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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Insects' World, Insects (Insecta), Moths of Europe 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-29 10:38
Viewed: 6081
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
This time something not so colourful like an insect from my last presentation, but also creature from "warmer days" - picture taken last summer in Kriva Palanka, NE Macedonia.

This is a female of Ourapteryx sambucaria - Swallow-tailed moth (Lepidoptera: Geometridae), species rather common in most regions of Europe.

Distribution: from Spain to central Asia.

Habitat: deciduous forests, parks and gardens even in urban centres.

Host plants for caterpillars: Sambucus nigra, Hedera helix, Clematis vitalba, Lonicera sp., Prunus spinosa, Syringa sp.

Life cycle: one generation, overwinters as larva in a bark crevice. Imagines from June to August, caterpillars from late August to early June.

Size: 22-30mm, females are bigger than males.

Similar species: none.

Thank you in advance for your time and comments! :>

Argus, Necipp, dejo, Dis. Ac., haraprasan, phlr, matatur, izler, Ena, oscarromulus, boreocypriensis, uleko, cataclysta, meyerd, jrobertop, Christopher_PL has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To boreocypriensis: two weeks of pause from TNcicindela 4 04-02 04:56
To oscarromulus: thank you!cicindela 1 04-02 03:14
To dejo: species beautycicindela 1 03-29 14:32
To joey: thank you :)cicindela 1 03-29 14:30
To Argus: from archivescicindela 1 03-29 11:10
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-03-29 11:05]
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Hello Radomir,
This fine capture of a Swallowtail Moth is a nice one to take from your archives. The fine sharpness, pose and contrast with the dark green natural BG make this a text-book illustration and nice to view.
Thanks for sharing it,
Best wishes, my friend,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-29 14:05]
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Hi Radomir,
not so colourful but every species has it's beauty,
nicely captured, with very good details!
thanks for info!
best regards,

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-03-29 14:23]
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It may not be as colourful but is definately as impressive!
I remember finding one of these once but sadly I had no camera back then :-(
Great clarity and detail.
Frame-filling composition and a great parallel POV.
Nice light and perfect exposure.
Excellent BG.
I look forward to some more shots taken with your new Raynox :-D
Cheers Radomir,


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-03-29 16:57]

Hi Rado,i know this butterfly and i know how isn't easy to show so perfectly,my best compliments for the impressive quality of your pic and fot the note too,have a nice day,Luciano

Hi Radomir, superb moth with fine details and perfect focus, wonderful sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Radomir,

fine capture of thes Moth.
Good of detail and sharpness.
Beautiful natural colors.

regards Gert

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-03-30 1:43]

Radomir, very nice shot and with difficult lighting. Good work. TFS Ganesh

Hi Radek,
A nice capture of this beautiful swallowtail moth. Excellent details and a fine composition. Very nice POV. Thanks a lot for sharing.

A fine moth specimen, obviously a veteran of some past skirmishes Radomir, these moths are known as good camouflagers but this one looks a little out of its element. The fine POV made a sharply focused take possible, with a high degree of wing detail. TFS indeed!

Hello Radomir, a very good quality shot with very fine detail. Great dof and sharpness, perfect exposure for the white with plenty of details and a good dark contrast with a dark green background. tfs rgds Necip

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-03-30 14:56]

hello radomir
i see beautiful species and successful macro photo
i like composition, POV, light, colours, details and note

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-30 15:14]

Hello Radomir,
I simply love it!
Nice and sharp!

I love TN because of people as you. You go through soooooo much trouble & pain to educate us.
GREAT PIECE of photography too.
Mario from -6*C with friendly greetings.

Hi my beloved friend Radomir
A beautifull executed capture of this Swallow-tailed moth with superb clarity, wonderful DOF and POV my friend. By the way, Nice to see you again after a long interval:-D.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-04-02 4:23]

Hi Radomir,
a very good shot, this Swallow Tail has an almost ghost like feel to it here! Nicely composed with some great detail - well done my friend!

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-02 4:54]

Hello Radomir,
This is a splendid capture of this beautiful white moth with nicely shaped tails. Great details and fine control of the white against the dark green background.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Czesc Radziu
Swietna choc troche ciemna fotka. Ostrosc jak trzeba. dobra kompozycja i piekna cma

Hllo Radomir,
an absolute hammer this picture. The technical aspects of the photography are all perfect, the composition with the dark leaves as background a success, the light seems to shine through and the geometrid moth is a splendid thing. Congratulations to this one, Radomir!
My best wishes to you

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-17 13:48]

Hi Radomir
this is very nice image
well done.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-05-02 8:32]

Hi Radomir,
Outstanding shot of this beautiful moth with such sharp details and lovely colours. Superb lighting and exposure and I like the pose you have captured it in and the interesting shape of its wings. It looks majestic on that darkisg BG. Excellent POV and composition. Kudos.

Hello Radomir.
Wonderful moth with magnicifent coloration!
Excellent POV, details and texture.
That still did not know this marvel.
Thanks for sharing!
Josť Roberto

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