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Narrow-bordered Burnet Moth

Narrow-bordered Burnet Moth
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-07-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-22 11:30
Viewed: 2895
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is a splash of colours that is appropriate for this festive time of year!

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet, Zygaena lonicerae

Swedish name, means, in contrast with the English, 'broad-bordered burnet moth'.

Though some will classify burnets as neither moths nor butterflies, they are generally regarded as moths.

The larval host food plants are various species of clover and other leguminous plants.
The caterpillars collect and concentrate poisonous substances from the host plants and these remain at the adult stage, making burnets have a repulsive taste so that birds will avoid them. They help predator birds to avoid them by their iridescent black and red warning colouration.

This means that as burnets do not have to escape predators, they fly at a leisurely pace and can be relatively easily approached for photography.

They readily seek for nectar on Scabious flowers like this Knautia, or thistles

This shot was taken at a distance of about 1.8 meters (6ft) and after slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

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Hi Ivan,
again excellent photo, amazing vivid colours. Perfect composition. Nice sharpness.
Have a nice evening,

Ciao Ivan, my today neighbour, lovely composition with nice moth on a beautiful flower, lovely blurry BG, wonderful colors, excellent sharpness, fine details and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Wow Ivan
The colours in this image is brilliant!
What an absolutely striking macro. You have captured everything so well, but the presentation wins the price. Great composition as well as close point of view. Wow once more for those colours that is so beautifully seen. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

hello Ivan
super good sharpness composition with beautiful colours and nice light
thanks greeting lou

Hello Ivan
Lovely butterfly with fantastic details,excellent sharpness,splendid light and wonderful natural colors.
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-12-22 12:11]

Hello Ivan,
Fantastic photo of this Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet. Splendid clarity and very beautiful colours. Great sharpness, details, DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-12-22 12:22]

Hello Ivan.
This is a wonderful shot of this Burnet very well composed and I love the detail that you have captured.
Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
Excellent details and colours for this beautiful capture. The great clarity and the ideal POV are also impressive. Well done!

Ciao Ivan. Good colours and contrast for the difficult subject. Very good details too.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-22 15:20]

Hi Ivan,beautiful capture of this zygaena,always difficult to manage whit its terrible colors reflections as i and you knows..hehhee...great result whit the usual big sharpness..very nice idea to post this pic in these days,could be really a different and original Christmas postcard..ehhee...Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.

Hi Ivan,
The flower and the moth have attractive colors. The image is sharp with well saturated colors. Lovely pov and composition.

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this Zygaena with a nice pose on the purple flower and good sharpness. I especially like the wonderful colours and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

This species of Moths is one of the most beautiful in the world, Ivan. This is a classic shot featuring the moth and the flower and nothing else.
The bright and rich colours here are truly representative of the festive season.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-12-22 17:26]

Surely a festivity feeling with your image of colors, beautiful moth with red spots on this lovely flower. fine image. Excellent lighting and diagonal placement of the moth. tfs.

Amazing moth and excellent photo Ivan! Very good composition and good sharpness. The colors and the lighting are fantastic.
My best wishes,

Hello Ivan
Good point of view, everything is nicely focused with excellent detail. Very festive colours indeed.
regards yiannis

Hello Ivan.
A very nice moth with painted red against black perched on that flower. I have never seen a moth looking like this around here. The Burnet Moth must be special for the holiday season. Thanks and kind regards,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-12-22 23:43]

Hi Ivan,

Lovely colors indeed, complete with photonic effects off the wings and antenna. Excellent capture indeed!

Sesasons' greetings,


Hello Ivan,
Excellent photo of this Zygaena lonicerae, great sharpness, very nice colors, TFS!
Regards, Joska

Hi Ivan

Beautiful shot of this brightly coloured moth on a contrasting purple flower. Excellent composition and brilliant sharpness.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2011-12-23 2:52]

Bonjour Ivan, excellent photo avec de vives couleurs bien saturées et une grande netteté du sujet. I like the reflects on the wings too. Very well done, best regards and happy christmas, Didier.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-12-23 4:38]

Bonjour Ivan,
Un peu de retard pour venir visiter ta galerie. Une image lumineuse de Z. lonicerae posé sur une scabieuse. Un bel arričre-plan neutre aussi.
Je vous souhaite une déménagement sans trop de problčmes et bien sűr un Joyeux Noël ŕ vous deux.

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  • pegos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 222 W: 0 N: 356] (1982)
  • [2011-12-23 5:50]

Hello Ivan,
great sharpness and beautiful brilliant colours in this image; execellent POV and great depth; perfect contrast with blurred background. Very well done!

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful macro of Zygaena lonicerae, very good sharpness and splendid vivid colours, point of view and composition are excellent
I wish you, Ulla and your family a Merry Christmas
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ivan,
Wonderful macro with great focus and very good clarity.
I love the razor sharp details and the exceptional moment you post this splendid insect with appropriate colors to Christmas.
It is a great capture with impressive colors and excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-12-24 1:09]

Hi Ivan!
Wonderful composition with splendid brillant colours!
Very good sharpness and fine details. Excellent light.
At this time I am in mountain for a holiday...but I have big problems
to connect with TN...Internet is very, very slow!
Ciao and again wishes! Vanda

Nice capture of this Zygaena, TFS Ferran

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-12-24 4:32]

Hi Ivan,
Perfect macro work. Excellent colours with excellent details.
Merry Christmas
Regards Jiri.

Thanks for visiting my post and id the Horned Treehopper.

Hi Ivan,
Lovely image of this "neither-butterfly-no-moth". Greatly composed with beautiful colors. Gorgeous sharpness on most parts of the pic, too - although the closer wing seems slightly oversharpened to me, but I experienced this summer how difficult is to photograph this species or / and the closed relatives. Great post overall to have visual pleasure and to learn from. Tfs.
Have a great festive season, friendly regards, László

Feliz Navidad para tí y toda tu familia.
Un abrazo Ivan: J. Ignasi.

best wishes for a Merry Christmas,Ivan
beautiful colors for this zygaena

Hello Ivan,
A Composition captured in splendid sharpness, details and fantastic colours. Excellent light balance, POV and DOF.
Best regards,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2011-12-29 18:31]

Hello Ivan,
I love the colors and unique wing markings on these beautiful moths. The entire image is filled with vivid rich colors and fine detail. I like the good DOF achieved and the clean blurred BG. Well done!!

Hello Ivan,
The coloor is wonderful.
Very good shot.
Well done

Vividly beautiful macro shot!

Hello Ivan

Excellent close-up photo of this insect,
with fine POV and the way it is framed
in the image, excellent focus sharpness
and details, TFS


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-02 4:27]

Hello Ivan
this is smashing shot. The colors are really wonderful
Full of attraction and excellent fine details. Very well managed shot.
The colors of the red spots and purple petals are stunning in details and sharpness.
Excellent job


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