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night jewel

night jewel
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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-08-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5000, 28-105 mm, @ ISO 100
Exposure: f/7.6, 1/121 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Montenegro
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Moths, Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths 2, European Butterflies and Moths., Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-08 20:35
Viewed: 6388
Points: 18
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Habrosyne pyritoides (Hufnagel, 1766)
Family: Drepanidae

This amazing moth is called Buff Arches in English, and Pluszówka agatka in Polish. Both Latin and Polish names referr to minerals. To me it looks like a pearl in a frame of gold. Not seen too often (being nocturnal) it is widespread in Europe. Larvae feed on various species of Rubus. The wingspan of adult reaches 4 centimeters, and they fly from May to August on the edges of forests and in gardens. You may attract them to light or to a saucer with sweet water (and a bit of alcohol).

This one was photographed during night in Bjelasica Mountains, after a very rainy day. We camped in a beech forest some 1000 m asl. It was extremely humid, misty night and hundreds of moths came atracted by the camp lights. They were hunted by an army of huge toads living in the area (seen on my first post to TN).

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Hi Michal,
Excellent post showing two perspectives of this subject. The colors and detail look to be very good. Nice Work!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-09 2:53]

It is indeed a very beautiful moth, Michal. You captured it with sharp details and great POVs. Well done and TFS. : )

Two wonderful views of this phantastic insect.
The headline is perfect. It's so interesting with the pretty design on the wings with perfect sharpness to see every detail.
Good job, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-09 4:31]
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So, you wrote that these moths like alcohol? I think they're Polish in origin ;-) Great presentation Michal, moth looks superb. I love patterns on its wings and colours. It really looks like cut agate.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2005-10-09 5:42]

Waht a beautiful moth!
Really looks like a jewel!
Very good shot!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-09 7:23]

Very nice presentation Michal. Well composed pictures, well exosed and good details. My only nit is the oof wingtip in the lower picture. Other than that; very well done! TFS!


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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-10-09 16:59]

Wspaniale zaprezentowłeś tego owada. Bardzo dora robota.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-10-10 2:30]

Hello Michal!
Very nice captures and presentation.Sharpness,POV,details and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-17 2:52]

Wow ! What an interesting collage of close-up that you have well done ! This moth is wonderful. Congratulations Michal and thanks for sharing with us.

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