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Copyright: Nikos Biliouris (novaman) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 11 N: 264] (1037)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ, Raynox DCR-150
Exposure: f/6.2, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-20 12:27
Viewed: 3858
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Latin: Syntomis ( Amata ) phegea.

Wingspan 3.3-4cm. Wings Blue-black with white spots; abdomen alongated, with a whitish to golden-yellow spot and ‘girdle’ on uperside.
Distribution: Central and southern Europe but absent from Spain, at isolated localities north of the Alps, up to 1500m in mountains on sunny, flower-rich slopes, edges of woods, quarries.
Flight period: Late May to mid Aug one broot.
Behaviour: Flies by day; feeds on nectar at flowers, especially at thyme and Lavender; Female lays eggs in batches on leaves of the caterpillars food plants.
Caterpillar: Dark grey with small warts bearing tufts of short black hairs; head brown-red, with fine hairs. Feeds on Dandelion, plantain, sorrel, dock, dead-nettle and other herbaceous plants; gregarious when young, solitary later. Chrysalis within a cocoon on the ground.
Hibernation: As a young caterpillar in a communal ‘nest’.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-06-20 12:43]

Suberb shot! 5*!
Very beautiful butterfly!
I never saw it.

A new to me also , very well captured against a perfectly OOF BG. the only tiny nit I would have would be to darken slightly the white antenae tips a fraction they are very nearly overexposed IMO, but it is a very minor point in such a wonderful shot. TFS

Hi Nikos,
Wonderful shot, great composition. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-20 23:11]

Nikos, a great photo.

Excellent composition and contrast. The colors of the insect stand out due to the green bg.

The insect deservers a great photo; you did it.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2005-06-21 2:55]

A great capture Nikos,
Excellent detail and great DOF.
Its the first time I've seen one of these.
Very well done.


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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2005-06-21 6:33]

Απ' τις καλύτερες που ανέβασες. Το φλουταρισμένο φόντο αναδεικνύει το θέμα σου. Συγχαρητήρια...
Υ.Γ. Τη μηχανή την πήρες;

Nice macro Nikos, This has great color, light and details - A beautiful specimen and a great capture, Well done!
P.S. I used to own a C8080 - Great Camera!

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  • naki Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 382 W: 27 N: 5] (40)
  • [2005-06-21 7:25]

Hi Nikos, very beautiful moth. We have plenty of them in the early summer. Nice composition. A wee- bir soft focussed IMO. This moth has a beautiful deep blue colour on the body and the wings but the flash light overshadows it.
Thank you for sharing.

Points tomorrow.

Great capture, good focus and composition.

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