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Latticed Heath Moth

Latticed Heath Moth
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-30 17:49
Viewed: 5515
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is the 12th image so far from Swiss trip if you inclued the 1 from France on the way back.
This one is from the Day trip to Bargis on the summer meadow there at 1552m . Seen here perched on what I think is Chicory-leaved Buckler Mustard (Biscutella cichoriifolia) in a typical manner with upraised wings. It was the moth of the day as there seemed to be a large number of them, but they were rarely still enough to capture.This moth seems to have a wide ranging distribution for I have picture of it from work in Nottinghamshire in the UK, and the books talk about a range upto 1800m. The caterpillars feed on clovers, trefoils and other Legumes such as the forage crop Lucerne where it is likely to be found in large numbers.
There can be 2 generations a year of this small moth wings 11 - 15 mm may - june and july - august overwintering underground as a pupa. On a personal observational note the ones seen in the UK were definatly to the large end of size range where as the ones in Bargis definatly were all at the small end and to my eye some smaller.
Hope you like, and are not geting too bored with all these swiss pictures?

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Hi Rob,
Such a detailed moth, beautiful specimen and very well captured. I like the out of focus background very much. Thanks for sharing, Iris

A great capture, brilliant color! Maybe a touch oversharpened, but maybe this moth just looks like that!

Thanks for posting,


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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-06-30 23:30]

Woow nice capture,liked the contrast colours of fly& b/g.Good details.

Very nice composition, colours and details. I like it very much. Well done.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-07-01 15:52]
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Chicory-leaved Buckler Mustard - what mouthful of a name for this multi-coloured moth. Nicely captured Robert, especially on the lime coloured flower. It is a beautiful moth and you show it very well. Thank you.

PS. Oops! I sure got that wrong - the plant is the Chicory-leaved Buckler Mustard and the moth is the Latticed Heath Moth. Sorry Robert.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-07-02 3:57]

Wonderful and interesting composition for this nice swiss butterfly ;-) Good pose, colors, DOF and excellent details ! Thanks for sharing Robert.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-07-02 6:55]

Great shot!
I never saw this species.
Very good details of the body.

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