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Nine-spotted Moth

Nine-spotted Moth
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Copyright: Alexei Alyokhin (Alex99) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, Konica Minolta AF 100 F2.8 Macro (D), Hoya HMC Super UV(0) 55 mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-06 11:51
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Points: 94
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Once in the evening we (my wife, our little granddaughter and me) had a walk around our countryside house. And I had noticed this charming moth first. Unfortunately, I had not camera that moment and I had been very afflicted.

You cannot imagine how I was surprised when in late evening I had met this moth in our garden on a flower. Despite the dark time, I had many shots of the moth. I was surprised more when I saw it next morning on that flowers again. And I had taken many shots again. However, it was earlier morning and light conditions were very poor too. However, I was surprised again when in a few hours I (while walking with a granddaughter) had met this moth near our house once more. The sun was shining brightly and I managed to take well-illuminated shot at last.

Then I understood that everyone can be happy at least one time :).

The Nine-spotted moth (Amata phegea or Syntomis phegea) is a moth in the familiy Arctiidae ("wooly bears").

It reaches a wing span of 35–40 millimeters. Its wings are blueish black with white spots. A further feature is the prominent yellow ring at the abdomen. The black antennae have white tips.

Similar moths are Syntomis ragazzii (Turati, 1917) and Zygaena ephialtes (Linnaeus, 1758). Z. ephialtes is poisonous for birds and the nine-spotted moth imitates its appearance (mimicry).

The nine-spotted moth is chiefly found in southern Europe but also seen up to northern Germany, and in the East to Anatolia and the Caucasus, and there are some populations in the South-Eastern Dutch nature reserves "Leudal" and "De Meinweg" The species prefers dryer areas, open ranges with shrubs and trees as well as open forests and slopes.

Source: Nine-spotted Moth

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To anel: Thanks a lot.Alex99 1 03-08 06:35
To uleko: Many thanks.Alex99 1 03-08 06:24
To peter_stoeckl: Hard contrast.Alex99 2 03-07 04:46
To nglen: :) P.S.Alex99 1 03-06 12:32
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Hi Alex
It is one of my favourite moths. Great photo. I like fieldguide POV. Sharpness is perfect and background is nicely blured. Maybe you could crop it a little bit from the top but it is a very individual thing ;-)
Best wishes

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  • Marx44 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
  • [2009-03-06 11:58]

Witam Alex,
Superb sharpness, interesting POV and composition and lots of colour make this a very attractive piece of work.
Good one Marx

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-06 11:59]

Hello Alexei,
Great shot, great snarpness, details and POV, nice bg and contrast. Great colours and composition too. Very well done, thanks for sharing.
Best regards Siggi

nice close up, TFS Ori

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-06 12:00]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful photo of this moth in great sharp details and excellent clear colours. Great composition, POV and OOF BG.
Have a good weekend,

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-06 12:00]
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Hi Alexei . I would be very happy to have taken this. You were very luck to get so many pictures at different times of the day. It may be your grandaughter that brings you the luck. You have taken this mouth with good detail and bright natural colours. A good top POV so we can see the wing markings.stands out well from the blurred BG. Well done TFS.
Nick.. Have a good weekend.
Ps make the most of your young grandaughter they grow up so fast my grandson is now 16.

Hello Alexei,
what a wonderful macro shot of this moth taken from an excellent POV showing outstanding details, sharpness, lighting and colours are very good, i like the splendid diagonal composition with the beautiful wings against a pleasant BG.
Best regartds

hello alexei
great composition
super charpness
beautiful colours
great shot
greeting lou

Ciao Alex, is very difficult take good photo of this moth for terrific reflections, you made a great macro with fantastic exposure, fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus and wonderful blurry BG, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-06 12:45]

Hello Alexei,
Nice macro from the summer!
Classic POV taken with excellent sharpness to portray this S. phegea in the best way that would make a fine illustation of this species in any moth book. The diffuse natural BG and composition add to the high quality of this shot.
Great that you can show yor granddaugter such beauties in nature I look forward to be able to do this with mine but she is not yet three!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-06 12:46]

Privet Alex,
What a great close up.I liked sharpness,details,POV,blurred BG and cross framing a lot.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2009-03-06 13:26]

Hi Alexei,

Although you needed a few times to caapture this 9 spotted your patience paid off,well captured with good cameraskills,tfs this beaty and have a nice weekend


A perfectly focused and exposed moth from a good vantage point Alexei, wing and body designs were reproduced beautifully in this fine composition. TFS indeed my friend.

Hello Alexei, dear friend
recently I have often been in out of city for formal meetings. So, I have not visited TN much. Now, I have just came back. and found your great macro shot in first step. It is wonderful with sharp details, POV/OOF, composition and colors. In your usual great quality. Thanks for sharing this beauty. good night and nice weekend my friend

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2009-03-06 15:09]

Hi Alexei , judging by the many appearances this moth made for you it was wanting to have it's photograph taken :-) , and a fine job you have made of it , with sharp detail , well chosen depth of field , and a pleasant natural color , up against a nice soft background.

thanks for sharing , both image and fine notes as well.

Hello Alexei
What a beautiful moth, I like his colors and his shape
The shot is amazing, the composition, the wide open wings, the colors and the BG are superb
Have a great WE

Hello Alexei,
This Nine-spotted Moth was destined to be made immortal on TN through the hands of an ace nature photographer, and here it is!
What a beauty!
The light is perfect here, making the image bright, crisp and colourful.
The image looks so real I feel as if I am seeing the subject with my own eyes.
I too have a three years old grand daughter who chatters like a magpie all the time, but she is the love of my life :).
Thanks for sharing this great image and best regards.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-06 18:17]

Hola Alexei.
You were very lucky to find this Moot for several times and You sure have a great photo of it. Never seen before an it has such a lovely colours in wings. The BG is also nice to.

helo alexei,

its always nice getting back to tn and enjoy macro shots like this, i admire your command in this genre of photography,

you have managed excellent dof , the total insect body is in sharp focus, the smooth oof green bg offers good contrast to the moth, the lighting is superb and the image is well exposed, the metalic shine of the wings and the body adds to the look of the insects, a pleasing composition and fine point of view,

very well done,
tfs & regards

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  • Suzy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 10 W: 0 N: 16] (101)
  • [2009-03-06 20:42]

excellent macro shot, very nicely composed and presented... I love the colors and the white dots on the moth! great sharpness and fine details...

tfs Alex

Hello Alexei,
It seems that your moth wanted to be in your photos portfolio!
Great macro photo with excellent details and superb colours
Well done
Have a nice W-E

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-03-07 1:10]

Merhaba Alexei,
Senden yine çok güzel bir fotoğraf daha.
Siyah renk üzerindeki detaylar bu fotoğrafta çok ustaca gösterilmiş, netlik ve kadraj çok güzel olmuş.

Hallo Alexei
I don't like this photo at all. I love it! You managed to capture a wonderful pose with perfect detail. The colours are vibrant and there are so many details to appreciate. I especially refer to the impressive and most elegant wingspan, and the detail of the white spots captured. Exposure, framing and focus are excellent. Very well done and thanks for sharing this beautiful moth. It was a pleasure and delight to look at.
Kind regards

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2009-03-07 2:22]

Hello Alexei,
You had good luck. Photo have sharpness and colours very good. This species I've never seen before in nature maybe in my countryside don't occur.
Regards, Pawel

Dear Alexei,
there is a beautiful tender light in this perfectly well composed presentation of Amata phegea. That day active moth is quite often to be seen in the river forests around Vienna, too, in those splendid days of early summer when vegetaion is still fresh, the power of the sun at its summit, and everybody is thinking of just celebrating life outdoors.
Amata is quite difficult to photograph because of its very hard contrasts. Once more, you provided a very skillful and artistic image.
With thanks, and all my best wishes to you,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-03-07 2:27]

Hi Alexei,
excellent contrast with the black against a soft blurry green background. Really stands out in it diagonal composition. Rich in colours and details.
Splendid presentation.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-03-07 7:45]
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Hello Alexei,
This is a wonderful capture of this fantastic Moth. The sharp details and the lovely colours stand out so nicely against the pastel green background. A beautiful composition!
Many thanks and kind regards, Ulla

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-07 7:57]
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Hello Alexei,
What a wonderful shot of this Nine-spotted moth! Syntomis phegea lives also on my meadow, but I never had the opportunity to catch it. It simply was too fast! And I would congratulate you for this really most beautiful shot, you realized after several encounters with the moth! I'm especiallly fond of the colors of this picture and the splendid sharpness of this rather dark moth.
Thanks so much and best regards

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-07 8:49]

Alexei, what a shot. Superb composition. The spots on the wings are perfectly presented. Great sharpess. Ganesh

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  • tariq Silver Star Critiquer [C: 28 W: 1 N: 2] (2)
  • [2009-03-07 9:04]

perfect shot,fantastic composition and wonderful note.TFS

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  • marcin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 0 N: 268] (2057)
  • [2009-03-07 10:25]

Hello Alexei,
Wonderful photo, sharpness is perfect,
Have a good weekend

Hola Alexei.

Bonito ejemplar que presentas, llamativo en fotmas y colores.

Jose Luis.

Absolutely amazingly clear image.
Warm regards from Canada to my "friend" from,

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-07 12:37]

Hello Alexei !
Seems that you have found a new friend - and such a beautiful one ! I love its colors, its markings, and the shape of its wings. As for the technical qualities of the picture (sharpness, details, colors, composition, POV, BG, pose of the butterfly), all of this is absolutely perfect. Very well done !

hello Alexei

excellent photography of this butterfly/insect
shot with fine POV the subject from his back,
superb focus on the subject with great sharpness
and details, wonderfully blurred background, TFS


Hi Alexei,
A nice capture of this beautiful nine spotted moth. Superb sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-03-08 9:02]

Hi Alex
Excellent closed up.Good POV and very sharp image.Nice light and excellent OOF BG.
TFS Michel

Hola Alexei,
primero gracias como siempre por tus amables comentarios. Después felicitarte por esta belleza que nos muestras, de indudable dificultad técnica para su captura. Esa textura y color hacen que se haya de estar muy atento a la hora del disparo y tener buena luz. Un buen documento como es habitual en tus trabajos.

Saludos y buena semana: Josep Ignasi.

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2009-03-08 13:03]

Hi Alex!

After the wonderful pictures of the gulls, this picture is totally different and also beautiful, although the impact is not as spectacular.

I like the position of the moth with the wings spread out. The perfect sharpness reveals rich details. I also like the diagonal composition of the haulmes. It's a classical, yet very pleasant butterfly picture.

Kind regards


hello Alexei!
a macro of considerable value... the capture of this black moth with sharpness details
curious and interesting the note that explains the shooting of this photo .. a moth who wanted in all ways to be captured

best and pleasant weeks sERGIO

Hi Alexei,

nice close up from this insect.
Good of details and dof.\
Beautiful colours.


Hello Alexei,
never seen this moth before and it's beautiful.
Excellent sharpness and very good exposure, all small details even the dark parts are well seen.
I like the diagonal composition and the way it stand out from the BG.
Very fine work, my friend.
Have a nice weekend

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2009-03-13 9:59]

nice shot! beautiful insect, contrasting with entire green color palette on image.

nice capture.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-03-24 23:15]

Hello Alexei,
Amazing details in this wonderful composition. Great job my friend, thank you.

Hi Alexei,

Very good shot across the frame of this moth. Unique shape wings in fine details. Superb sharp image against pleasing blurred green. Well done for top quality post.

Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.
Best regards,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2009-05-17 13:26]

Hi again Alexei
All your last pictures are stunning and wonderful, so good and pleasant to see. But this one... oh, I love it!!
Thank you very much, my friend.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-04-28 10:22]

It is always a pleasure to visit your gallery and find a picture like this one.
Great work.

Privet Alexei,
Truly beautiful job again, MF! Fabulous light management, sharpness, colors and depth. I might cropped a bit more of the top, but without doubt an exceptional shot. Bravo!
Best regards, László

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