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Acrobatic moths

Acrobatic moths
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Copyright: Jeroen Gerdes (Belgerdy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 6 N: 877] (7664)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKKOR 200-400mm 1:4G AF-S VR
Exposure: f/16, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-27 8:02
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Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
One thing I never expected to find, and in fact at first it seemed like a dead leaf, was this couple of mating Sphingidae moths. I only saw them because I was having lunch and something wasn't quite right in the movementin the wind.

I have no clue on the exact species, hope someone can help. -> Thanx to merlin: Smerinthus ocellatus


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To siggi: thxBelgerdy 1 05-28 12:50
To Merlin: thxBelgerdy 1 05-28 12:34
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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-05-27 8:26]

Hello Jeroen
Nice capture with great scene, clear bg and sharp details

Hi Jeroen,
Fantastic capture showing these two moths procreating. I love their cryptic coloration as it appears to look very much like dead leafs that would be very difficult to spot for most. Well done on the exposure and interest choice on lens selection. :)

very nice shot of a beatufiul moment of an interesting specie



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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-27 10:52]

Hi Jeroen
I never see a couple of moth in the love scene! Great BG and interesting POV.
Congratulation for this amazing shot!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-05-27 11:09]

Hallo Jeroen,
Ja dit is wel heel bijzonder. Dat je zoiets opmerkt is al speciaal. Mooie foto van deze scene. Goede scherpte, natuurlijke kleuren en diepte in de foto. Aparte egale achtergrond.

Hi Jeroen,
Technical level is perfect, also visual impact is superb, what a couple!... Congratulations!

hallo Jeroen
lijkt mij,maar ik ben geen expert in vlinders en motten
ik zou als ik deze tegen kwam wel heel nerveus worden ,dit is zo speciaal
super compositie met veel details en goed scherp
groetjes lou

Hola Jeroen

Una fantastica imagen de estas polillas, cogidas en el momento oportuno, e increible como se pueden sujetar sin ningún problema.

Un pov estupendo.

Un saludo Antonio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-05-27 15:09]

Salut Jeroen,je peu pas t'aider pour le nom,mais sans doute je te dois faire mes meilleurs compliments pour le spectacle de cette photo capuree' dans la meilleure maniere! Bonne journee' et merci,LUCIANO

Fascinating and unusual image, Jeroen. Very nice details, and the depth of field is very effective.

great capture, TFS Ori

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-05-28 4:15]

Hello Jeroen,
This is a very interesting posting, lucky you to have seen this scene. The picture is well taken with good light and sharpness. Natural colors too. Interesting too to see the difference in size between male and female. I hope that somebody will find out about the ID.
Thanks a lot and kind regards

Ciao Jeroen. By a great POV an impressive sharpened and detailed capture. Best contrast against the soft BG. Great compo.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-28 5:37]

Hello Jeroen,
Very unique and beautiful image shot with great camera skills. Thank you for sharing this wonderful image.

Hi, Jeroen
This is a very fine image of a mating pair of Eyed Hawk-moth Smerinthus ocellata. Very nice lighting and sharpness, and a rare find to see the species still paired in daylight. I am very familiar with this species, so identification is not a problem (even from this angle ;-).

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-28 9:51]
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Hello Jeroen,
Very nice mating shot. Colors are eyecatching. Nice POV, details and composition. TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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Hello Jeroen,
Great scene perfectly captured. And what a camouflage! Cheers,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2010-05-29 0:45]

Hi Jeroen , nice image of this mating pair of moths , good detail on a nice soft background. interesting to see considering these creatures are usually hiding in daytime.
TFS& regards

Primero gracias por tu comentario Jeroen.
Veo que tienes unas orquídeas preciosos en tu galeria; me encanto concretamente tu O.cretica !

El documento que nos presentas de estas mariposas copulando es realmente impresionante por la buena captura de las texturas y colores y como no, por la rareza de la especie: enhorabuena.

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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