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Scorched wing

Scorched wing
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, @ ISO 400, Hoya UV Filter
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-11 16:52
Viewed: 4347
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,
Today I want to bring back some memories from the spring... One very fruitful night, when I was doing insect light-catching. Many species came that night. You had already chance to see some of them and I will post more in the future. Today I'd like to present you...

Plagodis dolabraria (Linnaeus, 1767) - Scorched wing
Family: Geometridae

This medium sized (wingspan up to 40mm) moth is very characteristic for its unusual wing pattern, colour and shape. Its English name is derived from the wing's resemblance to burnt (scorched) paper.

The species is rather scarce and may be found throughout Europe (and east to Japan) in various older broad-leaved woodlands, but also in parks and gardens.

Caterpillars forage from July until September, usually on oaks (Quercus spp.), birches (Betula spp.) and willows (Salix spp.), however also a number of other trees (including fruit-trees) was reported as feeding plants. It overwinters as a pupa.

The only other species from the same genus occuring in Europe - Plagodis pulveraria (Linnaeus, 1758), Barred Umber - differs both in shape and in colours, so it's impossible to confuse.

Hope you like it...
Best greetings,

Alex99, horia, cataclysta, meyerd, gracious, cicindela, ramthakur, XOTAELE, Argus, peter_stoeckl, SelenE has marked this note useful
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Hi Michal,

What a beautiful coloured moth you captured
Sharpness is great and the DOF and POV are SUPERB

TFS Thijs

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-12 1:40]

I would love to see one of these. Maybe my moth trap will catch one in spring or summer next year...
Lovely image of this Scorched-Wing.
+++ Excellent use of flash giving the photo vivid colours and a black BG that contrasts well with the greens, whites and browns. Very sharp and detailed. Great semi-diagonal composition and a decent POV clearly showing those scprched wings.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Michal,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-10-12 5:40]

Hi Michal

Indeed a very interesting but also beautiful moth species. The English name - as you so nicely wrote in your note - is very fitting, describing teh pattern and colors of the wings very well.
The shot is excellent - taken from a good POV and with a great DOF.
Good flash management and sharp details...as usual.

Bravo and TFS

Czesc Misiu
Piekne zdjecie jednego z moich ulubionych i jednoczesnie jednego z najladniejszych naszych miernikowcow. Piekne naturalne kolory, swietna ostrosc, super kontrast Wlasciwie nie ma czego krytykowac
Bardzo mi sie podoba

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-10-12 9:39]

Hello Michal,
you show an excellent picture of this beautiful and rarely presented moth with its particular wing pattern. It's a very sharp picture which reflects the characteristics of the species very clear and natural including the colours of the species. With respect to the resonance to this moth picture, the 1000 + 1 Inachis io appears obviously more attractive. Sometimes, I can't understand the community!
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-10-13 3:00]

Hi Michal.
Amazing at every respect close-up shot of the fine moth. I am impressed with super DOF, extremely sharp image of the insect and leaf, excellent lighting, including flash use. I also like excellent framing and composition. My greetings and TFS.

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-10-13 11:08]

Hello Michal,

Wonderful picture of a rare and very interesting looking moth. Very good how itt spread its wings so you could see the hind wings as well. It might be a first on TN. Well done!
My best regards,

Te quedó excelente esta preciosa y curiosa polilla. Buenos enfoque e iluminación que permiten ver con detalle los extraños colores y dibujos de sus alas. Muy interesante Michal.
Muchas gracias también por tus amables comentarios a mi fotografía.

Un saludo: J. Ignasi

Hello Michal,
Good composition with this beautiful butterfly!
good sharpness, vivid colour and so much details involeved!
very well composed and well seen

Bonjour Michael
Très belle prise, excellente couleurs, netteté et très beau sujet.
Amicalement Robi

This is a wonderful creature! I like its colors and wings patterns a lot; they almost look like they were created by a repetitive movement :)! The picture is sharp, well exposed with beautiful composition and great black background! Thanks,

Hi Michal, lovwely moth, I never see before, thanks, excellent sharpness and great details, splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Widze, ze spalskie zapasy uruchomione na maksa :)
Bardzo ladny miernikowiec, szczerze mowiac nie pamietam bym go widzial gdzies wczesniej (a juz na pewno nie w Spale na swieceniach). Dobre tlo ;>, kolorystyka i glebia ostrosci.

Michal, thank you very much for looking at my recent picture and writing your kind words on it.
I have been erratic on TN since my return to India. Many reason -- new professional work, settling down in my new residence, too much bureacratic hassles in getting internet connection. All that is solved now and I want to be back with TN community as eagerly as I used to do from Riyadh.

Coming to your picture of the moth, it is something I have seen for the first time. This in an exotic species and is aptly named. You have captured the subject very well. The image is sharp and has natural colours.
Well done and thanks for sharing.

Hola Michal.
Magníficos detalles y genial presentación.
Buena nitidez y colores.
Una buena nota. Saludos, JL.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-10-21 6:55]

Hello Michal,
This geometrid also evokes memories for me, of the time when I had a UV moth trap.
Nice sharp capture of a male P. dolabraria with excellent use of flash to illuminate the wings in a way that shows them up with fine sharpness and colours.
Well done and TFS!
Best wishes, Ivan

Hi Michal,
an extraordinary example of contour dissolving camouflage pattern that you are showing us here very well presented in clear details and deep colours. I like the clear composition and the strongly contrasting detailed background of leaves. The moth's markings are really hard to look it without getting slighly giddy.
A very well documented capture with well informing notes. Looking forward to more captures of from that light-trap in spring!
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-10-31 0:26]

Hi Michal,
Interesting and a beautiful moth. It has lovely patterns and colors,which can clearly be seen with this POV. Details,colors and dark background look very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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