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Not So Tasty

Not So Tasty
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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S2-IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, 50-60 points chapter 4 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-02-11 4:32
Viewed: 5744
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Six-spot Burnet Moth today. As Monika [thistle] wrote not long ago, these moths are very good models. Because of its poisonous body, they aren't afraid of nobody. One could almost touch these insects with lens and they won't escape. HCN is substance in theirs bodies that guarantee them inviolableness.

Background: Hydrogen cyanide (HCN; North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] designation AC) is 1 of 2 cyanide chemical warfare agents. The other is cyanogen chloride (NATO designation CK). Cyanide was first used as a chemical weapon in World War I. The French used approximately 4000 tons without notable military success. This was most likely because of the high volatility of cyanide and the fact that the 1- to 2-lb munitions used could not deliver the amounts of chemical required for biological effects. Other alleged military uses of cyanide include Japanese attacks on China before and during World War II and Iraqi attacks on Kurds in the 1980s.

Cyanide is a rapidly lethal agent when used in enclosed spaces where high concentrations can be achieved easily. In addition, because of the extensive use of cyanide in industry in the United States, this agent presents a credible threat for terrorist use. Emergency physicians may also encounter cyanide casualties resulting from industrial accidents. Specific industrial processes involving cyanide include fumigation; metal cleaning, reclaiming, and/or hardening; electroplating; and photoprocessing. Other potential sources of cyanide are fires involving plastics and/or synthetics, acrylic nail removers containing acetonitrile or propionitrile, or nitroprusside infusions. Numerous plants contain amygdalin, which can be hydrolyzed to AC following the ingestion of large quantities.

Pathophysiology: While liquid cyanide can be absorbed through the skin or eyes, the primary route of exposure is by inhalation or ingestion. Following absorption, cyanide is distributed rapidly to all organs and tissues in the body. Cyanide combines with ferric iron in cytochrome a3 (a component of the cytochrome oxidase complex in mitochondria) and inhibits this enzyme. This prevents intracellular oxygen use and results in imbalance between ATP hydrolysis and production. Metabolic acidosis is a hallmark of cyanide toxicity. It develops as cells are forced to use anaerobic metabolism and accumulate hydrogen ions and lactate.

As you know I like knowledge about poisons :-) This fantastic info is from great site - eMedicine. I recomend you this site!

As always in my pictures in fight between details vs less noise i chose details ;-)

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-02-11 4:42]

Fantastic photo of this wonderful moth!
Excellent job Grzegorz!
As you wrote, is perfect on details!
Wonderful on colours!
Very complete notes too!
Very good POV and BG!
Keep on going and TS!

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  • marjan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 459 W: 14 N: 366] (2685)
  • [2006-02-11 4:43]
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Hi Grzegorz, excelent shot. Fantstic coloures and good explanation about it. Your šphotos are very good TFS

What a "lethally" beautiful shot! Hats off to you.

A little knowledge about our nature and you can do without pharmacy in some urgent cases ;) However I hope you're not going to use this knowledge practically ;)
Lovely picture Greg. I like this fellows a lot and you captured this one well.
Have a great weekend!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-02-11 4:58]
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This is my favourite moth Greg, and I hate moths - too scary for me. But I'm not scared of this one. I love his red dots on his blue wings, they are the most attractive moth around, poisonous or not. Now, if you touched him and then put your fingers in your mouth - how bad would that be?
Good capture, he's nice and sharp - you show him very well. Have a good night and a special Sunday too.

Maybe the most descriptive shot of this insect I have seen so far in TN. Excellent close up and details. Congratulations.
I dared a workshop, hope you like!
Regards, Felipe.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2006-02-11 5:56]
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HI Greg, nice posting again, Im impressed how much information there is to share, just about a moth. Good to know also. Good weekend Reina

Hi Greg,
just wonderful, this insect is so pretty and I like the glittering wings so much.
Sharpness is excellent, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Wonderful photo, composition and technically wise! Thanks for sharing - Xplorator Radu

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-02-11 8:39]
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wow wow,what a beautiful buterfly.Sharp details,and fantastic POV.

Great look of this Zygaenid! Lovely shines on its wings.
If you say it's not tasty, I'm not gonna eat them. :-)

Regards, Petru

Super makro!!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-02-11 11:31]

Jak zwykle bezbłędne, Grzegorzu. Gratulacje i pozdrowienia.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-02-11 11:57]
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Hello greg!
Wonderful close up.POV,clear details,sharpness,vivid
colors,contrast and composition are excellent.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-02-11 12:31]
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I like it Greg,
the shot is well taken and the dof is fantastic, great effect from the angle you took it, very good photo, good job.
gr. jaap

Hello Greg, this is an excellent picture. Great colours, excellent sharpness and POV. A very nice composition. Well done. Thank you.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-02-11 13:29]
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Hi Greg,
Very nice capture of beautiful moth,
the colours and details are excellent.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-02-11 14:47]

I'd best hold off on posting the same species for a while, then. Excellent shot and great notes (I hope the CIA doesn't take notice ;)
Best wishes, Nigel.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-02-11 15:08]

Wow, Greg. Such a sharp image. Excellent POV.
I like the strong bright red and iridescent blue on the wings.
Beautiful bug. TFS. : )

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-02-11 15:33]


Une superbe composition pleine de couleurs.Félicitation pour l'éclairage et la netteté.

Merci Grzegorz.


Hello Grzegorz
Beautiful Shot.
Great colors and composition,
Good note

Hi Greg,
Where do you plug him in to get those electric/metalic colors. Very sharp detail in this nice tightly cropped shot. Very excellent work my friend!

Stunning capture Greg. Love the wing pattern and colours. Good close details. Tack sharp and crystal clear. TFS.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-02-12 7:53]

Hallo grzegorz,great macro beautiful coulors
and compositie, good job
have a nice day ,gr Teunie .

Excellent color, exposure and detail Greg. I like the head-down comp. and framing also.
Very well done! Thank You mf.

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 87 W: 7 N: 46] (455)
  • [2006-02-13 9:37]

Witaj Grzegorzu,
Delikatne, naturalnie kolorowe, starannie kadrowane i perfekcyjnie wykonane. Dotyczy to zdecydowanej większości Twoich fotografii, w tym i tej.

Gran nitidez de una Zygaena filipendula color y composicion adecuados, su oruga de 3cm tiene manchas negras vive solitaria entre mayo y agosto sobre diversas plantas (trebol,llanten,azor atc)

Hi Grzegorz,

Superb picture. Fantastic colours.
Great shot...

Tak sobie w chwili wolnej przegladam Twoje starsze fotki :) Musze przyznac, ze ten krasnik to kolejne fajne zdjecie :) Swietnie komponuje sie na tle fioletowego tla kwiatu.
Imponujacy jest takze opis! ;)
A tak na marginesie to jakis przedstawiciel rodzaju Zygaena :)

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