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Elegant Moth


Elegant Moth
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Copyright: shelley penner (shyanni) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 138 W: 41 N: 163] (840)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07
Categories: Insects
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-14 21:48
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 8
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This gorgeous creature looks like it is dressed for a grand party, with a lovely orange cape and matching fur stole. So far I have been unable to ID the species, since the only field manuals on insects are very general, and localized populations vary so greatly from place to place.

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To peter_stoeckl: Thanks for the ID, Peter!shyanni 1 01-23 10:43
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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-14 22:13]

A grande dame indeed, Shelley.
What an amazing moth. : )
And the colors... so beautiful! : )
Sharpd details, excellent light and POV.
Well done and TFS. : )

Hi Shelley,
Nice focus and great close-up. Nicely imaged with great composition and beautiful vivid colors. Very interesting indeed. Hadi

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-01-15 6:22]

Very beautiful indeed!
Very good on details and colours!
Very nice POV!
No idea about the specie.
TFS!

Shelley, thank you for your the beautiful contribution. Identifying moths is quite difficult as there are so many, and literature is not that easily available as books on butterflies. But we do have some experts at TN, and some sites on internet have become really helpful, too. Let uns wait and see. Providing a bit more information in the note, e.g. on the estimated size, the kind of location the picture was taken, are always helpful. Thank you again. Looking forward to seeing more from you.
Best regards, Peter
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P.S. (2006 01 22):
After some research on the ID of your lovely “Elegant Lady”, it think it is:

Lophocampa roseata (Walker, 1868)
English common name: Rosy Aemilia

The sites:
http://www.cbif.gc.ca/spp_pages/noctuoidea/jpgs/image_e.php?image%5B%5D=108209.jpg%2CLophocampa+argentata&image%5B%5D=108206.jpg%2CLophocampa+roseata

http://www.cbif.gc.ca/spp_pages/noctuoidea/provinces/bcarct_e.php

http://www.cbif.gc.ca/spp_pages/misc_moths/phps/mothindex_e.php

According distribution tables (Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, and another one), your species definitely is quite locally restricted to some places in the West
from British Colombia to Mexico (Pacific Coast):

http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/moths/usa/1857.htm

http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/distr/lepid/moths/wa/1857.htm

http://www.funet.fi/pub/sci/bio/life/insecta/lepidoptera/ditrysia/noctuoidea/arctiidae/arctiinae/lophocampa/

So I think you definitely have captured a rare bird.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing with us!
Peter

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