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Bembecia ichneumoniformis

Bembecia ichneumoniformis
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Copyright: Alan Turvey (liquidsunshine) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1878 W: 112 N: 1560] (5437)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-19 9:57
Viewed: 4856
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today has been a roaster. I managed to convince my good lady (Lisa) to join me for a few hours, at college lake reservoir. This place has more to photograph each time I visit.
We had a nice stroll around the reserve, stopping every now and again to get a few shots. This had to be a relaxing day, as not to bore Lisa to much.
I found this little chap just a few feet from the pathway. This is a Six-Belted Clearwing (Bembecia ichneumoniformis), named because of the six pale abdominal bands.
Here are some facts about this Moth.

Wingspan 15-21 mm.

Locally distributed in the southern half of Britain, this species inhabits calcareous soils including chalk downland, quarries and sea-cliffs.

The foodplants are bird's-foot trefoil (Lotus) or kidney vetch (Anthyllis vulneraria), the larvae feeding in the rootstock.

The day-flying adults are on the wing between June and August.

Notes from www.infochembio.ethz.ch

Thanks for looking.

aishuia, Signal-Womb, rlortie, red45, TAZ, dew77, Janice, marhowie, Comandante, twin, gerhardt has marked this note useful
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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-06-19 10:12]

Excellent capture and well done on the composition.
Excellent presentation.


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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-19 11:15]

This is a beauty Alan. Well exposed, superb details, wonderful colors. For some reason it has a 3d touch. I would have liked to see a little more of the head though. Excellent POV & DOF. Well done & TFS!


Composition: ****
Sharpness: ***
Color: ****
DOF: ***
POV: ***
Note: ***
Well done.


what can I say:) I love it:)


Very nice capture Alan, this insect has a strange look to it very unusual. Very good work.

Hey Alan!
Superb shot! great colours and nice situation!

Very good composition with excellent depth of field and mice background.

Very good picture, Alan.
Nice colours, well composed and good details.
Very good work.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-19 16:35]

I never saw this one before. I like it - good striped body, colorfull and detailed. Composition is also good. As Pieter wrote very 3D ;-)

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-19 22:36]

Alan, great lighting and pov here.

A very pleasant shot with excellent sharpness and colors. Very beautiful indeed.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-20 2:20]

Hello Alan!
Very nice close up.Colors,details,lighting,framing and compositio are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-20 3:26]

Beautiful moth, good DOF and lightning. Interesting & well done shot ! Thanks for sharing Alan.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-20 4:35]

Bembecia ichneumoniformis - that's a BIG name for this insect Alan. Yes, I see the pale stomach pads. Nice and sharp and good details. Well captured.
I laugh at you walking with Lisa. I feel sorry for my husband when I say I'll go for a walk with him!! He's too polite to say that he'd get there a lot quicker without me and my camera.

He doesn't even know you are there. Did you tap him on the shoulder. You were close enough! Awesome shot Alan. The detail is tack sharp. Light is fantastic. Congrats.

Alan, This is well composed with good sharpness, colors and details. Overall a great shot, Well done!

Hello Alan!
Wonderful macro.Colors,details,sharpness and composition are perfect.Thanks for sharing.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-06-20 14:22]

it is a beuatiful shot Alan...
I like the sharpness and the natural colors...
very well done like you do everytime...

We have them here but I still have to see one. :) Nice capture of this interesting specimen Alan. Well done.

Magnificent photo! Details and colours of the insect are magnificent. It looks like the insect was covered with a coat of varnish. Good composition. Nice shot!

Magnifique photo! Les détails et les couleurs de l'insecte sont superbes. On dirait que l'insecte a été recouvert d'une couche de vernis. Bonne composition. Très bien fait!

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