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White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) Prickig tigerspinnare | by Ratatusk
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White Ermine (Spilosoma lubricipeda) Prickig tigerspinnare

This species is night active and flies at a straight line just about a meter above ground.


Birds and other predators most often leaves the White Ermine alone since the abdomen is full of toxics like acetylcholine and other histamines. When attacked it flips up it's wings to show it's colorful orange yellow abdomen and then drops to the ground playing dead.


P.S. This was shot with an aperture of f/36 (ISO 200) and everyone that does macro knows that all "experts" say that best aperture to use is around f/9 and that one should never use more than f/11. I think this proves that it does work with these large values too. It all depends on what magnification you want to view your image at.

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Taken on June 14, 2012