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Pyrausta aurata (Scopoli, 1763)

Pyrausta aurata (Scopoli, 1763)
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/220 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-02 8:26
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This small moth belongs to the Pyralidae Pyraustinae family.
Known as "Mint moth" in english.
It could reach a wingspan from 16mm till 18mm.
Although superficially similar to the closely-related Pyrausta purpuralis, this species has generally fewer gold markings on the wings, with a single distinct gold spot on the forewing.
Appears in broad daylight, but often flies about unnoticed due to its small size. This moth was a rarity up to about a hundred years ago. Nowadays becoming quite common, at least locally, because of mint, its larvae's food source of choice, being planted more often in suburban gardens.
The caterpillar feed on various wild herbs, including mint (Mentha) and marjoram (Origanum vulgare). When young, they live on the under surface of a leaf, but later they change to the flowers where they spin a web.
The caterpillar of the autumn generation hibernate in their cocoons.

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Hi Paulo,
Bright and sunny, with good DOF.
Good detail, and well composed..
These smaller subjects are much more difficult to get right..Good job with this.
Well done & TFS!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-02 8:44]
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Hello Paulo!
Very nice close up.I liked POV,details,lighting and composition a lot.TFS..:-)

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-05-02 9:14]
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Hi Paulo,
Congratulations to another very nice shot of a moth from you which also is a good complement to the Pyrausta aurata you placed on lepidoptera.bai.pl! Excellent, informative note too!
Well done and many thanks,

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  • sily Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 6 N: 395] (1934)
  • [2006-05-02 10:12]
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Hi Paulo!
Hunting butterflies again? Very nice capture and great details,and colors I guess he is to small to be closer viewed, well done!TFS!

Hello Paulo!
Excellent close up.POV,colors,framing details and composition are wonderful.TFS...
Ali Rıza

Hi Paulo

thank you to divide all your posts on the butterflies
Great capture

In a friendly way Christophe

Hi Paulo,
Lovely moth. Very good point of view and composition. Seem to be a wonderful sunny day. Thanks for sharing this picture.

grande macro, as cores estão adoraveis, parabéns!
Os detalhes, luz, composição .... perfeitos!
Thanks Ana:)

Another great capture Paulo,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Super Shot Paulo,
Good sharpness, exposure , detail and colours.
I liked the composition
Goutham R

Lovely capture Paulo, very nice composition of this showy specimen. The best of the focus has fallen on the flower rather the moth IMO. I do think also the image is a little over-exposed with some hot spots on the flower but this is a minor nit and by no means distracting. Well done.

Beautiful shot Paulo. Very good colors, great POV and very good sharpness. This is a great composition and great note too. Well done. Thank you for posting.

Another excellent picture from you ;-D
Very good colours and composition. I really don't know shat is beter: the flower or moth ;-)


Nice shot!
Really colored and detailed.

Hi Paulo,
Very nice capture on this Mint moth, Exposure looks spot on with the nice saturated colors, Detail and DOF look excellent. You can really see the texture and pattern in the moth's wings.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-05 5:59]
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Hi Paulo
beautiful shot. Great colours, details, sharpnes, DOF, BG and POV.
Well done


Paulo, you show us a real beauty here on the flower. One of your best I think. Great colours and sharp details. Well done, thank you.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-05-05 7:15]
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Hello Paulo,
A nice and very colourful capture.
A very good POV,excellent detail and very good dof.
I've not seen one of these before.
Great shot.


Hi Paulo,
I am learning a lot about day active moths looking at your newest postings. Thanks for the perfect notes - I guess I have seen that species at my place, too, some days ago.
Beautiful light, wonderful colours and details.
Thank you, my friend! Best regards,

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  • momos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 57 W: 55 N: 171] (705)
  • [2006-05-07 18:21]
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Όμορφη φωτογραφία Paulo.
+ Βάθος πεδίου
+ Οξύτητα
+ κάδρο
- τα καμμένα λευκά στο λουλούδι

Excellent Paulo
Lines, details, colors BG.
Unknown to me.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-05-09 12:33]
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Hi Paulo,
Took a look at some of your images and this one caught my eye because of its contrast in colours - the bright reflected pink of the flower and yet the drab colours of the butterfly.The flower is focused well but the butterfly may be a touch out.Very nice and you have some nice work.
Regards, David

Hola Paulo,
Bonita composición, en el thumbnail la mariposa parece ser parte de la flor. Buenos detalles. Los insectos siempre nos asombran por su belleza e ingente variedad de formas, tienes una linda muestra de ellos.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-14 15:41]
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hi paulo
really beautiful composition. Point Of View, colours and sharpness are great. your photo note is informative. thanks for sharing

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-05-15 7:23]
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Hi Paulo,
lovely shot, so full of sun and great colors. Wonderful POV and good sharpness.
Well done,TFS..Sky

Hi Paulo,
Beautiful capture! Great composition, nice colours and good details.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Paulo,
I'm glad I see this picture. I think I found a similar moth and that saves me from searching for ID ;-)
It's a very nice shot with good POV and nice quality.

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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2006-05-23 21:09]
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Você está conservando muito bem suas borboletas...!!! He... He... He... pelo menos com ÓTIMAS fotos.
Boa composição, boa nitidez e cores.

Incredible composition Paulo.
Excellent colors and details.
Beautiful composition and framing.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-06-05 7:29]
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Hello Paulo!
I know this moth [or something similiar ;-)] it is quite common in Poland. Very well taken, warm colours, good details, I like composition with flower also. Moths are very hard to capture from close distance, you did good job here!

Stunning! Lovely colour, detail and composition. Really stands out.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-06-10 1:55]
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i like the colors and the light. nice composition. lovely blurred BG. tfs

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  • mishe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 110 W: 0 N: 3] (1076)
  • [2006-06-10 12:16]
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Ola Paulo!
Very,very beautiful picture.
Parabens and thanks.
With best wishes,

Hi Paulo !
This is a very beautiful shot ! Excellent sharpness and details and beautiful colors, vivd and natural. Excellent POV and composition, very nice DF and BG. very wel done !

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-15 12:43]
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Hi Paulo,
Greaty shot of this butterfly. Great color with good BG, sharpness and position.


Very nice composition and excellent POV and DOF on this fantastic capture. Well done Paulo. :)

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