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Opisthograptis luteolata (Linnaeus, 1758

Opisthograptis luteolata (Linnaeus, 1758
Photo Information
Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-05-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-08-24 9:53
Viewed: 4016
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a small and beautiful moth (Opisthograptis luteolata).
It's a moth that belongs to the Geometridae Ennominae family.
Not common in Portugal.
The photo was tacked at night, using the flash, around 23:24, at Sierra da Estrela, the greatest mountain in Portugal.
Known as Brimstone Moth in english.
This specie starts flying in early dusk. Is easily attracted to light and is often seen around lit windows or outside lights, so it was attracted to the trap by the fluorescent light on the trap.
It keeps its wings slightly upwards and by doing so looks like a butterfly even more. Being yellow like that with a few chestnut brown patches there is no other species like it, so identifying it is extremely easy.
The wingspan is variable: 28 to 44 mm. Females are bigger than males and animals of the first generation are bigger than those of later generations.
The caterpillar lives on a number of trees and shrubs, but apple, maythorn and hawthorn seem to be most popular.
By my experience, it seems to be a good model for photographers as it is not easily disturbed during daylight and in some cases might even be handled gently.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-08-24 11:26]

What a beautiful and interesting moth that you have well captured ! I have never see this specie. Sharpness seems a bit soft ! Thanks for sharing Paulo.

Very nice moth with fine colours. Great macro shot Paulo, great sharpness, details and clarity, nice DOF too! Thanks for sharing

It's a beautiful moth, Paulo.
I have never seen this before. Little soft but very nice colours. Interesting and good note.
Well done.

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-08-24 14:37]

Hello Paulo!
Very nice capture!Interesting butterfly and great colours.
Thanks for posting...

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-08-24 17:32]

Hello Paulo, nice shot. The colours are good and it's a pretty good composition. I think it is a little soft in focus but not too bad. Well done.

An interesting moth, Paulo. The colors are beautiful; I have never seen it before. Nicely done :-)

Hello Paulo, I'm getting things wrapped-up to leave, no time to comment but well deserved

Nice shot Paulo!
I've never seen this species before though they live in Poland.
The photo is quite soft in focus, but everything else is very good.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-08-27 23:52]

Another great one for the collection, Paulo Henrique.
Well done.

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-21 21:02]

Very interesting moth, Paulo :-) Also a good note! The picture could be a bit sharper. Anyay I like it :-)

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2005-12-14 2:28]

Hola Paulo.
Bonito ejemplar, buena foto, me gusta la posicion de la mariposa asi como el contraste y los colores, buena fotografia.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2006-01-14 23:35]

Olá, Paulo Henrique. Outro belo inseto fotografado por você.

Uma vez mais, gosto do contraste.

Excelente composição e ângulo.

Talvez, um pouquinho mais de nitidez, mas isso é só uma preferência.

Outra estranha foto de uma borboleta! Gostei da cor (invulgar), detalhes, composição e luz!
Thanks ana:)

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-04-20 1:06]
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O contraste está muito bom nesta foto. Boa nitidez também.
Boas cores e composição.

Um bom trabalho.


Hello Paulo,
A colorful moth. Nice POV and composition. Very good note. TFS

Another very good capture. The background is not very attractive but the most important is object - not the background ;-D
Really well done


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