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Zygaena loti.

Zygaena loti.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-07-26 2:43
Viewed: 5098
Points: 50
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Zygaena loti (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)

Slender Scotch Burnet
Vretienka kozincová
Vřetenuška kozincová
Zygene du Lotier

Wing span: 27 - 33mm.

Just returned from extended trips into Slovenia's and Austria's high alpine regions and their wealthy diversity of plants and insects, I am still far from finished yet with working through all those observations I could make earlier this year in spring and summer at the hills in the close vicinity of my hometown Vienna.

Here is another species that was first described from the Vienna region: Zygaena loti, a burnet that tends to show up a bit earlier in the year than other members of its family.

Its range of distribution stretches from Spain and the UK over the southern parts of Europe into the Mideast and Central Asia (Altai). Its habitats are dry meadows above limestone. In Central Europe, the species is considered to be endangered.

Caterpillars are feeding on Hippocrepis comosa, Lotus corniculatus, Securigera varia, and other Fabaceae. The butterflies (or rather to say: day active moths) will appear in May together with the sweet smelling blossoms of wild privet (Ligustrum vulgare), and stay into July.

Much has been said on this site here before about the rather lazy behaviour and those conspicuous red, black and blue warning colours of burnets. A burnet's blood is said to contain cyanic acid, highly toxic to possible predators. Insect eating birds do avoid burnets.

We enjoy their colours.

The camera:
SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 17mm macro-zoom setting (equiv. 110mm at conventional 35mm SLR), F/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-125, no tripod, no flash; 07.06.2008, 12:38. Sky overcast.

Photoshop Elements, tilted and cropped, downsized to web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

- Heiko Bellmann: Der neue Kosmos Schmetterlingsführer. Stuttgart 2003
- Heiko Bellmann: Schmetterlinge erkennen und bestimmen. Hg: Gunter Steinbach. München 2001.
- Christopher Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: www.lepidoptera.pl/
- http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beilfleck-Rotwidderchen

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-07-26 2:45]

Hello Peter,
what an excellent macro shot, superb details with nice colours and contrast, liked the dof very much, very nice pov, lovely composition,
Besdt regards

Ciao Peter,
fantastica macro di Zygaena, eccellenti POV e composizione diagonale con uno stupendo OOF BG, super definizione dei dettagli, splendidi i colori.
Grazie e complimenti.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-26 4:10]

Hello Peter,
It sounds like you had a great holiday! Superb capture of this beautiful Burnet Moth that is new to me. Great DOF and excellent details. Lovely colours too in this fine composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-07-26 4:57]

Hi Peter,

What a good close-up of this butterfly. Your image has an excelent DOF covering the whole body of the insect showing sharp details of it. Colors are vivid but natural looking and the contrast between main subject and background looks great.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-07-26 5:39]

Hello Peter,
You look as you has an enjoyable and successful tour of the S. Austrian and Slovenian mountains. I was away with my son for only a week but it was very rewarding, especially as we had three days of sunshine, a rare event in the Swedish mountains!
This is an excellent macro of Z. loti: I very much like the composition on the grass head and the colours an d technical qualities are wonderful.
As I did not see our mountain species, Z. exulans, this is an excellent compensation!
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Peter

Great macro of this colourful moth. Glad to hear you had a good time with your friends in the mountains.
Excellent composition and sharpness
Great POV and DOF
Great background


delightful macro of this wonderful looking creature.

the compo is top notch!!


Bonjour Peter
Très belle capture de cette ziguène, excellente netteté, couleurs et lumières.
Amicalement Robi

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-07-26 9:49]

Hola Peter,
sensacional trabajo,
buena macro con buen pov y colores...
bg. y foco.
saludos amigo.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-26 11:25]

Lieber Peter,
Sehr eindrücklich, ein Widderchen in so grossen Dimensionen zu sehen! Diese Falter sind ja so schwierig zu fotografieren, meistens ein Frust für den Fotografen. Komposition, Hintergrund, Schärfe, alles stimmt bei diesem Bild. (bei Dir ist das ja die Regel). Und ich freue mich schon auf das nächste Bild.
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-26 12:50]

Hi Peter. This is a very fine close up of the Burnet moth . I took some pictures the other night of them but it was to windy. You have capturedfine detail and sharp focusing with rich colours.A good POV/DOF. well done TFS. With interesting notes too.

Merhaba Peter,gercekten cok guzel bir fotograf.Ozellikle kompozisyon ve netlik harika,ellerine saglik,selamlar :))

Hello Peter,
Excellent size posting with this fine closeup of macro shot!
the exposure and focus is excellent with wonderful details in every bit on the insect!
many thanks for the sharing
well done

It is a sheer delight to see your work once again, Peter.
Beautiful capture of this spectacular moth with such charming colours on it.
A well composed and technical outstanding shot.
Thanks and regards.

Dear Peter,
Excellent macro photograph of a colorful burnet. Very good sharpness, POV & details. I like your notes too. TFS.

Hi Peter, my today neighbour, you too with a Zygaena:), but your is better than mine, splendid macro with fantastic colors, wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-07-27 4:40]

Hi, dear Peter.
Brilliant close-up shot of a fine sample of moths. Ultimate magnification, great diagonal composition and terrific details of the insect and ear. This combination of pictured objects is amazing as usual and at your picture especially. Extremely smooth green BG is a wonderful canvas for the subject. 3D-effect is the most impressive. Well done and Bravo. My heartfelt wishes.

Beautiful Peter!
I especially appreciate the head down diagonal comp.
Excellent work,

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-07-27 22:19]

Hallo Peter!

Deine Schmetterlingsammlung ist beeindruckend sowohl in ihrer Vielfalt als auch in der Qualität der Bilder. Ich bin auch vom Gehalt deiner schriftlichen Ausführungen beeindruckt. Auch dieses Bild ist wunderscön, kristallklar und herrlich in den Farben.

Liebe Grüsse


Hi Peter,
Very good close-up.
Excellent sharp, details and colors.
Nice composition.
Well done!
TFS Malgosia

Dear Peter!
I was not in Lodz last few weeks because of some trips, but please believe me - I am always like a lot to come back to your gallery to watch photos like this one.
Very colourful and beautiful capture. I am trying to take a picture of these moths last 3 years but all of them are rather bad (if I am lucky and insect doesn't fly away... ;>).
Sharp, detailed, and very nice composed image. And of course has an informative note :)
All the best from Lodz!
Friendly yours,

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2008-10-03 16:48]

Terrific shot. Color is unbelievable, and everything is so sharp. Nice job. Gary

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-11-27 12:21]

hello Peter
wonderful macro of this beautiful Zygaena
composition, POV, BG, colours, sharpness and details are great

very nice and shaqrp, I like this diagonal position, TFS Ori

Hello Peter !
I ch liebe diese kleine Schmëtterlinge, im Sommer, wenn wir das Hei machen in den Wiesen - sie haben so freundliche Farben. Das Bild ist wunderbar, mit perfekte Details, nette Farben, und so schöne komponiert mit dem Grass in einer Diagonale. Der Hintergrund ist extra-schön. Vielen Dank, une schöne Grüssen vom Frankreich !

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