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White Lady
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Copyright: Joanna Wieczorek (cafecrem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1201 W: 60 N: 1392] (9248)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-26
Camera: Olympus 765UZ
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies Chapter2, 40-49 Points (Chapter 5), 50-60 points chapter 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-27 3:36
Viewed: 3938
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This weekend I visited my father and... his meadow ;-)
I met there this plume moth. It is really great but very difficult to take a photo.
So I want to shaw you "Alucita pentadactyla"
Plume moths often look like large mosquitoes or crane flies. To mimic other species, plume moths had to find a way to disguise their wings. To achieve this effect their wings are divided into small segments. These segments can be put one on top of the other. In this way the wing looks like a small one, but by unfolding it the plume moth flies just like any other moth. Most common in the Benelux and Britain is the White Plume Moth, below to the left. Even in rest the wings are rolled up rather carelessly and usually one
can easily see the segments, usually called 'fingers'. It is a rather big micro, for it may reach a wingspan of some 36 mm. The caterpillars feed and overwinter exclusively on bindweed. Of all plume moths this species is seen most often, for it is often attracted by light. To the right another white species. It looks like the White Plume Moth a lot, but is considerably smaller (wingspan 20 to 25 mm only), has dark spots on the wings and a small
brown line on the back. It is on the wing in June and July and is active in daylight as well as at dusk. The larvae are found on Burdock (Arctium spp)exclusively. In the UK only known from the brecklands of East Anglia, in Holland known from the dunes only. Is on the German red list. This is why we report its presence in our garden tentative only. Most of the alternatives are very uncommon species too, though.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-27 3:40]

Hi Joanna. Very nice photo of this interesting butterfly. Perfect composition, nice contrast and colors.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-27 3:41]

Hello joanna!
Very nice capture.cColors,lighting,framing,BG and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • olar Gold Star Critiquer [C: 137 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-27 3:46]

Nie wiem co to jest ale bardzo orygnilanle zdjecie. Wyglada jakby mialo piora.

This is very nice composition.
Great POV and maximum use of the light.
Backgroud is a jewel here.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-27 3:58]

When I was in my primary school my best friend bought a book - key to identify insects and I saw this moth for first time then. I wanted to meet this creature for many years but without succes. And now my wife returned from her father's place and asked me what's that strange butterfly ;-)
I love this insect. It's so fragile, delicate, it looks like ghost. Picture is slightly OE but it's not fault in my opinion - it gives this moth more ethereality.
Superb gift for me ;-)

Joanna, this is a excellent Picture. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-27 5:12]

It looks like it has feathers for wings. I can just see it drifting along from plant to plant, looking quite ethereal. Very nice and delicate Joanna, good catch.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-27 6:25]

Hello Joanna,

What a strange looking insect. I hadn't seen it before. Composition and pose are great, but I do think parts are a wee bit oe. Nice BG! Well done & TFS!


hello joanna!
Wonderful shot.Lighting,BG,colors and composition are perfect.TFS...:-)

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  • odin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 177 W: 1 N: 209] (1169)
  • [2005-06-27 8:32]

Belle image Joanna, Curieux papillon, Belle composition. C'est toujours agréable de découvrir les espèces provennant des autres pays. merci

witaj:) przesliczna jest ta biala dama:D pieknie pokazana:) super:)


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-27 10:37]

very nice one Joanna,
It look likes an angel, very good photo, not an easy one, but very nice to look at, good composition, fantastic dof, I think pov can be done better, but even you must have some luck too, good job anyway,
gr. Jaap

Lovely capture Joanna,
Excellent colours, crystal clear detail, good sharpness.
Great composition, perfect POV and DOF. Some parts are a touch OE, but not too bad.
Thanks for posting, have a good week.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-27 15:32]

fajny potworek, ³adnie Ci zapozowa³. Trochê nieostre, co rzadko Ci siê zdarza. Podoba mi siê.
Pozdr. Al.

Lovely clean image Joanna, the light is fantastic and I don't mind the hot areas at all. Nice work.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-27 18:24]

Hello Joanna,
A superb capture of this very unusual moth.
Excellent composition,colours and detail.
Well done!


How lovely and unusual this butterfly is, Joanna!
Such a pretty color and wings that look like feathers, great capture.
Thank you for this wonderful composition.

Hello Joanna

Nice shot. A wee bit over exposed. Nice OOF BG. Interesting wing shape. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • ian Gold Star Critiquer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-06-28 4:05]

Welcome Joanna!
Great photo. Wonderful colours. I like it very much. Your photos are great.

Nice macro Joanna! Light subjects against dark BG's are always difficult but you've done well here. Well done on the composition and details, Great post!

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-29 3:25]

Hello Joanna!
Personal assessment of the photo: great.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-29 17:54]

Joanna, another very beautiful insect posted by you.

Great pov and composition.

As always, excellent colors.

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  • ewa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 62 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-07-01 5:00]

Bardzo dziwne zdjecie. Ni to ptak ni to jakis robak.

Czesc Joasiu,

Piorolotki sa swietne - wygladaja troche jak duchy motyli :-) A do tego te niesamowite, kolczaste nogi :-) Bardzo ladna kompozycja i kolory :-)

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