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ID Please...

ID Please...
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Copyright: Narayanan Ganesan (gannu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-03
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-04 1:34
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Can some one give me some idea about this. I was walking back home in the morning and saw this insect hanging on a grass. I first thought it to be an leaf and then realised it otherwise. I plucked out the grass and then observed this closely. Realised it is somesort of butterfly not yet developed or probably waiting for the release into this world. I put that on my car to call my son.. Phew within seconds it spread out its wings (pic 2) and then flew away. I could not take any more picture. Can someone help me please...

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Focal length 180mm
Highlight adjustment done
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Hi Ganesh
I don't know the name but I'm sure it is a MOTH and not a butterfly. Moths are often covered in hairs like this. It certainly has a good camouflage to live on a tree.
Your first photo is good, and it is interesting to see the antennae spread upwards as it begins to fly away.

Hi Ganesh,
The anatomy suggests its a kind of Hawk moth! good capture

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-04 6:55]

Hello Ganesh,
This is a species of moth and could either belong to the family Notodontiidae, Lasiocampiidae or Lymantriidae.
That is all I can do to help you with the ID but it isn't much. otherwise both images give a fine presentation of the species and should enble an expert on the moths of India to give you the ID.
TFS and best regards,

Hi Narayanan,
Very interesting the diptic you present us.
I like the possibility to know how it looks like when in rest and when ready to flight.
I'm sorry I cant help with the ID.
Well done and thanks for share.
My best regards,

  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2008-08-04 10:45]

hi ganesh,
there are more moth species than butterflies. more than half of them yet be identified. this could be one of them. but thankyou for your documentation work. this could be help ful if somebody gets the ID. i have captured one like this but with different coloration in lalbagh. let me find it in my files and post it soon. tfs.

Hola Narayanan,
Buena presentación de esta polilla que nos muestras con mucho detalle, curiosas antenas, siento no poder ayudarte en la ID, saludos
José Ramón

Buen documento, luces y colores pero solamente en la toma de la parte izquierda jeje.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi

Nice shot and perhaps looks like a moth family as mentioned by experts. Vignesh

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  • san Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 23] (166)
  • [2008-08-05 3:10]

Hello Gannu
Looks like family of moth. But difficult to point out. May be someone can identify. Good work. SAN

hello ganesan,

i am back from vacation of two weeks, This insect looks like some hawk moth but i am not sure about the species. The first picture looks better then the second one, adding to the dof value could have resulted in better results,

Keep on shooting
tfs & regards

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