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Oncocera semirubella

Oncocera semirubella
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Copyright: Jose Ramon Pato (JORAPAVI) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 0 N: 629] (4643)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/1.25 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): jmp *2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-24 1:01
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Mandibulata
Clase: Insecta
Subclase: Holometabola
Orden: Lepidoptera
Suborden: Glossata
Infraorden: Neolepidoptera
Superfamilia: Pyraloidea
Familia: Pyralidae
Subfamilia: Phycitinae
Género: Oncocera
Especie: semirubella

Oncocera semirubella (Scopoli, 1763)
Wingspan 17-29 mm.

A beautifully-coloured little moth, with pink and yellow forewings, sometimes exhibiting a whitish stripe along the leading edge of the forewing.

The preferred habitats are chalk downland and limestone cliffs, and the species occurs in the southernmost counties of England.

The larval foodplants are bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus) and clover (Trifolium).

Flying in June and July, it can sometimes be seen in the afternoon sunshine, and later at night it comes to light.

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Hola Jose,
What a beautiful moth that this is my first encounter with this sort, awesome!
very sharp with great details also exposure and focus
well composed and well seen
Muchas gracias

Hola Jose !
What a strange insect ! Me gusta su forma y sus bellos colores, y su posa es excelento tambien ! Detalles, colores, composicion y POV son perfectos. El fondo borroso pone el insecto en valor.
Agradecios y saludos,

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-08-24 1:29]

Hello Jose
excellent capture of this moth. Not only because it's a beautiful moth, but what I particularly like is the colour setting. Well done!

Hola José Ramon.
Muy bueno el macro, la pequeña mariposa tiene unos ojos muy grande.Se ve un poco de ruido.Un saludo.

Hi Jose
Great photo of small and beautiful pyralid moth. Great buckground, good sharpnes, pretty good DOF (but I know how dificult and small was the object) Very nice composition and colors
Best wishes

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-08-24 2:24]

Hi Jose,
This is a beautiful moth indeed with such lovely colour. Very sharp image with neat focus and you have captured a fine pose. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello Jose
Very intersting spiece to shoot,
Perfect focusing on head and lighting,


Hello Jose Ramon,
This is the first time I see this so strange insect! What a special specie this is! It almost looks like a bird... This is a nice capture with good colors and details. There is a little noise right to the picture but this is a minor nit for such an interesting post. TFS,

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-24 5:01]

A remarkable PoV with superb colours and composition. Excellent work

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-08-24 6:15]

Hello Jose,
Wonderful colours and sharp details of this little moth. I particularly like the sharp eye and its pose on a petal. Matching background too!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-24 6:21]

Hola José Ramón,
Fine capture of this beautiful little Pyralid moth. This is a good close macro with fine DOF and sharpness, excellent colour and lighting. Well composed on the hortensia flower against a fine neutral BG.
Me encantada mucho!

Hi José Ramon,
Simply perfect!
Exuberant moth!
Excellent colors and rich in details.
Very good POV, contrast and sharpness.
Great capture!
Thanks for sharing!
Best regards!
José Roberto

hello jose,
wonderful macro shot, liked the composition and the pov, well saturated colours, sharp image with good details, lovely dof,
well done,
tfs & regards

selam ,wow excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Amazing eye and top knot. It looks like the antennae are being held down the back. Excellent image! Well done.


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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2007-08-24 10:09]

Hi Jose Ramon,
WOW!! A truly unusual looking specimen. Nice color and detail. Well captured.


Geniales colores y nitidez fabulosa.
Encantador bg y contrastes.
Saludos amigo, JL.

Hi Jose,
This is a very interesting insect. The head looks a little like a bird. The details you captured in the insect and flower are very good and I really like how you isolated them from the BG. I am still amazed about the beauty of this moth.

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  • rdfoto Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 372 W: 0 N: 719] (3295)
  • [2007-08-24 13:25]

Bonsoir Jose
Très belle prise de ce sphinx très coloré, excellente gestion de l'exposition, netteté et belle attitude du sujet.
Amicalement Robi

Que guapo el specimen y que bonita la captura.
Perfecto nivel de aumento para entrar en el mundo de esta miniatura.
Gran trabajo, gracias por compartirlo, Felipe.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-08-24 14:24]

Hola José Ramón,
Impresionante composición y unos colores suaves bellísimos.
Me gusta y me la apunto!
Abrazo, José M.

bonjour josé ramon
une de plus!
celle-ci est tres bonne aussi le piqué est remarquable sur la tête de cette insecte qui semble etre de tres petite tailles.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-08-25 6:27]

Hola Jose,
simply admirable picture of this micro-moth!
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Jose,
What a beautiful colored moth you have captured. Nice details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Incredible!!! Beautiful capture. Amazingly cool details and colors. WOW!!! TFS

Hello Jose superb detail and nice composition great dof tfs rgds Necip.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2007-08-26 1:15]

Jose Lovely shot and excellent composition. Lovely focus. Ganesh Smiley tomorw

Hello Jose,
This is wonderful moth my first time to see such a beautiful pink colored moth. Sharp with great color clarity. Very well done.

Hello Jose,
I really like picture of all small moths. Unfortunatelly only few people makes pictures like that ;-D
Very good colours and sharpness. Bravo


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-08-27 1:56]

hello Jose,
What an amazing picture! This moth looks like a rooster and has a curiuos big green eye. What a pose. Marvellous colours. And you even succeeded to find its ID. Bravo for picture and note.
Best regards

Hola José Ramón:

Claro que hace poco que estoy metido en esto de la fotografia y del macro, pero no habia visto nada igual a lo de tu foto. Dices que es una maripos, no se pero la fotografia que has hecho es preciosa.
Supongo que dificil de capturar un animal como este que como dices básicamente polula de noche.

El caso es que lo has conseguido y te felicito y agradezco dejarnos compartir una belleza como esta.

Un abrazo


Increible enfoque y soberbios colores. Los pequeños defectos que pudiera haber quedan a un lado delante de este precioso documento que nos muestras y que a mi gusto es de lo mejorcito que se ha visto últimamente por TK. Enhorabuena por este impresionante trabajo:
J. Ignasi Tejedor.

Hello Jose,
Finally I am here again to write a few words more :)
For me this picture is very unique because of few reasons:

1. the object - member of family Pyralidae, small and often overlooked in the wild, even if very beauty and colourful. Moreover here it is presented with very good DOF and details.

2. colouration of photo - starting from very good contrast which allow to perfectly expose the moth, throught beautiful colours of insect, to delicate contrast between flower and pyralid. Great work!

3. funny pose of the moth - the flont legs do not touch the BG and thanks to that species looks like a great acrobat :)

4. note - not very long but including a lot of interesting details and -what I especially like in your presentations - the ID to species level.

So here we have another professional presentation and thank you very much for showing it!

Beautiful indeed. I never saw it before. Its colors fit very well with the purple flower. Well done. Sharp details.

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