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Navy Blue Moth

Navy Blue Moth
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Copyright: Andre Kruger (akruger) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 39 W: 1 N: 62] (405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-12-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-03-14 3:37
Viewed: 5256
Points: 12
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During December 2005 we saw a lot of these. I saw a similar one posted by Peter Stoeckl called Zygaena Transalpina but the colors differ. Can any one help with the name? We can't find it in our insect dictionaries. Camera = Canon PS A85

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-03-14 3:40]

Very beautiful moth indeed!
Never saw it.
Wonderful on colours!
Very good on details!
Very good DOF and POV!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-03-14 4:42]
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Dagsę Andre
This looks like a brilliantly colourful moth and I would really like to see one with its wings spread open. I am sure it must be quite a sight to behold (well for a moth anyway).
The composition is good, colours are rich. DOF is fine showing nice detail, and the exposure was well handled. Maybe just a slight pity it was sitting on a rock or cement.
Well done and TFS.
PS. Ek sal vannaand gaan kyk in my boeke, miskien kan ek jou dalk help. Ek hoop so in elk geval.

Beautiful moth, nice colors, well done!

Hello Andre,
It is most probably from the Zygaenidae family as it looks. As for identification you should check some libraries over there (or a good site with S African B-flies); I would like to help you more, but I don't have enough sources from thet region. (Me, living in eastern Europe :-))

Regards, Petru

Hello again, it really looks like a cousin of our burnets. The red head and brushes on legs look very interesting. This is a very nice species and you've captured it well.

Hi Andre,
a very interesting shot presenting a most unusual burnet. Thank you for that excellent contribution!
Best regards,

most likely this beautiful and strange little moth is called:

Arniocera auriguttata (Hopffer, 1857)

Higher classification:
Thyridoidea : Thyrididae : Charideinae,
surprisingly not Zygaenidae.

Thanks to the investigations done by
Nigel Deacon (TN: "Merlin"), and
Dmitry Gavryushin (TN: "Osmeterium").

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