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Amata phegea

Amata phegea
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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: 2008-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-10 9:13
Viewed: 5843
Favorites: 2 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Amata phegea (Linnaeus, 1758): it is scientific name of Nine-Spotted Moth, which was represented by me last time (Nine-Spotted Moth).

First I have decided to share only one (mentioned above) shot of this species. As usual for me I thought that other pictures of the moth are nor deserve to be shared. However, my dear friend and true expert of butterflies and butterfly photography Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) advised me to think better about it. And at last I decided to represent a small series of shots taken in our garden.

Present shot is from second, early morning, series which I was needed to take with flash (not fill flash) because of lack of enough light. This flower grew on a shaded from the morning sun part of our countryside garden. I left this moth on the flowers in the evening and I was glad to meet it there again in the morning. Naturally, I should photograph it once again (after first evening session).

I am not sure that this is the same specimen as the first one. However, I hope you like it too.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To peter_stoeckl: Brilliant advise.Alex99 1 03-13 13:25
To wuta: Dear Teunie.Alex99 1 03-13 13:19
To XOTAELE: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 03-13 13:15
To Heaven: Flower petals.Alex99 2 03-12 22:47
To jusninasirun: Old and new sensors.Alex99 1 03-12 00:21
To eng55: Many thanks.Alex99 1 03-11 11:51
To PeterZ: My mistake.Alex99 1 03-11 11:44
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Hello Alexei,
what a wonderful close up of Amata phegea taken with outstanding sharpness and lighting in a marvellous composition, i like the contrast of the vivid colours, a very beautiful picture.
Best regards

hello Alexei
beautiful picture
full of colours and super details
i see a litle spider in the flower
greeting lou

Hello Alexei !
We are almost neighbors, today ! :-) And your picture is just as splendid as all the others. I really like this flower with shining colors, it's very cheerful, and it is brightening up my day (we have rain and grey weather outside). Sharpness, details, composition, POV, pose of the butterfly, everything is excellent, but I wonder if there is any need to tell you this anymore - it's always perfect, on all your pictures ! Very well done !

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2009-03-10 11:07]

Hi Alexei,

Very sharp and colorful macro. I like the composition you made.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-10 11:07]

Hello Alexei,
What a marvellous capture. This is a lovely macro of this very beautiful dark moth.
Beautiful colors and magnificent sharpness .Very good POV, DOF, framing and composition.Best regards Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-10 11:21]
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Hello Alexei,
What a beautiful photo! The colours are so clear and beautifully contrasting. Great sharp details and a very good POV and composition.

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-03-10 11:51]

Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this Amata phegea.
Very well composed with sharp details.
Thanks a lot for sharing.


ciao Alexei!
amazing composition with the great macro of moth on the colourful flower
compliments sERGIO

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-10 12:15]

Hi Alex,what a fantastic work! I know this insect and i know how isn't easy to take that so perfectly,it had terribles reflections on the wings! And inside this flower the spectacle is double! My best compliments,Luciano

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-10 13:34]

preciosa macro Alexei,
colores y foco atractivos,
buen trabajo de finos detalles,
saludos amigo.

Hello Alexei
congratulations indeed for this splendid macro shot for both of moth and flower. You captured and presented in your usual master quality. sharp details, POV, composition, colors and lighting superb. f/16 gives a great result. thanks for sharing this beauty. добрый вечер my friend

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-10 14:52]
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Privet Alexei,
What a lovely macro work.I liked vivid colors,lighting,exposure and composition a lot.Very well done!
Thanks for posting.

hello Alexei

very beautiful photography of this insect over the beautiful flower,
shot with very fine POV and DOF, beautiful colour tones,
great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-10 15:32]

Hola Alexei.
I am glad for You decided to post this one too,
great colours in both, the Moth and the lovely flower. Exellent image my friend.

Again, a very pleasant capture of a Nine-spotted Moth on a beautifully coloured composit flower group Alexei, A fine composition indeed my friend.
TFS and cheers,

Hello Alexei
this shot is excellent
great contrast between the black and white moth and the colorful flower, the colors and details of both subjects are superb
thanks for sharing this beauty

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-11 3:03]

Alexei, Wonderful closeup of this Amata Phegea. Great focus and lovely sharpnes. Ganesh

Hi Alexei,
Another beautiful capture of this beautiful nine spotted moth. The lighting is excellent here. And a nice composition with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Alexei,
fantastic colours and details, great looking insect and the flower as well.
Nicely composed and done!

This composition with the Moth sitting on a flower is very attractive, Alexei.
As usual, you leave nothing to chance so far as the technical handling of this image is concerned. The focus is precise and the details and colours on both the subject and the flower are flawless.
Well done and TFS.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-03-11 7:20]

Hi Alexei,
I like the colors, focus, sharpness and details. A diffuser for your external flash could give you better results. TFS
Best wishes,

Hello Alexei,
Great tight composition with vivid colours, a blameless photo
Well done

hello alexei,
this is really beautiful, the flower and the insect make a great combo and you have used it so well to make this wonderful shot, i liked the pov very much offering the beauty of the flower as well of the insect, well saturated colours and excellent details captured,
well done,
tfs & regards

How do you find the time ????.... moreover, to produce such WORKS OF ART.
Mario wising you the best of the best in life.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2009-03-11 21:25]

Hello Alexei,
Very nice shot, great colors. You have a great garden that attracts all this wonderful insects... Well done


Hello Alexei,

nice close up from these butterfly and flower.
Beautiful colours.
In these csse I like the pictureformat.


Dear Alex!

You present us once more a very pleasant and colourful picture. I like the subject and the overall impression the picture generates very much. The insect as well as the flower are shown with great details and the colour management is fine, too. From my point of view, the flash created some harsh reflections on the insect and I regret a little bit the cut tips of the petals.

Kind regards


Hi Alexei.

I was looking at your intro and I can see excellent new gear in your bag. The macro optics from Nikkor exhibits much better quality than Sigma that we used to share.

This one shot with your Minolta still have excellent sharpness and details. The framing and colors are brilliant and you'll love the colors of the new sensor as much as this one as well.

TFS and best regards,

Wonderful and complex variety of Colours Alexi. The flower almost dominates the image but gives it reason to pause and glance or rather to gaze upon it for some study!

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2009-03-12 12:34]
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Hello Alezei , What a beauty and fantastic colours ,a splendid shot tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

Mucha espectacularidad en este conjunto Alexei con gran limpieza de la imagen y además conseguiste definir bien el espacio, eso puede verse observando la separación entre el insecto y la flor. Buena técnica !

Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Dear Alexei,
been in expectation of another view of so very elegant and difficult Amata from you as you announced a few days ago: Now here it is - and it kicks me off the chair! Coming in such a studio photography's high level of deliberate and thoughtful perfection of focus on details, depth of colours, handling of hard contrasts, isolation from background, arrangement. Sunny, exciting, delightful, superb!
Thank you! And my congratulations to you once again, my dear friend. What's next?
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

Hello Alexei,
the same beautiful moth again but this time on lovely flower.
The colours are very nice especially the flower are amazing.
Well composed with fine sharp details.
I suppose you was very happy to find this moth several times.
Well done mf,

Ciao Alexei, splendid moth on a wonderful flower, superb macro with fantastic colors, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2009-03-13 9:00]

Hoi Alexei,
Excellent shot so powerfull with the colours sharpness herewith you wish it would be spring and summer already.

Thanks have a good weekend.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-03-13 9:09]

What a spectacular and colorful picture! Beautiful, Alexei, I love the bright orange used as a beautiful layout for this beautiful moth. Great lighting too.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-13 9:09]

Hello Alexei,
Now you present this striking moth on a colourful flower, like presenting a delicacy on a fine plate! Technically this is superb and the composition is perfect.
I'm glad Peter persuaded you to post A. phegea again, especially in this way!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hola Alexei.
Bellos colores en esta fenomenal macro.
Hermoso trabajo.
Saludos, JL.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2009-03-13 13:49]

Hi Alex,
Thanks for dropping by.....i have been away for a while. You've caught a wonderful contrast in colours in this one. Not an easy image as difficult to get the exposure right i guess. Fantastic detail and the DOF is spot on.
Regards, David

Hello Alexei!
Wonderful POV! This flower looks like multicoloured sun! ;) Great, natural colours and very nice contrast between insect and BG :)
This is very optimistic photo my Friend! :):):)
All the best from almost spring Lodz!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-14 6:43]

Hello Alexei,
Very colourful and impressive picture of one of my favourite moths.
Excellent light-management and good centred composition. I eventually wouldn't have cut the petals of the flower (It hurts me a liitle bit).
I also just saw your garden picture which helps us to imagine better your surroundings. Good idea!
Thanks and have a nice weekend

Hola Alexei,
Precioso ejemplar en una bella composición, buena nitidez, excelentes detalles, muy agradable luz y color, saludos
José Ramón

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-18 21:46]

Hi Alex,
a marvellous shot, of great colours for both - the moth and the flowers. Fantastic composition, how exciting and happy youre upon seeing it.
I enjoy seeing this shot with such great skill and perfection.
Wonderful post Alex.


Hi Alex
Polish jazz trumpet player Tomasz Stanko recorder a LP titled Purple Sun and you prepared a perfect photo for the cover of this album ;-) Great POV, beautiful moth, perfect sharpness As laways beautiful

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-24 23:13]

Hello Alexei,
Splendid image all around my friend. The colors are stunning, as are the details. Thank you Alexei.

Hello Alexei.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors, very good details.

Jose Luis.

Hello Alexei,
Very attractive moth, very well capture, with rich details and colours. Good use of the flash, wich preserve natural look. Best regards,

Great sharpness and wonderful color contrasts. A lovely shot!

Ciao Alexei. Un capolavoro di macro per nitidezza e colori.


Hallo Alexei
What a sensational beauty of a butterfly. A wonderful picture. It's so great in sharpness, lighting, depth of field and exposure. Everything is just stunning. A magnificent shot with great composition. I fancy this one and appreciate you showing us this jewel. The colours of the flower is warm and attention grabbing. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

Hi and Good Morning MF Alexei,

Amazingly beautiful macro capture of this pretty spotted day flying moth perched on an atractive Gaillarda from top POV with neat details and delightful composition.
TFS and have a nice Sunday MF!


Privet Alexei,
Breathtaking color contrast, and my hat off of you for handling the flash such superbly. No more words needed, this is art at it's best. Bravo.
Best regards, László

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