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Why they are so brave?

Why they are so brave?
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Copyright: Monika MvJ (thistle) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1309 W: 74 N: 3014] (9282)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4200, Nikkor ED 38-114 F/2.8-4.8
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Doctor Dolittle and his animals [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-15 3:15
Viewed: 3561
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is my another photo of this beautiful and very interesting species - Five-spot burnet (Zygaena trifolii).

There is plenty of them on the meadows and forest clearings near my house, so lately these fellows became the main subject of my photos.

This photo is one of my favourites. It shows the begining of adult life of this beautiful b'fly.

It have been taken at early morning just after the moment he left his cocoon, so I'm really sorry I didn't get up a bit earlier to capture this special moment. However I'm glad that I have this photo.

As you can see he still has creased wings and antenae after being in the tight cocoon. After leaving it buterflies always must sit for a while until the wings shrivel and get the proper form. So such fellows always try to climb as high as possible to find some good, warm place to dry the wings.
What is he doing on my finger?
I found this fellow when he was climbing grass flower and I've just put my finger close to him. It seems that it was better than the grass, cause he climbed on my finger and remained there.
I alredy wrote that these buterflies aren't shy almost at all, so he wasn't afraid of me and just sit there until I put it gently at his grass after taking some shots.
I choose that POV to show the creased wings well. I think they look really interesting.


I just found some info that could explain why these fellows are so brave.
I was suspecting that they can be poisonous - just look at this bright red spots on the dark BG. These insects are well visible on the flowers and they want to be. These are cauntionary colours, just like Ladybird's, but these fellows are much more dangerous.

In their body scientists found Hydrogen cyanide HCN -
one of the most deadly poisons. It's solution in water is called hydrocyanic acid or prussic acid.
Pure hydrogen cyanide is a colorless, very poisonous, and highly volatile liquid that has a faint, bitter,almond-like odor.

So when you are "walking" factory producing prussic acid you can be sure that any predator won't rather eat you ;-)

The photo is a bit unusual, but I hope you will like it.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-07-15 4:50]

Hello Monika!
Very nice capture.Contrast,vivid colors,details and POV are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-07-15 9:22]

Wow. I didn't know that they're so dangerous. I'm lucky that I'm not a bird which likes insects ;-) Vivid colours, interesting POV and big finger ;-) [yours?]. I like it! And note is very cool!

Very interesting capture Monika,
The notes are superb as always. Excellent POV, good clear details and perfect exposure. Miej cudowny weekend Monika.
Thanks for posting. ;)

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-07-15 17:19]

Why are they so brave? Try eating one! I bet htey taste fowl and they are full of toxins. Very nice shot, good details and compositon and very well done for finding one like this.

TFS Monika.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-07-16 5:03]

Cześć Moni,
ale się brzydal odwrócił rufą. I tak widać niezwykłe kolory, dobre porównanie wielkości dzięki palcowi.
Pozdr. Al.

Hello Monika, Great shot showing this newly emerged burnet..Interesting closeup showing its new, lets say tightly packed form. An excellent note Monika, Well done!

Hi Monika,
Wonderful capture. very sharp and vivid, and a very intersting subject matter. Well done.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-07-21 9:29]

Monika, indeed, the shot is worthwhile publishing.

After all, a great moment deserves a great photo. No matter if life is in the beginning, in the middle or in the end, it's always great.

A very nice shot.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-08-12 11:53]

This is real diffrent prospective.Nice shot!Good details.

Now we have your fingerprints in case any the arthropods of Poland complaint of molestation... :p Pretty amazing stuff, pretty amazing girl, the colors are quite striking regardless you gave us the finger and he is showing us the butt... :))))

Hi Monika,
now I had to search for your shot - here it is.
Very well done, I like it so much, it's an interesting insect, thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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