Six Spot Burnet
|Copyright: Paul Haynes (PaulH)
|Date Taken: 2006-07-02|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-07-05 9:08|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This is my first attempt at posting anything to do with insects or close up! It's alot harder than i thought! I THINK this is a Six Spot Burnet moth, although hopefully i will be corrected by somebody more in the know than me if i'm wrong. I've never seen these before although by all accounts they are quite common. This was taken on a cliff top near Lullworth Cove. All comments and critiques welcome!|
The Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. It is a common species throughout Europe.
The sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 30-40 mm. The forewings are dark metallic green with 6 vivid red spots (sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with other species such as Five-spot Burnet). Occasionally the spots are yellow or even black. The hindwings are red with a blackish fringe. The adults fly on hot, sunny days from June to August  and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious as well as the larval food plants bird's foot trefoil and clover. The species overwinters as a larva.
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Since your moths have five spots I would rather go for Five-spot Burnet ;-)
I got back here to write few words about the picture. As for first atempt this is nice. It would be better if the closeup was bigger. I don't know what lenses you use so I don't really know if it's possible for you. Anyway, colours are pretty good, light maybe a bit harsh, because some flowers seems to be overexposed. I think the DOF could have been more shallow to blur the BG and make the main suject stand out. Knowing burnets I guess they were walking round the flower. You could wait to capture some interesting compostion of the moths. I used to managed to catched three sitting symetrically on one flower.
Anyway, since this is your first atempt I maybe overdone with my nitpicking ;-)