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Arctia festiva

Arctia festiva
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Copyright: Chris Jonko (Christopher_PL) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 362 W: 52 N: 755] (2685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100mm f2.8 macro USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-09 2:48
Viewed: 6251
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've just returned from the short trip to Ukraine. It's really amazing country for west european people ;-D
Of course I've seen a lot of interesting butterflies and moths there. Today I'm going to start from very interesting Arctiidae: Arctia festiva.

Local names:
PL: Niedźwiedziówka hebe
SK: Spriadač mliečnikový
CZ: Přástevník pryšcový
FR: Ecaille rose
DE: Englischer Bär
NL: Engelse beer
UK: Hebe Tiger Moth

Short description:
Although this species is available almost in all countries in Europe it's rather rare and local. I've never seen it before. I've found few these moths on the Black Sea border on high, sunny hills. All of them were fresh, just emerged from the pupae.
The adults are on the wings from May to the end of July.

Caterpilar foodplants:
Achillea millefolium L.
Thymus spp.
Euphorbia spp.
Plantago spp.
Taraxacum officinale Web.
Artemisia absinthium L.
Rumex spp.
Cirsium spp.
Hieracium spp.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-05-09 4:41]

hello Chris,
Impressive coloration for this Tiger Moth. You were lucky to catch it with wings wide open. Funny to read that in German it is a bear! Good framing and sharpness.
Thanks and best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-05-09 9:56]

Hello Chris,
A very nice macro of this colourful Arctiid moth, the Hebe Tiger Moth. NIce POV showing the hind winga as well as the forewings with good sharpness.
TFS this attractive image,
Regards, Ivan

Witam Krzysztofie!
Cma sciaga uwage swoja kolorystyka, szczegolnie, ze na tle prawie czarno-bialego tla tworzy mocny kontrast. Szczerze mowiac w pierwszej chwili myslalem, ze cos kombinowales w celu wyroznienia owada na tle otoczenia, ale po blizszym przyjrzeniu sie widac jednak "przeblyski kolorow" w BG.
Gatunek z pewnoscia ciekawy i rzadko pokazywany na TN, a zatem dzieki za pokazanie czegos interesujacego :)
Pozdrowienia z Lodzi,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-05-09 12:26]

Hello Chris
What a beautiful specimen of Arctia and how lucky you wast to capture it with its wings open. I really like it. Excellent sharpness and great details.
Thank you very much for sharing.
My best regards

A startlingly colorful moth in the midst of drab coloured stones and weeds Chris, captured in good focus and exposure from a favourable vantage point. TFS and cheers,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-11 0:36]

Hi Chris,
Outstanding shot of this gorgeous looking moth with such amazing colours and details on its open wings. Great pose captured among those foliage and it stands out so beautifully. Excellent top POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-12 4:29]

Hi Chris.
You managed o take a rare moth. I have met it only once. Nice POV and composition of the image, excellent colours of the moth and details of the scene. It is so interesting to see your other trophies from Crimea.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2008-05-22 8:24]

Hello Chris,
Good picture of this moth.
Good color and lighting.


Hello Chris,
a beautiful and interesting capture of the Hebe Tiger Moth. good sharpness and splendid colours, well composed.
Best regards

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