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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 6) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-08-16 3:51
Viewed: 4801
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is probably six spot burnet moth or one of similiar kind. Last year I saw this moth for first time in my life about 200 km south from Lodz in Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska mountains. I thought I was lucky because it seems to be rather rare insect. But this year I saw this kind of moth many times in The Garden. They're not very common but not rare for sure.

Latin name: Zygaena filipendulae

Size: Wingspan approximately 35mms.

Distribution: Found throughout England and the coasts of Wales and Scotland.

Months seen: June to August.

Habitat: Meadows, downland and heathland.

Food: Nectar.

Special features: Six-spot burnets are day flying moths. The six red spots on each of the moths greenish-black fore-wings are a warning to predators that this moth tastes bad! The caterpillars feed on trefoil and vetch which contain traces of the poison cyanide. These toxins are carried on through to the adult moth. The caterpillars pupate on grass stems, forming a yellow coloured chrysalis.

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There are too much details in this picture, but the colours and the contrast between the colours is great, the result is a wonderfull and colourfull picture.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-08-16 4:15]

Hello Greg!
Wonderful close up.Crisp clear details,vivid colors and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

I love this wonderful moth! It's full of colours and looks very interesting!

There's plenty of 6 and 5 spotted burnets in my region - maybe they don't like big cities too much ;)
The photo has great POV and composition, light is perfect and the whole has really beautiful colours.
I like it very much.

Hi Greg

Nice upside down shot. Lovely colours on the wings. Good POV and BG. Crisp, clear with very good exposure. Well done.

Nice work Greg, Very colorful and beautiful this Burnet six-spot. Clear details and excellent colors with a colorful frame. Great note, Well done..

Greg, very good shot. Great POV and very good details. Good visual impact. TFS.

Superb sharpness, interesting POV and composition and lots of colour make this a very attractive piece of work. Good one Greg.

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  • ridfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 89 W: 0 N: 376] (4111)
  • [2005-08-16 8:34]

Magnifique compo offrant des détails précis. La profondeur de champ est ici parfaite. Mes yeux se régalent.


Hello Greg!
Wonderful shot.Colors,details,lighting,POV and composition are perfect as always.Thanks fopr sharing.

very nice one Greg,
okee it is turning the world on his head but I made a simple ws. I am going here for composition. I hope you like it. The pov is nice and the dof is great, very good job,
gr. Jaap

Thats beautiful, these intensive colours and good sharpness. The arangement is perfect, I like it very much, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

The upside down world of the moth.

Wonderful capture Greg, I have never seen a red spotted moth before. (And now I am hoping that I will go outside and there will be some.)

Your S2 is doing its job well in your hands.

Interesting and sharp details, POV, DOF, colors, and composition, (although I think I prefer Jaap's ws in this regard).

Well done and thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-08-16 15:10]

Hi Greg,

Lovely shot, a beautiful moth you got there, love those colours, good compositioin and details. :) Very well captured my friend...

Thanks for sharing, :)

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-08-16 15:25]

podobny jest u cafecrem. Tutaj ³adnie pokazany z góry, dobra ostro¶æ i g³êbia. Dobra robota.
Pozdr. Al.

Very well captured Greg,
Good detail and great POV. Nicely exposed. Well composed. good notes, good colours & Well captured, thanks for posting.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-16 17:57]

Hi Greg, nice shot of this moth. They are a very attractive looking insect. Thre POV is very different - looking down the stalk. The moth is a little soft in places but good all round.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-08-16 18:04]

Grzegorz, strong and vivid colors - that's really nice.

I've never seen one of them.

I like pov and composition - although, to me, Jaap's solution about this was simple and effective. Anyway, unusual pov, and that's great.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-08-17 16:08]

Hej, bardzo ladna fotka. Ten gatunek wcale nie jest taki rzadki w Polsce, notowany jest w calym kraju. Podoba mi sie kompozycja po przekatnej. Serdecznosci, Michal

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-17 20:10]

Hi Greg MF, I have no time to write a decent comment. I give to you the well deserved smiley.

Day thought:
"If you wish to know the mind of a man, listen to his words." -- Chinese Proverb --

Thank you for sharing pictures and notes and for the enjoyment which they give to me.

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-08-23 18:08]

Always a good capture of this specie!
A rare moth in Portugal.
Great colors!

Hi, Greg:
I'm a little late catching up with this posting, but it has attracted my attention because this specimen shows a pale tip to the antenna, which suggests that it is one of the forms of Zygaena transalpina (or one of several closely related but geographically disjunct species - the "transalpina complex," depending on which reference you read). Thanks to Peter Stoeckl for checking this for me.
Regards, Nigel.

Hi Grzegorz!
Beautiful shot on that burnet...clear details
and good composition...
TFS...all the best..Marilyn

So nice a combination of colour. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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