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Saturniidae silkmoths

Saturniidae silkmoths
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Copyright: Pankaj Bajpai (pankajbajpai) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1470 W: 102 N: 4711] (16627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Exposure: f/3.1, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Chattisgarh
Theme(s): Butterflies of Asia, My Butterflies ( From Chattisgarh) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-03 10:37
Viewed: 4557
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This giant fly is so big that I was quite surprised to see it. It was sitting on earth. This shot has been takn in the night and flash has been used as it was very dark over there.

I was not aware about the species and was informed by CATACLYSTA about the identity.

The Saturniidae, collectively known as saturniids, are among the largest and most spectacular of the Lepidoptera, with an estimated 1,300 to 1,500 different described species existing worldwide Grimaldi and Engel, 2005). The Saturniidae family includes the giant silkmoths, royal moths, and emperor moths.

Adults are characterized by large size, heavy bodies covered in hair-like scales, lobed wings, reduced mouthparts, and small heads. They lack a frenulum but the hind wings overlap the forewings, producing the same function (Tuskes et al., 1996). These moths are sometimes brightly colored and often have translucent eyespots or windows on their wings. Sexual dimorphism varies by species, but males can always be distinguished by their larger, broader antennae. Most adults possess wingspans between 1 to 6 inches (2.5 to 15 cm), but some tropical species, such as the atlas moth (Attacus atlas), may boast incredible wingspans of up to 12 inches (30 cm).

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-03 11:37]
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Beautiful shot,nice colours&good POV.

  • fartash Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1013 W: 54 N: 1431] (5161)
  • [2006-11-03 12:05]
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Hello pankaj
Very nice shot of fly,
Perfect focusing and using
flash,beautiful colors.


Hi pankaj,

Exellent shot of moth
Superb sharp details, colours and POV
nice frame and good note

TFS Thijs

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-11-03 13:29]
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Hello Pankaj,
Nice capture of a Saturniid moth (Silkmoth). The fact that the flash is reflected on the right eyespots does not spoil the quality of the shot , it even makes it more interesting.
Well done, lovely to see.
Best wishes, Ivan

Beautiful moth. it is Antheraea yamamai Family: Saturniidae. Probably a female.
Best wishes

PS Small change it Antheraea pernyi not yamamai
Sorry for chaos :-)

Namaste Pankay,
it's my biggest wish to see such a gigantic moth sometime with my own eyes. Soooo beautiful and I love the metallic reflection of the spots. Excellent shot, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-03 14:01]
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Very interesting capture Pankaj of this moth with the wings with circles translucent... I have captured a specimen with the same characteristics that I have published a pair of years ago.

I like it a lot: POV, DOF, focus, sharpness, color, lighting, notes.

I like it: composition, framing, background.

I don't like it: nothing.

Very good shot.
Thanks and greetings... Ricardo

You have captured a superb specimen of this species, Pankaj. And it does look huge.
Very clear and colourful night shot with the flash light on.
Well done and keep it up.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-03 16:17]
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Good capture of the moth Pamkaj. It does look so big, and you show us the patterns so well. TFS

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-03 16:27]
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Hi Pankaj,
Wonderful moth with great colors, details, pov and pose. Earth works find as background.
TFS, Josť M.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-11-03 17:08]
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Hi Pankaj,
Beautiful shot, with sharp detail and bright vivid colours. Nice POV and very good use of the flash.

Nice POV of this beautiful large moth.
Sharpness, details and natural color. A bit pitty that you didn't take this on a very top angle so some of highlighted area on 'the eyes' of the wings appear shiny...
Anyhow it is a neat image....


Hi Pankaj
Incredible. I'm happy because this site exists. Here we can see different life from the one we have in our countries, and so well done.

Hello Pankaj!
Saturnidae is really impressive group! Most of species are so big that can be mistaken with bats! ;>
And this picture is really nice for me. I like colours, DOF and POV. Maybe the BG is not natural but on the other hand I understand that this specimen was atracted to the light :)
TFS and best greetings from Lodz,

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