Zygaena filipendulae

Posted by Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 10 June 2010 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Zygaena filipendulae (Six-spot Burnet / Sint-jansvlinder) is a day-flying moth of the family Zygaenidae. Typical are the six red spots on the metal black or green coloured forewing. Some more pictures of the species and images of the caterpillar can be seen on my Wordpress blog.

Image: Broechem (B) - 08/06/2010

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Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wow, fantastic macro shot, well done!

10 Jun 2010 8:34am

@Stefan: Thank you very much, Stefan.

dang from Atlanta, United States

Great shot, Johan. You managed the perfect focus point with limited the dof.

10 Jun 2010 9:11am

@dang: Thanks, Luc. I tried to get a sense of depth in this image by using limited dof. I noticed that their placement was not completely parallel so I had to choose one eye for focus. (I learned that once the eye is sharp one gets a good and sharp impression on the whole animal ...) I chose the left one's eyes and the right one's shoulders and wing. in that way there is a kind of oposite symetrical DOF field on both butterflies. These descisions had to be made realy fast - working in the field needs sometimes fast work. I think I realised my intentions for the immage fully, and for myself I considder it as one of the best I made last period.

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Nice work always !

10 Jun 2010 9:25am

@Marie LC: Thank you very much, Marie. I'm realy glad you like my images and return vieuwing and commenting them.

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooi zeg, en dan ook nog 2 stuks!

10 Jun 2010 10:46am

@Ralph: Wanneer je in een populatie van deze vlinders terechtkomt is het niet echt moeilijk om koppeltjes te vinden. Vaak zitten ze met 4 of 5 op 1 distel te genieten van de nectar... De plaatsing van deze twee vond ik wel bijzonder dus koos ik deze als mijn fotomodellen van de dag :-)

♏arleen from Doesburg, Netherlands

Dit vind ik altijd van die flamboyant ogende vlinders....;-)
Prachtig vastgelegd zo simultaan op dat sprietje!

10 Jun 2010 12:55pm

@♏arleen: Het zijn inderdaad qua kleur en glans heel aantrekkelijke vlindertjes. Ik denk dat deze twee trouwplannen hebben ... :-)))

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Gewoon een geweldig shot!!

10 Jun 2010 1:28pm

@Photome: Heel erg bedankt, Leonie.

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Another perfect shot, you have gone beyond the so-so ;) at least in my opinion. I like the back to back butterflies in your wordpress. If you haven't planned to show them, you should. The composition is excellent.

10 Jun 2010 3:18pm

@Dutch: Thanks again for all your kind words, Kristen. I'm very happy with this image myself, considdering it as one of the best I made last period... Thanks for visiting my wordpress too. I did not plan the "back to back" image on the site here, because that particular image I made a year ago... and I prefer posting on this site only images i made very recently - but i'm glad you like my "old" work :p

Becky from los angeles, United States

Just wow!

10 Jun 2010 6:10pm

@Becky: Thank you very much for your visit and appreciation, Becky.

Florence from Paris, France

Meeting at the top. Wow Johan. What a photograph. An explosion of colors, a perfect focus and an eyecatching duet ! Well done. You're a master.

10 Jun 2010 7:07pm

@Florence: Thanks again for your visit and kind comment, Florence. I am realy proud on this image myself. Very happy I could realise the image I had in mind. This particular species is a very nice one to see and a great "model" for pictures. Maybe there are some in your place too ...

kisskool from Fontainebleau, France

great shot, the macro is beautiful

10 Jun 2010 7:21pm

@kisskool: Thank you very much for your visit and comment, Kisskool.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Einmalig schön. Fein, daß beide fast in der gleichen Ebene - super sind !

10 Jun 2010 8:46pm

@Loner: Sie sind fast in der gleichen Ebene doch nicht ganz ...
For me it was an opportunity to place the limited dof-field very carefully to create a different pattern on both butterflies ... I think this creates some more depth in the image.
Herzlichen Dank, Sonja.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

A charming image.

10 Jun 2010 10:35pm

@GJC: Thank you, GJC. Glad you take time to visit and comment my images almost every day ...

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Wat een plaatje deze tweeling! Wat ik ook leuk vind aan deze foto dat bij de ene vlinder het kopje en bij de ander de vleugel in de scherpte valt, ze vullen zich goed aan ;)

12 Jun 2010 5:00am

@Monique: Dat was ook het opzet van deze foto... Ik koos bewust om niet alles scherp te hebben om meer diepte in de foto te krijgen. Ze zaten nu eenmaal net niet parallel genoeg maar een klein beetje schuin ten opzichte van mekaar zodat dit effect mogelijk was.

Mascha from Kootstertille, Netherlands

fantastische compositie, kleur en detail. 5 ***** sterren!!

13 Jun 2010 8:04pm

@Mascha: Een hele eer die sterren van je te krijgen. Ontzettend bedankt daarvoor.

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

Oh fantastic! They´re called "Blutströpfchen" in german and you rarely see them here in my area. Marvellous formatfilling shot!

17 Jun 2010 9:03am

@daniela scharnowski: Too bad they are not seen to much around there - I should invite you here ... There is a huge population of several 100's just 5 km downtown... In the evening they all gather on the same plants - last week I saw more then 20 butterflys sleeping just on a single plant !! That is just a wonderfull sight. So be welcome :-)

Demo from Villeneuve d, France

What a capture !!!
amazing details!!!
Can I know the type of lens that you use?

14 Jul 2010 10:05pm

@Demo: Thank you very much for so many compliments.
All my macro' images are taken with 150 mm macro. (sometimes with 1.4x or 2x convertor)
The exact details and references of this lens (and others I use) are in my "about" page.

Loretta from Pretoria, South Africa

This is a stunning shot. You have a magnificent portfolio of images!!!

19 Jan 2011 4:19am

@Loretta: Thank you for visiting some older images in my portfolio, Loretta, and thanks for the compliments.

Canon EOS 400D
1/125 second
ISO 200
150 mm