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