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Moth #13 (D. militaris)

Moth #13 (D. militaris)
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-17
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is, Canon 500D Close-up Lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths from Thailand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-17 8:50
Viewed: 4125
Points: 40
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Around 7 AM this morning, I was looking for butterfly and insect in the vicinity of my place in Nakon Nayok. This bright yellow moth was lapping for minerals or water in the middle of the side road. This was my first time to see this moth. I took several picture with excitement. I have to apologize for this unsightly picture. The moth is OK but you also see two species of flies here. If you look closely you also see a dead frog that attracted these flies.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
(unranked) Macrolepidoptera
Superfamily: Geometroidea
Family: Geometridae
Subfamily: Geometrinae (emeralds)
Species: Dysphania militaris
Common name: False tiger moth
Thai common name: ผีเสื้อทองเฉียงพร้า
Geographic Range: S.E. Asia

About Geometridae from Wikipedia

Many Geometrids have slender abdomens and broad wings which are usually held flat with the hindwings visible. As such they appear rather butterfly-like but in most respects they are typical moths: the majority fly at night, they possess a frenulum to link the wings and the antennae of the males are often feathered. They tend to blend in to the background, often with intricate, wavy patterns on their wings. In some species, females have reduced wings (e.g. winter moth and fall cankerworm).

Most are of moderate size, about 3 cm across but a range of sizes occur. They have distinctive paired tympanal organs at the base of the abdomen (lacking in flightless females).

The name Geometer (earth-measurer) refers to the means of locomotion of the larvae or caterpillars, which lack most of the prolegs of other Lepidopteran caterpillars. Equipped with appendages at both ends of the body, a caterpillar will clasp with its front legs and draw up the hind end, then clasp with the hind end (prolegs) and reach out for a new front attachment - creating the impression that it is measuring its journey. The caterpillars are accordingly called loopers, spanworms, or inchworms. They tend to be green, grey, or brownish and hide from predators by fading into the background or resembling twigs. Some have humps or filaments (see Filament-bearer image). They are seldom hairy or gregarious. Typically they eat leaves. However, some eat lichen, flowers or pollen. Some, such as the Eupithecia, are even carnivorous.

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  • Bufo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 404 W: 69 N: 951] (4247)
  • [2007-06-17 9:03]

Hello Jitti,
what a beautiful moth. Never seen something like that.
It hurts to see the dead frog. But dead supports life!

Hello Jitti
What a great moment to shoot,
Fantastic colors and sharpness,
Perfect details,lighting and DOF,
Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2007-06-17 9:18]

Hi Jitti, lovely note and nice shot. The composition is very good. TFS Ganesh

Hi jitti ,

A lovely moth , never seen this before and this is what makes trecknature the place to check in daily coz here we not only see different insects but the presentation and composition which is great and perfect as in this pic.



It is an impressing looking moth, just beautiful. And you captured in a strange composition, with life and death around :)
Nice use of flash and very good DOF.
Thanks and regards.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-17 10:03]

Hi Jitti.
This moth is really amazing with beautiful colors.He looks like butterfly.Very good details and fantastic contrasty colors on this moth.Very good capture and well composed.Thanks for your informative note too.Dead frog is good camouflaged.
TFS,with greeting Milos.

Wow Jitti,
What a superb little one! I like its colors very much and you caught excellent details. This environment is very special with those living and dead creature. This is quite unique! Well done and thanks,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-17 11:30]

Hi Jitti,
This is a really beautiful moth with amazing colour and wing shape! Excellent details, colours and exposure.
TFS, Josť M.

A rather busy "side road", JC :-)!
However, notwithstanding the presence of other creatures (deal or alive) within the frame, the rich colours of the moth rivet the attention entirely on the main subject.
In fact, this moth is as atttractive as any butterfly and you have done a great job of capturing the colours and patterns on its wings and abdomen.
TFS and regards.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-06-17 21:49]

Hi Jitti,

What a beautiful moth! I didn't know they could be that pretty. The yellow and black is wonderful. Nice sharp details. I just wish you had cropped out the frog - hate looking at that.


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-06-17 22:46]

Hello Jitti

A wonderful shot full of life and death in nature.The butterfly is super,with excellent details and colour saturation.Nicely done.TFS


An interesting collection of fauna Jitti.
Dead frog, flies and a golden moth, what a mixture!
Well done


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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-18 8:57]

Hi Jitti,
and I thought I had found a colorful moth, yet you topped me on this one with this wonderful capture.
Great shot, details are wonderful crisp and sharp.
Nice BG colors for this colorful moth.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-18 13:04]
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Hi Jitti.
What a great specimen you managed to photograph. Amazing moth and superb its image. Colour and detail reproduction is perfect as well as the reflection of the ground. Very impressive combination. I also like flash light. It is very suitable. Only it seems to me there is a lot of free space on the right of moth. My bets regards and TFS.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-06-18 16:20]

Hello Jitti
I knew there were moths with fantastic colors, but this one is really superb! What a beauty!
Magnificent sharpness and colors.
Even if there is a dead frog you almost do not notice it. The moth is super-eye-catching.
Congratulations and TFS

Hello jitti !
What an amazing insect ! I love its colors, almost like a wasp ! It's the first time I see him. You have captured him with excellent detailsAlso a bit sad for the frog, maybe it was killed by a car, like so many other animals... Well done !

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  • demeve Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 586 W: 12 N: 1682] (6165)
  • [2007-06-19 19:37]

Hello Jitti, Fantastic shot of this beautiful butterfly, I love the yellow colors. Very sharp and colorful, great POV and composition..well done

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-06-22 6:49]

Hello Jitti,
What a wonderful moth you've captured here, it takes the attention nicely away from the rest with its bright yellow colour! Very fine sharp details and I understand your excitement!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Jitti,
that's a wonderful one, I love the colours so much. I never saw this speciman before.
Excellent shot and very interesting. Thanks.
I'm back from holidays in Italy so I missed so many shots - I'm happy I found this one ;-)
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-26 3:32]

Hi Jitti,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Moth. Such rich colours and patterns on its wings with immaculate sharpness. Spot-on focus to capture this elegant posture against the busy BG - hold it! do I see a dead frog and a few flies sitting around? I like your top POV. Superbly composed. Kudos.

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