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Love is; A grass Stalk

Love is; A grass Stalk
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Copyright: William Jacobs (oldferret) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 126 W: 16 N: 395] (1837)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7 D+Battery Grip, Canon EF 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 L IS USM, Kingston 16GB 266x, 67mm UV Filter-Hoya
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mating [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2012-06-24 2:42
Viewed: 2139
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A pair of Five Spot Burnet Moths mating on this grass stalk taken on a very breezy day, I had to wait for a lull in the breeze and even then it took about 20 attempts to get a decent shot.

The 5-Spot Burnet Moth (Zygaena trifoli) is a very distinctive day-time flying moth with red hind-wings and five red spots on metallic greenish blue fore-wings. Prefers damp meadows, common and widespread in the UK.
Flies July-August (so these are a bit early). Larvae feeds on greater bird's-foot trefoil.
Similar to the 6-SpotBurnet which has 6 spots and favours drier ground.
Wingspan 35mm

Image cropped about 45%, adjusted levels.

Thanks for viewing.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-24 2:48]

Hi William,not easy to see a couple of these moths mating,and not easy to take this specie so well,they have terrible metallic reflections on the wings,and you manage very very well the light for a very professional result,spectacular details too! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-06-24 3:32]

Hi William,
Nice shot. Nice colours good composition and details.
Regards Jiri.

Ciao William, lovely maiting couple of beautiful moth, mice diagonal composition, splendid sharpness, wonderful coplors and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi William,
interesting photo of these moths. I think it's common species in my country.
Excellent point of view. Nice composition. Very good details.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-24 8:32]

Hello Bill,
Excellent macro in very good sharpness and details. Beautiful colours, nicely contrasting against the blurry background. Fine diagonal composition.

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2012-06-24 12:34]

Hello William,
Not an easy capture ! Excellent managed POV ! Outstanding composition ! TFS Tina

Hello William,
Excellent image with a lovely and colorful specie of moth. In my county I found only 6-SpotBurnet moth. This is a very nice composition with splendid details and very nice natural colors.
Thanks for visiting my gallery!

Ciao Bill. Impressive details and sharp. Wonderful colours. Loovely compo with the insects like diagonal.


Hello William,
Fantastic capture of the mating couple.Wonderful composition,beautiful bright colours and great sharpness.Congrats!
Thank You
Have a good week!
Best regards

Hello William
Interesting subject and beautiful photo with good composition and wonderful colours.

Bill, this is a great capture of these two moths. Good sharpness and color. Also good bokeh.

wonderful subject William, excellent the moment you've captured, congratulations ! i like the composition and the colors in your picture,

have a good time,

ciao, tino

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