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Well-Styled Moth

Well-Styled Moth
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Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-05-01 3:59
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Species identification:
- Diaphora mendica
- family: Arctiidae

Yesterday, I examined the insects of a nearby small nature reseve and ... there were many. Observing white butterflies of the genus Pieris, I noticed something white moving near the ground. It was a freshly hatched Diaphora mendica which is shown on the picture.
In some cases it is not easy to differentiate between this species and the two Spilosoma species, urticae and lubricipeda, based only on the upperside wing pattern. However, mendica does not show yellow body markings in contrast to the Spilosoma-species. Pictures taken of the moth's underside clearly show this.

D. mendica is distributed from northern Spain throughout Europe and eastwards to the Asian Amur region.
Caterpillars feed on: Crataegus, Rubus, Sambucus and Iris pseudacorus.

- natural bright sunlight
- ISO 400
- hand-held

* de Freina J.J. and Witt T.J. (1987) Die Bombyces und Sphinges der Westpalaearktis, Vol. 1. - Edition Forschung und Wissenschaft, München.
* Ebert, G. (1997) Die Schmetterlinge Baden-Württembergs, Vol. 5 Nachtfalter III. Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-05-01 4:12]

This is so beautiful, Peter.
You have managed to capture the diaphanous texture of the wings.
The white is exquisitely exposed.
A great POV showing the moth looking like an emperor with an ermine cape. : )
TFS. : )

Hallo Peter,
sie hat sich wirklich ihr Festtags-Mäntelchen umgeworfen ;-) Die Pelzboa ist wunderschön, frisch aufgeföhnt!
Eine prächtige Motte ohne jeden Makel, und ideal platziert, gefällt mir sehr, Danke und Gruß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Gutern Morgen Peter,
welche eine Schönheit! Perfekter kann man diesen Bären nicht ablichten! Simpel in den Farben, aber durch den dunklen Hintergrund und die excellente Beleuchtung wirkt dieser Falter umso plastischer. Technisch eine hervorragende Arbeit. Gratulation! Danke. Ich wünsche Dir noch eine schönen 1ten Mai.

Hola Peter,
Bonita toma con todo detalle, buenas texturas y una iluminación excelente. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Krima Gold Star Critiquer [C: 60 W: 5 N: 7] (8)
  • [2007-05-01 5:26]

This is lovely close up with very good details and a cute model.
My best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-05-01 5:40]

Hi Peter,
these are one of my favourite moths.
Very good shot with a lot of detail and quality.
TFS Joey

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-05-01 6:24]

Peter nice shot and with great deails. The light is good and the POV. TFS ganesh

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-05-01 6:39]

Hi Peter,
Absolutely smart butterfly. Outstanding details, exposure and background.
TFS, José M.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-05-01 6:59]

Hallo Peter,
Sehr nobel, dieser Nachtfalter. Gelungenes schlichtes Bild in schönen Farben. Danke auch für die Angaben betreffend Unterschiede zwischen ähnlichen Faltern.
Liebe Grüsse

Hi Peter,
Good detail. Especially in the highlights.
Well composed.

Hallo Peter,
präzise, stimmungsvoll und elegant präsentierter kleiner Bärenspinner. Wunderbar das schimmernde Haarkleid und die halbtransparenten Flügeldecken. Perfekt gewählter Blickwinkel.
Mit Dank und besten Grüßen,

Hello Peter,

Excellent image, very good details an color.

Jose Luis.

Excellen sharpness here Peter.
Great contrst with greenish background and whites exposed perfectly.
Well done.

Hi Peter,
never seen a hairy moth like this before.
Sharpness and exposure are spot on. The moth are well seen
against the BG because of contrast and DOF.
Well done.

Hi Peter,
Fresh delicate wings are well recorded. Great pov and composition. Beautiful color contrast. Very well done and tfs.

Hello Peter
Excellent shot of this wonderful Moth,
Perfect details and lighting,
Great BG and DOF, Superb shot.


A very distinct white moth, Peter.
It is a pleasure to read your notes on species; they are original and not lifted from ready-made sources, which most of us do.
The image is superb in details that match up with your description of the species.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-05-01 13:04]

Hello Peter,
As white as snow!! I know them and they are very beautiful moths! Excellent sharp shot and it looks lovely against the dark background.
Many thanks, Ulla

hello peter!
great shot with wonderful details on wings, nice composition and sharpness.

Hi Peter
beautiful insect with a silky texture and a magnificenr white colour!
very well exposed and a perfect sharpness!

best regards

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-01 18:01]

Hola Peter,
genial macro,
bellos detalles y hermoso blanco,(textura)
buen disparo.

Magnifique papillon bien saisi. J'en ai rencontré des oranges dans le même genre. Tout est bien net. C'est parfait.
Bonne journée.

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  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2007-05-02 15:10]

A very attractive image of a species known here as the Muslin Moth. It would be nice to see an image of a male to cntrast with this female, as the dramatic colour dimorphism of the sexes is very unusual. Nicely balanced exposure, simple uncluttered comosition and an excellent note - as always.
Regards, Nigel.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-05-03 8:40]

Hi Peter.
This is beautiful close-up.Superb sharp details on this moth.Very good white color and nice contrasted against black background.I like your used point of view.Well done,TFS.
Best greetings Milos.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-05-04 4:32]

Hi Peter

Another fantastic macro shot from you!
I really love the strong contrast here between this beautiful white moth and that dark and nicely blurred BG.
The sharpness on the subject is exceptional and the DOF here is impeccably chosen, keeping the subject in full focus.
Great exposure and lovely natural colors.

Bravo and TFS

bonjour peter
ce papillon est tout simplement magnifique,vous avez parfaitement maitrisé l'exposition.
j'aime le duvet au niveau de la tête.
bon POV et le BG foncé tranche bien avec le blanc du papillon.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-05-04 17:28]

Hallo Peter,
die hat sich aber wirklich in Schale geschmissen fuer diesen Fotoshoot. Super Aufnahme, die Bildeinteilung und die Bildschaerfe sind super.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-08 7:03]

Hi Peter.
This is really fantastic shot. Subject is wonderful. Quality of execution is outstanding. You are great master of hand-held photography. Brilliant sharpness and details of this beauty. Lighting and BG are great too. Bravo. SUPERB work.

Olá Peter

Maravilha de foto...uma imagem incrível deste inseto tão diferente; a perfeição e o desenho da asa é simplismente fantástico, assim como a textura e outros detalhes.
Cores excelentes, luz e nitidez.


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-05-25 12:48]

What a beautiful especies! It looks like a pierrot! Though you make no references to its size I guess it must be rather small.
Great finding and marvellous close-up with wonderful crisp details!
Congratulations and TFS

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