at day time as well. Some geometrids, in particular the day active ones, show distinctive markings and colours, such as the species shown.

Rhodostrophia vibicaria is distributed all over Europe, but not very common. It seems to be restricted to lower areas with dry grassland, and to be missing in the UK. In the southern parts of their distribution there may be two generations, and the moth can be seen from June to September. The species is day active, but from my observations it seems to be night active as well.

Caterpillars feed on Calluna vulgaris, Cytisus scoparius, Coronilla varia, Genista.


C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.bai.pl/

Remembering having sent a picture of that species taken in 2004 in one of my first postings months ago, I find that specimen looking fresher and with prettier markings than the one found this year, and I also prefer the natural background. Due to my insufficient experience with postwork at that time the image presented was terribly noisy, however. So I would rather repost a picture of the old specimen prepared with some better postwork than I did in my days as a beginner, and show the more recent image of the moth for reasons of comparison in workshop:


I take this opportunity to say thank you again to TN members that sent kind and helpful critiques to my old posting, in particular: Paulo (phlr) who told me the ID, and Nigel (Merlin) who showed me how to clean a noisy background.

The location:

Dry grassland on a place called “Sandberge”. Sand dunes formed during ice age have left an area unsuitable for any kind of agriculture. The barren hills covered with scrubs and dry grassland are a perfect retreat for plants and animals of unusual diversity, some of them rare and endangered species.

The camera:

Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560 x 1920 pixel, 51mm, F/3,5, 1/180 sec, ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 10.06.2004, 17:13.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped at the sides, sharpened, background selectively softened and cleaned, downsized to the web.

Hope you enjoy. Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-10 7:02]

Hi Peter

What a wonderfull animal in such natural and complementary conditions.
I love the contrast between its colors and the colors of the BG. Excellent POV, DOF and light, too. Great framing and composition.

Bravo and TFS

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-10 7:03]

Hallo Peter,
So einen Falter, habe ich noch nie gesehen. Ein herrliches Makro. Schoen, dass du ihn uns zeigst. Sehr gut fotografiert. Eine sehr schoene Aufnahme mit phantastischen Farben und toller Schaerfe ist dir da gelungen.
Danke ..Sky

Hello Peter, excllent colors, Bg, POv DOF perfect details, very crisp, graet work, TFS Kyle

Hi Peter,
Very good image of the beauty. Very symetricle. Colors are very cool. Good POV and DF.

What a beautiful moth you captured Peter! Love the colours, patterns and texture on the wings. pov, sharpness, details all are great! Thanks for the educative workshop also!

Hi Peter,
you have captured a lovely butterfly. The colours and texture are wonderful. It's slightly soft but thats a minor nit.
Good POV and very good DOF, the butterfly is well isolated from the BG. A great and informative note as usual.
Great work, my friend.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-10 14:10]

Una mejora interesante sobre la imagen original Peter.
Una bella polilla con un suave colorido y pelaje que destacan sobre el verde fondo que aunque no es uniforme, no entorpece la visión del insecto.
Es graciosa la imagen de la para que aparece arriba, de la cual parece estar aferrandose para no caer :)
Saludos... Ricardo

An interesting improvement on the original image Peter.
A beautiful moth with a soft coloring and coat that highlight on the green bottom that although it is not uniform, it doesn't hinder the vision of the insect.
It is amusing the image of the so that she appears up, of the which seems to be clinging for not falling :)
Greetings... Ricardo

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-10 17:00]

Hallo Peter,
schon wieder ein prächtiger Spanner in leuchtenden Farben. Sieht einmalig gut aus. Super.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-10 18:46]
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Wow, Peter. What a gorgeous and unusual butterfly.
Really interesting colors for a butterfly. : P
You caught it in an excellent POV, with very sharp details, perfect exposure and DOF.
Maybe she would like to meet my non-blue Blue Morpho. *grin*
TFS. : )

I have to say that this one has come out much better, good changes there abd good use of the repost option.

there is so much colour and detail in the moth and the BG is much better now.


Hallo Peter, wieder so ein Falter, den ich nur jenseits des Weißwurstäquators finden kann. Einen sehr schönen Spanner zeigst Du uns hier. Technisch wie immer eine hervorragende Presentation. Danke für das schöne Foto.

Just one word to say: WOW!
Great shot! Perfect composition and colours.
Nice background and POV. Thanks


hello Peter
I have never seen this butterfly,beautiful image, fine and detailed.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-12 8:20]

Hi Peter,
A beautiful butterfly with a very good lighting, texture and colors. Its calors are very smart.
Really butterflies are a luxury in Nature, especially coming from worms.
Best regards,
José M.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-17 7:59]

Hi Peter
Wonderful butterfly shot again. Great colours, sharpnes, details, light and POV. Also good note as usual.
Well done Peter


When 99th is Perfect what eill be first 100!?

Really nice !

Love the detaills and the colours
Thank you fore sharing with us

Greetz Kristy

Hi Peter,
Good close up.
Interesting ping butterfly :-)
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-08-21 13:51]

Hi Peter.
Your picture of the moth is superb. I like the reproduction of the colours and texture of the moth, perfect and expressive BG whose blurriness and colour palette are perfect. Well done and my best wishes.

Great soft pink colors on the butterfly's wings. Outstanding DOF achieved here due the dificulty of the shot between the grass.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards,


You are right Peter, it's really a beauty.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-09-03 13:46]

Hello Peter !
This moth is wonderful ! I love its beautiful pink color very much. You have excellent details and textures on your photo, as well as an awesome composition. Colors are also beautiful, I love the contrast between the pik moth and the green BG. Very well done !

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-03 15:36]

Hello Peter,
Very interesting mouth,i'd never seen it before.Well caught,framed and composed.

Some of these moths and butterflies you find could be true inspiration for a fashion designer witha such patterns.

Hi Peter,
Beautiful moth mf..
Excellent sharpness, detail, DOF, color and light :)
Nicely done!

hi peter
vous avez une remarquable galerie de papillons,j'aime bien celui-ci avec la ligne rouge qui passe d'une ailes a l'autre.

Hello Peter: you are very thorough in your approach, pp work and especially informative notes. I am very impressed by the understated beauty of this moth, soft markings on velvety wings. I could see this in my mind as a sumi painting on mulberry paper. Absulutely stunning image, as are all your macro shots. Very admirable.
Your friend

What a beautiful moth you captured Peter! Love the colours, patterns and texture on the wings.


Hello Peter!
You have a really nice collection of goog quality photos but this one paid my attention for a longer time ;)
I like the original colours of this geometrid moth. I have to say, that I did not expected such Lepidoptera species in Europe. But it seems that everything is possible ;)
The composition and POV is very nice, also I like the contrast beetles month and BG.
Best regards,

Hallo Peter
This is a lovely photograph of this colourful butterfly. Nice wing colour, especially the ice-cream pink. This is a super shot, with fantastic sharpness and a great combination of colours. Photo is well framed and the presentation is splendid and in a fine manner. Thanks for sharing this special soft on the eye photo.
Kind regards

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