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Mating Rare Burnet Moths

Mating Rare Burnet Moths
Informação sobre a Foto
Direitos de Autor: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
Género: Animals
Meio: Cor
Data da Foto: 2009-07-17
Categorias: Insects
Câmara: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposição: f/10.0, 1/640 segundos
More Photo Info: [view]
Versão da Foto: Versão Original
Data de Submissão: 2009-08-29 3:17
Visto: 3624
Pontos: 54
[Notas - Normas] Nota do Artista
A species of Burnet Moth (Zygaena osterodensis)
Swedish name: Smalsprötad (b)astardsvärmare, meaning ‘narrow antenna burnet moth’.

My 350km trip north not only yielded a couple of rare butterflies but I had the bonus of this rare Burnet moth in copulo.

Not only are the tips of the antennae narrower than those of other species, but the narrow-waisted long red markings on the forewings are typical. The forewing-tips are more rounded that those of other species and they are somewhat transparent so that the hindwings can be seen through them.

Like most burnet moths it thrives in flowery meadows where the larval host plant occurs, in this case Lathyrus species. It is found in a few localities in S. Sweden but not in the very south where I live and it is red-listed.
The thumbnail image gives the approximate natural size.

It was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened.

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Hi Ivan,
Simply fantastic MF. Such an image from 1,8 meters... Everything's crystal clear, composition, colors and background blur are all good - simply another classical image of You. Bravo. At the same time, congratulations for photographing locally rare species. It's always great pleasure - I know, too.
Tfs this beauty, best regards from Hungary, László

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-08-29 3:33]

Hi Ivan,
Exceptional makro.
Överraskade och spelade bra.
Jag önskar trevlig helg,

Hello Ivan, beautiful shot of this pair in copulation with nice point of view and composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5099 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2009-08-29 4:00]

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful well saturated colours in this photo of the rare Burnet Moths. Also a great OOF BG. Excellent sharp details and composition. Good POV and DOF.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6173 W: 89 N: 15291] (64016)
  • [2009-08-29 4:04]

Hi Ivan,not easy to take so perfectly these insects.They have terrible reflection and you manage very well the light for the best result as possible.Certainly the POV isn't the best to show the mating moment,but is very interesting,rare and unusual.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,LUCIANO

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-08-29 4:11]

Slav Îvan,
This is very good macro shot.The colours,sharpness and composition are excellent.Great POV and nice BG.Thanks for sharing.

Hello Ivan,

This is a really great macro shot of these rare Burnet Moths with splendid colors, sharpness & beautiful fine details. Excellently done with care. TFS.

Best Regards


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-29 4:51]

Wonderful capture this Burnet.
Lovely colors, very sharp,great BG,POV.
Flower are pretty too.

Hello Ivan,
a splendid capture of Zygaena osterodensis, excellent POV (i love this telemacro), superb sharpness and vivid bright colours, very well composed.
Best regards

ciao Ivan!
now,show us this beautiful species of Zygaena osterodensis, the particular design of the wings, and the classic red color .. the trip gave the results!!
excellent detail and well composed

have a nice w.end sERGIO

Hi Ivan,

A very well taken macro capture of the adorable Burnet moth! The sharpness and well-chosen POV, works superb in the capture. The colors are natural and the dark purple flowers enhance the beauty of the shot immensely. Wonderful composition!

Have a nice weekend.

best regards,
Paras Bhalla

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-29 8:15]

Hi Ivan. This is a new Burnet moth i have not seen before so thanks for posting this fine picture. Good use on the light on the wings which has given them a shine. With bright colours. Sharp focusing against the OOF BG. well done TFS.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2009-08-29 8:40]

Hi Ivan,
you are very critical and very inquisitive. thanks for that, if not I will not return to the same spot to see the development of the yellow heade fungi. I got it, maybe I upload it in day ot two.
This mating moment is well captured in such a spledid capture. the colours are very intense and rich. The details is superbly rendered.
Excellent piece of professional work.


Ciao Ivan, great capture of rare moth in maiting action, I never see before, thanks, wonderful colors, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic shot, with a great light and beautiful colors. Congratulations to find this rare species. TFS,

hello Ivan
this is a beautiful colored picture with good details of a moth you see this colour not so many
greeting lou

Hello Ivan
What a great capture of this couple of Burnet moths !
superb composition, beautiful lighting and colors
wonderful details on moths and flowers
Have a nice sunday

Hej Ivan
I have seen many zygaenid species, but this is new for me. it is also very beautiful as like other members of the family.
you greatly captured them. all photographic features very nice. coloration also superb as like informative notes.
thanks for sharing this beauty
god natt

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-08-29 16:49]

Hi Ivan,

It's always exciting to see something rare but to be able to get such an excellent shot deserves a double congratulations. I marvel at your knowledge of not only photography but of nature's creatures as well. These moths are beautiful with wonderful colors and fine details. I love the background and composition.


hello Ivan

on the thumnail i saw one butterfly, then i read the title,
when i opened the photo i was searching the other butterfly,
then i found it is a little bit off-focus, the focus beeing done
on the first one, i have never done macro photos Ivan,
i have never shot with a DSLR but i think if you had shot
this photo with a compact instead of DSLR maybe
you should also have in focus the other butterfly,
or maybe i am wrong Ivan, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2009-08-30 1:33]
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Hello Ivan,
Félicitations pour cette magnifique image de zygènes! I didn't know this species. The composition of your picture is just perfect, amazing light and most beautiful color-combination. I wonder what kind of flower the butterflies are posed on?
Un grand merci pour ce posting spécial

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-30 6:59]

Very fine burnet moth, great colors. Wish the other one too was captured in the frame. tfs.

Hello Ivan,

Excellent capture of this interesting insect.
Beautiful colours with ngreat details.
Light,focus and definition are splendid.
Good composition.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-08-31 0:57]

Hello Ivan

Lovely shot - the pose is really good - especially the light shimmering on the wings. Congratulations on this unusual capture.


Ciao Ivan. Excellent work with light on fantastic colours. Good POV. Great macro. TFS.


Interesantes observacines Ivan. Curiosamente creo que yo también la capturé hace pocas semanas, en otro momento lo comprobaré, aunque lógicamente sin las variantes que tu comentas en las alas. Buenos colores. La definición en la cabeza algo justa. Buen documento.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Hej Dostum Ivan,

An expertly taken close-up capture of beautiful Burnet Moths from nice POV with great clarity, warm colours, excellent contrasting OFF BG, great DOF and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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