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Copyright: Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Attractive Moths - Notodontidae, PGMONI [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-03 15:58
Viewed: 4424
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hermine, Cerura erminea, is a moth belonging to the family Notodontidae. Its French name is "La grande queue fourchue" (the Great Forked-tailed) which really describes the very striking caterpillar.
This species is quite similar to the Puss Moth, Cerura vinula. The latter is present in the UK, but the Hermine is not.
Caterpillars live on Willow, Poplar and Birch.
Wingspan is 75 mm approx, making it a largish moth.

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Hi Philippe,
This is a very impressive capture of the white mot!
I like so much the high contrast of the insect's color and the dark background.
Excellent POV to show us the artistic pattern on the wings, with excellent and sharp details.
Very well use of the fill flash.
I like so much also the rich and colorful dark background.
Congratulations, thanks for share and best regards,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-02-03 16:29]

Very nice macro Philippe with wonderful contrast between the moth and your environment.

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I like a lot the conjunction of the point of view captured with the framing that you chose for the presentation.
A cordial greeting from Buenos Aires... Ricardo

Bonjour Philippe,
DoF was great, well focused, great sharpness, very fine details.
Well composed picture.
Neat blurry BG.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-02-03 18:27]

Very nice composition Philippe! Presented nicely! Good job! Thanks!

Hello Philippe!
Nice picture with unusual BG as for this moth species :)
Anyway, good DOF and POV, also the note is informative.
Best greetings,

hi philippe,
nice shot of this lovely moth,
thought image is a bit soft at the wings the beauty has been captured well,
nice pov, good dof,
tfs & regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-04 1:20]

What beautiful markings on this moth, Philippe.
Excellent POV and exposure on this white insect.
TFS. : )

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-04 3:18]

Hi Phillipe,

A great shot of this beatifull moth with nice contrasts and good sharpness,well don and TFS


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-04 3:48]

Hell Philippe,
This is a fine capture of C. erminea, a notodontid that I don't think has an English Name.
This is sharp, well-composed and contrasts well with the BG.
TFS, regards, Ivan

Hello Philippe,

excllent job, perfect details very crisp nicly composed and captured photo excllent colors bg POv DOf well done

TFS Kyle

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2007-02-17 15:15]
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Hermoso cuadro Philippe, con una luz adecuada que muestra los detalles de esta hermosa polilla.
Buen foco y profundidad de la imÓgen, con buen balance de blancos que se destacan sobre el fondo oscuro. Lindo encuadre. Feliciataciones y cordiales saludos.

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