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Owlet Moth

Owlet Moth
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/4, 1/140 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-22 11:22
Viewed: 5078
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Thanks to peter for identifying the species for me.

The Noctuidae or Owlets are a family of robustly-built moths with more than 35,000 known species [possibly 100,000 in the family]. Most have drab forewings, although some have brightly coloured hindwings. There are usually few differences between the sexes. The overwhelming majority of noctuids fly at night and are almost invariably strongly attracted to light. Many are also attracted to sugar and nectar-rich flowers.

Some of the family are preyed upon by bats. However, these members have developed an evasive system whereby upon hearing the high pitched note which is emmitted by the bat to locate its prey, a tiny organ in the ear sends muscles in the wings into spasm - causing the moth to dart around erratically. This random movement has the effect of evading the incoming bat.

Several species have larvae (caterpillars) that live in the soil and are agricultural or horticultural pests. These are the "cutworms" that eat the bases of young brassicas and lettuces. They form hard, shiny pupae. Most noctuid larvae feed at night, resting in the soil or in a crevice in its food plant during the day.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-22 11:49]

Hello Pankaj,
This is a nice sharp and well-composed presentation of a Noctuid moth in fresh condition, but I can't give you a more precise ID, I'm afraid.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 67 N: 645] (6814)
  • [2007-03-22 12:26]

Belle présentation bien mise en page. Le fond donne un bon contraste avec le papillon.
Bonne journée.

Hi Pankaj
Can't give you the ID either.
Interesting content though.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-03-22 12:56]

Hello Pankaj,
you show an interesting noctuide moth with a unique wing colour pattern which is clearly presented in its details. Well focused and sharp.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-03-22 13:38]

Hello Pankaj,
Very nicely captured moth on the green leaf. Excellent details of the interesting pattern. A very nice composition!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

Hi Pankaj,
Picture is very nice and the species as well. But you should have cropped till the leaf, in PS. the outside white patches are disturbing to the eyes. Nice fiding of the moth under leaf.

Hi Pankaj, I don't know the name, but it's wonderful, great macro with splendid colors and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Peter has identified the moth for you, Pankaj. He is so dependable, isn't he?
Moths have their own kind of antennae, and this one you have shot has very special ones. The patterns on its wings are quite interesting.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-03-23 5:28]

Hola Pankaj,
buena macro, interesante pov,
colorida moth, bella textura...
saludos, TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-03-23 11:27]

Hi Pankaj
This moth has a beautiful and very interesting pattern on its wings.
Wonderful details and colors.
My compliments and best wishes

The colours are very distinct, lots of fine detail...
Well done..

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-25 0:24]

Hello Pankaj

A well composed shot with excellent focus and sharp details and textures.Nice deep green colour saturation.TFS


bravo, belle présentation, excellents détails
bien vu, bonne réussite

Fuerte y agradable el contraste entre la hoja y el insecto. Perfecta nitidez en esta macro.
Un saludo Pankaj, JL.

Hola Pankaj,
Aunque el modelo no sea muy vistoso, la foto sí es bonita, la nitidez, la luz y el contraste del color hacen una foto muy agradable. Un cordial saludo

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-03-30 18:08]

Hello Pankaj,
looks big this moth, and what fabulous details on those wings. Would be interestin seen a spread wing shot of this one. Very nice composition with nice colors and good sharpness.

Excellent depth of field and Positioning Pankaj!
I feel I could touch that moth.
Wonderful color and composition!


Hello Pankaj Bhai,
Happy Deepawali. Beautiful rare photograph of this incredible insect. TFS.

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