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Rhodometra sacraria

Rhodometra sacraria
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2016-09-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2016-11-09 10:13
Viewed: 1415
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Geometridae
Genus: Rhodometra
Species:R. sacraria

The Vestal (Rhodometra sacraria) is a moth of the family Geometridae.
Rhodometra sacraria has a wingspan reaching 22–28 mm, while the length of the forewings is 12–14 mm. These moths are easily distinguishable from the mahogany or pink stripe, located on yellowish or cream background, crossing diagonally the dorsal sides of the upperwings up to the apex. The dorsal sides of the hind wings are whitish. The intensity and the extent of the pink pigmentation is rather variable, depending on the seasonal temperature in the development of the pupae.
Usually the moths rest with a tent-like posture on twigs and herbs, with the wings parallel to each other. They fly from April to October in the northern hemisphere. They are nocturnal and attracted to light.
The caterpillars mimic twigs and therefore they are quite difficult to locate. They are slender and reach a length of about 25 millimeters. The basic colour is pale brown or green, with a whitish underside. The green forms usually show a dark brown or reddish irregular stripe on the back. The head is reddish brown and relatively small. These caterpillars feed on knotgrass, dock and other low growing plants.
It is found throughout Europe, Africa and large parts of Asia.

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great interesting moth, greetings Ori

Hi Luciano
Very sharp image. beautiful.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2016-11-09 14:33]

Hello Luciano,
A lovely moth with beautiful rose colored markings on light cream colored wings. Exceptional detail and perfect exposure. I like the diagonal pose. Well done!!

Hi Luicano , very nice moth capture

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2016-11-11 2:29]

Hello Luciano,
Very beautiful picture of this moth in great sharpness and details. Excellent composition in beautiful natural colors.

Hi Luciano,
Simplistic shot - again with your proper unique light management. Perfect exposure and colors, good DoF, pleasant composition, great sharpness - again a noteworthy image in your gallery. The (n+1)th. Bravo!
Kind regards from Ireland, László

Hello Luciano – Very good picture of this Rhodometra sacraria. Excellent, view showing us all the details of the moth, particularly the top of the wings. Colours from the moth properly caught.

Technical achievement

• Excellent focus on the whole moth and in the same times on the inflorescence
• Perfect exposure with an appropriate choice of aperture/speed and iso for the butterfly.
• Perfect depth of field and sharpness
• Good contrast
• Excellent sharpness showing all the details of the wings
• Precise white balance and exact colour rendering for the butterfly and the flowers
• Good post processing without any excess
• Good background blur.


• Interesting picture showing the moth in his usual posture on the flowers; good capture showing precisely the draught of the wing’s ornamentation.
• Efficient framing and composition with an appropriate disposition in diagonal of the subject inside the frame.
Thank you for the sharing.

Have a good day.


Hello Luciano

WOW ! this moth's pose and your POV on it
it is giving an amazing photography, TFS


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