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Six-spot Burnet

Six-spot Burnet
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-08-04 10:12
Viewed: 2700
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Zygaena filipendulae (Linnaeus, 1758)
Family: Zygaenidae

The Six-spot Burnet is a day-flying moth common throughout Europe.
The sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 30-40 mm. The forewings are dark metallic green with 6 vivid red spots (sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with other species such as Five-spot Burnet). Occasionally the spots are yellow or even black. The hindwings are red with a blackish fringe. The adults fly on hot, sunny days from June to August (refers to the British Isles) and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious as well as the larval food plants bird's foot trefoil and clover. The species overwinters as a larva.
The larva is plump and hairy with variable markings, usually pale green with rows of black spots. It pupates in a papery cocoon attached to foliage. (Wikipedia)

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Hello Catherine,

This is an outstanding shot with such beautiful colors, sharpness & fine details. Excellently done with care & skill. TFS.

Best regards


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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 422] (1639)
  • [2009-08-04 10:25]

Hello Catherine
it's a great capture of this beautiful Zygaena on this lovely purple flowers.
The colours are well saturated.
Nicely composed with a very good POV, fine details and optimal focusing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-08-04 10:25]

Hello Catherine,
Oh, yes, this is a real beauty and what a lovely composition!! Excellent focus on Zigaena and beautiful light and colours.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 821 W: 0 N: 2415] (10648)
  • [2009-08-04 10:30]

Hi Catherine,
It's a nice moth macro photo ...
very nice close-up for very beautiful Six-spot Burnet, with on beautiful flower. focus, POV, colors and composition very nice.
Best wishes,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-08-04 10:47]

Very nice colors and composition!

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-08-04 11:02]

Congratulations for this capture. Amazing Six point Burnet. I have 2 here, but not so wonderful like this.

Bonito conjunto con una luz encantadora Catherine.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-04 11:44]

Hello Catherine,
This is a real beauty!
Not only have you captured a fine speciemen of a Six-spot Burnet but taken it in suberb lighting and with excellent sharpness. The composition among the delicate grasses is fantastic too.
Thanks for sharing this gem!
All the best,

amazing capture in its natural environment
of this Six-spot Burnet....
excellent sharpness and composition
well done,Catherine!!

ciao sERGIO

hello Catherin
super composition with beuatiful colours and good light
great sharpness
greeting lou

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-08-04 12:56]

Thanks friend.
for your kind words
by the disaster at La Palma,
Excellent picture with attractive lighting and good focus.
saludos Catherine

What a delightful and perfect close-up shot of this pretty day-flying moth Catherine.
Impressive clarity and fine composition MF!
TFS and have a nice day!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-08-05 6:00]

Good composition showing the immediate habitat of this colorful moth. tfs.

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-08-05 7:15]

Hello Catherine,
Your moth have beautiful colours and pattern and shown very well. I think that for better composition I would crop from left side.
Regards, Pawel

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6480 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2009-08-05 12:02]

Salut Catherine,je suis encore a la recherhce d'en encontrer une cette annee'....selon moi ce sont les insects les plus spectaculaires en Europe,les couleurs et les reflects metalliques sur les ailes sont toujours un gros spectacle.Mes compliments pour la parfaite capture et l'excellente composition aussi,bonne soiree',LUCIANO

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-07 12:00]

Hello Catherine,
Just be back from a few days holiday.
Very beautiful photo of this Six-spot Burnet. Great natural and clear colours and very sharp. Good POV and a pleasant composition.
Have a good weekend,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2009-08-10 14:21]

Bonsoir Catherine,

excellente macro, trés bon détails et de jolie couleur naturel.
A la hauteur de ta réputation.
Une bonne soirée a toi.

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