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Tiny Moth

Tiny Moth
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-02 5:52
Viewed: 3280
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A tiny brown Moth not longer than 2cm was seen on a very interesting 'flower' of a weed in my school garden last year during the rainy season in August. I shot it with great caution, keeping the flower within the frame.
At PP stage, I wasn't happy with the results when I cropped off a whole lot of the 'flower' and made the image of the Moth bigger. The sharpness wouldn't appeal to me. Then an idea struck me to present this image in LP form so that the perfect architectural gifts of nature as manifest in the shape of the 'flower' would make the main theme and the Moth would turn secondary to it.
Here is the result. Hope you like it.

Since I can't ID this tiny Moth in the picture exactly, here is a general note on Moths:

A moth is an insect related to the butterfly, both being of the order Lepidoptera. Most of this order are moths; there are thought to be approximately 160,000 species of moth (nearly ten times the number of species of butterfly), with thousands of species yet to be described. Most species of moth are nocturnal, but there are crepuscular and diurnal species.



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Hello Ram Bhai,

Hope you are well and monsoon rains are pouring down on the school campus at last. It was quite by chance that I have spotted your photo, being busy I did not intend to post any comments but seeing that you were worried about the identity of both the grass and the tiny moth,I deemed it appropriate to help. I know one of the two, I mean the species of grass in the photo.This is a very common variety of grass of our Indian Sub-continent and is called Crowfoot grass or Egyptian Fingergrass. Its Botanical name is: Dactyloctenium aegyptium and its Family is Poaceae (Grass family). Never forget to consult www.flowersofindia.net, it is your own site.
Sorry I do not know the moth but I do hope I was of some help identifying the grass.
Thanks a lot for sharing a superb shot of both, take care,

Warm regards,


Ciao Ram, great macro of nice tiny moth on beautiful fern, splendid light, excellent clarity, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Ram Thakur,
Nice clarity,excellent sharpness and well focused on the flower.
Best regards,

Hello Ram

Great environmental photo of this insect,
fine POV with a beautiful lateral light
coming to the photo, excellent focus,
sharpness, and details, TFS


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-02 12:01]

Hi Ram,very very small one in the large version too..eheh..nice capture of this moth,i never seen before and far from the possibilities of my lens..eheh...i like a lot the composition too,whit this green star the remember me the underwater world of Red Sea.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-02 13:28]

Hello Ram.
I love this POV of the fern and tiny moth.The dark background just makes the fern jump off the frame. Simplicity really works here.Regards Siggi

Ciao Ram
照的很漂亮 樹葉也很美麗
構圖美麗 背景漂亮 謝謝分享

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-08-02 18:45]

Hello Ram,
I believe you made a wise choice in the way you presented the image. The moth may not be the main subject, but is still clearly seen. The flower is very pretty and uniquely shaped. Thank you for sharing another tiny bit of nature from India with us.

really excellent macro of tiny moth. really hard to see. good work. tfs.

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