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White Ermine

White Ermine
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Exposure: f/2.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Moths, Bellas Polillas, Belles Mites... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-03-28 3:46
Viewed: 3731
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is probably one of the most beautiful moths that live in my neighbourhood. I always had feeling it looks kind of elegant.

The moth belong to the group of moths called Ermines. I didn't find any info about the origin of this name, but it seems it is because of the look of this moths. The spotted wings and fur around head make them look a bit lake a ladies in ermine fur.

I'm not 100% sure about the ID, but the moth from my picture seems to be White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda).

The White Ermine is a hairy, white moth. It's wings are speckled with black dots. The first part of the body is white and extremely hairy, center part is orange and black and the tip of the tail is white with a rather big black dot. It has also nice black antennae.

The adults White Ermine can be seen from May to the middle of August. They fly only during the night and spend days resting somewhere among vegatation. When you find such moth you can easily take some pictures as it hardly ever moves and never flies off. This is probably due to the fact that both adult and larva are foul tasting and even slightly poisonous for birds.

Adult moths do not feed and the caterpillars, what is quite interesting, prefer to feed on hairy plants.

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wow, a snowy owl reborn as a moth!
superb macro, monika! :-)
fantastic shot of a really beautiful moth.
thanx for presenting us such a fine masterpiece,

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-28 3:54]

Very good photo of this white moth!
Never saw it.
Very good on details!
Very good DOF and BG!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-03-28 3:54]

Yes, I can see where it gets the name - Ermine. Lovely white furry body Monika. I looked up Google and it does look like what you said it was.
Good composition with it on the plant, it looks so soft and tender, with good clarity. Well done,

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-03-28 3:59]

Wow, Monika.
Superb composition with the full frame and the leafy BG.
The details are outstandingly sharp, and the colors are gorgeous.
Excellent handling of the whites. A regal insect, if ever there was one. I can almost see him with a gold crown on his head.
TFS. : )

Hi Monika,
Congratulations...Marvelous macro, beautiful butterfly. Good details, vivid colors, POV, sharpness, composition, and cross framing are very well. Well done.
Ali Rıza

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-03-28 4:02]

Monika bonjour, splendide Moth tout en légereté. Composition, sharpness, color and DOF are perfect. Very well done, congratulations Didier.

Hi Monika

Beautiful exposure in this shot. Excellent depth of colour and nice POV. Crisp, clear and sharp. Lovely to view. :-)

Hello Monika!
Congrats, this is a great shot with a wonderfull moth! Very good sharpness, great POV and very nice colours. Thanks for posting.

Beautiful shot Monika. Very well composed and rich colours. Excellent detail and POV.

Great work.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-03-28 5:49]

Hello Monika!
Excellent close up.Details,sharpness,BG and composition are

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-03-28 5:53]

Hi Monika!
You're right - one of most beautifull moths for sure. I like its innocent look and colours. It looks like old Russian lady in her fur made from arctic foxes ;-) Great details and POV, white/greens work good together, everything looks very nice.

Hello Monika, another great macro from your hand. Nice detail and clean composition. Yes that is a beauty, well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-03-28 6:24]

Hi Monika,
A lovely shot, excellent detail and colour, I'm guessing no Russian binoculars involved here :-) Technically the DOF may be a little shallow, however I like it and it's something I do a lot as I think it adds depth. I think you are right about the origin of Ermine, it looks very much like Ermine fur.

Hi Monika,
Does "Adult moths do not feed and the caterpillars, what is quite interesting, prefer to feed on hairy plants." adults only job is to reproduce like cicada?
Good picture , excellent composition and exposure.What made you use f2.8, i feel higher F-stop could have given you a better DOF.

Goutham R

Hi Monika, Another great photo you have produced here, Great In everyway possible, keep them coming, TFS Kyle


Great shot - Very goo DOV - Some parts not 100% in focus. (I have the same problem) Good detail


Hi Monika,
This is well exposed and I like the framing..not too tight, just right ;}
Very good details and an interesting POV.

This really is a pretty moth, they should've called it a snowy owl moth, either way it a fantastic macro closeup shot. Well done Monika. :)

Hi Monika,
phantastic, this is an excellent close-up with very good sharpness. It's a cute moth, I love all the hairs and the pretty antennas.
I also saw one of them in summer but my shots are not so good ;-( Thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Monika,
A beautiful moth. Great colors and sharp detail. In reading your note I see you can't change f stops. Thats too bad, this would be so much better with more DOF. Still looks great.

Hi Monika,
This is a lovely looking moth, very sweet ;)
Good clear and sharp detail. Good colours, composition, POV and exposure.
Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week my friend.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-03-28 17:22]

Bonsoir Monika!

Excellente présentation,le papillon est de toute beauté et les détails sont excellent. Félicitations pour le contraste de couleur et la faible ouverture qui isole bien le sujet et le met en évidence.

Merci pour l'envoie!


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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-03-29 10:52]

Bonjour Monika,
Très belle macro avec une exposition parfaite. La MAP est juste au bon endroit. Après les explications la mite nous deviendrait presque sympathique. Bravo et merci.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-03-29 16:06]

Fantastic shot Monika, very nice capture with a superb composition
Superb detail, and excellent bright colours. Very sharp and clear.
Thanks for posting

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • TPAKT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 97 W: 21 N: 20] (89)
  • [2006-03-30 12:00]

Privet Monica.
Magnificent quality!! Details, color and model are higher than any praises. Bravo!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-02 17:58]

Hi Monike
Superb composition.Excelent details,sharpnes,colours and frame.
Well done


Witaj Moniko,

Bardzo przemyślany i uroczy kadr,
ostrość tam gdzie trzeba,
Piękna kolorystyka taka naturalna.

TFS :-)

Hi, Monica.
Very interesting insect. I don't remember I have seen ever such. Excellent composition and exposure.

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