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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: 2004-07-16
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 13:43
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 20
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Back to those Six-Spot Burnets moths (Zygaena filipendulae) seen here on a nature reserve which is also an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Intrest) which means that some thing that lives there is so rare it needs special protection of the law to help it to continue to surviving at all. Here it is the Natterjack toad which lives in the temperory pools between the sand dunes.By the way it is illegal for me to picture one even if I had seen one.
The six-spot is actually the commonest of the burnets, they are all day flying in nature and may be seen on the wing in June and July, tending to be found in colonies (groups) so largish numbers may be seen at a location they favour.
the caterpillars are yellow and black, (I will do a repost of the TE image I have of one)and they overwinter as caterpillars , when it warms up in the spring it has a quick feed up to boost reserves then pupate on a plant stem in a staw yellow cocoon protecting the chrysalis.
This mating pair are not perfect , the black / dark green gave a lot of trouble to get the exposure right to still see the back ground and not a complete white out of over exposure, this means the male at the bottom is a little dark though in reality the males seem to be a purer black than the females who have a touch of metalic green in the wings.Plus he insisted on being at a different angle to her.I was there for 3/4hr trying to get a better than this one, this believe me was the best of them, seen here on one of the many course grasses holding the snad dunes together.
Crop with slight rotation
saturation -3 lightness +2
contrast +4 brightness +3
Sharpen edges
USM 165% X 2.7px radius X threshold 3
use save to web 193.5k at 72dpi.

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  • Great 
  • Esox Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
  • [2004-07-30 13:54]

Good vertical composition.
Very good details and DOF.
Well done.

Superb stuff Rob, dreat detail and colour I like your thin crop the moths are very well captured in an interesting postion. I like it.

(shame that near blade crept in! - I did a workshop to push that blade back, be interested to know what you think. It's amatuer cloning by me but gives an idea)

Great notes

I agree with Sebastien/Esox about the vertical composition being well built. Bright and sharp image, very attracive work.

I really like these pictures... I think I'll look down more often when walking the dog! ;o))

Nice capture of this mating pair ;-) I'm fascinated with these beautiful and elusive critters. If these are usually found in colonies, someone obviously forgot to tell our contingent about it, as I've ever only seen one at a time - the few times that I've seen any. I must say these were very obliging if they stayed in position for 45 minutes to allow you a photo session ;-))
It doesn't bother me that the male is darker, it's obvious from the angles that he's not caught by the light as much as the female.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-07-30 17:16]

A nice shot,the composition,colours and detail are great.
Quite difficult to get it right with these moths (for me anyway),I took quite a few shots of them yesterday but none satisfactory :O(.You've got the exposure just right,I'll have to try again!
Very good work and as always a good informative note too.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-31 13:12]

Good to know the face behind the words! I love these red dotted critters of yours. The diagonal, and the different "blacks" due to the play of light. Nice one!

Great capture Robert. Colours, sharpness and composition - spot on.

Very creative work Paul did - I like it.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-07-31 15:30]

Excellent DOF and colors supported by a great note

  • Great 
  • Jax Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 77 W: 0 N: 150] (500)
  • [2004-07-31 18:20]

Nice one Rob. Good colours, composition and detail is spot on. Good informative note too.

  • Great 
  • urban Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 4 N: 79] (413)
  • [2004-08-19 17:37]

The contrast between red and black is really good. Nice moment int their life to capture.

Now what are you doing spying on them all the time? lol! nice clear picture!

  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-06-10 13:39]

Great! It's a very good shot. They are mating and you get them! 5*!

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