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Hebe Tiger Moth

Hebe Tiger Moth
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/27, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-30 7:40
Viewed: 6038
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 124
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
"This is tightly cropped, but it looks good!" Ivan Kruys (Argus) said once. It was one and half year ago when I shared the first image of this species. Then I decided to post another image of the cute insect sometime which I met only once in my garden.

Now I realize my desire. May be the framing is better a bit now.

This is a rare enough species Hebe Tiger Moth (Arctia festiva) in our places. Even in Internet you can find a sufficiently scanty information about this insect (Arctia festiva (Hufnagel, 1766)).

Shooting info:
Teleconverter: Kenko AF 2x Teleplus MC7 DG
Flash: Minolta Macro Ring Flash 1200 AF-N
Exposure Program: Manual
Support: Handheld

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Maite: No croppingAlex99 1 01-07 05:44
To peter_stoeckl: Thank you!Alex99 1 12-07 05:56
To pilonm: f/27Alex99 2 12-02 09:28
To sandpiper2: Iron Curtan :)Alex99 1 12-02 08:42
To marhowie: Manual macro flashAlex99 1 11-30 20:35
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Hi, Alex.
Very interesting insect for my eye. Excellent exposure and POV. Nice green tones setting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-30 7:49]

Hello Alexei,
Very good exposure,fantastic colors , details and this POV showing the wings displayed so well is great! Like the bold border also, Very good work, nice catch!Regards

Hi Alexei,
It´s a wonderfull moth!!! I love the colours and patterns in wings, well opened to show us all its beauty. Perfect sharpness and nice composition. Thanks for sharing!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-30 7:59]

Hi Alexei,
Magnificent capture of this beautiful moth.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,colors,BG and framing are wonderful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

An unusual blend of colours...and a strange shape as well..these creatures are all so "different" in nature..not for necessarily beauty, but creatures unto themselves..Very interesting.Bob

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-11-30 8:19]

Hello Alexei,
This is a splendid illustration of this beautiful Moth. Details are very sharp and the colours wonderful. I like the flower it is perched on too and the soft background.
Very well done!
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

Hi Alexei
A great shot of this rare moth - good DOF to keep all the important details in focus. The colours and patterns make this a real eye-catching image.
Kind Regards

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-11-30 8:33]

Hi Alexei,
Very nice close-up photo of this lovely moth. Colors, patterns on the wings, focus, sharpness, POV and composition look very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-11-30 8:56]

Hi Alexei,

I didn't know there was such a beautiful moth! You captured it in a wonderful position on the very pretty flowers. The colors and markings are exquisite - I love the symmetry. Fine details, a perfect background and a superb centered composition.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-11-30 8:58]

Hola amigo,
Precious capture with attractive colors and excellent focus and lighting ...
saludos Alexei.

Hello Alexei.

Excellent macro,very good details and colors.

Jose Luis.

Hi Alexi,

you don't post many pictures but when you do one, its always something special. Like this Hebe tiger moth. You did good job as usual. Great portrait of a moth that we will not see easily in nature. Thanks for all,

Best regards

Hello Alexei,

I cannot remember to have seen the first version. This version is very good. Excellent composition. Great focus. Splendid colours. You were very lucky to get it with opened wings.

Ciao Alex, super moth with famtastic colors, splendid macro with excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

This is a perfectly illuminated and expertly captured close up of a colorful, cute little moth from a dorsal aspect on -I think- an Euphorbia Alexei, those bluish antennae are really captivating my friend, TFS this indeed!

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-11-30 10:01]

Hi Alex!

You present us a beautiful butterfly. I didn't know that species and I'm glad to learn about it. You have captured it in a very well manner: the open wings show the patterns, the great sharpness highlights rich details. The lighting helps the colours to be strong and bright. It's a pleasure to look at it.

Kind regards


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-30 10:01]

Hello Alexei,
Beautiful sharp-detailed photo in great contrasting colours. Excellent POV an DOF. Good neutral BG.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-30 10:40]

Hi Alexei. This is first class top view of this colourful looking moth which you have taken with sharp fosuing and fine detail. Your shot shows the wing markings so well. TFS.

Hello Alexei,
another great capture, but it is a bit different object among your posts. It is also very beautiful moth species, with reddish colors and it is relatively common here.
I think plant is an Euphorbiaceae species. Both of them were focused perfectly. POV/OOF, coloration and lighting wonderful. Thanks for sharing. best wishes, my friend

Hi Alex,
wow - that's a great catch - to see this moth must be impressive and beautiful.
You captured it so wonderful, I like it very much, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Alexei!
wonderful species of moth captured
with great sharpness and well focused
the colors and the texture of the wings
are superbe..compliments sERGIO

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-11-30 12:53]

Hello Alexei,
Great open-wing portrait of this Hebe Tiger moth taken from just the right dorsal POV with excellent technical qualities and cropped just right too! I also like the composition on the Euphorbia flower against a suitable BG.
A great post that is a joy to view and thanks for sharing it.
BTW we do not have this species in Sweden!
Best regards,

Ciao Alexei,
splendida cattura, eccellenti POV, DOF e composizione per la perfetta simmetria delle ali, di cui si vedono anche quelle posteriori dai bellissimi colori, otima definizione, mi piace molto il dettaglio delle antenne ricurve come se fossero delle corna, molto belli i colori e luce stupenda.

Hello Alexei,
Very good clarity, color, detail, and DOF.
Great exposure too..
Your shooting data says flash was suppressed, But your notes says flash was used? Anyway, looks like fill to me :)
Beautifully colored & a most attractive moth my friend.
Very well done!

Hi dear Alexei ,
So nice macro with excellent details.
Sharpness ia nice too.
well done

Best wishes

Hi Alexei,

I never been seen this one in the real.
Good capture and razor sharp picture.
beautiful colours.


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-11-30 22:17]

Hi Alexei,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful Hebe Tiger Moth with such amazing colours and details on its wings. Impeccable sharpness and beautiful lighting and I like this pose captured too. Excellent DOF, POV and composition.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-30 23:32]

Hello Alexei,

You have made a very fine photo of this interesting moth. The pattern of the wings is very interesting as contrasting colors are gathered. pattern of wings and head is very well shown. The green background makes a fine contrast with the insect's colors.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-12-01 3:03]

Hello Alexei,
I've been meeting from time to time in spring and summer moths once was huge but only whole grey. Your is very attractive have interesting pattern and colours. You managed catch it very well. On my screen LCD this photo is too bright.
Best regards, Pawel

Hi Alexei,

Fantastic close up of this beautiful butterfly.
Nice colours with good detail.
Light, focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-01 16:13]

Wow! Incredible shot, Alexei!
The colours are amazing!
Very, very sharp with immense detail.
Perfectly composed.

Exceptionally well done,

Hello my friend Alexei,
Many thanks for sharing such beautiful moth with us with those awesome colour and the unique pattern of it!
good closeness with great sharpness and wonderful details
well done
take care and sincere regards

The brilliance of your work dazzles me, Alexei.
This amazingly beautiful moth, I am sure, would be proud to be photographed by you if it could have the voice to say so.
It is a fantastic picture in which the shapely plant also becomes a significant part of the entire composition.
Thanks and regards.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-12-02 0:51]

Hi Alexei

Wonderful close-up of this beautiful are so rare here Hebe Tiger Moth!
This is really a beautiful moth - with those reds, whites and blacks contrasting so nicely and creating such a lovely pattern on its wings and body.
The DOF you chose here surely implied that you'll have the entire moth in full focus and as a consequence, all the details are impeccably sharp.
Very good exposure and composition, too, with another great use of that ring-flash of yours.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Alex

Well I think its great that you continue to show us a range of subjects from your part of the world. There are not enough people on TN from the former Iron Curtain :)
Great shot of this tiger moth, the compositin is very good.
Excellent sharpness and the pattern detail is superb, what a beautiful moth.


Hello Alexei,

What a remarkable picture using a very good composition. Colors look very natural and I like this bg giving the image a nice 3D perception. Focus is right on: we can easily see the details on the antennas!!! Having the butterfly completly perpendicular to you, I'm wandering why you used f/27?

This butterfly is just lovely!!! Thank you very much for having shared it with us :-)



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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-02 5:16]

Hello Alexei,
I remember the first shot you have shown us last year with this special and beautiful moth. This picture is also of great quality and for both pictures the moth had chosen a beautiful plant to land on. Incredible how beautiful these wings are! And your shot is perfect in all senses.
Thanks and best regards

Hello Alexei
If I could get material which looks like the patterns and markings on this moths wings, I'll surely make myself a fancy skirt and treasure it for always. This is such a delighful view of a most beautiful moth. The details captured is great and I like it a lot. I think the almost "hornlike" antennas is very interesting and is quite an attraction.
A very pleasant image to look at. Thanks for sharing.
Best regards.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-12-02 10:45]

hello my dear friend
wonderful close-up capture of this beautiful moth
composition, POV, DOF, light, colours, sharpness and details are great

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-12-02 14:34]

A wonderful shot of that fantastic butterfly, it's really sharp and the exposure shows all the details, you're a very skilled photographer, thanks!


hello Alexei

superb shot of this butterfly with his symetrical pose,
fine POV, great eensity of the colours, excellent sharpness
and details, TFS


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  • sayat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 0 N: 258] (1457)
  • [2008-12-03 10:55]

The majesty found in the name is exactly reflected in your shot Dear Alexei by the bold composition and amazing details. The colors are so natural! Thanks for sharing.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2008-12-03 12:04]

Hello Alex! What a beautiful moth!.. Great POV, the colors and the details are fantastic.. Well done


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2008-12-03 14:31]

Hello Alexei,wonderful close up. Details are crisp clear.I liked POV,sharpness,lighting and framing a lot.

Alex, esta foto é fanatástica!!!
As cores do inseto são surpresas da natureza...impecável.
Parabéns, linda foto.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-03 22:35]

Hellp Alexei

A great shot - very well composed with very good detail and colours.


Hi Alex
Fantastic moth. I have never seen this rare species in nature. I like blured background, great fild guide POV and perfect sharpness. Nothing to critique

Hola Alexei,
Preciosa foto de este bello ejemplar, buena definición con que se muestran los detalles, magnífica luz y color, saludos
José Ramón

Like the contrast between colourful butterfly and green leaves. Well done.
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei,

I know why you love this moth!
I saw one for the first time in France, this year, and was wowed by its beautiful colours as it fluttered across the grass.
This is a fine, sharp macro, clearly revealing the patterns, and colours, on both sets of wings.
Well done, my friend!

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

  • jignasi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2118 W: 0 N: 3424] (27917)
  • [2008-12-06 9:55]

Hola Alexis, veo por la televisión que no acaba de llegar el frío a vuestra tierra, pero por los mapas meteorológicos creo que ya se os acerca jajaja. De la foto pocos comentarios, es para sentarse y observarla un buen rato debido a su gran belleza: Enhorabuena !

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Dear Alexei,
just wonderful! Such a rare species presented in the best possible way with extreme sharpness and superb illumation of finest details in even the darkest parts. Top quality work, a pleasure to see. Thank you my dear friend. All my best wishes to you!

bonjour alexei
voici un joli papillon,j'aime beaucoup la symetrie dans les motifs de ses ailes,les couleurs sont egalement tres jolies et l'exposition parfaite.
encore du grand art!

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-12-10 18:49]

Hello My Friend,
What a beautiful species of moth Alexei, and your capture of it is extremely sharp and vividly colored. Great job Alexei, thank you for sharing.

Hello Alexei !
This moth is splendid, I love its colors and markings, and it looks HUGE, seen from this close ! :-) The antennas are beautiful too, I love their shape. You have captured it with excellent technical quality - details, colors, composition, POV, BG, pose of the moth with open wings, everything is as perfect as possible. Very well done !

Never knew this species existed any more.
Am so very happy you have shared this one.
Mario with very "FOND" regards.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2008-12-19 2:22]

Hi Alexei,
this a superbs shot of great clarity. Brilliant composition with colours and patterns well seen in excellent details.
A rreal top class shot of the moth in its classic perch.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-12-20 9:30]

Hi Alexei

This is a stunning moth, I love the details captured, the lovely colours and the superb POV. Great job!



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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-01-03 15:04]
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Hello Alexei
How beautiful!!!
How impressive with such sharp details and so beautiful colors! I don't know if this is very cropped but the crop is perfect and looks marvellous. I love that the moth let you take it a picture showing its red wings. I love it.
Thank you very much for sharing this beauty.

Hello Alexei!
At first - my very warm wishes - all the best in new year my Friend! :) Only happy moments for you and your family in 2009!

And the picture is simply great: sharp, very colourful, with perfect clarity and DOF. Nothing to add :)
TFS and all the best from cold and winter Lodz,

Hi Alexei,

The moth is beautiful and the upper wings do resemble the Malayan tiger. Very sharp focus with the back and head well seen in details. Excellent contribution to TN and I like it.


Nice shot. Sharply focussed, and the colours look good.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2011-01-29 10:10]

This exuberant species is new to me, very well focused picture, very sharp, fine colour and suitable out of focus background.

Privet Alexei,
Probably brightness on the image is a little more than what I call optimal, but a beautifully framed photo with excellent composition and sharpness. You're lucky to be able to meet this species - I myself have never yet seen any specimen at all. With a little gamma correction and / or decreasing brightness with software this image may be a masterpiece without doubt.
Best regards, László

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