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Male showing off!

Male showing off!
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon PowerShot G9
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Metallic wonders of nature 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-08-30 10:23
Viewed: 4435
Points: 70
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
ForesterAdscita statices

This is my second post of this species but this time it is seen from a rather different angle.
It is a day-flying Moth with a metallic sheen to the wings. Above is a male that allowed me to get very close! This species has been very common here in the south this summer while otherwise red-listed in Sweden. It belongs to the Zygaenidae family and has a wingspan of about 24-32 mm. It is found on grassy meadows and open spaces in the woods where there are plenty of wild flowers. The larvae feed on various species of Rumex.

The Swedish name is ‘Metallvingesvärmare’.

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Hello Ulla,

Fantastic capture.
Colours,light and definition are superb.
Good composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-30 10:32]

Hi Ulla. I dont think ihave seen one before so thanks for posting this one on TN. I must say i do like the colour and the shine on the body and wings. a good POV/DOF. with fine detail. Well done TFs.

Hi Ulla,

Excellent brightness and a very nice angle of capture! ...



Hi Ulla,
Good evening, neighbour... :) Beautiful macro shot of an interesting and nice-looking specie. Great POV and colors - although, pitifully the oof flower hides the insect a bit, and bg is a bit noisy. Otherwise a very nice capture.
Tfs, best regards, László

Excellent capture, sharp, vivid colors, natural lights and great POV,

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2009-08-30 11:19]

Hello Ulla,
these green Zygaenidae are difficult for photographers. I think, it is the best to avoid strong sunlight.
However, you nicely reproduced the green metallic coloration. It's a pity that the antennae are slightly out of
depth of field. They have such an interesting structure.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-30 11:19]

Hello Ulla,
Great impressive photo. Excellent sharpness, details and clear metalic colours. Beautiful OOF BG. Superb POV and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-08-30 11:41]

Hello Ulla.
A beautiful capture of this moth.The DOF and POV are excellent.The details are sharp and the colours are vivid.Shows well on that flower against that lovely blurred BG.TFS
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ulla,
Excellent close-up shot of this metalic colored moth with nice composition.
TFS and regards,

Hy Ulla
Is indeed a very good pose for a butterfly.I like all the details on the insect body. It is astrange color for a moth, is the first time when I see it. TFS!
Kind regards, Oana

Felicidades Ulla por este excelente trabajo.
He tenido la suerte de observar este Zygaenidae y se de su dificultad para fotografiarlo, por lo que al ver esta toma me he sorprendido por su gran calidad técnica. Si ya es díficil captar su dorso, más lo son sus antenas y ojos. Resolviste con gran eficacia también la captura del color y sus brillos. Enhorabuena !

Saludos: J. Ignasi.

Hello Ulla,
Very impressive shot! Excellent low POV, with perfect sharpness on this beautiful metallic moth. TFS,

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-08-30 13:49]

HI Ulla , what a pretty moth , I love this point of view , very nice photo with good sharpness and color too.

Hello Ulla,

An excellent capture with beautiful radiant colors, sharpness & details. Nicely & well done. TFS.

Best regards


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-08-30 14:36]

Hi Ulla,really impressive your class to take so perfectly the colors of this terrible insect....always difficult because of their garment from New Year's Day festivity..ehehe...very very top class work.Excellent composition and POV too.Have a nice week and thanks for share,Luciano.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-30 14:36]

Slav Űlla,
This is very good capture with excellent colours,sharpness and great details.Thanks for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-30 14:57]

Hi Ulla,

This male Forester has every reason to show off - he is beautiful. The metallic color is lovely and his antennae are fantastic - they look like combs. A wonderful shot of him in this pose. As always the details are superb.


hello Ulla

excellent macro photo of this insect, i love his pose and the POV on it,
with fine focus excellent sharpness and details,
and beautifully blurred background, TFS


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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2009-08-30 23:48]

Hi Ulla,

The angle is unique. The colors and details, especially of the head, are striking. Excellent take!



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-31 1:30]

Hi Ulla

Excellent pose - great detail. You have captured the light very well.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-08-31 5:10]

Hi Ulla
Great closed up.Excellent POV and sharp image.I love that frontal view.Detail are also excellent as the colors.
TFS Michel

Ciao Ulla, beautiful moth with fantastic metallic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, perfect focus and lovely blurry BG, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-31 9:04]

Hallo Ulla,

Mycket spektakulära denna bild.
Ett makro undantagsfall.
Jag önskar allt gott,

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2009-08-31 10:03]

Hello Ulla
elegant macro composition with beautiful Adscita statices on delicate flower, fine details and very vivid colors, great sharpness.

hello Ulla!
a fine specimen of the Zygaenidae family, that I have never seen..........
is captured in beautiful pose with excellent details

best regards sERGIO

Hi Ulla,
well approached, precisely focussed, well composed portrait of pretty Metallvingesvärmare, the low level point of view brings us into eye contact and makes us dive into the forester's world. Close approach is always worth the effort.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-09-02 2:26]

Hello Ulla,
I missed this very male Forester! How funny to see it like that. I'm sure he wanted to impress you! Very well caught, it's one of the most difficult Moth to take pictures of.
I wish you a nice day
Kind regards

hello Ulla
SUPER picture
very good details with great sharpnees
and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Hej Ulla
I remember your previous post for beautiful Forester. this is also great capture from lateral view. coloration, composition and sharp details great. I like also POV/DOF very much. thanks for sharing this beauty.
god natt

Perfect point of view Ulla. Superb details.
TFS and regards, Bahadır

Hello Ulla,
a splendid picture of this male, superb sharpness and brilliant colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Ulla
Excellent photo of the bug...Outstanding color and detail...TFS

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-10-23 13:24]

Hi Ulla, This is a spectacular close up of this strange looking insect. The shallow depth of field makes the subjject stand out superbly. You have many wonderful nature photos in your gallery. TFS. Murray.

Woooow, Ulla, right now I found this metallic one - it's amazing. Glittering everywhere.
And the antennae are beautiful - like a comb. Excellent and interesting shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hallo Ulla
Looking at this stunning image of the Forester I am reminded of the piano player Liberace and all the striking and shiny coats he used to wear while performing on stage. Absolutely beautiful! You have captured this pretty insect so well, and the metallic blue colour are shown so beautifully, not forgetting to mention that lovely set of anthers that looks like Liberace’s comb. A real star in own right, and a glamorous one indeed. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards.

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