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Hyles Euphorbiae

Hyles Euphorbiae
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Copyright: Mark Galea (magal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-14 10:52
Viewed: 4237
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I said earlier this week, insects this year are not as numerous as usual but in compensation I have come across species I had never photographed before. One of them is this fine specimen of a Spurge Hawk moth I found on a Golden Samphire shrub.
The Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) is a European moth of the family Sphingidae.
Fore wings grey, with an almost square olive-brown blotch; at the base another olive-brown blotch near the middle, and a long oblique band of the same colour, commencing in a point at the extreme apex of the wing, and gradually growing wider until it reaches the margin, where it is very broad: hind wings pink, with a black blotch at the base, and a black band half-way between this black blotch and the margin, and a snowy-white blotch at the anal angle: thorax and body olive-brown, with a white line on each side of the thorax just at the base of the wings; this line runs on each side along the head just above the eye, and the two meet at the nose; the body has on each side at the base two square black spots and two square white spots, and beyond them, nearer the apex, and also on each side, are three white lines.

The caterpillar is smooth and black, with innumerable whitish dots; there are also eleven large spots of the same colour arrayed in a row on each side of the back, and beneath these as many spots of the same size and of a bright coral-red colour; the head is of the same coral-red colour, and a line of the same colour runs all along the back, from the head to the horn; the horn is red at the base and black at the tip. It feeds on sea-spurge. The chrysalis is pale brown and delicately lined and dotted with black in the manner of network; it buries itself in the loose dry sand on the sea coast.

The eggs are covered with liquid gum, which enables them to stick on the small leaves of the spurge. In a fortnight these hatch and produce little black caterpillars; the white and red spots appear as the caterpillar increases in size, and in a few weeks it becomes a most beautiful object, and so conspicuous as to attract the sea-gulls and terns, which devour them in numbers.
Description directly from Wikipedia.
Shot was taken in natural light and freehand.

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Hello Mark,
Nice shot with sharp image and vivid colors. I like this pov and composition. This is a fine specimen and may be a young one as no scratches on wings and body. Very well done and tfs.

Hi Mark,
that's a noble moth, I wish I also could see it sometime with my own eyes. Excellent sharpness, a wonderful shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Great details and exposure.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-05-14 13:03]

Hello Mark,
an admirable picture of the hawkmoth. It looks so natural and sharp that I can imagine it will leave my monitor in the next moment. Beautiful colours, nice light and well composed.
Best wishes, Peter

bonjour mark
joli ce papillon,ses motifs et couleurs font un peu penser a un camouflage militaire.
bonne netteté et bon POV.

Hello Mark
What a wonderful Hawk moth you captured,
Finding a new spiece that you never shoot is Very intersting ,Great details,BG and composition,Fantastic colors and POV,
Superb shot friend.

Good Luck

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-05-14 16:58]

Hi Mark,

A fine capture of this colorful moth,the details and sharpness are well handled,tfs


Hi Mark,

You captured this beautyful moth in a Perfect way
Excellent POV, colours and sharpness
great DOF

TFS Thijs

Hola Mark,
Excelente toma de gran definición, con buenas texturas y mucho detalle. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-18 5:54]

Hello Mark,
Brilliant capture of this Hawkmoth showing impressive sharpness of pattern and texture and very nice natural colours. I haven't seen this one for a long time! Excellent composition!
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Perro Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 59] (553)
  • [2007-05-20 12:57]

Hello Mark,
What a wonderful capture!
A perfect composition with impressive sharpness of pattern and texture.
Nice light and beautiful colours.
Well done.
Congradulations and thank you for sharing!
My best regards,

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