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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)
Beauty from the Sand Dunes -

Rhodostrophia vibicaria (Clerck, 1759)

Pink-Barred Inch Moth
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Family: Geometridae / Sterrhinae

Wing span: 30 - 35 mm

Geometrids are a large family of small to medium sized moths, most of them night active, but a few of them active at day time as well. Some geometrids, in particular the day active ones, show distinctive markings and colours, such as the species shown.

Rhodostrophia vibicaria is distributed all over Europe, but not very common. It seems to be restricted to lower areas with dry grassland, and to be missing in the UK. In the southern parts of their distribution there may be two generations, and the moth can be seen from June to September. The species is day active, but from my observations it seems to be night active as well.

Caterpillars feed on Calluna vulgaris, Cytisus scoparius, Coronilla varia, Genista.


C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe:

Remembering having sent a picture of that species taken in 2004 in one of my first postings months ago, I find that specimen looking fresher and with prettier markings than the one found this year, and I also prefer the natural background. Due to my insufficient experience with postwork at that time the image presented was terribly noisy, however. So I would rather repost a picture of the old specimen prepared with some better postwork than I did in my days as a beginner, and show the more recent image of the moth for reasons of comparison in workshop:


I take this opportunity to say thank you again to TN members that sent kind and helpful critiques to my old posting, in particular: Paulo (phlr) who told me the ID, and Nigel (Merlin) who showed me how to clean a noisy background.

The location:

Dry grassland on a place called “Sandberge”. Sand dunes formed during ice age have left an area unsuitable for any kind of agriculture. The barren hills covered with scrubs and dry grassland are a perfect retreat for plants and animals of unusual diversity, some of them rare and endangered species.

The camera:

Minolta DiMage 7Hi, sRGB, 2560 x 1920 pixel, 51mm, F/3,5, 1/180 sec, ISO-100; no tripod, no flash; 10.06.2004, 17:13.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped at the sides, sharpened, background selectively softened and cleaned, downsized to the web.

Hope you enjoy. Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)
Another specimen for comparison.
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1736 W: 291 N: 4004] (11526)

Rhodostrophia vibicaria (Clerck 1759).

The species shows distinctive and colourful markings that are quite variable.

For reasons of comparison I am showing this picture of a specimen I found this year sitting on the wall next to the light of my entrance door. As we are living next to the Vienna Woods, that wall has been attracting moths from the forests and grasslands quite often.

Camera: SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 17mm, F/4, 1/60 sec., ISO-160; internal flash, hand held; 24.06.2006, 22:33.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped at the sides, slightly sharpened, downsized to the web.

Hope you enjoy.