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A Rare Swedish Burnet Moth

A Rare Swedish Burnet 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: 2011-06-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/350 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-08-19 6:56
Viewed: 3143
Points: 74
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Burnet Moth species , Zygaena minos

Swedish name: Klubbsprötad bastrdsvärmare. This means the 'burnet with the club-formed antennae'. As this does not occur in the UK, there is no English name

There are two are in copula in the WORKSHOP..

The forewings have a slight transparency and tend to be more pointed that those of most species of Burnets. The antennae have broader club-shaped tips than those of other species.

This species is rare in Sweden, occurring in a few lime-rich localities rich in flowers in the SE. It is red-listed as vulnerable, owing to loss of habitat caused by modern agriculture.

It is widespread but not especially common in Europe, more common in the S.

It emerges in June/July and the larval host plants are various plants belonging to the Leguminosae.

It was taking with my long lens using my cheap tripod as support at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6ft) After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Ciao Ivan. Interesting POV for the Zygaena minos and magnificent colours results. Lovely brilliant compo.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-08-19 7:04]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic photo of this Burnet Moth. Sharpness, details, colours, DOF, composition and OOF BG are all of high quality. A little masterpiece!

Hi Ivan,
Wonderful picture, very well composed.
Splendid chromatism and excellent details.
Perfect framing. It is really a beautiful moth.

Hi Ivan,
Spectacular shot with interesting subject and fantastic ambientation.
sharpness and details are excellent and the composition is perfect.
Great BG.

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful shot of this colourful moth, very good sharpness details, colours are fantastic and very nice pleasing background, nicely done,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice weekend,
Best Regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-08-19 7:30]

Hello Ivan,
Lovely close up.Well caught,framed and composed.I liked vivid colors,simple BG and visual impact also a lot.Best regards Siggi

Hi Ivan,

Wow what a great capture of this beautiful Moth Ivan, fabulous exposure control with amazing vivid colours, terrific sharpness with splendid details, quite unique that the black area's on the wings are translucent and the the reds are solid?, impressive work here my friend and very well done,
Best regards,


Hello Ivan
Very good macro,fine composition and colors,and good background and lighting.

Hello Ivan,
The colours on the beautiful insect and flower are out of this world. Excellent DOF and overall quality. Your informative note, for me, is of a good lenght and not too long, and I always appreciate it that you give a brief explanation of how the image was captured. Thank you and best wishes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-08-19 8:07]

Hi Ivan,magnificent pic of this rare Zygaena,completely disappear from my fields from 3 years,very impressive capture,not easy,great sharpness and high saturation as i like.Beautiful copula in ws too..ehehe....thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano

Hello Ivan,
It is a rare species in my country too. I have never seen this interesting spotted moth.
The six spotted moth is more popular in Romania.
The details, colors contrast and focus are exceptional as usual.

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this rare Zygaena with good sharpness and splendid details. Beautiful colours and a nicely blurred background. Well seen and done.
Best wishes,

Hi Ivan.
Nice photo of this species on the beautiful flower. Amazing colours. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

hello Ivan
very nice picture with great details
i like this specie with de differend spots
beautiful colours and nice workshop picture to
greeting lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-08-19 11:43]

Hi Ivan,
Nice colours with good detail.Nice blurred background.
Have a good weekend.
Regards Jiri.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-08-19 12:30]

Hello Ivan,
great macro shot, excellent sharpness and detail, fantastic light.
Thanks for sharing.

Perfect photograph, good details, wonderful colours and interesting subject. regards yiannis

Hello Ivan,
Very nice capture of this insect. Colours, details, sharpness, simple BG, POV and composition are wonderful. Well done!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-08-19 14:22]

Hello Ivan!
Now I know that this insect is a butterfly! Great shot with fantastic sharpness and fabulous colors!Wonderful POV and elegant BG! A perfect photo! Congrats! TFS
Regards from,

Precioso documento de una especie que vemos poco por Tn.
Asombrosos y atractivos parecidoa a Z,punctum, favonia, loyselis,
nevadensis, osterodensis, scabiosae... todo un mundo.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana Ivan:
J. Ignasi.

Hi Ivan,
nice composition, well done
TFS & nice WE

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-08-19 23:46]

Hi Ivan,

Thanks for sharing this excellent photo of the Burnet Moth. All technical aspects are outstanding. I like the open wings capture!

Have a pleasant weekend,


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-08-20 3:19]

Beautiful and colorful moth on lovely flower which is also taking the center stage. well captured image. Interesting image in the WS, wish I could see somethng like this here. tfs.

Hallo Ivan
Beautiful! The presentation as a whole is pleasant and the camerawork just great. The bright colours has great impact on the eye. Thanks for sharing a delightful macro, filled with striking colour and detail. Best regards.

Ciao Ivan, wonderful moth with fantastic bright colors, lovely blurry BG, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2011-08-20 10:09]

Hello Ivan,
I think that the beauty this species is very hard show. When you look at this species in nature are visible more tints on its wings. Yours is taken very well, good sharpness and pattern on wings is visible very well.
Regards, Pawel

Amazing insect Ivan! Interesting and beautiful photo. The composition is excellent, the colours are fantastic the sharpness is impressive

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-08-20 18:34]

Hello Ivan,
superb view and the colors are really exciting. The moth is so pretty and the flower is attractive too. The way you placed the subject is photographically and technically nice.


merhaba Ivan dostum
Zygaenids are one of my favourite Lepidopteran.I always keen on their photography. I have never seen this beautiful Z. minos species. you are lucky to see and captured with two great shots. This and other on WS is very beautiful. sharp details, POV/DOF and composition great. superb coloration and lighting. eline sağlık. çok teşekkür ederim. iyi geceler.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-08-23 4:29]

Bonjour Ivan,
A species of Burnet Moth I didn't know at all. Always most interesting to discover creatures rarely shown on the site. Interesting picture in the WS too. Classical fine view.
Merci et bon après-midi

Hello Ivan,

Impressive details in this colourful fellow!
The red and black pattern stands strong, making an immediate eye-catcher...
Technically very well done too!

Pablo -

Hello Ivan,
This is coloorful picture.
I love diffrent coloour in small area.
Have a good weekend.

Dear Ivan,
cheerfully bright and sunny, colourful and clear presentation of Zygaena minos.
Grateful to read your notes about the properties to distinguish this species from very similar Z. purpuralis. They are making me review some of the documentation pictures stored under "Z. purpuralis" in my archives.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

Thank you for your visit and kind words to my latest posting. Wishing you all the best for all those things to do when moving to another place. Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you again!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-09-24 20:23]

Hello Ivan,
A very attractive moth and shown in fine detail with beautiful coloration. Excellent exposure and wonderful DOF with a nice clean BG. Well done!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-10-11 1:11]

Hi Ivan.
What a colourful shot, wonderful pictured objects and excellent DOF. Every petal of the flower and feature of the beautiful moth are reproduced precisely. Lights and colours are very pleasant for eyes as well as lovely smooth BG. Both shots are fine. TFS and best wishes and new shots and sharing.

Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up of this moth over his flower,
with fine POV, beautiful light, excellent focus
sharpness and details, TFS


Hello Ivan,
Thanks for showing us this Rare Swedish Burnet Moth. I have always seen the red and grey version but this transparency of the wings is an amazing creature. I like the details and well exposed details on that beautiful flower. Nice and bright image against the silenced smooth background.
Well done and best regards,

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