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Agrumenia (=Zygaena) fausta

Agrumenia (=Zygaena) fausta
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H10, Zeiss Tessar 40 mm
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/600 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-07-31 0:42
Viewed: 4877
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Back from the trip:

another macro with the compact Cybershot. It's taken on the "Upper Rock Nature Reserve" of Gibraltar (see "Map: View") and it shows Agrumenia (=Zygaena) fausta (L.) (Lepidoptera; Zygaenidae; Bergkronwicken-Widderchen). The animal is widely found in the Western mediterranean region and up to Southern Switzerland.

Technical: what I find wanting here is the lack of sharpness, despite the Zeiss Tessar, an additional magnifying lens and the anti-shake device. I had to sharpen selectively the flower and the animal in PS. There are better macros to be made but focus control is tricky. Thanks, Radomir (cicindela) for advice.

ID: it cannot be the similar A. carniolica because the red spots are fused.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-31 2:27]

Hallo Dieter,
Farbenfrohes Sommerbild, dessen von Dir beschriebenen Mängel gar nicht so sichtbar sind. Es ist eine schöne Widderchen-Art, die ich im Wallis bis jetzt nie gesehen habe, obwohl die Blume weitverbreitet ist.
Der gräuliche Hintergrund passt sehr gut zu Blume und Z. fausta.
Wünsche ein schönes Wochenende.
Kannst Du mir sagen, wann es Dir für eine eventuelle gemeinsame Exkursion mit Markus passen oder nicht passen würde.
Herzliche Grüsse

Excellent capture, very nice colors, light and fine details,
have a nice day,

Hello Dietrich,
Very colourful moth and set in a beautiful composition with very good detail. I can see some noise in the BG and I think its a little dark, so I Workshopped it al little. See what you think. Cheers

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-31 4:27]

Hello Dieter,
This species of Burnet moth, Agrumenia fausta, is so attractive and nicely taken on the yellow composit flower that any minor technical deficiencies seem less important and the ligting and BG are excellent.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

hello Dietrich!
a beauty specie of zygaena captured
in english land..good details and colors

best sERGIO

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-07-31 10:27]

Wonderful capture today...great colors, natural colors. Congratulation!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-07-31 11:11]

Hello Dietrich,
Great photo in excellent sharpness and details. Fantastic composition with the black in the BG. The contrasts are very beautiful. I like the WS of Alan.

Hi Dietrich

Your PP work is good, sharpening is inevitable, so do not worry.
What an attractive moth. And the flower is nice too.
Good composition, sharpness and DOF.


Hi Dietrich,

In spite of your technical difficulties, it's still an attractive image. Brilliant color on the insect, and decent detail, although it does appear that the camera focused on the flower.

I too have a compact camera, in my case a Panasonic FZ5, which I sometimes opt for when I don't want to, or can't, carry the relatively heavy DSLR and associated lenses and accessories along, but I find that it's harder to consistently get the best results from it due mainly to the lack of manual control over focus. Usually it works well, but occasionally it won't focus where I want it to, so I know what you're experiencing here.


Lieber Dieter,
schön komponierte, farbenfrohe, ideal ausgeleuchtete Präsentation dieses attraktiv gezeichneten mediterranen Widderchens, mit hoher Tiefenschärfe vor dem dunklen Hintergrund ideal freigestellt.
Mit Dank und herzlichen Grüssen,

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