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Mother-of-Pearl Moth

Mother-of-Pearl Moth
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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: 2010-07-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot SX10 IS
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-20 12:16
Viewed: 3097
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mother of Pearl - Pleuroptya ruralis

I captured this moth as it rested on a frosted pane of glass. I fell for its wonderful Mother of Pearl lustre and I managed to get a few captures before it flew off. It is a moth that belongs to the family Pyralidae. It has a wingspan of 26-40 mm and a rolling rather goast-like flight. The green larvae usually feed on Stinging nettle in a rolled-up leaf.

The Sw. name is ‘Allmänt nässelmott’.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-07-20 12:17]

Hello Ulla,
A great shot of this beatifull moth with nice contrasts and good sharpness,well donne and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-07-20 12:23]

Hello Ulla,
Beautiful photo of this moth in good sharpness, specially in the wings. Nice contrasting colours.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-07-20 12:37]

Hi Ulla. I have often looked at moths throught the window glass but never taken any pictures. You have done well with this one. It has given us a chance tosee the markings and colours of the wings. TFS.

Hello Ulla,
Weel done, you've taken good advantage of the site where this moth poses!... Well donw, nice details and colors in wings!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hello Ulla, stunning close up shot.
TFS and regards,

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-07-20 15:20]

Hello Ulla,
Very good macro of this beautiful moth in nice light and great black BG.Nice colors and fine details.TFS.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-07-20 16:14]

Hi Ulla,

I marvel at the beautiful moths you have in Sweden. It may be on glass but it the background looks like a starry sky and I love it. The wing markings are lovely and you show them in fine detail with wonderful colors.


Ciao Ulla, fantastic jewel, wonderful contrast against dark BG, excellent details, splendid sharpness and superb light, very well done my friend, brava, ciao Silvio

Hallo Ulla,
what a wonderful moth, marvellous colours with very good contrast, fantastic composition
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-21 2:48]

Hi Ulla,a very difficult pic,you work very well whit the light to have the perfect motherpearl effect,only the head is out of focus,and the contrast whit the black background is fantastic!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Ciao Ulla. An exciting artistic one! Fabolouse BG.


hello Ulla
this one is beautiful
great sharpness and beautiful colours
very good light
greeting lou

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2010-07-21 6:21]

Hi Ulla,
Used good lateral light ...
an other superb macro of beutiful Mother-of-Pearl Moth, fine details and splendid sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hi Ulla,

Excellent macro work, the details of the moth are nicely captured. Good framing and the black contrasting background is perfect.
TFS and have a nice night!


Interesante trabajo Ulla; primero pensé que el fondo se trataba del firmamento ! y los puntitos eran las estrellas. Colores naturales bien captados, incluída la parte plateada de las alas. Lástima del enfoque a la cabeza que fué algo corto.
Me quedan solamente diez días para irme yo solo a las montañas de los Pirineos a pasar unos dias en soledad... solo insectos y mi cámara.
Un abrazo y buen fin de semana: J. Ignasi.

Hi dear Ulla ,

So nice shot from you.
Details is nice too.
Very well done.
Kind regards

Hi Ulla,
A nice capture of this pearl moth. Excellent composition good details (but it could have been better on the head region). Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-08-03 4:36]

Hello Ulla,
what a real pearl with fine hairs seen along the side of the wings.
Excellent view and exciting colour dark background. The sharpness is brilliant, it looks like many small stars sparkling in the background.


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