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Festival of Colours

Festival of Colours
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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: 2007-07-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-12 8:57
Viewed: 5232
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Different insects utilizing a flower:
- Zygaena transalpina (Lepidoptera, Zygaenidae
- Strangalia maculata (Coleoptera, Cerambycidae)
- Sicus ferrugineus (Diptera, Conopidae)

Thanks to Sabine and Marcello for recognizing the fly as Sicus ferrugineus.

** Zygaena transalpina
-Distribution: Central and northern Spain, France, western and southern Germany, Switzerland, parts of Austria, Italy (excluding Sicily > Marcello!), Slovenia and Croatia.
-Larval foodplants: Lotus, Coronilla, Hippocrepis
-Forewing length: 14-16mm

** Strangalia maculata
-Distribution: Middle and South Europe, southern parts of Sweden and Norway, Finland, locally on the British Isles, Turkey, Caucasus, Syria, Iran.
-Body length: 14 - 20 mm

** Sicus ferrugineus
-Distribution: Europe and northern Asia
-Development: Larva develop in nests of several bumble bee species (Bombus terrestris, B. agrorum, B. hortorum, B. lapidarius).
-Body length. about 9 mm

Where: Martell-Valley, vicinity of Burgaun, 1100m
When: A sunny day in July 2007 during my summer holidays in the north Italian Alps.

* Naumann C.M., Tarmann G.M., Tremewan W.G. (1999) The Western Palaearctic Zygaenidae. - Apollo Books, Stenstrup.
* Racheli T. (1990) Sinossi degli Zygaenini Italiani. Roma.
* Bertaccini E., Fiumi G. (1999) Bombici e Sfingi d'Italia (Lepidoptera Zygaenidae, Vol. 3. Natura - Giuliano Russo Editore, Monterenzio.
* Harde K.W. & Severa F. (1981) Der Kosmos-Käferführer. Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.
* Zahradnik J. (1985) Käfer Mittel- und Nordwesteuropas. Paul Parey, Hamburg, Berlin.
* Haupt J. & Haupt H. (1998) Fliegen und Mücken - Beobachtung, Lebensweise. - Naturbuch Verlag, Augsburg.

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Más difícil todavía jajajaja.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi

Hello Peter,

Great composition! So many colours! Sharpness is perfect.
Thanks for sharing.

Un bel échantillon d'insectes !
Bonne journée.

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-12 9:18]

Hello Peter,
Beautiful shot with great colors and composition with these 3 very nice species
Very good DOF
nice composition
Regards, Dejan

Hello peter
Very intersting spieces to shoot :o)
Great focusing,DOF and lighting,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-12 9:36]

fantastic trio..never seen the balck and red falena,very perfect sharpness,thanks,Luciano

Exceptionally great moment you have captured through your lens!


bonjour peter
ce n'est pas seulement un festival de couleur c'est aussi un rassemblement d'especes!
les trois insectes sont dans le champ,POV impeccable et BG bien flou.

Hi Peter,
das ist wirklich ein Feuerwerk der Farben - und diese unterschiedlichen Besucher zusammen auf der pinken Blume, das ist einmalig.
Die Fliege müßte eine Dickkopffliege Sicus ferrugineus sein. Man müßte sie noch von einem anderen Blickwinkel sehen.
Egal, das Bild benötigt keine Erklärungen, man muß es einfach nur genießen, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter
This is great work..despite having three to focus on you have kept them all sharp and crystal clear...the colours are exemplary.
Great Camera work
Best Regards

Ciao Peter,
magnifica composizione, ciascuno dei colori è reso con estrema fedeltà a quello originale.
Per la determinazione del dittero, credo anch'io si tratti del Conopidae: Sicus ferrugineus.
Confrontalo con questo.
Ancora complimenti,

Wouaw Peter,
fantastic colorfull macro-shot
The three insects and flower are perfectly focused and very sharp,
outstanding colors and very pleasant background, I like very much this composition,
cheer and thanks,

Hi Peter, amazing capture of a great trio, splendid focus and great dof, superb composition with lovely flower, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, I like a lot, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
what a nice macro shot with great timing and light for these trio, even quadro with flower:) Great details and sharpness. Superb colors. Nicely composed. good and informative notes. Danke.
Best wishes

Hello Peter,
A lot of visitors here...
and you know the ID's...

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-12 14:14]

Hola Peter. Valla que si es un featival de colores aqui, todos muy hermosos y nitidos. Creo que Ud. tubo mucha suerte de encontrar tantos insectos juntos disfrutando de las mieles de la bella flor. Un saludo. Luis52.

hello peter,
what an opportunity, the three species together on one flower, you have captured it beautifully, the well saturated colours look nice, excellent pov, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

quelle aubaine de pouvoir avoir trois insectes en meme temps
parfaite présentation , belles couleurs nettes, sur bon bg
bravo a toi et merci

Hallo Peter,
eine wunderbare Art, die Ferien zu verbringen! Gut gelungen, das Bild mit dem Rendez-vous der Insektengruppen. Danke für das Bild und die ausführliche, interessante Beschreibung dazu.
Herzlich grüsst

Hi Peter

Yes its a good collection of colourful critters on a pretty flower.

Well done on getting them all in focus with good sharpness and a nice composition. Plenty to look at here.


Hello Peter,
You present here three unique species in one shot.
Beautiful composition with various colours, fine POV and suitable DOF and exposuere.
Also, excellent details and nice focusing, well presented!
TFS and best wishes,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-11-13 5:32]

3 in 1!!!
And a huge range of dazzling colours as a side order!
+++ The colours are so pretty... I especially love the Burnet.
Great sharpness and detail throughout withg great definition.
Superb lighting aswell.
--- Nothing at all :)
Well done Peter.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-11-13 7:33]

Hello Peter,
Not only have you managed to capture three different insects on a Centaurea flower, but they are pretty sharp on the whole and the composition is pleasing, as if they are following each other round the flower. Both the fly and the Burnet moth are new to me, which makes it interesting for me too.
So thanks for sharing this one.
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • sela Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 0 N: 39] (738)
  • [2007-11-13 8:03]

Allererste Sahne, was für ein tolles Bild! Glückwunsch aus Heppenheim. TFS
LG Rose

Hi Peter,
A beautiful capture of this party of different insects over the thistle flower. Excellent details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-13 10:02]

Hi Peter,
Wonderful shot.
Just marking it to come back later with a proper critique.

Hello Peter wow yes wonderfull colours and a superb photo, details and technicals look on the mark, fine work tfs rgds Necip.

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2007-11-13 12:47]

Hi Peter!
Very,very beautiful photo.
Compo,colours,sharpness and light are excellent.Tfs.
With best wishes,

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-11-13 13:22]

Hi Peter
Nice composition.Very sharp image whit lovely color.The light is outstandig.
TFS Michel

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-15 6:16]

Hello Peter,a very beautiful shot indeed. Vivid colors, very nice composition.Great moment.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-01-18 13:22]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful colorful capture! Good composition and sharpness!

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  • jalvex (67)
  • [2008-04-07 16:14]

Hi Peter. Great insect gallerie you have.And this one is amazing. Like you said a festival of colours. Also the photo is very sharp with beautiful composition.And it seems that it's rush hour there.
Well done indeed.
Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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