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Mask moth..

Mask moth..
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L5
Exposure: f/2.9
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-23 8:54
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Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi friends,
This is a picture shot at Omkar hills.The moth looks like a mask hence a name given(but not the actual name).This moth always sits below the grass i.e., to the ground level or sometimes in a bush hence difficult to shoot.

A moth is an insect closely related to the butterfly. Both are of the order Lepidoptera. The differences between butterflies and moths is more than just taxonomy. Sometimes the names "Rhopalocera" (butterflies) and "Heterocera" (moths) are used to formalize the popular distinction. Many attempts have been made to subdivide the Lepidoptera into groups such as the Microlepidoptera and Macrolepidoptera, Frenatae and Jugatae, or Monotrysia and Ditrysia. Failure of these names to persist in modern classifications is due to the fact none of them represents a pair of "monophyletic groups". The reality is that butterflies are a small group that arose from within the "moths"[citation needed] and there is thus no way to group all of the remaining taxa in a monophyletic group, as it will always exclude that one descendant lineage.

Most species of moth are nocturnal (which means they are active at night), but there are crepuscular and diurnal species. They can be distinguished from butterflies in several waYS.

I dont know to which type of family this moth belongs to,exactly...

Thank you

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Hi Arjun,
picture composition is very good.
Nice Sharpness.
But i think,the sharpness is on the wings of the moth and not on the face.pls

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-23 9:07]

Hello Arjun,
this is the spectacularly coloured moth Chalciope mygdon (family: Noctuidae / subfamily: Catocalinae).
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Arjun,
A moth aptly named.:) It does look like a mask. Good composition,POV, sharpness and details.Wish there were no shadows to show its beauty to perfection. Nevertheless you have done a good job of presenting it with good details and colours. Thanks for the share and Merry Xmas ,

Dear Arjun, This is the first time I am seeing a picture of this lovely Moth. The colors have come out nice. Could be a little over exposed and you could have used a smaller aperture to gain depth of field.
- Murali Santhanam

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