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Moth or Butterfly?

Moth or Butterfly?
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Copyright: Manoj Nair (manojtnair) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 23] (161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-11-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-12-07 16:51
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Points: 11
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Is that a moth or a butterfly? i took this photograph at my home. do moths also extract honey from flowers? though it looks very much like a butterfly, its wing span is very small. thanks.
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Hi Manoj,
A beautiful capture of this skipper butterfly. I exactly don't know the ID. But I know it is not a small skipper and is rather large and has very beautiful wing patterns. I was unsuccessful to capture it. But you did it. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hello manoj,
i think its skipper a member of butterfly family and you have captured this beautiful insect sipping nectar from the flower, nice colours, well composed shot,
tfs & regards

Hi Mahoj,
Most authors include Skippers (Hesperiidae) as butterflies, as they do not have the mechanism linking the wings that occurs in moths. Some butterfly books ignore skippers, however, as they are a complex group and many species are difficult to distinguish with certainty.
Your insect looks to me to be from the Genus Notocrypta (de Niceville), which has forewing markings like these. My best guess is that this specimen is actually of Notocrypta curvifascia Felder, 1862, which is known from India, China and Sundaland.
I think your picture could be improved with a little change to the brightness and some sharpening. I'll try to post a workshop later. The POV, composition and colours are very nice. Thanks

Ciao Manoj,
davvero molto bello e interessante questo Hesperiidae.
La foto ha una buona composizione e colori naturali.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-08 22:44]

Hi Manoj,
This indeed is a skipper as everyone has already pointed out. Wonderful shot against the red flower. Though the image is a bit dark, this can be rectified in PS. I like the natural surrounding very much. Great POV and composition. Kudos.

Manoj, this is a wonderful set up -- a dark skipper perched atop a red flower. Very good POV.
I believe Alan has done a fair workshop on the image. Your image is slightly dark. Yet it is rich in colours and very well composed.
TFS and all the best.

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