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Unknown Moth

Unknown Moth
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Copyright: Ricardo A Palonsky (RAP) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon Powershot Pro1
Exposure: f/4, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Lepidoptera: Butterflies and Moths, My personal butterflies, 50-60 Puntos (chapter 6), Beautiful Moths, Bellas Polillas, Belles Mites... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-12-04 3:57
Viewed: 6760
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 58
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Unknown Moth

A new species of moth without identification.

I have only been able to find it in 2 opportunities and both grasp to high grass and hides of sun.

Its length is of approx 20mm. and its more outstanding characteristic, is semi transparency of part of its wings.

Another one of the things that to me the called attention, was their short antennas and of an unusual thickness for this type of insects, oriented in parallel form for ahead.

The image is not blurred nor outside focus... is the effect that produces the texture of its wings and the transparencies of the same ones.

If some of the TN friends has knowledge about this genus, the information will be welcome.

(Translate of Babel Fish)

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Interesting shot! The trasparency on the flies is very nice!

Interesting shot, I first thought the focus was soft and then I reallized that he's transparent.
well done

Ricardo, you have a good one here. The transparant wings are very unusual. Nice colours and detail. Good post. Pity it is not Id'd

A very beautiful moth Ricardo. Its a mystery to me.I've not seen anything like it.I'd be interested to find out more too.
Thanks for showing it to us.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2004-12-04 13:39]

Great picture Ricardo! Transparent moth is perfectly captured and astounding. But stalk of grass is halftransparent, too and light-sruck and I like this effect very much.

Don't know what species this is, but it's definitely interesting with the transparent patches on the wings. We've seen see-through butterflies, but I think this is a first for moths ;-))
The eyes look very similar to the eyes we find on the all-white ones we get around here, so maybe a relative of those.
Nice and sharp capture, good diagonal.

Increibles las transparencias que has obtenido con el contraluz. Las plantas estan muy bien, pero la doble transparencia de planta+ala ya es rizar el rizo, y se distingue perfectamente. La simetria diagonal es casi perfecta. Una foto muy divertida de ver.

Very interesting capture Ricardo. I have never seen anything like this one - not even on a picture. Looks like it is of the same family as the glass-wings (which it is not of course). You are right about the lenght and thikness of the antennas - strange.

Very good Ricardo.
You have find a new strange fly. Never seen this before.
Nice colours . good details adn composition.
Great work.

Congrats to 3000 points my friend.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-12-04 23:51]

Very interesting and pleasing! The DOF and detail is excellent. The colors are also great.

Well done and thanks for posting

Ricardo, It's late so this is short! Wonderful capture, excellent job with this!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-12-05 5:10]

Amazing moth Ricardo. I have no idea what is is but would love to know. If you find out please tell me. Great shot, I like the way the clear sections of hte wings appear to optically distort the background. Good work.

Points tomorrow.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-05 16:07]

Ricardo, acho fantástico o fato de você achar tanta variedade de inseto. Gostei das cores do inseto, da nitidez e da composição.

Belo trabalho.


It's a beautifull specimen, Ricardo. The quality of this photo allows us to see it in all it's splendour. The backlight adds a nice touch to it. Never seen this one before. Thank for sharing.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-12-06 9:32]

Maravilloso, Ricardo. El ángulo de grabación nos permite apreciar la transparencia de las alas. Gran finura en los detalles. Buena composición y una buena nota.

Amazing moth, and beautiful shot, It is so interesting and I am sure that it should be a sample of camouflage. I am wondering if it does not try to look like a splash of color on the leaf.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-12-12 16:14]

Hi Ricardo
A lovely moth, well camouflaged, I love the transluscent patches, it helps him to appear less obvious to predators!
I shot more than 1600 pics, and still have not finished the 1800 from Kruger shot in Sept, so, you might be surprised by what gets posted.

The clear wings are certainly an interesting feature of this moth. It appears no one has been able to identify it yet either. You have done well with the macro here and the green gives the image a living feel

Hi Ricardo,
I had a look into your beautiful archive, wow, that's what I love. So many wonderful and interesting insects, all excellent.
This moth I like so much because of the glass-wings. I was so impressed to see a Glasswing-butterfly, to see now a moth with this wonderful wings is so phantastic.
Thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Ricardo,
very interesting moth captured in a very beautiful light that higlights some scales in a magnificent three dimensional way. Stunning to see the transparent windows in between the strong contour dissolving markings that makes the moth almost disappear. Composition is straight and clear.
Great document. Thank you!
Best regards,

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  • limier Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 14 N: 235] (1055)
  • [2006-07-27 10:59]

So beautiful and strange moth Ricardo
Nice macro shot with details and beautiful colors.
I like the wing that is i can see well are filmy.
TFS and see you

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  • Etka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 95 W: 0 N: 59] (514)
  • [2006-08-02 8:28]

Bardzo ciekawy obiekt. Rewelacyjne detale i kolory.


Transparent wings on a moth! Incredible! This post really does help us to learn about nature!

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  • yllen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 230 W: 0 N: 16] (641)
  • [2006-08-27 19:01]

Hola Ricardo:
Espectacular toma de esta hermosa polilla. Yo tampoco la conozco, pero me encantò. Muy buenos colores y el encuadre en forma oblicua. Felicitaciones.

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  • tjasa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 100 W: 0 N: 84] (602)
  • [2006-09-01 15:34]

Hey Ricardo!
Very interesting animal! Nice transparent
wings with some collour, I like that you can see through!
Excellent catch and fantastic work!

Hello Ricardo,
Interesting moth. Partially transparent wings and metallic color, never seen before. Very fine picture with all perfect settings. TFS.

This is a great capture.
It is so GLOSSY & so transparent in some spots that it
"appears" to be out of focus.
Great Take.
Well registered.
Very well composed.
Best reagds, Mario.

Hola Ricardo:.

Increible polilla....pocas veces se ven mariposas nocturnas con espacios transparentes tangrandes en las alas.

Creo que estas confundiendo las antenas....en la foto se ve en frente de la cabeza el primer par de patas que sale largo hacia adelante, y los palpos labiales del insecto (mas cortos) justo en la mitad que salen tambien hacia adelante.Las antenas son de color marrón claro (el primer segmento de la antena es mas robusto y de color blanco), están acomodadas hacia atras, justo sobre el torax y pasando en medio de las dos alas hasta llegar al abdomen.


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  • MARIEL (18)
  • [2012-04-20 15:03]

Wow! Me encantó! Alas transparentes nunca vi! Adoro los insectos, arácnidos etc. Bravo!

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