<< Previous Next >>


Photo Information
Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.6
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects' World, Moths of Europe 2, Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 15:09
Viewed: 5664
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 86
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Last time I presented a defence pose of amphibian species, today I would like to write a few words aboout self-defence strategies in much smaller animal group - moths :)

There are many different strategies which allow to stay alive, but moths usually "prefer" the following ones:

1. Camouflage - simply, the way to be invisible, it is common in many moth families like Geometridae, Noctuidae, Notodontidae, Lymantriidae, some Sphingidae.

2. Mimicry or mimetism - an undangered species "tries" to look like noxious or dangerous species of wasps, bees, ect. It is the most popular in family Sesiidae, but also in some Sphingidae.

3. To look bigger than it is in real - structures like "big eyes" present on the hindwings suggest that the moth is... not a moth, but any bigger creature (big eyes are present in big animals). Known in many Saturnidae and some Sphingidae.

4. To be toxic - mosaic of colours clearly suggests "don't eat me, I am poisonous!" This strategy is especially common in Arctiidae family.

Of course the hero of this picture belongs to the 3rd category. It is Smerinthus ocellatus (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) - in English: Eyed Hawkmoth, in Polish: nastrosz polpawik.

Here you can see another species of Sphingidae which prefer to "be invisible" :>

Picture was taken at 23:15, during my entomologcal studies in the Spala Landscape Park, Central Poland, moth was atracted to the light.

Finally, I would like to dedicate this photo to Ena Simic (ena) :>

mesquens, marhowie, ramthakur, Jamesp, jcoowanitwong, mariki, marcellr, Ena, Alex99, matatur, dejo, Luis52, boreocypriensis, Argus, uleko, SelenE, spalaxtr, meyerd, tedesse, JORAPAVI, cataclysta, rousettus, ClaraS, XOTAELE, peter_stoeckl, Christopher_PL, pushpinder, jrobertop has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To peter_stoeckl: thank you!!!cicindela 1 03-16 13:42
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

Hi Radomir,
Awesome shot. Beautiful insect.

Hi Radomir,
Great capture of this beautiful moth, details and colours first class, very intresting note too.


What a beautiful moth Radomir!
Great work to capture it so well, and at night..
Luv those colors :)
Very well done,

First of all, my apologies for not being prompt enough to reciprocate to your critique on one of my recent pictures.

The 'hind' eyes of this unique moth are truly captivating. The subject is so well captured every colour, feature and detail on it is crystal clear.
Well done and TFS.

Hi Radomir,

Always presenting a very interesting subject with comprehensive note.

Ben Lakitan

  • Great 
  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-02-12 22:36]

Hi Radomir

A great macro shot. Really nice pose with well handled exposure and detail. Well seen and captured.


  • Great 
  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-02-13 0:42]

Hi Radomir,
I will be back with a proper critique.

Hi Radomir,
Wonderful note to explain strategies to survive. This night flying moth has beautiful colors and markings. Sharp focus and well exposed image. Very well seen.

Hello Radomir,

Wonderful picture of this moth. Very nice composition. Very good sharpness and wonderful colours. Very interesting and educative note also.


J'aime bien ce style de photo presque monochrome.
Bonne journée.

Hi Radomir

Excellent capture of this beautiful moth.
Great sharpness and good use of teh fill-flash.
Beautiful texture.


Ciao Radomir,
desidero farti due volte i mie complimenti!
Primo, per la magnifica immagine di S. ocellatus che sei riuscito a realizzare.
Secondo, per le importanti e didattiche note che accompagnano questa foto (e tutte le tue immagini).
Questo aumenta ancora di più il valore delle tue foto e le trasforma in preziosi documenti che aiutano a comprendere i complessi meccanismi che regolano il mondo degli insetti.

  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-02-13 5:00]

What a beautiful moth!!
Those eye-spots are amazing!
Great image.
The photo is very crisp with lots of detail.
Nice colours and lighting.
The composition is great!
Well done Radomir,

  • Great 
  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-02-13 5:35]

Hello Radomir,
Thanks for this picture that is dedicated to me!I'm flattered :-)
This is an amazing moth.
They are very interesting insects!
The composition is very good and the colors are great!

A good example of mimicry, also i must add that the red and blue colors of the wings are really brilliant

  • Great 
  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-02-13 7:34]

Hi Radomir.
Your skill as a photographer equals the skill of Creator who created this fine insect. You managed to reflect this remarkable moth in all its beauty. Great colour reproduction and details of the moth image and old wood. Perfect flash work too. Bravo and best regards.

This is a beautiful capture Radomir, showing the colors and hair/scale details of this handsome moth to perfection. TFS indeed my friend.

  • Great 
  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-13 8:26]

Radomir, Excellent shot and what a view. Lovely notes and what an insect ganesh

  • Great 
  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-02-13 9:07]

Hello Radomir,
beautiful picture, perfect pose and great model to present this theme!
details and colors are captured nicelly,
great work, nice dedication
best regards,

  • Great 
  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-02-13 10:32]

Hola Rodomir.
Nice and sharp. Great colors of the wings of this beautiful Moths. Your note is also very interesting.

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-02-13 11:16]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent photo of this beautiful moth. The sharp details are amazing. Great clear colours and composition.

Hello My dear Friend Radomir,

That is a perfect diurnal butterfly shot with all the necessary parameters as they should be friend! TFS.


Hi Radek,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Eyed hawkmoth. Excellent composition and lovely details. Good informative notes too. Thanks a lot for sharing this lovely dedication.

  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-02-14 12:02]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent capture of an Eyed Hawk-moth showing the warning colouration of the hind wings. Technically superb with great use of flash. I have three pupae of this species that I hope will emerge thid year!
Thanks for sharing this fine image,
Best wishes, ivan

Hello Radomir,
this moth is just splendid, what a splendid colours, great focus and very instructive note,
I like especialy the wonderfull composition and this fantastick black background,

  • Great 
  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-02-15 2:21]

Hello Radomir,
I started writing here yesterday but was interrupted but now I'm back!! I love Hawkmoths and this one is very beautiful and well captured here. It almost looks as if you'd captured it in moon light! Excellent sharpness and beautiful colours. Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

  • Great 
  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-15 11:07]

Hi Radomir,
This one has beautiful patterns and colors. Good details and POV. TFS

Hi Radomir,
Beautifully captured Moth. I like the details of the wing and eyes on it which are very sharp in details. You managed to do great work. Nicely composed. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards,

  • Great 
  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-02-18 7:02]

Hi Radomir,
quite a scary sight, i can see why this form of defence is effective! What a fat looking Moth you've found here. Excellent detail and reproduction of colour, the composition is well seen too, well done!

Hi Radomir,
wonderful this moth at night, showing the eyes and the green spot. Excellent compsition with this grey background. The picture shows a rough pixel structure that I cannot interprete. Maybe the Coolpix compensated for the lack of light by pooling sensors?
Best regards

Hola Radomir,
Magnífico el ejemplar que nos presentas con gran nitidez y mostrando los detalles de este curioso insecto, al que acompañas con una excelente nota informativa, gracias por compartirlo. Saludos
José Ramón

Czesc Radziu
Motylek klasa sama w sobie a tu jeszcze super pokazany Wreszcie jakis fajny owad a nie tylko te chrzaszcze ;_) Swietna ostroc naturalne kolory pomimo lampy blyskowej Super fotka

Hi Radomir, superb macro of a beautiful moth with splendid details, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a great week end, ciao Silvio

Qué maravilla Radomir. Interesante especie de las que de momento he conseguido muy pocas tomas...
Abrazo desde España: J. Ignasi

  • Great 
  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-02-26 11:10]

Hi Radomir

This is beautiful. Lovely sharp details, stunning details in the markings and lovely colours. Great macro work



hehe troche juz pozno, ale nie wszyscy jeszcze spia ;-)
This shot is just stunning! Perfect colors. Zrobilo na mnie duze wrazenie:-)

hello Radomir
what a nice capture and what a beautiful hawkmoth. Perfect sharp details, great composition and POV. Splendid coloration. Lighting and informative notes great. TFS, well done

  • Great 
  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-02-27 6:07]

Hi Rodomir,
quite some interesting marking on this moth.
Excellent work on the capture, very sharp and detailed. The colors come across very natural and the composition is very well done.

Hola Radomir.
Una fabulosa macro, con detalles excepcionales.
Buen encuadre y nota.
Un cordial saludo, JL.

Dear Radomir,
a strikingly clear and convincing presentation of the Eyed Hawkmoth. Excellent document and descriptive notes - thank you!
With best regards,

Bardzo fajna fotka. Focenie w nocy to trudna sztuka - tobie się to jedna bardzo dobrze udało. Pozdrówka z północy ;-D


Jesus! Do you remember what was the size of it? It is the photo that makes it so?

what an amazing specimen of moth....
and a very useful note that you've put together.

loved the pic!!!


Hello Radomir.
Simply marvellous!
Great capture of this exuberant moth!
Excellent details and magnificent coloration.
Very good sharpness, texture and POV.
Congratulations by wonderful work!.
Best regards,
José Roberto

Calibration Check