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Oleander Hawkmoth


Oleander Hawkmoth
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Copyright: Gergely Petranyi (pertu) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 12 W: 0 N: 19] (102)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Ixus 700
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-31 4:36
Viewed: 6337
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Being a member of the Sphingidae family of Lepidoptera, Daphnis nerii (Linnaeus, 1758) is a rare migrant in Central and Northern Europe, while along the mediterranian permanent populations are known and there is no distinction between migrant and resident ones. Its larva feed principally on the flowers and young leaves of Nerium oleander. The imago rests by day, either on a solid surface or suspended among foliage with which it blends - the head is tucked in with the thorax and abdomen raised off the underlying substrate. Most emerge late in the evening but do not take flight until just before dawn, to feed avidly from such flowers as Nicotiana, Petunia, Lonicera, Saponaria and Mirabilis. Thereafter, flight periods are mainly just after dusk and before dawn. Under warm conditions, adults are extremely wary and, if disturbed, will take flight even during daylight hours.

SOURCE:
Pittaway: The Hawkmoths of the Western Palaearctic

P.S. Abkhazia is NOT A PART of Georgia, but an internationally not fully accepted separate country.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-01-31 5:06]

Hello Gergely,
Excellent capture of this beautiful Oleander! Sharp details and lovely velvety colours. I like the water droplets!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-31 5:12]

Hello Gergely,
This is an excellent presentation of the Oleander Hawkmoth. Sharp, good POV, nice contrast with the white wall BG and well composed. Nice added touch to have the drops of water!
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-01-31 7:20]

Hello Gergely,
What a beautiful and impressive moth with droplets in bonus.
The "+++" : subject, point of view, sharpness, DOF, colors, exposure, useful note...
The "-" : composition a bit centered...
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-31 7:38]

Hi Gergely,
Beautiful picture of this Daphnis nerii with wings like velvet. And a poetical touch with the droplets, like little jewels.
Best regards
Anne

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-03 23:56]

What a shot, Gergely.
The colors and markings on this moth's wings are gorgeous,
and you have caught their beauty with sharp details and well saturated colors.
The water beads on the insect just add to the perfection of this image.
TFS. : )

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