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Zygaena osterodensis.

Zygaena osterodensis.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-28 12:50
Viewed: 4321
Points: 34
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Zygaena osterodensis (Reiss, 1921)
Family: Zygaenidae

Wingspan: approx. 35 – 40mm

Distribution: from central, southeastern and eastern Europe to Mongolia, but very local and rather rare. Dry meadows at the edges of forests. Can be seen flying from June to July.

Feeding plants: Vicia, Lathyrus.

The Zygaenidae family is distributed worldwide, approximately 800 species have been described. Approximately 100 species are reported from the Palaearctic region, about 40 from Europe and North Africa. They are small day active moths, usually very colourful in appearance. They show iridescent black upper wings, dotted red or yellow, and red under wings. There is a fascinating variety within a rather uniform pattern of colours and markings. It pays to have a look into the complete illustrated listings of Zygaenids at the excellent Italian website of Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa: www.leps.it

Zygaenids are poisonous, effectfully showing off their warning colours. Among other badly tasting substances, the body of Zygaenids contains hydrocyanic acid. They inhabit an enormous variety of habitats from arid to humid, from the lowlands up to the alpine regions, from the South to the North. There are a few very wide spread and common species such as Zygaena filipendulae, the Six spotted Z., or Zygaena trifolii, the Five spotted Zygaena. Many other species like the pictured one are rather local and rare. But all of them are quite easy to photograph as they are slowly moving and not very shy.

The picture was taken during a mountain trip to the top of Schneeberg, lower Austria’s highest mountain (2067m), passing a lush mountain meadow from Losenheim to Fadensteig at an altitude of approximately 1000m, in the morning of July 4, 2004.

Camera: Minolta Dimage 7Hi, with integrated tele-zoom and macro. No tripod, no flash.

Hope you enjoyed this posting.
Have a nice day.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-28 13:11]

Wel Peter...the summer! So far away yet, but we missed it!
Very beautiful photo indeed!
Excellent photo of this Zygaenidae!
Very good POV and BG!
Wonderful colours!
Keep on going!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-28 13:12]

Interesting butterfly, Peter. I don't think I have seen one like this before. The colors are beautiful and intense. Sharp details and great composition against a pretty background. Well done and TFS. : )

ale ciepłooo:) super ujęcie i piekny okaz!!:)

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-01-28 14:52]

Very nice shot, Peter!
The colours are so nice, and great works on depth of field,
very sharp image.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Peter,

This is an excellent composition with beautiful details, colors, POV, exposure and BG.

The flower is quite pretty as well, a great place for a moth to rest.

Nicely done, thank you!

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-28 15:32]

Hello Peter, what a lovely composition. An attractive butterfly on such a pretty flower. Well shown, nice and clear to see. TFS,

Good one peter
Great composition and excellent POV, love the BG.
Good note too.
Thank You

Hi Peter,
Very nice summer picture.
Well composed, lovley colours and good POV.
The OOF in tHe BG is very good, makes the subject stands out nicely. I like the light too.
Well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-01-28 23:08]

Beautiful shot,lovely colours.Liked the composition and contrat od flower&fly colors.TFS!

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

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-01-29 10:25]

Hallo Peter,
Eine excellente Aufnahme, POV ist super, der Fluegel des Falters wirkt plastisch. Prima Schaerfe und Details. Eine klasse Bildeinteilung und Freistellung

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-01-29 13:52]

What a beautiful Zygaena that you have very well captured ! Nice composition, good DOF with a soft background. Interesting note. Congratulations Peter and thanks for sharing.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-01-29 16:10]

Hi Peter, this is great. Nothing wrong here. Lovley light, colours and composition. Very well done.

great note!
The macro, colours, composition and DOF are great!

Hallo Peter,
dieses farbenprächtige Tierchen hat ja einen tollen Namen - hab' ich bislang weder gehört noch gesehen - außer auf Deinem vorletzten Bild ;-) Es ist einfach wunderschön. Die Schärfe ist excellent, ich kann jedes Detail bewundern - die Flügel sehen aus wie gepudert.
Vielen Dank und lieben Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

UUUpppps - Pulver schon verschossen
komme morgen wieder mit einem grünen ;-)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-01-31 1:45]

beautiful shot! great green blur background. nice combination of colors of flower and insect. great focus on subject. very well done. tfs

Colors and composition on this are fantastic the details are very crisp. Well done Peter. :)

Very nice close-up of this beautiful butterfly.
The colours are just perfect :-D


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