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Moth #4 (Euproctis)

Moth #4 (Euproctis)
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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: 2006-08-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/8, 1/160 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths from Thailand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-10-16 3:55
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Points: 24
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To follow yesterday post this is another Arctiidae family. Found in Sarika area of Nakorn Nayok Province.
The exact species need help from our friends here at TN.

16 Oct. 2006
Thanks to our friend Osmeterium (Dimitry Gavryushin)that corrected my mistake.

Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Superfamily: Noctuoidea
Family: Lymantriidae
Genus: Euproctis

Lymantriidae is a family of moths with about 350 known genera and 2700 known species found all over the world, in every continent except Antarctica. They are particularly concentrated in tropical Africa, India, Southeast Asia and South America; one estimate lists 258 species in Madagascar alone (Schaefer, 1989). Those nearby islands that do not host Lymantriids include New Zealand, the Antilles, Hawaii, and New Caledonia (Schaefer , 1989)

They usually have muted colours (browns and greys), although some are white, and tend to be very hairy. Some females are flightless, and some have reduced wings. Usually the females have a large tuft at the end of the abdomen. The males, at least, have tympanal organs (Scoble, 1995). They are mostly nocturnal, but Schaefer (1989) lists 20 confirmed diurnal species and 20 more likely diurnal species (based on reduced eye size).

The larvae are also hairy, often with hairs packed in tufts, and in many species the hairs break off very easily and are extremely irritating to the skin (especially members of the genus Euproctis; Schaefer, 1989). This highly effective defence serves the moth throughout its life cycle as the hairs are incorporated into the cocoon, from where they are collected and stored by the emerging adult female at the tip of the abdomen and used to camouflage and protect the eggs as they are laid. In others, the eggs are covered by a froth that soon hardens, or are camouflaged by material the feamle collects and sticks to them (Schaefer, 1989). In the larvae of some species, hairs are gathered in dense tufts along the back and this gives them the common name of tussocks.
"Lymantria" means destroyer, and several species are important defoliators of forest trees, including the gypsy moth Lymantria dispar, the douglas-fir tussock moth Orgyia pseudostugata, and the nun moth Lymantria monacha.
(From: Wikipedia)

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-16 4:42]

Hello Jitti,
Wonderful close up.Details,POV,colors,dark BG,contrast and composition are excellent.

Hello jitti,

It's a tussock moth (Lymantriidae), Euproctis sp., probably E. varians.

Best regards,

Very interesting hairy moth, JC. I hope someone identifies it for you.
Very sharp and colourful image. I guess you have used fill flash to obtain a fine dark BG which suits the subject very well.
TFS and bye.

Hi Jitti,
Sorry, I can't help with ID but I think that you caught very sharp details ont this "moth" with excellent composition, POV and BG. I like the fact that we can see every little hair :) Nice lightning DOF and beautiful BG! Thanks,

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-10-16 9:29]

Hello Jitti,
great capture of this "destroyer". POV, details and colors are great. Very good lighting and the wonderful dark BG is a very nice contrast to the lovely yellow.
Very nice work,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-10-16 9:38]


Very nice shot of this moth. The hair on its body is impressive.
Very nice sharp details, great lighting and lovley colors.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Jitti,

excellent colors, Bg, POV DOF perfect details, very crisp, nicly composed and captured photo,

TFS Kyle

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-10-16 16:19]

Hi Jitti,
Lovely moth with lovely colors and texture. Great lighting and beautiful compostion.
Best regards, José M.

Hi Jitti,
What a beautiful composition with this gorgeous butterfly!
Excellet POV and very nice sharp details.
Lovely natural colors and tones, great contrasting BG and fine framing.
Very well done!

Bravo and TFS


hi Jetti
De très bons details ainsi que de belles couleurs et une jolie texture dans les ailes de ce beau papillon.il ressort bien sur le BG foncé.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Hello JC,
A good capture of this hairy guy!
You captuire the details well, and the insect stands out well against the dark background...
Well composed presentation!
Pablo -

hi jitti
les papillons de nuit sont souvent delaissés pour ce de jour bien plus beaux mais celui-ci a de belle couleurs et de bons details.
c'est un beau gros plan.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-10-17 17:03]

hehe, you've kept this hairy "monster" in secret, caring of our nervous systems! Joking, of course. The shot is so sharp, that it's much better than if it was in front of us in reality...

  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-10-23 9:55]

Curious thing this lymantria euproctis, good picture and thank you very much for the information given.

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