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Garden tiger moth (Arctia caja)

Garden tiger moth (Arctia caja)
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Copyright: Pawel Chmur (cloud) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 70-200L + ext. tubeKenko 36mm, Hoya HMC Super UV(0)
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-13 0:19
Viewed: 2937
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This time I haven't had doubt. This moth has so uncommon pattern that hard to mistake. This one I met under a leaf when I weed my garden.
The Garden tiger moth (Arctia caja) is a moth of the Arctiidae family.
It has a wingspan of 45 to 65 millimetres (1.8 to 2.6 in). The design of the wings varies: the front wings are brown with a white pattern (which can however be missing), the back wings orange with a pattern of black dots. The conspicuous patterns serve as a warning to predators, because the moth's body fluids are poisonous. Its effects are not yet fully known, but they contain quantities of choline esters which are neurotoxic by interfering with the acetylcholine receptor. The colours are also ideal for frightening predators such as small birds: the moth normally hides its hindwings under the cryptic forewings when resting. If a threat is perceived, the moth quickly shows its red colour and flies away. In this way, it successfully confuses and warns off the predator.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-08-13 2:32]

Hello Pawel,
Excellent photo of this Garden tiger moth, great sharpness and very nice, colorful details, TFS!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-08-13 5:21]

Hello Pawel,
What a superb picture of this striking moth. Excellent sharpness (I see that you used the tripod) and a fine and simple composition. Beautiful colors too.
Well done!
Kind regards


Hello Pawel,
Very beautiful photo of this moth,in great sharpness and details.Splendid natural colours and a pleasing compozition.

hello Pawel.
very nice picture of this Garden tiger moth with great clarity, colour and composition.
best wishes,

hallo pawel
very nice picture with great sharpness and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

Hello Pawel,
Wonderful capture with nice colors and perfect details. Very good WB. Nice composition with a splendid species of moth. Incredible nice colors of this moth.......
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-13 10:23]
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Hallo Pawel.
Piekny okaz ktorego jeszcze na wlasne oczy nie widzialem.Bardzo dobra ostrosc i piekna kolorystyka.Pozdrawiam Siggi

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-13 11:31]

Hello Pawel,
Wonderful macro in superb sharpness, details. Very beautiful natural colour. Good DOF and composition.

hello Pawel
Une très belle photo, bien cadrée, et bonne gestion des couleurs.
Le papillon est mis en valeur et les détails sont bien distincts.
Bonne soirée

a little worn this beautiful specie of Erebidae
that i never seen,Pawel
good detail and definition

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-08-15 0:58]

Hi Pawel,
very interesting capture of this beautiful moth, amazing colors ! Thanks !

Hi Pawel,
Nice capture of this interesting species. It wears the Hungarian name "Common Bear-Butterfly", but actually it isn't so common, or not common at all. Thanks for sharing, I don't see too many images of it on TrekNature.
Best regards, László

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