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Six spot Burnet moth

By chalkhillblue
Six spot Burnet moth (Zygaena filipendula)
Taken 24 Jul 10, 0900hrs. f/5.6, 1,000th sec, ISO 200,
aperture, centre weighted, manual focus, hand-held.
A day flying moth, 30-38mm wing span, blackish/blue front wings with a metallic shine which are patterned with six round red spots, the hind wings are crimson with blue/black border, the antennae, unusually for a moth are club shaped they are used for feeling and smelling, they drink nectar from plants using their proboscis. At all stages of their life the moth contains cyanide in their bodies, their bright colours warn birds and other predators that they are poisonous.

Thank you to all who viewed, voted and especially those that took time to comment on my previous upload.

Tags: Close up Moths Close-up and macro Burnet moth Six spot Wildlife and nature

Voters: HarrietH, jeb2012, pluckyfilly and 32 more

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24 Oct 2010 4:37PM
A excellent capture

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pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2010 4:40PM
superb detail and colour spot on
24 Oct 2010 4:42PM
Great macro!
CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
24 Oct 2010 5:41PM
He's a beauty, David, don't see them here. Very well captured. Carol
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 13 Canada
24 Oct 2010 8:18PM
Great information. Super capture of this bright coloured moth............Sandy
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
24 Oct 2010 8:46PM
You have captured the metallic look of the wings beautifully David.It'a lovely natural bg too.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Oct 2010 9:40PM
Avery colorful critter for a moth-- sharp and well focused--great bokeh!
teocali Plus
9 441 18 England
24 Oct 2010 9:42PM
Superbly detailed macro capture of this fascinating insect David. Wonderful informative narrative as well - had no idea they carried cyanide in their bodies! Great clarity, textures and colours. Love the metallic sheen and the soft clean bg tones.
24 Oct 2010 10:35PM
this is a beauty
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Oct 2010 11:45PM
A very nice crisp image, David, and accompanied by such an interesting and informative narrative.
25 Oct 2010 7:33PM
An excellent close up David, beautiful detail and an informative write up,
25 Oct 2010 8:02PM
Excellent detail great macro capture.
Jekaro 8 1 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2010 8:55PM
A superbly detailed close up image, David, wonderful colours, very well captured.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
30 Oct 2010 2:58PM
Another brilliant close up, the detail and colours are sublime
TerryMcK 9 71 2 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2010 10:05AM
An excellent presentation, including an interesting narrative. Well done indeed, David.
ruurd 6 62 Netherlands
1 Apr 2011 6:51PM

super photo off this nice butterfly / mothe. Veery good photo. i like it! If you will see more butterflys you must see to my photo's greetings ruurd

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