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Rothschildia lebeau

Rothschildia lebeau
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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: 2010-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon SX 110 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): South American Moths [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-10-15 18:40
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Rothschildia lebeau (Guérin-Méneville, 1868)

When I walk with my son, we always find some insects quite uniques. When we found this huge moth, we thought we were seeing an "Atlas" (attacus atlas), but after investigating, we learned that this is one of her "more small" cousins living here in Venezuela!

The history of this picture is rather curious. We reached this moth thanks to some friends who live in a reforestation camp, knowing I like take pictures of insects, tell us that earlier in the morning had seen a "huge moth" resting on plants near a replay signals station TV located at the top of the mountains. We had to walk two hours through forested path uphill to reach the station and find this moth! ... Fortunately, the moth was in the same place that told us our friends!

This picture also I have to thank my dear son, I had never walked the extra distance alone! My son practically "dragged me" up this moth! ... I still hurt my calf muscles!... ha ha ha :) What a hike!

Thanks by stop and visit!


Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Class: Insecta (Insects)
Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon: (Moths)
Superfamily: Bombycoidea
Family: Saturniidae (Giant Silkworm and Royal Moths)
Subfamily: Saturniinae (Silkmoths)
Tribe: Attacini
Genus: Rothschildia
Species: Lebeau (Guérin-Méneville, 1868)


Identification: Wings are reddish brown with an olive tinge. Upperside of forewing has large clear spots that touch or pass through the postmedian band. Postmedian band on each wing is irregular with a narrow white band.

Adults emerge in the early evening, and mating occurs from about 10 PM to midnight. Egg-laying begins the following evening and continues over several nights, with the females laying eggs in rows of 3-6 on the host plants. Young caterpillars feed in groups while older ones are solitary feeders. The cocoon hangs on a twig during the winter, attached by a strong silken stem.

Caterpillar hosts: A wide range of native and introduced plants including lime prickly ash (Zanthoxylum fagara), Mexican ash (Fraxinus berlandieriana), willow (Salix), peach (Prunus persica), citrus (Citrus), and acacia (Acacia).

Adult food:Adults do not feed.

Make: Canon
Model: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Software: GIMP 2.4.3
Exposure Time: 1/251
F-Stop: f/3.5
ISO Speed Ratings: 100
Focal Length: 6000/1000 mm
Date Taken: 2010-10-12 13:37
Metering Mode: Center Weighted Average
Flash: Flash fired
File Size: 292 kb

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That a really unique moth! Great colour, and focus! Well done!

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-10-15 22:58]

Hello Jesus
Superb moth! Thanks for sharing

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-10-15 23:48]

Hello Jesus.
Excellent sharp and clear detail. The colours are fantastic. Well composed and nicely exposed. Great framing and notes.
Best regards Siggi

Jésus,que nos ofrecen una hermosa mariposa, y creo que es raro! Gracias por sus terneros que han tomado el lugar correcto. Felicidades y gracias.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-16 2:06]

Hello Jesus,
I can walk for a month here, but shall never find such a splendid moth like this one. What a beauty! The colours are fascinating and the sharpness and details are excellent. Good POV, DOF, OOF BG and composition.

Hello Jesus,
Outstanding colours and details. Very good sharpness, focus and clarity.
What interesting colours and composition.

Hola Jesús
fascinating tropical butterfly species. it is so beautiful. you nicely met it when you walk with your son and captured it nicely. focus, POV, composition and colors very nice. also composition beautiful. gracias y saludos amigo

Acostumbrado a lo que estoy, uno se pregunta si esta maravilla es real !
Rarísimo, bellísimo y espectacular juego de colores que captaste bien, donde
me sorprenden los rosa por lo mismo.
Buena luz y encuadre.
Abrazo Jesús.

Hi Jesus,

Very very interesting and a kind of majestic!
colors, size and especially the fascinating patterns.
You live in a very glorious.
Point of view in terms of quality and an excellent shot.
Congratulations, TFS

Best Regards,

Ciao Jesus, fantasrica bellezza, magnifica falena nitidamente ripresa con dettagli strepitosi, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

hello jesus
beautiful shot thanks to your son
nice colours and details

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-16 11:27]
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Hola Jesús,
Most Silkmoths are spectacular and this species is no exception!
A fine capture of a male Rothschildia lebeau.resting with open wings.
The dorsal POV shows his features with excellent sharpness and natural colours against a pleasing leafy BG.
If you find a female and let her lay eggs. Silkmoths are is easy to breed and the caterpillars are very impressive and nice for your son to see!
Thanks and have a good weekend,

A picture says a thousand words, thats what the people says, and I can add... just read the Jesus story and you know the complete book! Bravo Jesus, a human touch in your notes are always simple and interesting to read. That is the best way to remember certain species. Presented like a hero in a story this colorful moth will stay in my mind for a long time. Thank you my friend! Regards to you and your son!
George Veltchev

hello Jesus
this is a super picture
beautiful colours and great sharpness
super good
greeting lou

Hola Jesus

Bueno pues a valido la pena hacer esa larga caminata para tomar esta instantanea, de esta polilla que realmente parece un atlas, preciosos colores y perfecta composición.

Un saludo de Antonio

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-17 9:47]

Hello Jesuis,
How marvellous to be able to see this spectacular large Moth in the wild! Your capture is fantastic showing excellent sharpness and beautiful light and colours. A fine green leafy background too.
TFS and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 155 W: 8 N: 540] (3302)
  • [2010-10-27 17:40]

Espécie exuberante muito bem fotografada. Grande nitidez e ótimas cores.
Até a próxima.

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