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Widespread Species of Pyralid Moth

Widespread Species of Pyralid Moth
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-11 22:21
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Points: 68
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Hawaian Beet Webworm (Spoladea recurvalis)

Just where we parked the car outside the hotel there were some weeds along the roadside.
As green weeds are unusual in Lanzarote they are worth examining, we had a closer look and were rewarded by seeing several of these small moths.

They flew up when disturbed, to soon settle back on the plant or close to. There must have been over 50 within 3 meters of the road verge. They had a wingspan of less than 2 cm (3/4 in) and varied a little in colour from pale to dark brown. Ulla and I got down to photographing them and as she used her Canon G9 I decided to try my long lens.

This is my best composed result but the one in the WORKSHOP is closer. I took them with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). These images were sharpened after cropping and size reduction.

Though I have specialised in the larger Macro Lepidoptera, butterflies and moths, I have never studied Micro Lepidoptera, but I knew that these were some species of Pyralid moths. As I could not find it on the internet I was grateful to have any further information.

Thank you Marie (Mariki) for the ID. It was clever of you to find it! I am most grateful!

It is found all over the world, especially the tropics and has most probably been spread by agriculture as it is a pest on beet crops. It looks like the 'weed' that it is on is a species of Beta. It has a variety of larval host plants. The name suggests its country of origin. In 2004 it was discovered in Belgium and is presumably found in other parts of Europe

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They are spectacular Moths, Ivan, and you were right on the spot to capture them so well.
I like the bright colours on them. You have got both of them very sharp and clear.
Sorry for being irregular on TN; leaving the current job in a school and busy winding up.

Hi Ivan,

again neighbours, you showed here a beautiful composition of an couple Pyralid Moth with lots of details.
Beautiful composition.
I think that I never been seen these specie before.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-12-11 23:24]

Hello Ivan,

No time. Just giving the name. spoladea recurvalis. Beet webworm.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-11 23:24]

Hi Ivan,
A great shot of this beatifull moths with nice contrasts and good sharpness,well don and TFS

Best regards Siggi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-11 23:29]

Hello Ivan

A lovely composition with vivid greens and excellent detail on the moths.


Hi Ivan,

This is a beauty, at first I thought you used a flash but I see you did'nt, this just sparkles, the colours are amazing, and the detail just leaps of the screen, and for the fact your useing a 300mm + a converter + hand held, just stunning.

Cheers Rick :)

Ciao Ivan,
Oggi, che ricorre un anno dalla mia iscrizione, sono onorato di essere il tuo vicino, perché rappresenti per me, e credo per tutti gli amici di TN, uno dei più importanti, e vorrei dire indispensabili, punti di riferimento per la tua competenza sia in campo fotografico che in quello scientifico, ma soprattutto per il tuo entusiastico e "passionale" amore per la Natura. Spettacolare cattura di queste due falene, di cui si apprezzano le varie caratteristiche in questa splendida immagine, affiancata da quella altrettanto bella del WS, ottima la definizione, magnifici i colori e la luminosità.
Grazie di nuovo per il tuo apporto su TN.

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-12-12 0:58]

Hi İvan
very nice composition and colors
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

Hello Ivan, very beautiful composition of these moths. TFS.
Regards, Deniz

Hi My dostum Ivan,
Another novelty for me from you. Great macro of these moths in a fine compposition. Nice to see their dorsal and lateral aspects in the same capture my friend. TFS.


Hi Ivan

Great looking moth, you were lucky that Marie could ID it for you.
Great composition with these two individuals giving different perspectives. The big lens has done amazingly well, I'm impressed with its versitile performance. Good sharpness and DOF.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-12 2:44]

hello Ivan,
Very striking Moth-species, which I never have seen before. It seems to be a pest, but to look at it ,it's a beautiful creature. And you took them both on a very contrasting green plant, which enhances even the special look of this beet Webworm.
Thanks for this instructive and interesting posting
Une belle journée

Hello Ivan,
I like the vivid colours of the moths in oposition with the green of the plant and BG
Well done

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-12-12 6:56]

Hi Ivan,
Fine study of these moth, two showing different facets. Good composition and colors. I liked the greens helping the brown colored moths perfectly. tfs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-12-12 7:25]

Hi Ivan.
You have pictured these small creatures with long telelens system perfectly. Excellent, crisp sharp of the insects and so nice weed. All is fine, especially rich colours of the insect and plants, precise level of an exposure and wonderful, very pleasant for eyes smooth BG. Perfect job. My best wishes for weekend.

This for some reason reminds me of my meanl moths...not sure why...perhaps the small thread there...of course not meal moths here...well captured....I have had meal moth problems before and they are impossible to get rid of...I carry lots of dried proteins around in hard jars to protect them..

Hi dear Ivan ,
Beautiful macro with nice colours.
Great comp anf good light.
Beat wishes

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  • Rosa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 56 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-12-12 8:31]

Hello Ivan,
what an impressive perspective and momment.
Great shot.
Friendly greetings

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-12 9:18]

Hi Ivan,

In other words, "Seek and ye shall find." I'm glad you took a look at the weeds because these moths are worth seeing. How nice to find a pair - with different wing positions. The shades of brown are beautiful - I love the patterns of the white stripes. Fine details, wonderful setting, background and composition. Wishing you a nice weekend.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-12 10:16]

Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo of these moths. Beautiful vivid colours in splendid light. Great sharp details, DOF, and POV. Wonderful composition.

Hi Ivan, splendid couple of moths, great composition with wonderful light and colors, great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-12-12 12:38]

Hi Ivan. Always worth looking if you are going to fine things like this. And somany on your door step. Good focusing as this was taken hand held and so close. wit hgood detail and rich colours. well done TFS.
Have a good weekend.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-12 13:14]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture of this moths.Clear details,sharpness,vivid colors and exposure are wonderful.
Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

Hi Ivan,
they are very pretty, a beautiful design on the backside of the wings.
Also a pretty arrangement to see 2 of them in different poses, thanks, very good
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hola Ivan,
Has conseguido una bella composición de ésta mariposa nocturna, interesante especie.
Saludos. Ferran

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-12-12 15:11]

Hola amigo,
exquisite macro,
beautiful lighting,
nice frame and focus ...
I think the workshop has excellent quality,
saludos Ivan.

hello Ivan

very beautiful image, i love that both the butterflies
and the trunk amd leafs are in focus, fine POV,
very beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-12 18:17]

Hello Ivan,
You obtained a great depth of field here Ivan with the F14, so everything is well in focus. The composition and colors are top notch as well, thank you.

My dear and most respected friend, this shot and the note add yet another aspect of learning to my ignorant being!
This is a very beautiful shot, shot from a very well chosen vantage point!
Very well done, Ivan!

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-13 2:44]

Very nice composition, POV and colours Ivan. I also like frame. Good work!

hello Ivan!
another species from Canarias in this
beautiful composition...these moths from the wings with a beautiful picture brown and white is new for me too..good details too in WS

greetings sERGIO

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-14 13:48]

Hi Ivan,
a great shot of these striking moths!
Excellent sharpness and detail.
Great contrast.
Superb composition.

Very well done,

Hola Ivan,
Bonita e interesante especie que nos muestras en una bonita composición, con gran nitidez y detalle, excelente luz con un fondo agradable, saludos
José Ramón

Hello Ivan,
attractive, well describing presentation of that couple of Pyralidae moths. They seem to be tiny, and they certainly have been lively and hard to approach. I like the Pyralidae family for its surprising diversity of distinct patterns, small gems. Next summer, I will have an eye for that species shown by you if they also exist in Austria.
Thank you! With best regards,

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