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White Ermine

White Ermine
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-05-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-19 12:34
Viewed: 2066
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows a male White Ermine,
- Spilosoma lubricipeda, which is a member of the moth
- family: Arctiidae.

In contrast to the females, males possess pectinate antennae.

Species information
S. lubricipeda (= S. menthastri) is a wide-spread species occuring from west Europe (Spain) to east Asia (Japan). It is not only wide-spread but also a common species. However, S. lubricipeda is usually active at night and therefore it is rarely seen at day time.

In middle Europe, the species appears by the end of May and prefers humid habitats. The caterpillars feed on Urtica, Taraxacum, Plantago but also on Salix and Rubus.
Wing span: 35 - 40 mm.

- cloudy
- ISO 400
- handheld
- only slightly cropped

* de Freina J.J. and Witt T.J. (1987) Die Bombyces und Sphinges der Westpalaearktis, Vol. 1. - Edition Forschung und Wissenschaft, München.
* Ebert G. (Hrsg.) (1997) Die Schmetterlinge Baden-Württembergs, Band 5 Nachtfalter III. - Ulmer, Stuttgart.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-19 12:40]

Hello Peter,
Great to see you back! And with a splendid photo. Superb sharpness, details and very beautiful contrasting colours against the green of the leaf. Taken from the best possible POV. The hair around the head is fascinating.

Ciao Peter.
Splendida macro con un’ottima nitidezza di questo ermellino bianco,eccellenti i particolari ottimi i colori bene la composizione bravo.
Ti auguro una buona domenica ciao Marco.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-19 13:59]

Lieber Peter,
Was für eine Ueberraschung! Ich dachte doch letzthin, Peter hat aufgegeben...und jetzt bist Du noch mein TN-Nachbar.
Eine Spezies, die Du uns schon gezeigt hast, wunderschön und so speziell. Ich hab diesen Falter noch nie mit meinen Augen gesehen. Muss wohl mal nach Sprockhoevel kommen. Einfaches, gediegenes Bild, ganz in Deiner Manier.
Herzlich grüsst und freut sich

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-05-19 22:12]

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture of a male lubricipeda, with only the wing-tip slightly OOF. Superb WB and contrast with the leaf BG.
Thanks and best wishes,

I too had shot and posted a similar Moth in 2011, Peter. At that time, no one was able to give me a clue about it. Your posting has, therefore, given me some lead about the ID of my specimen.

It is good to see you posting again. The picture is brilliant and the light has been managed adroitly here. The image also has a three-dimensional quality to it.
Best regards.

hallo Peter
Super sharpness picture of this moth
great details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

I have NEVER seen one of these before, looks like a lil Eskimo insect! This is incredible! TFS

Ciao Peter, nice see you again omn TN, great macro of fantastic moth, superb details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter
Interesting subject and impressive macro with very good composition, wonderful soft lighting and very good sharpness!

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-20 23:37]

Beautiful white moth with those spots, lovely image. tfs.

Hallo Peter,
tolle Aufnahme dieser sehr schönen Motte mit einer klasse Schärfe und hervorragenden Details. Mir gefällt vor allem die gekonnte Belichtung und der wundervolle Kontrast zum dunkelgrünen Hintergrund. Mein Kompliment für dieses gelungene Foto.
Viele Grüße,

Ciao Peter. Razor details and sharp with perfect managment of white. Excellent contrast against the green BG. TFS the interesting specie.


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