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Blue moth

Blue moth
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2006-06-14 8:30
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I found this beautiful little moth in the meadows, not far from my home. It was really small, not more than one cm long, and I almost didn't see it as its blue color is an excellent camouflage in the green grass. I could take two photos before it flew away. It was the first time I saw it - my eyes have really opened to what is around me since I'm doing photography. There are a lot of wondeful flowers and creatures just next to my home.

Adscita statices

Wingspan : 26-29 mm
Flight period : from late april to end of june

This moth is unlikely to be confused with any other species. Adults are bronzy green or blue with an iridescent sheen, and they fly during the day in sunshine. Males and females are similar. Despite its beautiful color the adult moth is quite elusive and rarely seen.

It is a declining species, mainly associated with fens and wet flowery meadows. The progressive oss of suitable habitat has without any doubt contributed to this decline.

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Bonjour Valérie
C'est une excellent prise de vue en macro! Composition très belle avec de belles couleurs, et très beaux détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci....JP


Excellent Composition, POV, Colours, BG and Sharpness. TFS,

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-06-14 9:13]

Hello Valerie,
An excellent capture of this moth.
Lovely metallic colours and nice detail,especially the antenna.
A great shot.


Hello Valerie,
Lovely macro!
Antennas are impressive, the sharpness is fine in all of the insect and with pleasant natural colours...
Well framed image, the blurry background works well to enhance the star of the show!
Pablo -

Hello Valerie!
I like moths a lot, unfortunately i've noticed them recently! There are so colourful and very interesting species on that class. This one is a perfect example what i mentioned! It's really strange looking cause of the metallic colours on it. Strange but so beautiful also! pov is great with that exact vertical position of the moth! and i love the presantation you chose here! to me, this is a very interesting framing that worked perfectly! bg is incridible that like a watercolor! Everything in the frame are just perfect!

  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-06-14 13:22]

Bonjour Valérie!

Très belle image que nous présente ici. La composition simple et efficace met bien en valeur ton sujet. La netteté et l'exposition sont très bien réussies. La douce lumière et les couleurs pastelles charment le regard. Le flou de l'arrière plan est divin. Et le cadrage sobre est parfait.

Une très belle réussite qui mérite amplement un grand sourire vert foncé ;o).
Merci de partager tes plus belles images avec nous.


Hi Valerie,
I really like yor choice of composition and framing on this shot. Great job with the isolation and seperation from the backround. Excellent exposure has rendered some beautiful colors. Detail is sharp, and the shallow DOF was perfect here.
Well done,

I share your experience of "seeing" things after taking to photography, Valerie.
This moth is really very small (1 cm, your note says), but you have taken a brilliant macro of it.

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-14 15:20]

great shot for such a small moth. you have managed it really well, it would have been wuite difficult to sneak up on him with a dSLR.

great colours and seapration from BG..



Hi Valerie, nice composition.
Really lovely!
Colors are soft and details are sharp.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-06-14 16:34]

Very artisticly shown Valérie. Wonderful composition and the colours and details are so pretty and sharp, well done,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-14 17:07]

Hola Valerie,
¡Que captura más nítida! El color, los detalles y el fondo han quedado perfectos! Las antenas en particular estan estupendas.
Gracias por compartir,
José M.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-15 2:41]
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Waouh ! Il est superbe ce papillon nocture et bien mis en valeur ici. Il est bien isolé sur le fond très agréable.
Belles couleurs, bonne netteté et PdC.
Compliments Valérie.
PS : infidèlité au 18-55 avec un nouveau 55-200mm ;-)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-15 3:31]

An absolutely gorgeous composition, Valerie. : )
Love the simplicity of it. The colors are gorgeous.
Very sharp details on the little moth. Really exquisite.
TFS. ; )

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-06-15 3:57]

hi Valerie
whats a beautiful macro-nature photo. POV, DOF, BG, colours, details and sharpness are great

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-06-15 4:18]

Very beautiful photo of this moth!
Very good on colours and blurred BG!
Very good POV!
Very good DOF and details!
5* and TFS!

Hello Valerie,
Lovely shot! I like the simple composition and portrait framing a lot! Details are very good and colours very natural.
These fellows are very common in my neighbourhood. They like violet and pink flowers. Maybe you will have ocassion to see more of them soon.
VERY WELL DONE on the picture!

Lovely insect and colors. The BG is nicely OOF and makes the subject stand out. I hope you submit EXIF data in the future it is needed if one wants to make suggestions or give alternatives. Weill done.

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-06-15 14:32]

wow, very beautiful shot, valerie! :-)
never seen a blue moth before.
excellent composition and nice positioning
in the lower left half.
superb sharpness and details - the comb-like antennae are amazing.
very well seen & captured, thor.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-15 15:38]

Hi Valerie,
Excellent shot, great detail on the Moth and beautiful colours. I think that this works very well because only the Moth and the flower it sits on are in the immediate foreground, everything else is defocused by the shallow DOF. Nicely framed and interesting note, great work.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-06-16 4:00]

Hello Valerie,
Wonderful close up.I liked POV,blurred BG,colors,details,framing and composition a lot.

Hello Valerie

Nice moth on good photo. Thanks for sharing


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-06-16 10:44]

Hello Valerie,
beautiful close up, great colors and nice sarp details. POV and DOF are excellent well composed.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-16 15:15]

Bonjour Valerie!
Beautifull, tiny moth. It looks like shinning gem. I like wide open composition and details. Simply but great looking.

Never seen this moth before. Great colours and background. Thanks Allan.

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-20 4:51]

Hi Valerie, I love the composition on this shot., the way you have isolated the moth and the OOF background. The blue of the moth goes really well with the green tones of the grass. The details and lighting are also excellent, giving a very summery feel to it. Very well done and TFS.

Hi Valerie,

This is a beautiful picture, of a beautiful insect. I think the picture is very good, I can see no nits. Well done.


Hi Valerie,
your picture is outstanding!
I love the very subtle shades of green, and the very strict composition.
That is an excellent document of the species.
And it is a piece of art.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • nikole (142)
  • [2006-06-23 5:25]

Hi Valèrie,
with this macro you have captured all the perfection of this little blue insect!


A very good morning to you Valerie,
I don't know how I managed to miss this beauty. An absolutely beautiful shot.
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, Have a wonderful weekend.

Hello Valerie,
Impressive picture. Sharp and crisp clear picture. Well composed picture. Very well done and TFS.

Hi Valerie?

Superb detail... Superb Back Ground... The sharpness and detail on the moth is damn so good. Nice POV and DOF... Thank you for sharing it...


Hi Valérie,

I have never seen moth in blue before and this one is so beautiful. I like the simplicity of the perch on that tiny plant and you have muted the background so well making it pleasant to see. Very sharp focus and well managed exposure.

TFS and have a great weekend.


Ciao Valerie,
très belle image de ce phalène pris avec un excellent POV, bonne netteté et très beaux détails, les couleurs pastelles sont très belles sur un arrière-plan très agréable.
Merci et félicitations.

Hi MF Valerie! Good Morning!

Amazingly beautiful capture of a blue moth from dorsal pov with excellent details and composition.
TFS and cheers,


Marvelous picture madam... :-)

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