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Moth on purple flower

Moth on purple flower
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Copyright: Oana Otilia Saracutu (oanaotilia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 529 W: 28 N: 964] (3416)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-01
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Blue Things III [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-29 11:22
Viewed: 3397
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am turning back to archives, at the pictures from my summer trip to Romania.
I have no ideea about the moth, and if someone could help me...
I would came with more informations after....
So, Thanks to Ivan, I found the species: Cerapteryx graminis, or Antler Moth.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Noctuidae
Genus: Cerapteryx
Species: C. graminis
This species is unusual for a noctuid in that there is marked sexual dimorphism. The male has a wingspan of 27-32 mm but the female is much larger with a wingspan of 35-39 mm. The forewings are brown, speckled with black and marked with a bold white branched basal streak which gives the species its common name. The hindwings are dark brown with a white fringe. This moth often flies during the day, especially in warm weather, and is attracted to a range of flowers. It also flies at night and is attracted to light. The adults are on the wing from July to September
The grey larva feeds on various grasses including Deschampsia, Festuca and Nardus. It is sometimes so common that it damages pastures. The species overwinters as an egg




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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-11-29 11:47]

Seara buna Oana,
cind iarna sta pe unde pe la usa ... tu ne mai rasfeti cu un fluture splendid. Poate,poate uitam ca vine iarna. Excelenta compozitie, felicitari.
O seara frumoasa,

Waw...ce moliuta draguta!!!
Culorile si detaliile sunt excelente1
Mereu am avut probleme cu captura moliilor!
Nu imi ieseau toate detaliile clare1

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  • chudy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 130 W: 0 N: 176] (899)
  • [2009-11-29 12:48]

Hi Oana!
Very well one can see the excellent photograph all details of the moth, nice colours and the composition.
I am greeting Slawek

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-29 13:19]

Hello Oana,
A fine macro of a Noctuid moth, Cerapteryx graminis taken from a good POV that shows the details with nice sharpness and lighting on the Scabious flower.
Thanks and have a good week,

Excellent capture Oana, with fine details and beautiful colors. Thanks Ivan for the ID!
Have a nice week,

Excellent close-up of a Moth sitting atop a lovely purple flower, Oana.
Its comb-like antennae are very interesting and you have captured them very well.
The light is a bit harsh, but you have dealt with it quite effectively.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-11-30 0:44]

Hi Oana,
Lovely macro shot.I liked DOF you managed,colors,details and composition a lot.
Have a great week!
Thanks for posting..

Archives are handy some winters. Last winter I used them quite a bit but so far not this year.

I like the blue flora almost more than the insect! Hence I have added it to theme of blues...one of my favorites and open to all to add.

As to the moth, had your notes not said it was so, I would have thought otherwise. Good notes!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-30 11:49]

Hi Oana.
You managed to create a fine three-dimensional shot. Moth on a cute flower is looked perfectly. I welcome excellent DOF and details of the insect and flower petals. Lights and colours are very natural and pleasant. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Oana, spectacular macro shot. The flower is just as beautiful as the moth that landed on it. Excellent sharpness and I like your DOF. Have a lovely weekend and TFS, Lisa

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