|Copyright: anita and mike allsopp (juanit)
|Date Taken: 2008-04-25|
|Camera: Canon 400D, Tamrom 90mm f2.8 DI|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/200 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-05-28 6:50|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Nine-spotted moth (Amata phegea or Syntomis phegea) is a moth in the familiy Arctiidae ("wooly bears").|
It reaches a wing span of 35–40 millimeters. Its wings are blueish black with white spots. A further feature is the prominent yellow ring at the abdomen. The black antennae have white tips.
Similar moths are Syntomis ragazzii (Turati, 1917) and Zygaena ephialtes (Linnaeus, 1758). Z. ephialtes is poisonous for birds and the nine-spotted moth imitates its appearance (mimicry).
The nine-spotted moth is chiefly found in southern Europe but also seen up to northern Germany, and in the East to Anatolia and the Caucasus, and there are some populations in the South-Eastern Dutch nature reserves "Leudal" and "De Meinweg" The species prefers dryer areas, open ranges with shrubs and trees as well as open forests and slopes.
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Hi Anita and Mike,
Firstly, it is not a butterfly but a MOTH.
Secondly, you have taken an amazingly beautiful picture of this colourful moth perched on a flower.
If I can make a wild guess, it is a Nine-spotted Syntomis moth of Europe.
TFS and all the best.
- [2008-05-28 7:36]
Hello Anita and Mike,
A fine capture of Amata (Syntomis) phegea, a day-flying moth related to tiger moths.
This is nice and sharp, taken from a fine POV and stands out well against the OOF natural BG.
Just an opinion about the composition:
IMHO it would be better to have more space in front of the moth and less behind it and there is a lot of the image below the moth that does nothing to improve the image.
Otherwise this is well taken and thanks for sharing it,
I love it that your branching out and photographing these beautiful flying creatures. Nice detail and lovely color!