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Moth: Genus - Spirama

Moth: Genus - Spirama
Photo Information
Copyright: vipin baliga (vipinbaliga) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 18 W: 12 N: 44] (460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nokia N73
Exposure: f/2.8
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-21 0:39
Viewed: 4247
Points: 14
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This beautiful moth was resting on a wooden pillar...
I had to take every precaution while approaching it so that I wont scare this beautiful creature away... But, to my surprise it had no idea of shying away...
Instead it stood its ground as if it was staring me right in the eye...!!!


Information on the specimen:

Spirama is a genus of moths of the Noctuidae family.

The Noctuidae or Owlet moths are a family of robustly-built moths that includes more than 35,000 known species out of possibly 100,000 total, in more than 4,200 genera. They constitute the largest family in the Lepidoptera.

Most have drab forewings, although some have brightly coloured hindwings. There are usually few differences between the sexes. The overwhelming majority of noctuids fly at night and are almost invariably strongly attracted to light. Many are also attracted to sugar and nectar-rich flowers.

Some of the family are preyed upon by bats. However, many Noctuidae species have tiny organs in their ears which responds to bat echolocation calls, sending their wing muscles into spasm and causing the moths to dart erratically. This aids the moths in evading the bats.

Several species have larvae (caterpillars) that live in the soil and are agricultural or horticultural pests. These are the "cutworms" that eat the bases of young brassicas and lettuces. They form hard, shiny pupae. Most noctuid larvae feed at night, resting in the soil or in a crevice in its food plant during the day.

Scientific classification:
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
(unranked): Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae

Source: Wikipedia

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next picture made mobile amazed me...
there is very good - wonderful colour and details on the subject and interesting pattern on the wings.
You did a great job. Thank you for sharing this picture.

Owl moths are specialized moths. we have other species of owlmoths in our region. thank you for sharing.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-09-21 6:19]

Very beautiful moth with good colors and details, captured well with your mobile camera. I think you should go for a good camera as you are situated in very good place for macro work. all the best. tfs.

Great sharpness capture, wonderful colors, great shot.

Hello Vipin and welcome among TN members!
This species looks really great! Huge "eyes" make it very big and amazing :) Very original and unique presentation.
Thank you for showing this flying beauty!
Greetings from Poland,

Congratulations!... impressiv use of flash, very well managed ligth, for archieve very details and super colors. Well done!



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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-09-22 9:50]

Vipin not a bad shot at all. Good details of the wings and you have shot them very good. Nice POV and composition. Ganesh

Bonjour Vipin
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Joli papillon,Très belle composition, les couleurs et le cadrage et les détails sont tous très bons.Très beau BG
Bravo et merci...JP

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