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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Attractive Moths - Notodontidae, Moths of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-25 10:15
Viewed: 4061
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday, I had the luck to discover several newly hatched moths, particularly of the family Notodontidae. The picture shows
- Notodonta ziczac
which can be easily recognized by the wing pattern.
The name 'ziczac', however, is not related to the adult moth, but on the caterpillar's shape (see: http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/NotodZiczac.htm).

Foodplants of the caterpillars are: Populus and Salix-species, Betula pendula.

Species distribution: Europe eastwards to Turkey, North-Africa.

Wingspan: about 45 mm.

- natural light
- ISO 400
- hand-held

* de Freina J.J. and Witt T.J. (1987) Die Bombyces und Sphinges der Westpalaearktis, Vol. 1. - Edition Forschung und Wissenschaft, München.
* Ebert G (1994) Die Schmetterlinge Baden-Württembergs, Vol. 4, Nachtfalter II. - Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-04-25 10:24]

Joli gros plan. Le fond est joliment coloré.
Bonne journée.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-04-25 10:35]

Hi Peter,
this is a great shot that is sharp and well composed.
Well done,

Hi Peter,
The wing pattern is beautiful indeed.
You reproduced it very well.
Great content...

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-04-25 10:49]

Hello Peter,
Fine close capture of N. ziczac, the Pebble Prominent. Nice sharpness showing good detail and adequate blur in the BG to emphasize the moth. Time for me to look for moths now!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-04-25 10:59]

selam Peter; nice close up shot of this lovely moth. beautiful colours and BG with nice POV well done TFS
All the best

Hello Peter!
I always wanted to see this species in the wild, especially its amazing caterpillar :)
Your photo looks really nice, has good DOF, POV and colouration. I like also note-as always very informative :)
Best withes,

A good picture accompanied by a wonderful note, the details on the wings , color of the wings and the color of the rock implies it makes vey good use of camaflouge.

Well captured image of this young moth, Peter.
It has interesting body shape and colours.
Thanks and take care.

Hallo Peter,
was Du auch immer findest - Zickzack-Motten - ich muß doch auch mal auf Suche gehen ;-)
Sie sieht toll aus, die Zeichnung gefällt mir sehr. Vor kurzem hatte jemand einen rot-gelben-Zick-Zack-Käfer hier, hat ihm jedoch diesen Fantasie-Namen wider besseren Wissens gegeben.
Dank Deines Wissens mußt Du Dir solch originelle Namen gar nicht erst ausdenken - aber ich lerne durch Dich auch immer wieder hinzu, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-04-26 6:33]

Hello Peter,
really strange for my these insects...
now in my garden there is many moth,
has a good camouflage,
and excellent texture and tones,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-26 7:47]

Hi Peter
A beautiful creature this moth! I like a lot its wings, mane and antenae.
You are lucky in your huntings, and we are lucky to see your captures. So excellent in quality that is perfect to appreciate details and know the species.
Thank you very much for the image and for the note.
Congratulations and best regards

Hallo Peter,
wieder ein Falter, den ich noch nie gesehen habe. Zickzackspinners Futterpflanze sind Weiden und Pappeln. Mit einen Flußlauf kann ich dienen, nur mit den Futterpflanzen (-Bäumen) sieht es hier schlecht aus. Schwarzerlen säumen hier den Bachlauf. - Schade! - Sehr gutes Makro, POV ist erstklassig, Tiefenschärfe ebenfalls (hast Blende/Belichtung voll augereizt...meine Hochachtung!!!), natürliche Farben und sehr gut ausgeleuchtet. An der Schärfe gibt es wie immer nichts auszusetzen. Deine Bemerkungen zum Foto sind wieder einmal spitzenmäßig. Danke Dir.

Hello Peter
Very nice shot. In my area the only one Notodontidae on the fly is Drymonia ruficornis. I'll try to add a photo I've taken today.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-04-28 10:29]

Hi Peter,
A beautiful moth captured with great details and beatiful colours.
TFS, José M.

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