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Chamaesphecia empiformis

Chamaesphecia empiformis
Photo Information
Copyright: Krzysztof Pabis (cataclysta) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 752 W: 174 N: 2191] (5666)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): workshops photos with minimum 3 points [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-10 7:23
Viewed: 4534
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I spend one week in Spala Landscape Park (Central Poland). I came buck yesterday. After Antarctic and South American photos I decided to post something from Poland. It is my first photo of clearwing moth.

Sesiidae (clearwing moths) (in Polish przeziernikowate) are a family of the Lepidoptera in which the wings have hardly any of the normal lepidopteran scales, leaving them transparent. The bodies are generally striped with yellow, sometimes very brightly, and they have simple antennae. The general appearance is sufficiently similar to a wasp or hornet to make it likely that the moths gain a reduction in predation by Batesian mimicry.

Batesian mimicry (named after Henry Walter Bates), where the mimic resembles the successful model species but does not share the attribute that initially confers the selective advantage.

Source: wikipedia

Chamaesphecia empiformis (Esper, 1783)

Wingspan: 11-22mm

Habitat: dry grassy areas, roadbeds, forest edges, clearings

Host plants: roots of Euphorbia cyparissias

Distribution: W, central and partly S and E Europe

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-10 7:39]

Hello Krzysztof,
Very impressive shot showing this Clearwing all in focus. Excellent sharp details and nice colours too. Beautiful antennae! I like the green background too. Very fine composition.
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-10 7:58]

Hi Krzysztof,
Outstanding shot of this Clearwing. Nice colours and sharp details with a special antennae. Excellent POV and DOF. The BG is superb and presents a nice contrast to make the subject stand out. Very nicely diagonally composed. Kudos.

Hello Krzysztof,
This clearwing moth is at its best from this pov. The whole moth is well in focus. Lovely color tone. The background is perfectly blurred and give 3D effect. TFS this beautiful image.

very nice capture, excellent sharpness with good details, the green bg looks lovely, the upper poc gives good details of the insect, a tight crop would avaoid the distraction on the upper right side, I have posted a ws,
tfs & regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-10 9:51]

Hola amigo,
intersante y original insecto,
buen pov, y compo,
detalles excelentes,

A shapely and attractive moth with a variety of colours and fine patterns on the entire body, Krzysztof. Your perspective captures all these features very sharply and clearly.
The shot is aesthetically composed, the focus is spot on, DOF is quite impressive and your note gives very useful information about the insect.
Well done and thanks.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-10 13:29]

Hello Krzysztof,
Excellent capture of C. empiformis, a species that I have not seen as it does not occur in Sweden.
Fine sharpness, BG and composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-06-10 15:56]

Hello Krzysztof,
just the right point of view to get the entire moth in optimal focus. Sharpness is excellent even for the antennae. Colour patterns of the wings and of the body are well presented. Thank you for posting apicture of a clearwing moth.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Krzysztof,
Excellent shot, with perfect DoF, angle, and focus.
Sharp, details, neat, and aesthetic.
Well done.


Hola Krzysztof,
Excelente macro de gran definición, con luz y fondo muy agradables, TFS. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-11 12:00]

Hi Krzysztof.
Brilliant reproduction and presentation of this wonderful insect. I am impressed with the razor sharpness, terrific details and amazing colours of it. BG is great too in its colour palette and smoothness. Bravo and my best wishes.

Hi Krzysztof,
a nice close-up of a beetle I never seen before.
It's beautiful both in colours and pattern. Well composed and good POV.
Very nice DOF too.
Well done.

Widze, ze szczesliwie dotarles do domu ze Spaly. Fajnie, ze tak szybko udalo sie oznaczyc tego motylka, choc az mnie korci, zeby zapytac czemu nie opisales historyjki z mrowkami :P
Co do samej fotki to troche wieksza glebia ostrosci by sie przydala i moze lekkie odszumienie tla. Ale generalnie brawo za 1 przeziernika!!! :)

ps. czy to rzadki motyl???

Witaj Krzysztof!
Twoja cma jest niezwykle ladna. Charakteryzuje sie ciekawym wzorkiem na grzbiecie. Troszke przeszkadza pionowa trawa z lewej, ale motyle siadaja tam, gdzie chca i cmy tak samo :).
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam - Roma

Hello Krysztof,
Beautiful compo. I like the light in the image.
Nice colours.
Well done

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-11 23:03]

Hello Krzysztof

Excellent DOF and POV.The focus is sharp with wonderful colours and detail.The OOF BG is very lovely.TFS


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-06-12 14:11]

selam ; excellent shot of this moth, good details presented , very nice BG and POV, well captured with splendid colours TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-12 16:00]

Hi Krzysztof.
Well composed this capture of this very interesting moth.Nice pose and very good your used POV.Great details,colors and DOF.Pretty blurred BG with soft green tones.Well done.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Hello Krzysztof,
Great detail seen in this very small moth.
Well composed. Looks good on the diffuse green BG. Nice color & well exposed..
I must say, you have the most difficult name..I'm always triple checking it when critiqing you :)

Hi again
Another great picture! It's very hard to find the Sesidae but even harder is make a good picture of them ;-D


Elegante toma de gran dificultad por el tamaño del insecto y su posición sobre la planta aunque resuelta con buena técnica. Suaves y bonitos colores con un correcto fondo.
Saludos Krzysztof .

Hey Chris,
A very nicely composed image & pretty sharp one.


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