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Venus Friend

Venus Friend
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-01 13:59
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
This colourful moth is quite rare and protected in Belgium and Europe. I saw a few of them today feeding on Oregano (Origanum vulgare) flowers, in a Natural Reserve.
This moth is represented resting of the leg of Venus, on the painting
“Venus, Mars and Cupido”
of Piero di Cosimo (1490). That is why the title! :)

Euplagia quadripunctaria Poda, 1761
Family : Arctiidae
Syn.: Callimorpha quadripunctaria Poda, 1761
Common names: Jersey Tiger Moth [En], Ecaille chinée [Fr], Spaanse vlag [Nl], Russischer Bär [De], Csíkos medvelepke [Hu], Krasopani hera [Po], Kaplan kelebeği [Tu]

The wingspan is 52–58 mm. It flies both in the daytime, when it can be found feeding on various flowers, as well as at night, when it is attracted to light. The main flight period is July to September.
They tend to fly close to Eupatorium cannabinum, where they are hard to notice there because of their camouflage.
The hairy caterpillars feed on Eupatorium cannabinum, Urtica, Lamium, Plantago, Glechoma hederacea, but at times also shrubs such as Rubus.

- Euplagia quadripunctaria quadripunctaria Poda,
1761: Baltic, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, European Russia, Caucasus, Western Europe.
- Euplagia quadripunctaria fulgida Oberthür, 1896: Transcaucasia, Southern Turkmenistan, Turkey, Syria, Northern Iran.
- Euplagia quadripunctaria rhodosensis Daniel, 1953: Rhodos.
- Euplagia quadripunctaria ingridae Roesler, 1969: Western Turkey.
- Euplagia quadripunctaria splendidior Tarns, 1922: Armenia, Azerbaijan, East Turkey, N.Iran, Iraq.

Large groups of the rare subspecies Euplagia quadripunctaria rhodosensis can be found on the Greek island of Rhodes, in the village of Petaloudes (Πεταλούδες, means butterflies). They are resting is a protected valley.
In Turkey too, 5-7 km from Ölüdeniz (Fethiye), an interesting canyon is named Butterfly Valley (Kelebekler Vadisi), because of the presence of hundreds Euplagia quadripunctaria fulgida resting there.

Protection: Listed in the Annex II of the Habitats Directive 92/43 of the European Union.

UK Moths
Wikipedia/Euplagia quadripunctaria
Gorodinski A. Checklist of Arctiidae of the Palaearctic region

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Hallo Catherine,
a very beautiful presentation with interesting notes and link, superb sharpness and splendid bright colours, avery pleasing composition
Best regards

Hello Catherine. An outstanding and super capture of this colourful moth. Details and composition are exceptional.
Kind regards,

Very striking patterns on this beautiful butterfly.
Nicely captured.

Hello Catherine, excellent macro shot of this moth.
The composition, details and POV are wonderful.
TFS and regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-01 23:56]

Very fine and colorful image, good composition and the moth seems to be busy feeding on the flowers with some of the hind wings shown. good capture. tfs.

Hi MF Cathy,

Utterly flawless capture of this venus friend perched on a beautiful flower in a lovely pose, you've managed to focus very nicely. The exposure, DOF/POV and composition are also wonderful.
TFS and have a nice new week!


Hi Catherine

A great shot of both the moth and the oregano. Superb details and sharpness. Beautiful composition.


Hallo Catherine
Super shot with lovely details captured. A well focused and pleasant image of a beautiful moth with its prominent markings and bright colours. Great composition and pose. The detail on the wings and the flower it is resting on is displayed well. Thanks for sharing. Best regards

Dear Catherine!

Your picture almost has a 3D-effect. Indeed, it seems as if the moth would come out of the picture. I guess this is created by the superb depth of view and the high contrast between the deep colours of the insect, the richness of the details and the nicely blurred background. Both, the flower and the insect, are very attractive and beautiful. Your picture reflects their beauty at best.

Kind regards


bonjour Catherine

une jolie photographie de ce papillon, prise par un excellent
POV et cadrage, excellent focus netteté et détails, belle lumière
et jolies couleurs de l'image, TFS


hello Catherine
This Moth stay beautiful with great colours and good sharpness
beautiful pose on the flower
mostly you see this moth in the rock and dark plase,s
super shot
greeting lou

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-02 22:17]

Hello Catherine,
A very nice capture of the beutiful Tiger Moth enjoying the nectar of Origano. Great to see this so sharply portrayed and in lovely colours. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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