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Thrift Clearwing

Thrift Clearwing
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-16 7:42
Viewed: 2895
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thrift Clearwing Synansphecia muscaeformis
(Esper, 1783)

Wingspan 15-18 mm.

With a mainly western distribution, this clearwing is mainly found around sea-cliffs or rocky coastal areas where the foodplant occurs commonly.

It occurs in suitable localities in western England, Wales, and parts of Scotland, as well as southern Ireland, Poland.

The moths fly in June and July, and may be found visiting the flowers of the foodplant as well as those of thyme (Thymus). They can also be attracted by the use of pheromones.

The foodplant is thrift (Armeria maritima), the caterpillars feeding in the roots and crowns.

AT Grasnelken-Glasflügler
CZ Nesytka trávničková
IE Thrift Clearwing
DE Grasnelken-Glasflügler
SK Podobník trávničkový
SE Fluglik glasvinge
UK Thrift Clearwing

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Hi Marx,

such a beauty, such a rare and curious specimen, Marx! It's a wonderful sight, the background kept nicely unfocussed. Needless to say that I have never seen such a moth. I love to see such exceptional shots on TN, thanks for this one.

My best regards

Gidday Marx,
A great shot of this striking Clearwing.
We don't have this in NZ,but we do have a Currant Clearwing that eats Blackcurrant & Redcurrant bushes.
Very interesting.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-16 10:27]

Hi Marx,
Very beautiful close up.I liked exposure,sharpness,colors and details a lot.
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting.

hello Marx
super picture
great details nice composition
greeting lou

Hi Marx,
just fantastic, I never had the luck to see this beautiful clearwing in nature.
Your shot is excellent and I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-16 12:16]

Hi Marx. This is a first class close up of this Insect. Your POV lets us see the clear wings. very sharp focus and fine detail. Bright colours with good use of the light. And a good DOF. well done TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-03-16 12:32]

Czesc Marx!

Alez fantastyczna cme udalo Ci sie sfotografowac! Piekna. Ostra, kolorowa, kompozycja z kwiatem bardzo ladna, no i okienka na skrzydelkach wygladaja super. Nigdy jeszcze nie widzialem na zywo zadnego okazu z przeziernikowatych. Gratulacje!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-03-16 12:57]

Hello marx,

Very good close-up of this insect. The image is rasor sharp sp that good details of the insect can be observed. The colors of the out of focus flower makes a nice background.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-16 14:39]

Hello Marx,
Beautiful insect with the transparent wings. Excellent sharpness and details. Nice contrasting colours. Very good POV and composition.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-03-17 8:01]

Dobre makro, dostateczna ostrosc owada, kolor tla dodaje uroku calosci.
Pozdrawiam, Pawel

bonjour marx
une tres belle photo de ce papillon qui ne doit pas exister ici.
la netteté est bonne,j'aurais bien aimé le voir de profil.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-29 6:28]

Hi Marx,
thanks for visiting my post and give a very encouraging critique. Really appreciate it.
This shot is very lovely with the insect well seen in details. the flower too gives a good background in making your whole shot very exciting and impressive.
Well presented in brilliant composition.


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