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Bizarre Micro-Moth

Bizarre Micro-Moth
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/22, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-31 10:20
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yesterday, I detected this micromoth:
Pterophorus pentadactyla
- family: Pterophoridae

German: Winden-Federmotte

Species Information
P. pentadactyla is not rare but often overlooked. Usually it starts to flight with the beginning of dawn.
Distribution: Europe (except the extremme south), Turkey, Iran
Among the Microlepidoptera it has a comparatively large wing span (about 30 mm).
Foodplants of the caterpillar: Convolvulus arvensis and Calystegia sepium.

* Gielis C (1996) Microlepdoptera of Europe, Vol. 1, Pterophoridae. - Apollo Books, Stenstrup.
* Parenti U (2000) A Guide to the Microlepidoptera of Europe. - Museo Regionale die Scienze Naturali Torino.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-31 10:28]

Hi Peter. You say in your notes this is not rare , But one i have never seen before and i am sure not on TN to often so thanks for posting this unusual Moth. Your use of the light has made the moth shine in the light with fine detail . The exposure is spot on. It stands out from the dark green of the leaf. well done TFS.

Hi Peter
Pterophoridae are bizzare ;-) and pentadactyla is also beautiful. Nice close up. Good field guide POV. Nice sharp image and good note
Best wishes

Hello Peter!
What a nice picture of "moth-ghost"! ;> Very professional control of light and contrast (what is not easy taking picture of so white and small creature). As I see you did not used flash, and probably that's the reason of so natural final effect.
Note is not too long but very informative :)
Greetings from Poland!

Witaj Peter,
Amazing shot. This butterfly is very difficult to photographing. Sharpness colours and details - fantastic!
I congratulate warmly and greet - Roma

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-31 11:19]

Hello Peter,
A fine macro of this Plume micro moth with excellent sharpness and light management and superb contrast to the leaf BG.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,
Best wishes, Ivan

impressionnant cette blancheur...bon contratse avec le vert de la feuille

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-08-31 11:49]

Hello Peter,
What a wonderful Pterophorus pentadactyla! Good details, pov, composition and background.
Thank you very much for sharing this photo.
Regards Siggi

indeed strange and very interesting, TFS Ori

hi Peter,
very special moth well presented
with great sharpness and note

best sERGIO

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-31 14:21]

Hola Peter, excelente macro, con buena definición y excelente detalle. Los tonos blancos del insecto son muy buenos.
Un saludo

Hello Peter,
Bizarre indeed. I have seen similar things, but never this particular species. Very good exposure considering the colours and BG. Very fine portrait, Thanks

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-08-31 17:44]

What an amazing creature, Peter!
I have never seen anything like that before... not even in a book.
Great POV from the top to show the morphology of this insect.
The green leaf BG brings out the details very well.
Fantastic capture!
TFS. : )

Hi Peter.
WOW! Magnificent picture!
More a wonderful moth for his extraordinary gallery!
Impressive wealth of details.
Perfect framing and perspective.
Congratulations for excellent photographic quality!
José Roberto

hi peter,
thanks for this unique moth, well captured with much details. tfs.

Hi Peter,
A nice capture of this beautiful micro moth. Very well composed with sharp details and a nice POV to present it. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Peter, great capture of this strange little moth, fantastic details, very difficult with white body, and excellent sharpness, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

Wow I have never ever seen anything like this here in NZ. Wow again i love Trek Nauture for giveing me the chance to learn stuff and to see stuff i've never seen before. It is beautifully sharp and detailed a wonderful shot.


Hi Peter.
Unusual moth, excellent sharpness. Moth's wings are very curious evolutionary. Super.
I greet Robert.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-01 4:15]

Hi Peter,this is a very nice and different moth,never seen like that also in this year that will remember as a best for butterflies and moths! It's very strange and very differents to others and imust say that is a great spectacle. No comment about the quality of pic,it's perfect,no need others words..eheh..thanks for share,have a nice week,Luciano

Hello Peter,
Very interesting insect. Great job capturing it. Thanks a lot for sharing.
- Nirmal

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-09-01 5:03]

Lieber Peter,
Ideales Licht hast Du hier gehabt für dieses schöne Bild einer Federmotte. Sieht ja fast aus wie ein Engel. Das grüne Blatt ist der perfekte Hintergrund um die Schönheit dieses aparten Insekts zu unterstreichen. Ich hab auch schon mal eine an meiner Haustür gefunden, hier in Bern, die Lichtverhältnisse aber waren leider schlecht.
Nochmals herzlichen Dank für Deine gestrige Hilfe
Auf bald

Hy Peter
Very good capture of this small insect. I like that in your picture, the wings are shinny with some reflection. TFS, OANA

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-09-01 9:37]

Hello Peter,
These moths are fascinating and you've captured this white one very nicely here. Excellent sharpness and beautiful light. It stands out so well against the green leaf.
Well done!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-01 9:55]

Hello Peter,The green with the white. What a combination. Excellently composed and superbly focused. Great view. Ganesh

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-09-01 14:05]

Heelo Peter!
What a strange moth! Everything here is great. Focus, framing, exposure and colours. I like it!

Como diablos has conseguidi esta foto,,uffff,buenissima.

Primero gracias por tu interés sobre mi Hipparchia :-), creo además que H. fagi es la correcta.
Tu toma es expléndida, con gran belleza del conjunto y unos excelentes contrastes; además lograste controlar bien la luz que era el principal problema en esta fotografía.

Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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  • Ninfa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 112 W: 3 N: 204] (747)
  • [2009-01-18 20:37]

Esta polilla tan elegante y estilizada debe ser la envidia de todas las de su especie y me atrevo a decir que de muchas mariposas, es interesante su figura alargada y toda el diseño en su estructura. Bellísima, me encantaría ver una de estas algun día por acá... que mejor color que el blanco y el satín para poder apreciar su belleza... Saludos Cordiales. *Ninfa Urania*

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