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Emperor Moth

Emperor Moth
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Copyright: Chris Jonko (Christopher_PL) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 362 W: 52 N: 755] (2685)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Konica Minolta DiMAGE A2
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/100 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): European Butterflies and Moths. [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-09 6:16
Viewed: 3599
Points: 12
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Saturnia pavonia - family Saturnidae.

Yesterday I've posted the picture of male of this fantastic specie. Today is time for female ;-D
It looks really great. It's not very hard to find the females at large - the body are very fat so they're rather poor in the fly ;-)
I've seen quite small and quite large butterflies of these specie - this one preents quite big moth.

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  • phlr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
  • [2006-04-09 6:43]

Simply beautiful!
Excellent photo of this big moth!
Perfect on detais and colours!
Very good DOF!
5* photo!
Very rare in Portugal.
Keep on going and TFS!

Wow, Christopher,
this moth is wonderful, I love it.
You can be proud of this beautiful shot and that you had this amazing experience to see such a pretty insect.
Thanks for sharing
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Piekny motyl. Szkoda, ze troszke nieostry - zwlaszcza na prawym skrzydle.

Hello Christopher,

Great picture of this saturnidae! I like the surrounding too! The light is perfect. The only thing is that the right wing is not as in focus than the left wing. But as I said, it is a great picture!
Thanks for sharing..


Hi Christopher,
very nice presentation of Pavonia, good to see they are out again. It looks very fresh, obviously just emerged from the chrysalis. The fluffy, furry appearance is very well presented, as well as the amazing eye mimicry, keeping second pair of hidden signal "weapons" available - just in case two eyes are not enough to chase a bird or a marten away.
Pretty shot. Thanks and regards,

wonderful - I have had the fortune to be able to post the male ofthis species, but it was the only one I have ever come across and it seems that not many other people come across them either given they are day time moths.

although not totally sharp or completely in focus this shows more than enought detail for someone to be able to recongise it and somethimes that is all that counts.


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