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Zygaena lonicerae.

Zygaena lonicerae.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-20 12:28
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Zygaena lonicerae.

The moth:

Zygaena lonicerae (Scheven, 1777)

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet
Zygene du Chevrefeuille

Family: Zygaenidae (Burnets)

Wingspan: 30 - 32 mm

All of Europe: Scandinavia, the UK, from Portugal to the Ukraine. To be found in clearings and sunny mountain meadows from the lowlands to midlevels in the mountains.

Caterpillars feeding on Lotus corniculatus L., Trifolium pratense, etc.

The plant:

Carduus personata (L.) Jacq.
Synonyms/other Latin names: Arctium personata L., Cirsium arctioides Vill., Cirsium lappaceum Lam.
Common name(s): Great marshthistle,
Bergdistel, Klettendistel, Chardon.

A commom plant on mountain meadows from the lowlands up to about 2000m above sea level. Its blossoms offer a welcome source of nectar to butterflies and moths.

The location:

An alpine meadow between coniferous forests near a place called Hemerach, at an elevation of 1500m above sea level, above the village of Längenfeld in the valley of Oetztal, Tyrol.

To have a look at the scenery, please see

The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/320 sec., ISO-125; 10.07.2006, 17:00.

Postwork: Photoshop Elements, cropped at the sides, slightly sharpened, BG cleaned, downsized to the web.


Heiko Bellmann: Der Neue Kosmos Schmetterlingsführer, Schmetterlinge, Raupen und Futterpflanzen, Frankh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co, Stuttgart 2003, ISBN 3-440-09330-1

Weidemann, H.-J. & Jochen Köhler: Nachtfalter. Spinner und Schwärmer. Naturbuch-Verlag, Augsburg 1996, ISBN 3-89440-128-1

Paolo Mazzei, Diego Reggianti, Ilaria Pimpinelli:
Moths and Butterflies of Europe and North Africa.

C. Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe.

Hope you enjoy. Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

jmp, wkshelton, thor68, AndyB, liziafa, Luc, phlr, jeanpaul, wallhalla15, ddg, red45, limier, firelord, Alex99, dew77, SkyF, cas_orla, goldfinchtr, emmari has marked this note useful
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Hello peter,excllent photo, perfect timing, Excllent colors, Bg, POv DOF great capture, TFs Kyle

wow, ein weiteres highlight des ötztals, peter! :-)
wieder eine tolle, farbgewaltige komposition mit perfekter
schärfe und sehr detailliert - die rot-schwarze motte auf
der violetten distel ist einfach wunderschön.
exzellente arbeit & viele grüße, thorsten.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-07-20 13:22]

Hello Peter , Fantastic shot ,beauty butterfly ,good compositie colours sharp details pov and the blue sky , very good ,Greetings Teunie .

Hi Peter,
What a lovely photo. The b/g caught my eye when I saw the thumbnail. You see so many macros with a brown or green b/g but not that many with the sky as a b/g. The I saw all the beautiful details in the moth and thistle and the great colors and lighting as well. the backlight that makes the wings look a little transparent is outstanding.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2006-07-20 14:21]

Hello Peter,
A nice shot of this Burnet.
Very good composition and POV,great blue sky BG.
The backlit wings look superb here.
Great work,TFS

Beautiful! Very nicely illuminated subject both colors and details are fantastic. :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-07-20 17:59]

Hi Peter,
What a lovely image. Great composition with beautiful colors. Love the back-lit and up-raised wings of this beetle. Unusual pose for this insect, at least on TN. Great shot and TFS. : )

Bonjour Peter
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment un beau papillon et de plus la fleur est superbement belle.Les couleurs sont justes,ainsi que la netteté et les détails.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

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  • BeBe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 123 W: 0 N: 253] (931)
  • [2006-07-20 19:48]

Hi Peter, excellent sharp macro photo, the composition and combination of colors is very good, Juan

Hi Peter,
Excelent pov and compostion. Nice posed by this moth. The sunlight ray that casted on the subjects was great. Very well done and TFS.

Guten Morgen Peter,
sehr schöner Blickwinkel den Du uns hier mit diesem Foto zeigst. Farblich sehr schönes Foto. Ich nehme an, daß Du dieses Foto in den frühen Morgenstunden im Gegenlicht geschossen hast. Das zum Foto wunderbar passende Blau im Hintergrund sind in diesem Fall die Alpen. (vermute ich). Danke für das schöne Foto. Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2006-07-21 3:46]

Bonjour Peter, cette macro est de toute beauté de part sa legereté, sa composition et le contraste des teintes. L'eclairage en transparence des ailes est magnifique. Mes félicitations, Didier.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-07-21 6:04]

Hi Peter,
A impressive low pov that places this butterfly in the sky! Beautiful shot with a clear blue sky that makes this tiny animal bigger compared with empty space.
TFS, José M.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-07-21 6:17]

Hi Peter!
This one is on my wishlist, I stil find only six-spots. Great pose with opened wings with beautifull backlight. BG is again superb! Is this sky or part of mountain? Ok, I saw workshop - amazing place!

Hi Peter
Zygaena family loves me a lot because my file is full of this one.Four or five in only one flowers.I will post them.
Your shot to the sky is wonderful. Colors,details and the flower are wonderful on it.
TFS and see you

  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-07-21 10:46]

Hi Peter,

Great picture of this moth.
Great color, position, DOF, BG and sharpness.


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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-07-21 13:49]

Wonderful Peter!
Very good view of the underside wings!
Very beautiful on colours!
Very good blue BG!
5* and TFS!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-07-22 2:33]

Hi Peter.
One more amazing picture, Peter. Vivid colours, great sharpness and details. Very interesting POV and lihgting. The BG is excellent. I would weaken shadows on a body of the butterfly a little. Nevertheless, perfect done. TFS.

renk kontrastı ve kompozisyona bayıldım.
thank you

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-07-22 6:29]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful macro against the blue sky.Colors,contrast,POV,lighting and composition are perfect.Have a great weekend!

Hi Peter,
Wonderful close up.
Beautiful blue sky.
Good job!
TFS Malgosia

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-07-24 9:07]

Hallo Peter,
herrlich diese Aufnahme, von den Farben und das Licht kkomm ich echt ins Schwaermen Auch die tolle Schaerfe und die klasse Bildgestaltung sind beneidenswert.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-07-26 22:07]

Hi Peter,
Fantastic capture! Beautiful colours, excellent POV, very sharp image, lovely background.
Very well done!

Hi Peter,

Very nice mountain BG, colors, light conditions are perfect. The closer wing needs a bit sharpen but this not effect at all:)


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  • emmari Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 0 N: 387] (3105)
  • [2006-08-06 17:57]

I like it a lot Peter! It's an impressive POV and the butterfly seems to want to fly off. The colours are amazing. TFS

Hi Peter.
amazing picture, nice colours, great sharpness and details. Very interesting POV and lihgting.

Best wishes, Dario

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