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Rheumaptera hastata.

Rheumaptera hastata.
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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: 2006-07-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths of Europe 1, Naturpark Oetztal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-09 4:21
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From the Alpine forests -

Rheumaptera hastata (Linnaeus, 1758)

Argent & Sable
Paśnik oszczepiak
Piadivka oštepovitá
Píďalka březová

Family: Geometridae / Larentiinae

Wingspan: 28 - 35 mm

When you enter an alpine coniferous forest in the summer months, there is a typical smell of fresh herbs and fungi in the air, and even on a rainy day there will be a number of small Lepidoptera busily flying around – day active members of the family of “Geometridae”. Most of them have subdued colours, but some of them have rather distinctive markings – like the one shown, that does look quite conspicuous with its striking black and white pattern. When sitting down, these moths resemble some bird’s droppings. This might be the kind of camouflage they seem to be intending.

As if they would not really believe in their kind of camouflage, they prefer to escape deep into vegetation when disturbed. This is where I finally succeeded to chase this one down, after many attempts to get a reasonably close and sharp picture of that moth that can be met in large numbers in the forests of the mountain valleys in the Tyrol.

The species is distributed over the holarctic region, that means it can be found in the mountain forests of Europe, temperate Asia, and North America.

“A distinctive species, occupying damp moorland and hillsides. The moth is one of the few day-flying species. It has a widely scattered distribution, although local, throughout Britain, and is commoner on the Scottish moors. The single generation flies in June and July. The larvae spin together the leaves of the foodplants, bog myrtle (Myrica gale) and birch (Betula spp.), forming a cocoon.” http://ukmoths.org.uk/show.php?bf=1787

In the Alpine forests, caterpillars feed on Vaccinium uliginosum L., Vaccinium myrtillus L., rather than Betula.

The location:

A coniferous mountain forest at an elevation of 1900 meters above sea level near the village of Gries im Sulztal, Oetztal valley, Tyrol.


C.Jonko: Butterflies and Moths of Europe: http://www.lepidoptera.bai.pl/


The camera:

SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 16mm, F/4, 1/160 sec., ISO-125; 09.07.2006, 14:42

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

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

ellis49, valy67, batu, scottevers7, sandpiper2, RAP, firelord, marhowie, wallhalla15, jmp, red45, Christopher_PL, SkyF, dew77, phlr, c_rapp, TAZ has marked this note useful
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Hej Peter,
it's beautiful in the B/W colours and I never seen this before.
Well composed, good POV and good details.
Very well done.

Hi peter !
I have never seen this one before, he has wonderful markings on his wings. Excellent details and textures, beautiful contrast between the B/W moth and green BG, wonderful composition and POV. I really like this picture very much. very well done !

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-08-09 5:07]

Hallo Peter,
ein wirklich exzellentes Bild von dem Spanner. Besser geht's nicht!

Hi Peter,
He has a very unique color and pattern to him. Excellent exposure has really shwon the colors and detail to their fullest. Very nice shot!

well spotted and well caught. the detail visible on his is great and you have controlled the balance betweek black and white really well, with no loss of detail in either area.

great POV, DOF and sharpness.


Superb shot of this attractive moth Peter.
No nits is a fantastic shot, well exposed and great sharpness.

Hello Peter, excllent work, great colors, BG, POv DOF perfect details, very crisp, well done TFS Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-09 8:06]

Difícil captura Peter... siempre el color blanco es un problema para estas imágenes.
En este caso, la iluminación adecuada, un correcto POV y atinado DOF permite ver al insecto en todo su esplendor.
Bien hecho... una vez más.
Saludos cordiales... Ricardo

Difficult capture Peter... the white color is always a problem for these images.
In this case, the appropriate illumination, a correct POV and hit upon DOF allows to see the insect in all its splendor.
Well done... once again.
Cordial greetings... Ricardo

This is a very beautiful species. Great contrast on the wings. POV, DOF and colours looks great.
Very well done.
Thanks for sharing.
My best regards.

Filipe Caetano.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-09 8:40]

Hi Peter
Well composed shot. Great colours, light, sharpnes, details and POV. also good note
Well done Peter


Hello Peter,
Very nice. I like the sharpness, detail, framing, color, and exposure..perfect :)
I have to hand it too you..you are presenting quite a varied assortment of beautiful species, done very well.
Excellent note,
Very well done.

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2006-08-09 14:14]

Oh Waw! Never seen this one. Very sharp and clear, with excellent contrast. The grass on the right is one of those frustrating little details that go hand in hand with real field photography ;°)
Thanks for posting

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-08-09 16:14]

Bellissima foto di farfalla, Peter!
E' una specie che non ho mai visto;
Dettagli molto belli e colori deliziosi.


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-09 16:54]

Hi Peter,
Today you have posted a wonderful butterfly, more beautiful than other in my opinion. This smart b&w bf has a lovely drawing in its wings. Beautiful composition between this green reeds. Very good shot!
Best regards, José M.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-10 2:46]

Hi Peter!
Another beautifull, small moth. I like black and white colours and patterns on its wings. Good composition with green BG. Excellent DOF/details.

Hallo Peter, dieser Spanner gehört in Deutschland zu den stark gefährdeten Arten! Mein Glückwunsch für dieses Juwel!! Wunderbar scharfes Foto, sehr guter Kontrast und ein ausgezeichneter Blickwinkel. Deine Bemerkungen zum Foto sind wie üblich hervorragend. Der Falter wird übrigens auch Birkenblattspanner genannt. Danke für den Leckerbissen.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-08-10 4:11]

Hello Peter,
An outstanding result of a a very difficult shot, with the black and white markings on this beautiful and unusual butterfly.
Sharpness, exposure, POV, DOF... all contribute to a magnificent portrait.
TFS. : )

Hi Peter!
Great shot of this small Geometridae. Perfect sharpness and colours.
Really well done - thanks


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-12 8:12]

Hallo Peter,
Eine tolle Aufnahme mit einer sehr gelungenen Schaerfe, die die Detailsin den Flügel perfekt zeigt. Feine Aufnahmemit prima Belichtung und Farben.

Peter, often I haven't enough time for coments but especially for yours pictures, even I have missed some one, you have my points more then 2!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-09-03 15:38]

Hello Peter,
This one is also perfect.Clear details are amazing.I liked POV,colors,lighting,sharpness and composition are wonderful.Excellent work!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-09-28 1:36]

Hello Peter,
Interesting and beautiful shot for this species that I didn't know. Great details on its wings and good light.
Useful complementary note.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Wonderful black and white one here:-).

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