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Siona lineata

Siona lineata
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Copyright: Milos Koudelka (mikou) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Mora Close-up 58mm +4
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-06-05 8:33
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Hi everyone,
today I I send picture whites moth which is a common in our region, but here on TN I have seen just one His picture (from Ulla).
In her title is: black-veined,therefore I I send capture bottom wings,there is that a better see.Capture upper parties wings I send to the Workshop.
With greeting Milos.
Black-veined moth (Siona lineata)
Bělokřídlec luční

Order: Lepidoptera
Genus: Siona
Size Wingspan: 3.8- 4.8 cm

Adult Black-veined moths are white in colour with black veins that are more obvious on the underside of the wings. Females differ from males in that they have slightly shorter wings and thicker, shorter bodies. The caterpillars are grey-brown in colour with darker lines along the back and sides.
This species was once known from Kent, Dorset, Sussex, Essex, and Somerset, but now remains in just four sites in Kent . It has a wide distribution in Europe and extends as far east as Siberia.
This moth inhabits lowland calcareous grasslands dominated by tor-grass (Brachypodium pinnatum) where the main larval foodplant marjoram (Origanum vulgare) is present within the sward.
The adults are on the wing in May and June and are largely crepuscular. They rest in long grasses during the day from which they are easily disturbed, sometimes flying naturally on warm, dull days. Caterpillars hatch from the eggs laid by the adults; they are present from July to May and hibernate through the winter, emerging the following spring when they pupate. The adults then emerge, starting the cycle again. This type of lifecycle is known as 'single brooded' or 'univoltine', as only one generation (or 'brood') is produced in the year.
It is thought that the drastic decline of the Black-veined moth is the result of habitat burning, whether accidental or deliberate, over-grazing and lack of suitable management leading to scrub encroachment The reason for the habitat management requirements of Siona lineata, and the probable cause of the contraction of its range, is the species’ requirement for transitional calcareous grassland within a specific stage of succession. The required habitat must exhibit a well-developed sward-mosaic of grass tussocks and herb growth, of sufficient length to offer protection to larvae throughout the winter. In the past, Siona lineata was doubtless able to find alternative suitable breeding habitat when an existing site became overgrown, cultivated or otherwise unsuitable. This is no longer the case, and the maintenance of suitable habitat at existing colony sites must remain the priority.
(source: www.arkive.org)

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-05 8:35]

Hello Milos,
a fantastic 'mistery' butterfly which I not hard to guess. A unusual, but nice composition.
Regards, Jacob

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-06-05 8:44]

Hello Milos,
Creative composition with an unusual pov. The color and patterns of the moth are striking against the smooth green background. An extraordinary photograph. Very well done. Regards,

What a nice shot ! Thanks a lot

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-05 9:14]

Hello Milos,
great shot, I love the POV and the angle you took.
Not often we get to see the underwings of an butterfly that clearly.
Colors, details and sharpness are great.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-05 9:16]

Hi Milos.
What a nice and finny a bit POV. I like it so much. I am impressed with details and colour reproduction of butterfly wings. It is perfect done. Nicely coloured BG is amazing too. Extraordinary of quality, creativity and impressiveness picture. Bravo and TFS.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-05 9:40]

Hi Milos,
Very artistic shot. Superb exposure of the white wings and amazing patterns. Immaculate sharpness and clarity. I like your unusual POV but it could not have been better. The head and body are hidden but that illustrates a different perspective. Excellent DOF and the resultant smooth BG. Very nicely composed. Kudos.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-06-05 10:16]

Hello Milos,
Excellent capture of the underside of the Black-veined White moth. This is sharp with fine contrasting blurred greenery in the BG and composed well to give enough space above the antennae.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-05 11:06]

Hi Milos,

An unusual pov and a beautiful picture. The colors and details are spectacular. Looks wonderful against the green bg.
The composition is superb - a pleasure to see.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-05 11:12]

Hello Milos,
Nice to see this moth again!! They are very beautiful and you've got a very nice capture of the underside. Excellent sharp details and nice white colour against the dark green background. I like the way it is hiding behind the grass!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2007-06-05 11:31]

Hi Milos
very good capture and composition.
I liked the POV and the sharpness you got.
the wings are fantastic.
well done.

hi milos,
a very different pov but very interesting shot, nice sharp image with good details, excellent bg, nice saturation,
tfs & regards

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  • hibou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 217 W: 1 N: 331] (1629)
  • [2007-06-05 12:41]

Hello Milos,

Really interesting composition ...usely we take the upper side ... Great colors and details ... Congratulations and TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-05 13:35]

Hello Milos,
The contrast green and white is so beautiful! You also present the Siona lineata from an uncommun point of view, which i like a lot. Funny not to see the head. I already have seen this moth and I know, that it is not so easy to catch it.
Well done
Best regards

Hi Milos,
It is a bit funny; definitely another POV.
Well done

Hi Milos, splendid butterfly with wonderful colors and great details, inusual POV, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2007-06-05 18:12]

Hi Milos,

What a great capture, the composition is excellent with a great and really different POV, the detail is lovely and sharp and wonderful vivid colours too.

TFS Hilary :o)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-06 3:29]

Original Milos,
una captura inteligente,
perfectos detalles y bello bg,
los tonos magníficos,
saludos PT.

Hola Milos,
Bonita y original presentación, gran nitidez muy bien contrastada con el fondo difuminado, extraordinarios los detalle de las alas. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-06 15:18]

Hello Milos
I had never seen this moth from this point of view. It's great.
Fantastic shot in sharpness, colors, exposure, composition...
Thank you very much for sharing.

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-06-06 17:21]

Bonne idée originale .
Bonne journée.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-06 18:41]
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The two views of your moth are excellent. Nice details. The brown lines show well with your good focus. Exposure is excellent. The white looks very natural against the nice green background.
I am not sure why you chose to display the butterfly so low in the frame. That is probably a rule of composition, but my preference would be to center this one. Since you only have antenna at top, there is mostly open space.

Hello Milos,
Interesting pov and well composed picture. Spot on focus and colors are vivid. Very attractive picture.

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-07 12:59]

Hello Milos, wonderful macro! What a beautiful butterfly you got here, wonderful collors and patterns, great POV and composition.. well done!

bonjour milos
je me doute que vous avez fait expres de vous placer ainsi et c'est tres bien,cela fait une symetrie parfaite.
bonne exposition et bonne netteté.

Ahoj Milos.

Velmi pekny obrazok. Dobra myslienka a perfektne prevedenie. Farebne prevedenie je ocarujuce, a tie detaily... Dobra praca.

Pekny vecer.

Belle photo de ce papillon, pris dans un angle inhabituel, j' oserais meme dire opposé, et cela j' aime,car il faut y penser et le faire. On en voit le dessous, alors que généralement on ne voit que le dessus. Belle prise. Amitiés Thomas

Hi dear Milos ,
nice shot as always.
colours and focus is excellent.
very well done.
Thanks for sharing
Best wishes

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-06-14 10:29]

Hello Milos,

Great picture of this butterfly.
Great color, sharpness, position and background.


Hello Milos !
What I really like here is that the picture shows the butterfly from a very unusual angle. I love the black markings on the wings. Details, composition, colors, BG, everything is excellent. And the white insect stands out so nicely on that vivid green BG. Very well done !

Hello Milos,
An impressive composition, very eye-catching!
Subject comes with great details in the pattern, wonderful colour palette dominated by white and green!
Pablo -

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