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Copyright: petru damsa (petrudamsa) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 562 W: 77 N: 725] (2544)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-25
Categories: Insects
Camera: Minolta HT-SI, Minolta AF 35-70, Cokin 58mm close-up +3
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-01 1:05
Viewed: 4200
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This moth is called Lymantria monacha.
I found it staying still on the bark of an old oak.
Now, some of you will say that this is a quite classic image: moth, bark, moss, lichens...
I agree with you. This is a classic position for a moth, and is a life saver. Many predators do not have a color vision, just black and white. The patterns of the moth's wings blend perfect with the bark and lichens patterns, making the animal hard to detect.
Even me, I spoted it by chance. I was trying to photograph something else when my sight has focused on this moth laying only 50 cm near me...

Hope you enjoy.

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Hello Petru,
Well framed in a nice composition!
Macro work well done, great sharpness in subject...
Nice to see one of your not too frequent postings!
Pablo -

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-09-01 2:16]

Hi Petru!

Very nice work. I like this microcosmos 'landscape'. Mosses, lichens... autumn is near. Moth looks great, patterns on its wings are very nice. Good work my friend!

Hello, nice shot with a good composition!
Colors and details are nice.
Well done and TSF.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-01 2:44]
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Hello Petru,
This is a fine, clear, well-composed shot of the Gypsy Moth among lichens. Nice to see it, but perhaps it is worth noting that sometimes it is a pest, its larvae defoliating large numbers of cultivated trees and shrubs.
Regards, Ivan

sal' Petru,

frumoasa imagine, am facut si eu si anul acesta, masculi / femele.
ce mi se pare interesant e ca niciodata nu l-am gasit stand pe rasinoase (desi este specifica lor).

Hi Petru,
Greatly capturing this white moth.
Sharp and neat image.
Very nicely composed picture.
Nice shot. Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.

Ben Lakitan

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-01 9:13]

Excelente ejemplo de mimetismo en esta macro con buena nitidez y composición clásica pero efectiva Petru.
A pesar del uso del flash, los blancos no están sobre expuestos excesivamente.
Gracias por compartirla.
Saludos... Ricardo

Excellent mimicry example in this macro with good clarity and classic but effective composition Petru.
In spite of the use of the flash, the whites are not over exposed excessively.
Thank you for sharing.
Greetings... Ricardo

Hi Petru,
He blends in very well I posted a Sulpher Butterfly doing the same thing on a leaf. Fill flash exposure looks good. The colors and detail are excellent here.
Pts. tomorrow!

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-02 14:13]

Hi Petru, Nice composition, I like the green moss colour a lot.
Well done and TFS

Bonjour Petru
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Trčs belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous trčs bons.Trčs intéressant le lichen aprčs l'écorce de l'arbre
Bravo et merci...JP

Hello Petru,
A nice shot on this moth. Interesting note about color blind predator. This is new knowledge to me. Very well done and TFS.

Excellent camouflage.
Bonne journée.

Hello Petru,
Usually the moths uses its patterns to hide in the woods, in this case the colours are not very similar, loosing a bit of protection.
For me is an intersting example of mimicry, accopanied with a good note.

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2007-10-27 16:35]

HI Petru!
Wonderful shot of this beautiful moth with nice markings on its wings, it retains its beauty and against the green BG it looks nice, though it could be sharper.

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