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Copyright: Jusni Nasirun (jusninasirun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1740 W: 71 N: 3675] (14660)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300 F4-5,6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-09 6:25
Viewed: 2954
Points: 47
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello friends. This little moth perched rather high up a tree but I managed a shot at full 300mm.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Zygaenidae are a family of Lepidoptera (moths) typically day-flying with a slow fluttering flight, and with rather clubbed antennae. They generally have a metallic sheen and often prominent spots of red or yellow. The bright colours are a warning to predators that the moths are distasteful - they contain hydrogen cyanide throughout all stages of their life-cycle. Unlike most insects with such toxins, they manufacture these themselves rather than obtaining them from host plants (Scoble 1992). They are known to have mimicry complexes based on these toxins (Naumann et al., 1999).

Larvae are stout and may be fattened. Most feed on herbaceous plants, although some are vine or tree feeders. A fleshy extension of the thorax covers the head. Most feed on herbaceous plants, but there are some tree-feeders. Larvae in two subfamilies, Chalcosiinae and Zygaeninae, have cavities in which they store the cyanide, and can excrete it as defensive droplets (Niehuis et al., 2006)

The majority of Zygaenids are tropical, but they are nevertheless quite well represented in temperate regions. There are about 1000 species. Various species are commonly known as Burnet or Forester moths, often qualified by the number of spots, although other families also have 'foresters'. They are also sometimes called Smoky moths.



Model NIKON D80
Software Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Exposure Time 1/100
F-Stop f/5.6
ISO Speed Ratings 100
Focal Length 300 mm
Date Taken 2008-04-08 09:19
Metering Mode Pattern
File Size 144 kb
© jusni nasirun 2008

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Hi Jusni,
Great macro of the little moth!
I like your POV and clear details got on the insect.
It looks great the blurred green background and the contrast with the dark wings.
Congratulations and thanks for share.
My best regards,

Hi Jusni,
Nice zoom at this tiny moth. Markings on wings are beautiful. Appropriate soft background that stands out the main subject. Very well done.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-09 8:47]
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Hello Jusni,
A fine capture of a striking moth that I don't think is a Zygaenid. It is more likely to be a Tiger Moth (Arctiidae).
This is sharp and despite the head not being visible the POV is good enough to show the rest of the moth. Composition is very good and the bokeh BG helps to make it stand out.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

Hello Jusni,

Beautiful picture of this tiny moth. Good sharpness. Very nice colours.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-09 10:36]

Hi Jusni,we are lucky to have a great reporter as you.You show us a lot of interestings and unknowns species,this is very beatifull and taken perfectly,thanks a lot for share your preciuos work,Luciano

Very fine macro with such small insect indeed!
the image is super sharp with great details and good colour
very well done

A fine tele-macro shot of this interesting and colorful moth with the antennae of a butterfly (sans the clubs at the tips!) Jusni, TFS my friend.

Bellissima macro, splendida e con stile personale la composizione, buoni i dettagli e magnifici i colori e BG. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-09 19:21]

Hello Jusni

A nicely framed and presented shot of this moth.
The colours and lighting are well handled.
Excellent focus and sharpness.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
Great job.


Sigma 70-300mm does a good job here, Jusni, but under your direct control.
The Moth is quite an attractive one.
Providentially, you got the ambient light in your favour and made a good use of it.
Well done and TFS.

Salam Jusni
another beautiful Lepidoptera species and its nice macro shot. Beautiful coloration. Nicely composed and framed. Branch composition diagonally and BG also great. Thanks for sharing, best wishes

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2008-04-09 23:35]

Hello Jusni,
A very colourful moth.I am happy you managed to capture it with your 300mm Good POV, DOF , details and colours.Nice composition and framing.

Hello Jusni,
An attractive composition, I like the strong diagonal branch!
Good details in the insect, and the point of view shows the wing pattern well!
Pablo -

Hi Jusni,
a beautiful image of a very nice butterfly, I like so much the composition and the great colours, bravo
kind regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-04-10 2:40]

Hello Jusni, How beautiful it is. Black and white wings with a such a superb composition. Perfect Ganesh

Hi Jusni, great focus on this fascinating moth with splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Jusni

if we see the main subject of the image, is a little bit
centerd on the image, but when we see where is posed
on the branch that is part of the image, for me, the main
subject, the butterfly, is no more centered because
the branch is part of the image, fine POV and framing,
excellent DOF, lovely luminosity, great sharpness and details,



I almost forgot you were here until I saw a note on another image. this one is a fine one Jusni, as are most in your gallery. I must apologize. Things have been hectic here and I have too many things going on...but suffice it to say this is a fine well seen well taken image.

GREAT presentation. Showing tremendous amount of details.
Loved your detailed notes too.
Mario from Canada.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-04-11 11:12]

hello Jusni
moths are another favorite models for my nature photography
i like this species, colours, details and your informative note

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-04-12 18:45]

Salam Jus,
what a nicely composed shot plus your patience in handling this creature..flapping here and there. With wrath of God, at times it just rest at ease in front of our eyes. this is the story of insect hunting.
The fact about your photo, it bears the positive photographic elements of colours, muted background, positioning of subjects, rules of th thirds...texture, clarity ..but they always seem not to see the creative parts of juggling and manipulating these elements. The camera is in everybody's hands but the brain belongs to you alone.
Great shot...looking forward for a tuition in PP. But Ill bring the cookies instead.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-17 9:32]

Hello Jusni,
ou've captured this little Moth in a fine pose on the bark of the tree. Its colours are wonderful and details sharp. Beautiful light and a fine soft background.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-24 3:57]

How beautiful this zygaenidae! I had never seen this species. It has a beautiful black & white pattern. Excellent capture and very beautiful shot.
Thank you very much for sharing.
Best wishes

I can confirm Argus's suggestion - this is a tiger moth, from the genus Macrobrochis

Family: Noctuidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae
Tribe: Lithosiini
Genus: Macrobrochis Herrich-Schäffer, 1855
species: close to gigas Walker, 1854 (Himalayas to South China and Hong Kong)

cheers, Roger.

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