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Moth #9 (B. joviana)

Moth #9 (B. joviana)
Photo Information
Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is, Canon 500D Close-up Lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths from Thailand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-03-15 10:03
Viewed: 3720
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My last few days post are from old file. This one also from last year. The are two patches of red color on the back of this moth may be blood or something else that I have no idea.
Help for ID is needed here.
Thanks for visiting.

18 March 2007
Thanks to Osmeterium (Dmitry Gavryushin) and Batu (Peter Roos) in helping with ID.

Class: Insecta (Insects)
Subclass: Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Genus: Parallelia
Species: P. joviana, Stoll 1782

Owlet Moth (Noctuid)
Any of numerous (more than 20,000 species), usually dull-colored night-flying moths of the family Noctuidae, having a well-developed proboscis for sucking nectar and larvae such as the cutworms and armyworms that are destructive to young trees and other crops.


16 January 2012

New information - I found that the genus Bastilla is more acceptable than Parallelia.

Genus: Bastilla
Species: B. joviana

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To batu: Thank you for the ID of Parallelia jovianajcoowanitwong 1 03-18 11:13
To Osmeterium: Thank you for helping with IDjcoowanitwong 1 03-18 11:09
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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-03-15 11:03]

Hello Jitti,
Excellent close up.I liked POV,harmonious colors,celar details,sharpness and cross framing a lot.

Hello Jitti,

I think it's an owlet moth, Bastilla joviana (Stoll, 1782) (Noctuidae, Catocalinae). It's also referred to as Parallelia or Dysgonia. This generic complex is treated in the following article:

Jeremy D. Holloway and Scott E. Miller (2003). The composition, generic placement and host-plant relationships of the joviana-group in the Parallelia generic complex (Lepidoptera : Noctuidae, Catocalinae). Invertebrate Systematics, 17(1): 111 - 128

Best regards,

Bonjour Jitti
Belle présentation et belle prise en macro avec ce joli papillon ,les couleurs et la nettetée sont très bonnes, belle composition .
Au revoir et félicitation ....JP

This moth has interesting designs and colours on its wings, JC.
The ID of this insect would be of considerable importance since it looks like a unique moth to me.

Hello Jitti
Very nice shot of this Moth,
Excellent sharpness and colors,


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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-15 13:04]
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Hello Jitti,
I think this is Parallelia joviana. It is figured in H.S. Barlow (1982) An introduction to the moths of South East Asia. - The Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur.
Best wishes, Peter
... I see that Dmitry 'Osmeterium' came to the same conclusion!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-03-15 14:57]

Hello Jitti,
Even if a moth is in general less colourful than a butterfly, they have often very subtle colours and patterns, which I appreciate a lot. So thank's to bring also these more discreet insects.
Best regards

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-15 16:31]

Hello Jitti,
Fine sharp portrai of a somewhat worn Owlet Moth, and interesting noctuid.Nice composition.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-03-16 9:42]

Hi Jitti.
Amazing BG and excellent picture of this moth. All components of the photo are really perfect: saturation of the colour, impressive lighting, tremendous details and sharpness, magnification ratio and so on. Bravo, my friend. Skillfully done job. TFS and best wishes.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-16 14:05]

Hello JItti,
Excellent shot of this moth with fascinating patterns on the wings. Great sharpness and nice colours although it is a bit worn. Nice composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-03-17 10:15]

Hello Jitti !
I like this picture very much ! Excellent details and textures on the butterfly, beautiful composition and POV, nice colors and excellent use of your flash. I also like the wood BG. Very well done !

Hola Jitti,
Buenos detalles con gran definición y excelente luz. Saludos

Hello JC,
Lovely butterfly captured with good details!
Good point of view and unusual background, rich colours and the macro work is skilfully done!
Pablo -

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-03 22:51]
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Hi Jitti

A great macro of this splendid moth with the intricate and interesting markings looking like a dried out leave on a lovely matching wooden BG.

You captured the insect with amazing details and presented it with well saturated colours. The exposure was ably managed and you made good use of the fill-in flash resulting in excellent contrasts. The evenly coloured BG compliments the subject very well.

Good work and TFS.

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