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Zygaena fausta ( Thanks Marcello!!)

Zygaena  fausta ( Thanks Marcello!!)
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Copyright: Antonio Membrive (elfriki) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 19] (88)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 20D, 100mm f2.8 Macro AF USM
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Volkan's Best [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-11-09 23:28
Viewed: 4657
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Zygaenidae comprise a worldwide group of dissimilar moths exhibiting a large number of remarkable specializations. Nearly all are diurnal and many are slow-flying and brightly colored (aposematic) and are avoided by birds and other predators because both adults and larvae biosynthesize cyanoglucides. They are able to release hydrocyanic acid by enzymatic breakdown of the cyanoglucides. This has enabled many to take part in complex mimicry relationships. Moreover,adults and larvae are unusually resistant to cyanide, and naive collectors are startled to see a moth survive for half an hour in a potent vial that kills other moths in seconds. Adults are small to large (FW 5–50+ mm), with head and labial palpi smooth scaled, and they commonly visit flowers for nectar.

The antennae are often thick and either clubbed in both sexes or bipectinate in males and narrowly bipectinate or filiform in females. Glands located between the eyes and the base of the proboscis produce a whitish or yellow liquid or foam when the moth is disturbed. They are often metallic colored, particularly vivid in European Zygaena, in bright red and metallic blues.
The eggs are deposited in rows, clusters, or overlapping patches and sometimes covered with scales from a special abdominal hair tuft, which in some Australian genera are urticating. The larvae are stout and broad, with the head usually retractile under the extended prothorax; the body is roughened and covered with dense secondary setae. Larval foods include numerous plant families, although the species are mostly host specific.

About 1000 species are described, and the family is relatively well studied owing to the colorful forms, diurnal habits, and mimicry associated with the chemical ecology.

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Ciao Antonio,
complimenti per questa magnifica foto.
La Zygaena che hai fotografato č la Zygaena fausta.
Puoi confrontarla con questa.
Z.fausta es la única Zygaena ibérica con el collar rojo.

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2007-11-10 0:19]

Wonderful shot with amazing detail. Color and DOF are great, nice background

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-10 1:00]

Hello Antonio,
Very beautiful photo. Great sharpness with outstanding details. Wonderful light, specially in the BG. DOF, composition and POV are very good.

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2007-11-10 1:07]

Ciao Antonio,
Bellissima foto. Good details, colors and sharpness too!
Best regards

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2007-11-10 2:08]

Hello Antonio,
Great shot!
Beautiful macro with fantastic colors and details
very nice composition and background
Regards Dejan

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-11-10 4:48]

Hello Antonio,
an extraordinary picture of fausta. In particular, the sharp display of both antennae is remarkable resulting from great depth of field due to f13. Geometrically and with respect to colours and background design, the picture is nicely composed.
Best wishes, Peter

Well done, Antonio.
Beautiful moth.
Well composed.

Hola Antonio, splendid Zygaena with great details and excellent sharpness, fantastic blurry BG, congratulations for the other photo too, a great welcome on TN, ciao Silvio

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  • nimou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 1 N: 687] (3171)
  • [2007-11-11 11:46]

Espero que un dia llegaras a pillarla con las las abiertas, disfrutaras mogollon delante de esta belleza. Felicidades por est toma perfecta compańy

Hola Antonio

Excelente imagen la que muestras con buenos detalles y gran composicion.

Jose Luis.

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