Greater Knapweed with "6-spot Burnet" Moths by George Row

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  1. 24 th August 2014 Achieved its Eleventh feature in the group Local Critters
  1. 15 th June 2014 View Count has reached 6,007

        Camera EOS 5D Mk II   ||   Lens: Canon 24-70mm L   ||   Exposure: f/11 at 1/250

  1. 11 th April 2013 View Count reached 4,004
  1. 30 th March 2013 Achieved its Tenth feature in the group Artists Universe

These “6-spot Burnet” moths are enjoying some Greater Knapweed on the edge of the road near the airstrip on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands, to the West of Ireland in Galway Bay.
The botanical name of Greater Knapweed is “Centaurea scabiosa“. It prefers alkaline soils. The Aran Islands have a limestone geology similar to the nearby Burren region of County Clare on the Irish mainland. Consequently the two regions provide a suitable habitat for Knapweed and many other wild flowers that they have in common.

The islands are also rich in insect life because of the mostly organic farming methods practiced on the islands.

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  1. 15 th June 2014 View Count has reached 6,007
  2. 13 th November 2013 View Count has reached 5,175
  3. 29 th September 2013 View Count has reached 5,005
  4. 11 th April 2013 View Count reached 4,000
  5. 30 th March 2013 Achieved its Tenth feature in the group Artists Universe
  6. 2nd October 2012 it had been viewed 3005 times;
  7. 11th June 2012 Featured in the Group Mother Nature’s Finest!
  8. 1st June 2012 Won the challenge Butterflies and Moths
  9. 3rd Oct 2011 featured in Featured for a Challenge
  10. 26th July 2011 featured for a second time in Nature Photography Challenge due to winning another challenge
  11. 6th July 2011 featured in Nature Photography Challenge due to winning a challenge
  12. 27th June 2011 Won the challenge Blooms-Beginning with K in the Nature Photography Challenge group
  13. 16th May 2011 Featured in The World
  14. 5th May 2011 Featured in Where on Earth is This
  15. 4th May 2011 it had been viewed 500 times had been made a favourite by 7 people and had sold 9 times as a greeting card.
  16. 5th Nov 2010 Featured “Wildflowers of the World”
  17. 29th July 2010 it had been viewed 100 times;
  18. 29th July 2010 Featured in “Closeups in Nature”
  19. 24th July 2010 Featured in “Celtic Realm”
  20. 19th July 2010 featured in: “Colour and Light”

Techie Photographic Details
Taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mk II DSLR with a 24-70 zoom lens at 70mm. Exposure: f11 1/250. Minimal post-production processing in Apple Aperture.


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  • Jaclyn Hughes
    Jaclyn Hughesabout 4 years ago

    Wow! This is a fabulous capture George. Some truly unique lil fellas. Congrats on your well deserved feature!

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganabout 4 years ago

    Congrats you’ve been featured in Celtic Realm

    Fino & Tina

  • Martina, Thank you for featuring my photograph. George

    – George Row

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Azmi Zakariah
    Azmi Zakariahabout 4 years ago

    the colours are awesome, very nice capture

  • Nor, Thank you. This was one of my first trips with the Canon 5d Mk II and I really like the way it treats the colours. George

    – George Row

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Ray, Thank you for featuring my image in the Close-ups group. George

    – George Row

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 4 years ago

    very nice and colorful creatures. congrats George

  • Eyelife, Thank You. George

    – George Row

  • jenn77
    jenn77about 4 years ago


  • Jenn, Thank You. George

    – George Row

  • Claudia Kuhn
    Claudia Kuhnabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture, interesting little moths, congrats on your feature

  • Claudia, Thank you for the kind words. Yes they are interesting little moths – they are sometimes mixed up with the Cinnabar Moth which has similar colours, but the Cinnabar has red streaks on the edges of the wings as well as the red spots. George

    – George Row

  • klikker
    klikkerabout 4 years ago

    Stunning George. I have orange ones of this insect but they look identical. I take it they are the same. Nick

  • Nick, Thanks – I am not sure about an orange one. I know this one is fairly common in some coastal regions and rare elsewhere. It has striking red triangles when it opens its wings. You get a glimpse of those on the one on the right. George

    – George Row

  • Azmi Zakariah
    Azmi Zakariahabout 4 years ago

    I had tried testing 5d Mk II too and the colours and pic quality are superb! Anw u’re most welcome George :))

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