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Alpine Burnet Moths

Alpine Burnet Moths
Photo Information
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: 2009-07-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 5 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-28 8:37
Viewed: 3436
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows a couple of the burnet moth
- Zygaena exulans
- family: Zygaenidae

resting on a lichen-covered rock.

Species information
- In the Alps, the species occurs between altitudes of 1900m and 3000m. In other regions, such as Scotland and Scandinavia, suitable habitats have lower elevations (150 - 1000m).
- Forewing length: about 15 mm
- Larval foodplant: preferentially Fabaceae, but also Caryophyllaceae, Scophulariaceae, Betulaceae and Saxifragaceae, for example.

Peder-Valley deviating from the upper Martell-Valley, about 2500 m. Here, and also in other valleys nearby (Butzen-V., Lyfi-V, Rosim-V.) the species was rather abundant.

- natural light
- ISO 400
- hand-held

- Naumann C.M., Tarmann G.M., Tremewan W.G. (1999) The Western Palaearctic Zygaenidae. - Apollo Books, Stenstrup.
- Racheli T. (1990) Sinossi degli Zygaenini Italiani. Roma.

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Hi Peter,
ein wunderschöner Moment, einfach toll.
Ich habe wirklich noch nie diese schönen Widderchen in Natura sehen dürfen, sind mir noch nie über den Weg geflogen, schade.
Also vielen Dank für Deinen Augenschmauss, liebe Grüße aus dem verschneiten Allgäu
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-01-28 9:16]

Hello Peter,
A very nice capture of this beautiful pair showing clearly how the male and female differ! Excellent sharpness, lovely natural colours and well composed.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-01-28 10:08]

Hello Peter
What a great capture!
Details are amazing!
Sharpness is unbelievable!
Congratulation for this beauty!

Chapeau Peter !
Una luz fantástica y unos colores fríos en combinación con los rojos de las Zygaenas que crean un ambien real y elegante. La especie es muy poco vista y por lo tanto un excepcional documento, sobre todo para los amantes de este maravilloso género de mariposas. Un buen trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

A pair of fine specimens captured expertly on that lichen covered stone Peter, they still sport some camouflage characteristics in their natural surroundings in spite of those revealing reddish maculations...

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 277 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-29 1:50]

Hello Peter.

Great capture of these two mating moths.
Very sharp, beautiful colors and a nice POV.
The colors of the moths fits perfectly with the colors of the background.

Gr. Hans

Ciao Peter, great macro with lovely maiting couple of beautiful moths, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors and superb details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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