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Six-spot Burnet

Six-spot Burnet
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/11, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-07-17 8:42
Viewed: 2938
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. It is a common species throughout Europe.
The sexes are similar and have a wingspan of 30-40 mm. The forewings are dark metallic green with 6 vivid red spots (sometimes the spots are merged causing possible confusion with other species such as Five-spot Burnet). Occasionally the spots are yellow or even black. The red spots act as a warning colour that alerts potential enemies that the moths are toxic. The caterpillars feed on trefoil and vetch which contain traces of the poison cyanide. These toxins are carried on through to the adult moth.
The hindwings are red with a blackish fringe. The adults fly on hot, sunny days from June to August and are attracted to a wide variety of flowers such as knapweed and scabious as well as the larval food plants bird's foot trefoil and clover. The species overwinters as a larva.
La zygène de la filipendule (ou de la spirée) (Zygaena filipendulae) est un lépidoptère de la famille des Zygaenidae, dont il existe une soixantaine d’espèces en Europe.
Elle a les ailes antérieures noires à reflets bleu-verts, avec 6 taches rouges bien nettes. Ses ailes postérieures sont rouges à bordure noire. Elle a de longues antennes renflées au bout.
Sa coloration rouge et noire éloigne les prédateurs en les avertissant de sa toxicité. En effet son corps contient du cyanure au goût désagréable, qu’elle a retiré de plantes. De plus, si elle est attaquée, elle exhale par les pattes et la bouche une sécrétion nauséabonde.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-07-17 9:01]

Hello Catherine,
Wonderful sharp capture of this beautiful Burnet Moth on a Scabious flower that always seems to attract them. Excellent details and beautiful colours. A nice background and a fine composition too!
Many thanks, Ulla

Bonjour Catherine,
Merci pour partager cette belle photo.

Excelente encuadre, luz y colores.
Saludos: J. Ignasi

Wonderful colours and composition.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-07-17 13:13]

Hi Catherine

These may be common but they are very attractive. You have caught this in fine colours, great sharpness and with a wonderful composition



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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-07-17 17:18]

Salut Catherine,cette fois les 2 points ne sont pas suffisant!!Une vrai oeuvre artistique,un insect terrible a capturer a cause des mauvaises reflections des ailes,des couleurs et des details extraordinaires!!Mes plus gros gros compliments,bonne journee',Luciano

hi, Catherine
very nice image of this beetle. the colors are very nice and cool. compo is fine , your notes are very educative.

Hi Catherine, perfectly focused and detailed close-up capture of a very beautiful and day-flying moth Six-spotted Burnet in a lovely posture. The BG is great as always.
TFS and Cheers,

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-07-18 7:52]

Hello Catherine,
The insect with such colours is always attract. Excellent composition with violet petals of the flower.
Best regards, Pawel

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-18 11:45]

Hi Catherine. I am sat in my study at the computer on the wall is a calandar with a picture of a Burnet on a scabious just like yours. I would say your is even better than this one. great detail and colour. well done TFS.
Have a nice weekend.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-07-18 12:34]

Bonsoir Catherine,
Remarquable image de zygène qui sont si difficiles à bien photographier. Très bel ensemble coloré avec la scabieuse. Je viens de voir en montagne quatre sortes de zygènes dont l'une était une filipendula. Un grand merci et bonne soirée

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-07-18 12:48]

Hi Catherine!

Common, beautifull, poisonous and deadly :-) Very nice macro, well visible details and colours, good composition with flower. Don't try to eat this moth :-)

Salut Catherine,
great macro
wonderful focus,colours and sharpness
well done
best wishes

Hello Catherine,what a beautifull pictures you make.I see them for the first and I say hard to myself wowwwwwwwwwww..
And this foto off the Burnet moth is great. greetings Willy

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