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Cinnabar Moth

Cinnabar Moth
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Copyright: Ulla Kruys (uleko) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P510
Exposure: f/3.9, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-28 10:02
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Points: 50
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Cinnabar Moth-Tyria jacobaeae

This moth is named after the red mineral cinnabar because of the red patches on its predominantly black wings. Cinnabar moths are about 20mm long and have a wingspan of 32–42 mm (1.3-1.7 in).

Cinnabar moths are day-flying insects. Like many other brightly coloured moths, it is unpalatable; the larvae use members of the genus Senecio as foodplants. Many members of the genus have been recorded as foodplants, but for long-term population success, the presence of the larger species such as ragwort is needed. Smaller plant species, such as groundsel, are sometimes used, but since the species lays its eggs in large batches, survival tends to be reduced. Newly hatched larvae feed from the underneath of ragwort leaves within the area of their old eggs. The larvae absorb bitter tasting alkaloid substances from the foodplants, and assimilate them, becoming unpalatable themselves. The bright colours of both the larvae and the moths act as warning signs, so they are seldom eaten by predators.

The Cinnabar Moth is found in Europe and western and central Asia. It has been introduced into New Zealand, Australia and North America to control poisonous ragwort, on which its larvae feed.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-05-28 10:26]

Hi Ulla.
What a beauty you managed to picture. The moth is wonderful. It’s coloration is fantastic as quality of the shot at whole. All details are tack sharp. Colours and lights are amazing too. Bravo. Excellent close-up and a sweet subject.

Hi Ulla,
what an unusual buttefly in my opinion. Excellent point of view. Amazing colours.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Ulla.
Splendida macro con dei colori stupendi,eccellente la nitidezza con notevoli dettagli,ottima la composizione molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.

hello Ulla
super good sharpness and great details
nice composition with beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Ulla, great macro of fantastic moth with open wings, wonderful bright colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-28 11:46]

Hello Ulla,
Very beautiful macro of this moth in splendid contrasting colours and great sharpness and details. Taken from a very nice POV in a pleasing composition.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2012-05-28 11:57]

Hej Ulla,

Lovely colors and great light make this image of the moth really pleasant. Interesting note, too!



Hello Ulla,
great picture of this beautiful moth with good sharpness and wonderful colours. The red moth looks really striking with the green background. I also like the nicely opened wings and the splendid light.
Best wishes,

Ciao Ulla. Great POV here and so difficult POV. Beuatiful natural colours. Details and sharp perfect tto.


elegant moth with its vivid colors,Ulla
well seen and managed

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2012-05-28 12:35]

Hello Ulla,
this species has become common in our area in the last years.
On your picture, it exposes its 'warning' colours in strong light and therefore they are very prominent. In spite of the bright sunlight, you managed to maintain structural details visible also of the dark parts of the body and the shaded areas!
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Ulla,

An excellent macro with vivid colors, sharpness & details. Great POV & composition. Very nicely done & presented.

TFS & best wishes!


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-28 15:16]

Woow Ulla,what a lucky meeting and what a spectacular capture!!!! A magnificent moth,never seen in my fields,and a fantastic pic whit the best details and very bright colors,the contrast between red and green is truely magic.Have a nice day and thanks,LUCIANO

Witaj Ulla!
Your pictures are perfect and this just such it is. Butterfly about miraculous colours, sharp picture how razor.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie i gratuluje

I like the colour combination on this Moth, Ulla.
The red colour in particular is very eye-catching.
Very good capture from a near dorsal POV.
Thanks and regards.

Amazing moth and great photo Ulla! Very good composition and impressive sharpness. The lighting and the colours are fantastic!

Hello Ulla,
Remarkable photo with exceptional clarity and details. Wonderful sharpness and fantastic colors. The contrast against the green background is splendid. Very nice natural colors with lovely light and clarity.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-29 1:15]

Beautiful and colorful moth, the color red against greens captured well. tfs.

Bom dia Ulla
Excellent capture of this wonderful butterfly new to me.Perfect POV and composition,wonderful bright colours and great details.Congrats!
Have a good day and thank You
Best regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-29 4:39]

Bonjour Ulla,
A striking insect this Cinnabar Moth! Very lucky to have seen it like this, wings well displayed. And interesting color-contrast given by the natural green surroundings. Well composed picture and excellent sharpnes too. Bravo!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-05-29 13:14]

Hello Ulla.
Great macro shot of this Cinnabar Moth. Great sharpness, details, clarity and nice DOF. Great colours and composition too. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Ulla,
A Great capture of this moth with it's stunning red and black colours. Focus, sharpness and detail, almost diagonal pose, POV and DOF is excellent. Well done my friend.
Best regards,

Hello Ulla,
superb picture with great colour harmony, a good graphical quality is present here. this picture of Cinnabar Moth has good clarity, perfect colour and ofcourse great composition,
best wishes,

Hello Ulla

Beautiful photo of this Moth with fine POV,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness,
and details, great contrast of the color tones, TFS


Hi Ulla,
Unique shot, I don't remember ever seeing this species here on TN. You're lucky to get this butterfly-alike pose from the moth, because species like this rarely allow us to see their beautiful lower wings. :-( Colorful photo with great DoF and above all, spectacular composition. Bravo!
Have a great festive season, best regards, László

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