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Utetheisa ornatrix

Utetheisa ornatrix
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Copyright: Jesus Linares (jlinaresp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1303 W: 56 N: 4023] (17292)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP565 UZ
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-28 16:47
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Utetheisa ornatrix - Rattlebox Moth - Hodges#8105-06

Yesterday I went to walk away from my garden ... so this moth was in a meadow near my home!

I think that is the prime time I posting a moth in TN! But this moth can not go unnoticed, it has pretty colors and is not quiet like most moths, on the contrary, it feeds on flowers in full sun!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class: Insecta (Insects)
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon: (Moths)
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Erebidae
Subfamily: Arctiinae (Tiger and Lichen Moths)
Tribe: Arctiini (Tiger Moths)
Subtribe: Callimorphina
Genus: Utetheisa
Species: ornatrix (Rattlebox Moth - Hodges#8105-06)

Other Common Names:
Bella Moth
Ornate Moth

Synonyms and other taxonomic changes:
Utetheisa ornatrix and Utetheisa bella were formerly considered separate species, now lumped together under U. ornatrix.

Size: wingspan 30-45 mm, larvae to 35 mm

Adult: forewing variably pink or yellow with rows of white-ringed black spots in widespread bella subspecies, more whitish with sparse black spots and a washed out look in ornatrix subspecies (S. FL & S. TX).
hindwing pink with uneven black border
Larva: orangish-brown with broad irregular black bands on each segment, and distinct white spots on anterior and posterior margins of black bands

mostly Eastern North America: Nova Scotia to Florida, west to Arizona, north to Minnesota and Ontario
also occurs south through Central America to northern South America.

Fields, edges of forests; adults fly during the day

Larvae feed predominantly on legumes in the genus Crotalaria, commonly called Rattlebox; occasional hosts included bush-clover (Lespedeza spp.), elm, cherry, fireweed, lupine, Sweetgale (Myrica gale)

Life Cycle:
Larvae feed on plants of the genus Crotalaria (family Fabaceae) which contain poisonous pyrrolizidine alkaloids, and are able to store the chemicals systemically, retaining them through metamorphosis into the adult stage. At mating, the male transfers a substantial fraction of his alkaloidal load to the female with the sperm package (spermatophore). The gift is transmitted by the female in part to the eggs, together with a supplement of her own alkaloidal supply. All developmental stages of Utetheisa are protected by the alkaloid, the larvae and adults against spiders, and the eggs are avoided by ants and coccinellid beetles. The spermatophore is of substantial size, amounting on average to over 10% of male body mass. It also contains nutrient, which the female invests in egg production. Females mate on average with four to five males over their lifespan of 3 to 4 weeks.

The mostly pink or yellow "bella" form is common and widespread, whereas the paler "ornatrix" form is restricted to southern Florida and southern Texas

For more INFO: (Utetheisa ornatrix)

About this shot:
-ISO 64, White Balance set to "Sunny".
-Custom settings (-1 saturation & +1 sharp)
-Macro mode (Auto focus)
-2.5X Optical zoom

Model: SP565UZ
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 10/8000 sec
F-Stop: f/5.0
ISO Speed Ratings: 64
Focal Length: 977/100 mm
Date Taken: 2010-06-27 10:06
Metering Mode: Spot
Light Source: Fine weather
Flash: Flash did not fire
File Size: 195 kb

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Otra magnifica fotografia. Ideal una vista lateral.


Hola Jesús

Fantastico, otro insecto que no había visto, parecido a "Zygaena viciae", pero con colores más suaves.

perfecta como siempre.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-28 21:21]

Hi Jesus,
Splendid photo, great ligts and colors, very good sharpness and fine details of this interesting Moth species, TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-28 23:57]

Hello Jesus
What a great picture of this moth. The details are excellent . Great DOF and sharpness as well.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Jesus. Ottima DOF e sharp impressionante. La migliore gestioen della luce con brillanti colori. Mai vista. TFS amico mio!


A pretty Bella moth, Jesus. Even I posted a Moth from India today.
The top point of view show-cases the colours and patterns on the wings of this Moth very effectively.
It is good to move out of your own garden occasionally and capture beauties like this.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-29 9:02]

Ciao Jesus,ogni giorno una nuova sorpresa,ma questa è davvero eccezzionale.Che bellissima falena ma soprattutto che grandissima macro,queste sono le foto più difficili e tu l'hai ottenuta come meglio nn si potesse.Grandissimi dettagli e colori!! Buona serata,Luciano

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-29 11:07]

Hello Jesus,
Very fine colored Rattlebox-Moth (what a name!)which you show us here. I like the tight framing you have chosen for it. I see that you have quite opportunities between garden and fields to find something interesting.
Thanks also for your suggestion for my creature. I didn't think about aphids, but I think you might be right.
Thanks so much
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-06-29 11:07]

Hello Jesus,
Yes, Moths are great and this one is a real beauty too!! I like your POV showing very fine details of the markings and colours of the wings. The background shows it up nicely too and I like your composition.
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hello Jesus,
Very good clarity and focus. Amazing details and colours.
It is a great capture.

Supongo que algún día ya te dije que me gustan los formatos horizontales; la verdad que presentar y encuadrar los verticales me gusta poco.
Nos presentas otra belleza ( al final me voy a ir por esas tierras ) que nos ponen los dientes largos. Tengo una parecida pero solo en blanco, a ver si la cuelgo un día.

La verdad es que era difícil plasmar las texturas con esos blancos pero lo volviste a conseguir; no es una de tus obras maestras en luz, aunque superando de muy largo a la mayoría de las que aquí se publican, y mira que últimamente estamos viendo bellezas.

Gracias de nuevo por tu piropo a mi foto.

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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