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'Winter' Moth


'Winter' Moth
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-02-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1, Moths of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-24 11:43
Viewed: 2829
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Species identification
- Agriopis leucophaearia
- family: Geometridae

This moth species is specifically found during the winter months with a peak occurrence in February. A few specimens can be found also in January and some more in March. Although not really colourful, the species shows distinct and fine colour patterns on its wings.

Caterpillars feed in Mai on Salix caprea and Quercus-species and are rarely found.

Distribution: Europe and estwards to Russia, Caucasus
Wing span: about 27 mm

- natural light, cloudy, shadow
- ISO 400
- handheld

REFERENCES
* Ebert G (2003) Die Schmetterlinge Baden-Württembergs, Vol. 9, Nachtfalter VII. - Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.
* Forster W & Wohlfahrt T.A. (1981) Die Schmetterlinge Mitteleuropas, Band V, Spanner (Geometridae). - Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.
* Koch M. (1991) Wir bestimmen Schmetterlinge. - Neumann Verlag, Radebeul.

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Hello Peter!
Another interesting creature! :) And also this time well presented, with nice POV and very good DOF. Also the note is interesting and informative.
I really have to say, that (even as an entomologist) a few years ago I did not believe that any "normal" insects can be active during the winter period. But after a few years of cooperation with dr Agnieszka Soszynska-Maj (she is a specialist of winter active insect, particulary flies) now I am not surpriced when I meet even a moth on the snow surface ;) Among them also some Geometridae are present!! Sometimes only a wingless females! :)
TFS this nice even if not very colourful picture!
Greetings,
Radomir

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-24 12:39]

Hello Peter,
This is not exactly a camouflage pattern but it does match the bark! Very sharp image of this moth from a nice POV. I really like the interesting variety of patterns on the wings that you find on moths from an artistic point of view!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-24 12:41]

Hi Peter,
A really smart moth. Awesome drawing and colours. Perfect details, exposure and pose.
TFS, José M.

Hi Peter
a vey interesting close up of this moth,with perfect colours,sharpness and DOF
a good example of mimetism in the insects world
regards
pedro

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-24 13:05]

Hello Peter,
Nice presentation of a male leucophaearia, a rather variable species that is fairly common in S. Sweden. I have never seen the wingless female, not easy to come across.
This is a sharp and illustrative shot of a fresh specimen on a good BG.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Ottimo scatto di questa mimetica falena.
Bel dettaglio e colori ottimo.
Andrea

Hallo Peter,
sehr detailreiche, lebendige Aufnahme dieses kleinen Spanners. Ich bewundere die Vielfalt der feinen Farbnuancen auf dem Schmetterling und auf der herrlich strukturierten Rinde. Sehr schönes Dokument - frisch aus der Natur ins Netz gestellt.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,
Peter

Die hat nun wirklich ein warmes "Wintermäntelchen" an, die Zeichnung ist so schön und auf der Baumrinde wirkt die Motte richtig toll. Ich hatte gestern eine an der Haustüre und muß gestehen, ich hab' wieder mal keinen Plan was es für eine war, außerdem hätte sie auf dem Glas nicht gewirkt, sorry.
Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-25 4:38]

Hi Peter.
What a great macro you have taken. Outstanding reproduction od all features of the moth and trunk. Really great POV, sharpness and details of the pictured objects, very effective and impressive lighting and exposure of the shot. Irreproachable work. Bravo.
Alexei.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-02-25 5:28]

Hi Peter!
Excellent macro shot,the small butterfly has been captured with perfect sharpness & very good details even though he thinks he's well camuflaged,nice POV, the bark makes interesting BG,Great shot!

I like your winter moth, although colours remember me of autumn :)
It has very nice details dou to the lovly exposure and DOF.
Great almost monochrome brown palete.
Good one, TFS.

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