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Spurge Hawk-moth

Spurge Hawk-moth
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Copyright: Marx Who (Marx44) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 97 N: 926] (3891)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-28 7:06
Viewed: 2619
Points: 18
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Spurge Hawk-moth Hyles euphorbiae
(Linnaeus, 1758)

AT Wolfsmilchschwärmer
BE Wolfsmelkpijlstaart
CZ Lišaj pryšcový
DK Vortemaelksvaermer
EE Piimalille-vöötsuru
FI Tyräkkikiitäjä
FR Sphinx de l'Euphorbe
ES Esfinge de la Lechetrezna
NL Wolfsmelkpijlstaart
IE Spurge Hawk-moth
LT Karpažolinis sfinksas
LU Wolfsmelkpijlstaart
DE Wolfsmilchschwärmer
PL Zmrocznik wilczomleczek
SK Lišaj mliečnikový
SE Vitsprötad skymningssvärmare
HU Kutyatejszender
UK Spurge Hawk-moth

The Spurge Hawk-moth (Hyles euphorbiae) is a European moth of the family Sphingidae. This hawk moth is used as an agent of biological pest control against the noxious weed known as leafy spurge (Euphorbia esula), but usually only in conjunction with other agents. The larvae consume the leaves and bracts of the plant.

"The Spurge Hawk-Moth - Fore wings grey, with an almost square olive-brown blotch; at the base another olive-brown blotch near the middle, and a long oblique band of the same colour, commencing in a point at the extreme apex of the wing, and gradually growing wider until it reaches the margin, where it is very broad: hind wings pink, with a black blotch at the base, and a black band half-way between this black blotch and the margin, and a snowy-white blotch at the anal angle: thorax and body olive-brown, with a white line on each side of the thorax just at the base of the wings; this line runs on each side along the head just above the eye, and the two meet at the nose; the body has on each side at the base two square black spots and two square white spots, and beyond them, nearer the apex, and also on each side, are three white lines.

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Hallo Marx
Stunning macro. Greatly captured with sharp focus, super sharpness and wonderful composition. A real delight to look at soft coloured hairy moth with some interesting features. Thanks for sharing. It was a pleasure stopping by. Best regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-09-28 7:35]

Wwaw...Wonderful capture, sharp details and lovely colors.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-09-28 7:40]

Hallo Marx,
Gratuluje swietna fotka.Doskonale makro cudowne zblizenie na oko ktore wyglada niesamowicie dobrze.Calosc bezbledna.
Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-28 8:11]

Hello Marx,
Surprising macro. The frontal POV with that big eye in this photo is fantastic. Excellent sharpness, details and composition. Beautiful OOF BG.

The sharpness of tgis moth is great, good POV,BG!

Ciao Marx. Impressive focused face to face in excellent details. Interesting white diagonal.


hello Marx
great sharpness and good details of this moth
so good macro with beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-28 10:50]

Witaj Marx,

Doskonały "portert" owadów.
Doskonałe kolory.
Światło tydzień

Hello Marx,

Fantastic macro. Beautiful composition, very detailed and natural colors.


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