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Copyright: Marius Secan (marius-secan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2007 W: 0 N: 5412] (29598)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, NIKON AF-S 105 mm f/2,8 G IF-ED VR II
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-21 12:57
Viewed: 2416
Points: 36
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The nine-spotted moth (Amata phegea or Syntomis phegea) is a moth in the family Arctiidae ("woolly bears").

It reaches a wing span of 35–40 millimetres (1.4–1.6 in). Its wings are blueish black with white spots. A further feature is the prominent yellow ring at the abdomen. The black antennae have white tips.

Similar moths are Syntomis ragazzii (Turati, 1917) and Zygaena ephialtes (Linnaeus, 1758). Z. ephialtes is poisonous for birds and the nine-spotted moth imitates its appearance (mimicry).

The nine-spotted moth is chiefly found in southern Europe but also seen up to northern Germany, and in the East to Anatolia and the Caucasus, and there are some populations in the South-Eastern Dutch nature reserves "Leudal" and "De Meinweg" The species prefers drier areas, open ranges with shrubs and trees as well as open forests and slopes.

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superb shadows, fine whites and incredible colors all around Marius! Another exciting benchmark in photography! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Marius,
excellent composition. Very good point of view. Amazing colours. Great sharpness. Beautiful.
Have a nice evening.

Hello Marius,
Amazing beautiful picture of this colourful moth perched on a flower, excellent sharpness details, fantastic composition and perfect background, an excellent camera skills!
Thanks for sharing and have a goodnight,
Best Regards,

Ciao Marius. exciting metallic colours and excelelnte sharp for the butterfly in action. The best contrast against the blurred BG.


Hello Marius,

Superb exposure/white balance control here, great details in all area's of this fine contrasty Moth, lovely natural colours and just perfecto,
Best regards Marius and have a nice evening,


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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-06-21 16:03]

Wow! Marius !
An outstanding pic! Great colors and great composition! The little daisy is a bonus to make this pic even more beautiful! Many congrats and TFS!
Regards from,

wonderful butterfly Marius, excellent colors and details,very nice picture with a beautiful light,
congratulations !

have a nice day,

ciao, tino

Ciao Marius, great macro of lovely moth on a beautiful flower, nice blurry BG, fine details, splendid sharpness and fantastic metallic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-22 1:40]

Hi Marius,beutiful amata and very original point of view,an excellent capture of the metallic colors and great sharpness too.Not easy to work whit an insect like that,the light change the things..ehehe..Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

great image of the moth. great lighting and contrast. thanks for sharing.

Hallo Marius,
a very beautiful macro shot of the Nine-spotted Moth, fine details and marvellous colours, excellent point of view and nice composition
Best regards

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-06-22 3:39]

Hi Marius.
Amazing composition with the unusual pose of this beautiful moth. POV, focus, light and color everything is perfect. My admiration and thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.
Best regards

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-22 6:54]

Fine image of this beautiful moth taking off, good composition and timing. tfs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-06-22 6:56]

Hello Marius,
excellent sharpness and really an attraction of great dark colors with white spots.
nice composition and superb sharpness of this tiny moth.


Very nice light and good pose with beautiful colours!!!

Buen encuadre y disposición del insecto en diagonal.
Gran belleza en los colores y contrastes.
Esos colores negros de la cabeza son difíciles de captar :-)...
a mi me sucede lo mismo.

Un abrazo Marius: J. Ignasi.

hello Marius
super picture with great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-06-25 0:19]

Hello Marius,
An excellent composition with great sharpness and splendi colors.The POV and BG are wonderful.TFS.

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