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Copyright: Durzan Cirano (cirano) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 APO DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Butterflies of Kurdistan [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-02 3:37
Viewed: 2697
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Acherontia atropos is the most widely-known of the three species of Death's-head Hawkmoth. Found throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean region, and increasingly as far north as southern Great Britain due to recently mild British winters, this moth is easily distinguishable from others in this region by a vaguely skull-shaped pattern on its back. A. atropos is also very large, with a wingspan of 90-130 mm (three to five inches), being the largest moth in some of the regions in which it is found. The adult has the typical streamlined wings and body of Sphingidae. The upper wings are brown with slight yellow wavy lines; the lower wings are yellow with some wide brown waves. It rests during the day on trees or in the litter, holding the wings like a tent over the body.

The moth also has numerous other unusual features. It has the ability to emit a loud squeak if irritated. The sound is produced by expelling air from its proboscis. It often accompanies this sound with flashing its brightly marked abdomen in a further attempt to deter its predators. It is commonly observed raiding beehives for honey at night. Unlike the other species of Acherontia, it only attacks colonies of the well-known Western honey bee, Apis mellifera. It is attacked by guard bees at the entrance, but the thick cuticle and resistance to venom allow it to enter the hive. It is able to move about in hives unmolested because it mimics the scent of the bees.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Lepidoptera

Family: Sphingidae

Subfamily: Sphinginae

Genus: Acherontia

Species: A. atropos

Binomial name
Acherontia atropos
(Linnaeus, 1758)

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Great details, nice head-shot here!
Have a great week,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-02 4:10]

Hello Durzan,
Amazing double face! The upper face looks like a some kind of little furry animal. Great and interesting picture. We just would like to know what species of moth this is. Probably somebody will be able to help.
Excellent light-management!
Kind regards

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-11-02 6:53]

What a great moth!
Lovely details and sharp details.

hello Durzan
very nice composition great details and good sharpness
greeting lou

Ciao Durzan, fantastic macro with amazing details, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-11-02 8:04]

It is a very good macro of this moth species!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-02 8:32]

Hello Durzan,
Beautiful photo of this moth. Great sharpness and details. Nice natural colours and a good POV.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-02 9:00]

Hi Durzan. The moth has the face of a Bat. You have taken this with such sharp focusing and fine detail all with natural colours. From your top POV we can see all of the markings. well taken TFS.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-11-02 9:25]

Hello Durzan,
Very good macro and great shot. Very useful and informative notes. Well captured and presented. Excellent work! tfs
Best regards Siggi

Merhaba Durzan,

Wonderful macro capture with great facial details! I like the impeccable sharpness and well chosen POV here with great show of the natural colors. Well done!

best regards,

Hi Durzan,
I've never had the chance to see this moth with my own eyes. Must be amazing to see that "face" on the backside.
Very good shot, we can see every detail, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-11-02 15:52]

Hi Durzan,very nice point of view and excellent sharpness and colors,beautiful composition too.My best compliments,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Durzan
great idea for showing only the the head of this Hawkmoth, so we can see superb details, the white part on his back looks like a face
very good POV and colors
Have a good night

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-04 5:39]

Slav Durzan,
wow...what an exciting close up. Well taken in superbs sharpness. Yo have cropped it beautifully to give a good focus on the head.
Well presented.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-04 8:23]

Hi Durzan.
First-class close-up of an amazing moth. I am impressed with details and sharpness a lot. Superb flash work, magnification level and 3D-effect at the image. Bravo. Perfect job.

Dostum Günaydın.
Nefis bir frontal macro çekim olmuş.
Adana'dan selamlar.
Bi slven germ..

Slav Durzan,
a superb macro shot of Acherontia atropos, very good sharpness and fine details, excellent POV and composition.
Best regards

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