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Maassenia heydeni

Maassenia heydeni
Photo Information
Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-12-05
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-02-06 2:38
Viewed: 313
Points: 13
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The second and last moth that i found in Nosy Be airport,this time on a chair of departures waiting room.

Species: M. heydeni
Binomial name: Maassenia heydeni
(Saalmuller, 1884)

Maassenia heydeni is a moth of the family Sphingidae. It is known from Madagascar and the Comoro Islands.
The wingspan is 50–80 mm. The forewing outer margin is slightly crenulated. The forewing upperside ground colour is brown, with paler beige areas. The antemedian band and spots along the costa are paler. The basal band is dark brown, curved and not reaching the inner margin. There is a dark brown diffuse line running from near the middle of the costa to the tornus. The discal spot is composed of a two- to three-pointed silver spot with arms directed distally and a smaller rounded silver dot basally, which is sometimes absent. The forewing underside is brown with a conspicuous orange postmedian band and a darker marginal band.

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Hello Luciano,
Amazing details and focus. It seems that the quality of the image is better in the inside of the rooms as in the wild....Razor sharpness and exceptional details....

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 333 W: 13 N: 91] (9843)
  • [2019-02-06 4:29]

Interesting Moth with a informative NOTE, excellent catch.

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-02-06 5:44]


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2019-02-06 7:33]

Very nice picture Luciano! Interesting species totally new for me!
I look like that airport is a good place to find Moths!jeje!
Thank you for sharing it.

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'insecte est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du papillon Maassenia heydeni. La lumière fait ressortir la beauté des couleurs. Bonne soirée.


Hello Luciano,
Congratulation 🎊 🎊 🎊 🎊 🎊 🎊 🎊 🎊 🎊 🎊 again for a new species.
Well captured with excellent details and colors. Just I don't like Man Made articles in Nature Photography.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice weekend,

Ciao Luciano, la prossima volta cerca di ambietarla meglio :), gran bella falenona, gran posto st'areoporto, dettagli e nitidezza al top, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

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