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Purple Thorn

Purple Thorn
Photo Information
Copyright: Philippe Moniotte (pgmoni) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 8700
Exposure: f/6.8, 1/4000 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-20 4:20
Viewed: 3783
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The purple Thorn, Selenia tetralunaria, is a geometrid moth, yet it rests with wings partly folded above the body, as butterflies often do. In most parts of its range, the Thorn has two generations annually, which differ markedly in terms of size and color : The spring brood, (this one) is larger and has brighter colors.
Its latine name, meaning "four moons", refers to the four white crescents visible from both sides of the wings.
The photo was shot with an external flash equipped with a home made diffusor, at high speed and with the highest possible F number the camera would allow.

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what a fantastic shot. excellent POV. Good colors, sharpness and DOF. TFS.

Hello Philippe,
perfectly taken close up of this pretty, well camouflaged geometrid with its lovely hairy body. I have seen this geometrid many times, and I never had an idea of the ID.
Very appealing colours - those very subtle soft shades of red and yellow hues against a grey background look very fine.
Excellent shot. Thank you!

Hello Philippe,
Different moth species again! Thank you, you make me love moths my friend. Great shot with this colours and beautiful bg! pov is perfect too! Amazing infos you gave also.
Best regards,


This is a good pic. The lighting is very good and shows that your fill flash was set perfectly. The DOF, BG and detail shown of the subject are good for me. TFS,

Hi Philippe,
WOW you have captured this moth in a "butterfly", pose, great shot , the colors , composition and sharpness are excellent!
Goutham R

Hi Philipe,
This is much much better than the previous one. I loved the pose of the moth and the fine BG.
I made a workshop for the photo, I hope you like it.

Perfect job Philippe
Great colors and a nice BG that makes your shto more beautiful
The first think that I saw was the semi-moon spots on the wings and I want to ask you about that but then I read your note.
TFS and see you

  • Great 
  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-05-20 11:06]

Very good POV of this moth!
A view of the under side wings!
Very good colours!
Very good DOF and details!
5* and TFS!

Hi Philippe

Well done on a very good shot. Nicely composed, good POV, crisp, clear sharp and with very good depth of colour. :-)

Hello Philippe,
beautilful butterfly shot. Very good colors, great POV and very good sharpness. Well done. TFS.

  • Great 
  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-21 13:40]

Wow, Philippe. What an amazing shot.
Fantastic POV, beautiful colors and details, very interesting subject.
Great work. TFS. : )

Por suerte lo puse e4n mis favoritos asi no me pierdo esta toma que parece un esfinge mas que geometra pero esta retratada magnificamente!!

Just perfect shot!
Excellent colours and sharpness. Good composition and background. Thanks for sharing


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