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Zygaena filipendulae

Zygaena filipendulae
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Copyright: Mariana Scubli (marianas) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 377 W: 55 N: 1208] (6739)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 60, Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-23 4:24
Viewed: 3283
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. It is a common species throughout Europe.

The sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 30-40 mm. The forewings are dark metallic green with 6 vivid red spots (sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with other species such as Five-spot Burnet). Occasionally the spots are yellow or even black. The hindwings are red with a blackish fringe. The adults fly on hot, sunny days from June to August and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious as well as the larval food plants bird's foot trefoil and clover. The species overwinters as a larva.

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Congratulations on a really fantastic shot... nice and clear, colors wonderful, and eye catching subject.



Ciao Mariana. Bright colours and perfect details with low light. Great macro shot.


hello Mariana,
An excellent capture with brilliant colors, sharpness and details.Great DOF and fine composition. Well done!
Ciao, Melania.

Hi Mariana,

we are neighbours today.
What a great shot from this mating Burnett's.
Exellent sharpness, details and dof,pov.
Fine colours.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-08-23 6:32]

Lovely image of this colorful moths mating. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-23 7:56]

Hello Mariana,
Great photo in beautiful natural colours and good sharpness and details. Excellent POV, DOF, OOF BG and composition.

hello Mariana
super good shot with great sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Buna Mariana,
Excelenta imagine.....doua dintr-o lovitura cu detalii si culori superbe. Un fundal potrivit si multa finete in aceasta compozitie.
Felicitari! Marius.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-23 8:29]

O fotografie minunata, felicitari!

Excellent colour and sharpness, Mariana. I have seen lots od these Burnet moths, but I have never seen them mating. I must keep my eyes open in future.

Beautifully presented, and very pleasing to look along this diagonal of the reed stalk.

Thank you for the good note as well.

Warm wishes, Amelia

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-08-23 8:41]

Hi Mariana,this is a top class pic,very difficult to take in a impossible low light and backlight too...what a perfect focus,sharpness and colors,one of your best work on TN.Thanks for share,have a nice day! Luciano.

This moment is so special and fantastic, Mariana, to see them mating gives us hope to see them again next summer.
I never had the chance to see such a Burnet, I realy don't know where to go to find some of these beautiful moths.
So thanks, a lovely shot
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-08-23 12:55]

Hello Mariana,
I really like this shot of these two Zygaena filipendulae showing their wonderful colours. Sharp details and a brilliant composition.Best regards Siggi

Buna Mariana,
O diagonala de efect cu cele 2 insecte surprinse cu detalii bune si claritate excelenta. Felicitari!
Numai bine,

Hello Mariana,
Purity in visual harmony! ... bravo ... Congratulations, this picture is totally pleasing to the eye! TFS, Regards, Jesús

Hello Mariana,
Excellent diagonal composition and beautiful colours. Very attractive background. Cheers,

Hi Mariana,

Flawless macro of this pair in love MF!
As usual, great DOF/POV and fine composition too.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Mariana
a very beautiful couple with excellent details on both Zygaenas
the composition is wonderful; colors and light are a delight for the eyes
thanks for sharing
Have a good night

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-23 15:44]

Hi Mariana,

These Six-spot Burnets are so striking looking with the beautiful red spots on the metallic bodies. You captured the moment perfectly with excellent details of both insects. I love the background and the diagonal composition.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-23 19:39]

Hello Mariana,
Stunning macro image with great quality throughout. Incredible detail in the blacks, excellent work Mariana.

Ciao Mariana, lovely composition with maiting moth, splendid colors, wonderful blurry BG, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hallo Mariana
What a special image you manage to capture. Not only because of the actual mating taking place, but also the beautiful details of both the Burnets. They are indeed lovely specimens and you have photographed them very skilfully and very beautifully. Details like red spots on the shiny black wings, and the way the one is grasping onto the stem of the plant is are really special and beautiful to look at. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hi Mariana,
Excellent collection of butterflies, those amongst other things are very special. Beautiful catch with a beautiful contrast of light on dark bottom.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-25 9:33]

Hello Mariana,
Wow, you were lucky to find this beautiful pair and your capture is brilliant. Fantastic details and colours against a very nice background. Very well composed too!
TFS and kind regards, Ulla

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