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Lyssa menoetius - TQ Ivan & Lord Potty

Lyssa menoetius - TQ  Ivan & Lord Potty
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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-08-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX10 IS
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-12 2:56
Viewed: 4175
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thank you very much for Lord Potty & Ivan Kruys for giving the identity.
Since this specie occur in Jitra ,Malaysia,which is not very far from Thailand border, I would choose Lyssa menoetius. Afterall this moth is from the Lyssa family.

It was during the day when this moth could not fly very well. Maybe the light was a bit strong for him. He just simply stayed by the roadside for sometimes. After I capture this shot a car came and the wind from the car blew him away strongly. I saw it flew away but did not know whether it survived or not.

ID by : Ivan Kruys
Lyssa menoetius - Ref: http://www.mothsofborneo.com/part-8/uraniinae/uraniinae_1_2.php.

Taxonomic notes. Regteren Altena (1953, 1959) noted two subspecies in Borneo. The typical race is found in most of Borneo and extends to the Philippines and Sangir whereas ssp. adspersus is restricted to a narrow zone along the east coast of Kalimantan (Sangkulirang - Samarinda - Balikpapan). The males of adspersus have the white bands of the forewing narrower and more suffused with grey.

Geographical range. Borneo, Philippines, Sangir; Sulawesi (ssp. celebensis). Two specimens have also been taken recently in the extreme south of Thailand, near the border with Malaysia, by I.J. Kitching.

Habitat preference. All records are from lowland forest. Chey (1994), in his survey of lowland softwood plantations, only recorded the species in any frequency from secondary forest and a Eucalyptus deglupta plantation with a diverse secondary forest understorey.

Biology. The larva has been reared in Borneo by D.C. Lees, and is illustrated above. When mature, it is black with a dull orange head and prolegs. There are narrow white rings and transverse bars irregularly along the body.

The wild host-plants were Omphalea bracteata and O. sargentii, though the larva would accept Endospermum peltatum in captivity.

ID by Lord Potty
Lyssa macleayi (Montrouzier, 1856)
Ref: http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/uran/maclea.html
This species was probably named in 1856 after William Macleay, a great international entomologist like his father: Alexander Macleay. He added his collection to his father's in founding the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney.
The adult moths are dark brown with a diagonal white stripe across each wing., They have a wingspan of about 13 cms.

Thanks for reading and liking the shot!

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Hi Foozi,

an very nice close up from this beautiful butterfly with good pov, dof and sharpness.
fine colous.
I have never been seen this specie before.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-12 3:16]

Hello Foozi,
Beautiful photo of a moth in beautiful colours. What a graceful wings with gorgeous patterns. Good sharpness and composition.

Hi Foozi. Amazing shot of a beautiful moth.
thanks for sharing.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-12 4:11]

Hello Foozi,
Very good shot on this Moth. You have captured great colors and shown the amazing detail and wing pattern in this beauty.
Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-10-12 4:35]

Hello Foozi,
You seem to meet on your road many interesting looking butterflies and moth. This one seems to enjoy the sun, to warm up on the ground. Hope it survived the blow of the car. It has a most beautiful shape, patterns and coloration. Hope you can find its ID.
Thanks and kind regards

Ciao Foozi. Magnificent specie in best details and light's managment. very good colours.


Hi Foozi,
Beautiful capture of this Swallowtail Moth (Lyssa macleayi)
What a spectacular species this is. A great find !

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-12 6:27]

Hello Foozi,
A fine capture of this Giant Uraniid moth, Lyssa menoetius, well taken on the road to show its features with excellent sharpness and colours.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Foozi,
A lovely capture of this beautiful moth. Beautiful one. Good sharp details and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

hi saad
good find
good sharpness and colours

Ciao Foozi, great macro of fantastic moth, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Foozi
This is a BIGone with great details and beautiful colours
super shot
greeting lou

Hello Foozi,
a very beautiful image with details and colors excellent, a nice picture and a nice model, regards, Paolo

Hola Foozi

Una preciosa polilla con esas formas y colores estupendos, buena imagen, y perfecta nitidez.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-10-12 13:36]

Hi Foozi,
What a different and beautiful butterfly!Ecxellent colors and amazing sharp details.TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-10-12 15:05]

Hi Foozi,no comment..simply fantastic!!!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-10-12 17:45]

Hello Foozi,
Very nice image of this species Foozi, too bad it was not sitting somewhere nicer but we take what we have offered. Thank you for showing this species to me, as I had never seen it before.

A very well framed shot, I like the classic central theme!
The sharpness and resolution make it look like a 3D shot!

Hello Foozi
very great capture of this beautiful species, superb pose and POV
wonderful brown color and nice shape
you shows it with very nice details
TFS and have a good night

A spectacular moth you've captured here MF Foozi.
I amazed with clarity and exceptional composition here. Really stunning image in all around! Great job!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Foozi,

The subject is well framed. The close-up point of view is showing with precision the details and colors Lyssa menoetius moth. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2010-10-17 18:21]

Hello Foozi,
What an incredibly beautiful moth you have captured in this fine image. The wing patterns and colors are simply stunning. Love the excellent detail and exposure you managed to capture.
Awesome shot!!! TFS.

Maravillosa creatura a la que sacaste un buen partido de su belleza.
Saludos Foozi: Josep Ignasi.

Salam Foozi. I think this is one big moth looking like some of the common kites designed in Malaysia. Normally this is a lazy flyer but always encountered without the camera handy. Well presented and captured shot and hope you have a great day. Regards - Jusni

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