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Five-Spot Burnet moth

Five-Spot Burnet moth
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Copyright: Andy Brook (AndyB) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Hoya 52mm HMC Skylight 1B
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-09 6:18
Viewed: 4811
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Five-spotted Burnet (Zygaena trifolii)

Wingspan 30-46 mm

Flight Period: End of May to late July.

This colourful day-flying moth was captured whilst feeding on thistle near to a moorland path above Holmfirth.I visit this place often as my dads ashes were scattered in this place.

The caterpillars of the Burnet moth feed on trefoil and vetch which contain traces of cyanide. These toxins are carried through to the adult moth.
The bright red is a warning to predators that it is poisonous to eat.

The black pupa can be found enclosed in an opaque cocoon, which is attached to grass stems and other vegetation.
photo cropped and sharpened,exposure compensation was set at -0.7

ramthakur, Alex99, RAP, horia, fartash, phlr, scottevers7, Christopher_PL, red45, tiklod has marked this note useful
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The five red spots on its blue wings make this moth perhaps one of the most spectacular in nature, Andy.
You have captured it beautifully; both the moth and the thistle complement each other in this lovely composition.
Fine perspective, depth, colours and sharpness.
Thanks and take care.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-09 7:06]

Hello Andy,
I love the Burnets, they're so beautiful and this one you've captured really well, very sharp, fantastic colour and a nice background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-09 7:10]

Hi Andy.
I know your style. Refined colour palette, outstanding details, perfect composition and extremely exact DOF. The POV and captured scene are also wonderful. Perfect job and TFS.

Hi Andy, I've never seen a Five-spotted Burnet, but I've seen a lot of moths, though none shot with the clarity and capture of detail that you have here. Excellent work.

Thanks, John

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-09 7:24]

Nítida, clara, luminosa, delicada macro amigo mío con gran punto de vista que permite disfrutar no sólo del insecto sino también de la flor, con perfecto foco gracias a un DOF ideal, que crea además un fondo totalmente alisado.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

Sharp, clear, luminous, delicate macro my friend with great point of view that allows to not only enjoy the insect but also of the flower, with perfect focus due to an ideal DOF that also believes a completely planed bottom.
Well done!.
My best wishes... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-09 9:00]

Hi Andy
A very beautiful macro work! The composition here is very nice with that little burnet on top of that lovely flower.
I really like the color palette here - strong colors, well saparated from another.
Also great sharpness, excellent POV and very good DOF, leaving that beautiful BG.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2006-11-09 9:01]

Great composition and macro,with great sharpness and details,specific colors. Regards

Hello Andy
What a great shot of Five-spotted Burnet,
Perfect focusing and beautiful colors,


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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2006-11-09 13:19]

Wonderful shot, perfect composition.

hi andy
celle d'hier etait tres belle mais celle-ci est excellente,bon DOF et POV,couleurs netteté impeccable.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-09 14:52]

Hello Andy , Fantastic shot from the burnet , good pose sharp colours details and nice flower , tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-09 16:26]

Hello Andy,
Magnificent close up.I liked POV,clear details,vivid colors,simple BG,framing and composition a lot.Excellent work!

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-09 21:24]

Hello Andy

A beautiful capture of this moth.The DOF and POV are excellent.The details are sharp and the colours are vivid.The red dots look blobbed on with a paintbrush.Shows well on that thistle against that lovely blurred BG.TFS


Hi Andy,
WOW! This is an excellent shot on this Five-spotted Burnet. Perfect exposure has the colors and detail looking superb. Well sepertated from the flawless OOF backround. Great camera work here!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-10 9:58]

Wow, Andy! Wonderful shot with a beautiful composition, delicate color and perfectly blurred background. I regard the note very interesting too. Thank you very much.
Best regards

Hola Andy, una bellísima toma llena de color y buenas luces. Mi enhorabuena y un saludo

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-11 12:55]

Lovely photo of this moth. Nice colours, good clear sharp details and an excellent POV. Spot on DOF



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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-11-11 14:27]

Hi Andy,
I had a bit of a look at your gallery and you have a lovely selection of macro insect images...good work.This is also a good one...great detail and clarity....wonderful contrast in colours and the DOF really making the subject stand out.Well done and TFS.
Regards, David

Nice bug colors and composition. Good difuse light.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-11-15 19:57]

Hola Andy.- Una bella foto de esta Palomilla. Exelentes colores en sus alas. Foto muy clara y nitida. Luis52.

Just perfect picture. Ideal sharpness and composition.


Hi Andy,
Very nice capture. Great colours. Excellent details and light on black wings (not easy to do)...


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