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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Insects around the world, Insect Mating, Moths of Europe 1, Insects' World, "The Insect Kamasutra", Insects (Insecta) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-14 6:13
Viewed: 6262
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today is 14 February so I hope that this is a good picture for this occasion ;>

Object: Laothoe populi (Linnaeus, 1758) - Poplar Hawk-moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)

Place: "Gac Spalska Nature Reserve", Spala Landscape Park, C Poland.

Moment: I believe that this is their Valentine's Day ;>

Additional comment: poorly known position from the insects' Kamasutra: male is hanging while female is on "the top" ;>
Please not that only she is touching the leaf!!!

Even if you like it - please do not try it! ;>

Argus, cataclysta, nainnain, horia, JORAPAVI, Nephrotome2, delic, cedryk, Alex99, Jamesp, peter_stoeckl, extramundi, Ilya_Borovok, haraprasan, rousettus, liziafa, jrobertop has marked this note useful
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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-02-14 6:39]
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Hello Radomir,
Very appropriate, funny note and fine capture of these two Poplar hawk Moths in the 'lotus position'.
Fine sharpness, colour and comp.
Now I know what the subject of your Ph D thesis is!
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Czesc Radziu
To jest naprawde super fotka. nie dosc ze uchwyciles swietny moment to jeszcze zdjecie jest swietne technicznie Nic dodac nic ujac

HI Radomir,
Have you cut the moths from paper and painted them? I cant beleive my eyes. What a capture. Nice details and colors of moths.Well composed shot. Surely the male had to do lots of acrobatic actions for the......:D


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-02-14 7:53]

Hello Radomir,
This shot must be really unique! Incredible capture, very sharp and great colours and I like the way you clearly show the difference between male and female. Good note!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hello Radomir
What an intersting shot,
Perfect composition and lighting,
Great POV,Welldone.


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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-02-14 10:50]

Hello Radomir,
a fine capture. This could also be posted in an artistic photo site. The symmetry is great (but not totally ;-))
I had never seen this species before. Thanks for sharing this one, JAcob

photopeu communes, mais tres originales
bon travail, bonne netteté

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-02-14 13:35]

Hello Radomir,
this is really impressive! The geometry is fascinating. You captured a couple of two 'fresh' specimens, both in a perfect state.
Very well focused and sharp picture of the couple.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-02-14 15:19]

Hi Radomir,
Beautiful matching pair captured with excellent details, beautiful colours and the best pov.
Appropriate note for loves who celebrate this day:)
José M.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-02-14 17:13]

Hi Radomir

What a terrific shot!
At first, i thought it was some mirror effect :))
But actually it's a great macro work!
The colors and pattern on the wings here are amazing and the DOF is superb, blurring the BG nicely.
I must also remark the exceptional flash work here...it's practically invisible, but does wonders to the colors.
Splendid catch!

Bravo and TFS

hi radomir,
i liked the pov , nicely composed shot with very lovely title, sharpness, colours are lovely,
tfs & regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-15 3:25]

What an amazing capture, Radomir.
The shapes are so perfectly symmetrical.
The markings and colors on those insects are just gorgeous.
The color contrast against the deep green leaves is stunning.
TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-02-15 5:53]
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Czesc Radek!

To jakas sugestia z ta dzisiejsza data i zdjeciem ;-))) ? Swietne foto, nie ma co! Zazdroszcze. Zrobienie zdjecia jednej to juz bylby dla mnie sukces, ale takie 'combo geometryczne' to juz mistrzostwo!

Hola Radomir,
Curiosa original y artística composición, buenos detalles y excelente fondo. Saludos

Very interesting.
Lot of humor in your note.

I've seen other posting of hanging insects during the love action (sometimes from one leg only). But those were not butterflies.

Very interesting to see those strange positions.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-02-15 15:24]

Hello Radomir,
very nice post for Valentines. Well captured image, a very interesing POV. POV, colors and sharpness are good.

A superb picture, i did not realize its worth when i saw it in the thumbnail!
Great details you have managed to get here. Superb
Goutham R


What symmetry. Great shot.

Murali Santhanam

Bardzo ladne zdjecie. Fajna symetryczna kompozcyja wyszla. Kolory tez swietne, z wyjatkiej tez fioletowej dominanty w neutralnych kolorystycznie rejonach skrzydel. No ale o tym juz kiedys rozmawialismy :-)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-19 7:12]

Hi Radomir, again.
Really this is geometry of Nature. Extremely correct shapes and your composition. Amazing soft lighting and colour palette. It is true: post is very suitable for that day. Very esthetic picture. Best wishes and TFS.

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-02-19 11:57]
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Hello Radomir,
You have captured a great macro here. They look in almost perfect symmetry. TFS.
Best wishes,

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-02-20 3:52]

Wow great shot Radomir. I wish I had taken this shot - it is amazing. TFS James

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2007-02-21 5:13]

Hi Radomir,

Great picture of these two moths in action.
Great sharpness and background.

Hello Radomir,
this is a stunning picture - well chosen for the day, but more than that, it is very creative in its ornamental of way reduction with two rectangular axis of symmetry. The rather flat appearance of the image that is caused by the use of fill flash further enhances that very ornamental look.
Unusual also is the great demonstration of mating behaviour.
One of them decides to be the active one, the other one lets things happen. Even in flight of most species I have noticed that behaviour, and that behaviour seems to have been well inforced by evolution - like they say in Argentinia for the right way to dance the Tango: Man must lead, woman must follow. Well, ladies and gentlemen: Outside of Argentinia, it's the other way round, as we can very well see here.
With thanks, and best regards,

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-02-24 6:58]
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Cze¶æ Radomir. Super fotka, idealny moment na naci¶niêcie spustu. Dobre technicznie.

Bardzo fajna fotka!!! Moment idealny ;) Niesamowity kszta³t powsta³! Pozdrawiam

This is a very nice shot.
The composition is outstanding and the colours very nice, it is a great find and you have mannaged a very nice photo.
Lights and contrast depends a lot in personal tastes and monitor configuration, but I think a bit more contrast would be nicer. This time it looks as if you used automatic levels and find it a bit dull, I dared a workshop, hipe you dont mind.
BEst regards, Felipe.

hello Radomir,
What a wonderful design forms when they are mating!.their wings have amazing shapes . A beautiful and great moment the one that you portrayed .
interesting note

HiRadomir, this is a terrific capture, well done!!!

witam Radomir!

amazing photo, very interesting as for the natural history of this species. bravo!


Just now I've found this shot and it becomes my favorite because of so perfect 'dyad symmentry'! :) I guess you have several 'derivatives' of this pictures where you played with contrast, saturation etc, isn't it?!


It's really amazing and you've choice the good day for taking this pic!
Well done


Hi Radek,
A beautiful capture of these lovely moths in mating position. Very good title too. Excellent composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

P.S. : Nobody should try this at home ;>

Hello Radomir,
sorry for my silence, I was in field trip and I came back newly. I found some great captures of your now. I will say single word about this macro: "excellent". bravo. Thanks for sharing and showing. best wishes my friend

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-03-23 5:35]

Hi Radomir,
Great pic!
perfect symmetry! beautiful details and natural colors captured!
interesting notes, they are real acrobates :)
best regards,

Rany ale połączenie ;)
Wyglądają jak figura geometryczna :D
Bardzo na tak!!!
Pozdrawiam Małgosia

Hi Radomir.
Magnificent picture!
Splendid capture of this couple of moths,
ensuring the perpetuation of the species!
Very good details and coloration.
Perfect framing; very well done!
José Roberto

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