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Moth #7 (C. Signata)

Moth #7 (C. Signata)
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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: 2006-11-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: canon s3 is, Canon 500D Close-up Lens
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Moths from Thailand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-23 11:31
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Last year I found this moth in daytime but inactive and seem to be in bad shape. This one also found during daytime under shade and still in good health. I am not able to identify the species yet. A help would be appreciated. Wish you all Merry Christmat and a Happy New Year.

24 Dec. 2006
Thanks Peter Roos for identification.

Order: Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily: Geometroidea
Family: Geometridae (Geometrid Moths)
Species: Celerena signata

GEOMETRIDAE: from the Greek "geo" (the earth) + "metron" (measure); refers to the larvae, which appear to be "measuring the earth" as they move.

Larvae generally have only two pairs of prolegs (at the hind end) rather than the usual five pairs in most lepidoptera; the lack of prolegs in the middle of the body necessitates the peculiar method of locomtion, drawing the hind end up to the thoracic legs to form a loop, and then extending the body forward.
The impression that it is measuring its journey is inescapable. The caterpillars are accordingly called loopers, spanworms, or inchworms.

adults usually have slender bodies and relatively large, broad forewings, often crossed by thin wavy lines; females of some species are wingless or have flightless atrophied wings
when at rest, many geometrid moths hold their wings away from the body and flat against the substrate (in contrast to most noctuid moths, which tend to fold their wings over their abdomen); some species/genera hold their wings in a characteristic position such as: flat & at right-angles to the body, or inclined 45 degrees above horizontal, or vertically over their back like a butterfly.

Celerena signata

Diagnosis: The striking grey and yellow facies is unmistakable.
Habitat preference: Lowland forest, particularly where there had been some degree of disturbance or extensive secondary forest.
Biology: Most records are at light at night, but the moth is often disturbed from vegetation in the forest understorey by day from its resting position on the lower surface of a leaf.


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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To wallhalla15: Thank youjcoowanitwong 1 12-24 07:24
To loot: Moth or Butterflyjcoowanitwong 2 12-24 07:09
To batu: Thanks for idenficationjcoowanitwong 1 12-24 05:37
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Hermoso colorido el de esta mariposa. Buena captura con un buen fondo y el uso del flash para realzar todos los detalles.
Saludos,y muchas gracias, JL

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-23 11:42]

Hi Jitti,
what a beautiful moth, the colors and details are fabulous. Very well captured, good light and very nice sharpness. Very nice composition.
Merry Christmas to you.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-23 11:43]

Hi Jitti,
You have chosen the more beautiful moth as Christmas present! Awesome colors and drawing!
Marry Christmas to you too!
José M.

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-12-23 11:46]
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Hello Jitti,
a very nice capture of this moth. Pretty good sharpness and great depth of field.
Species identification:
-- Celerena signata
-- family: Geometridae
-- subfamily: Oenochrominae
Best wishes, Peter

Hello Jitti,
This is a very colorful and wonderful capture. Congratulations, this is very nice! Thanks,

Hi Jitti,
Wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!
Good moth capture.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-23 12:20]

Hi Jitti.
I like your new very colourful and perfect done picture and shot by heart note.
Great colour palette of the shot and details of the moth. Amazing lighting and perfect reflection colour tones. Excellent BG with very good sharpness which is suitable in this case nicely. My greeting, dear friend and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-23 12:25]

Hello Jitti,
What an extraordinary moth in lovely colours and beautiful pattern. The fill flash seems to have worked really well! It looks so lovely and fragile against the dark background.
Many thanks and all the best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-23 12:35]

Hello JC,
Great capture of a colourful species of moth new to me.
This is sharp, has good DOF and is well presented and the flash has not caused too much glare on the wings.
TFS and Happy Holiday season.

bonjour jitti
merveilleux ce papillon,j'aime beaucoup sa couleur vive et la façon dont elle se dessine sur les ailes.
bonne netteté et exposition.bon POV egalement.

Hello JC,
Do you have any idea how many different species of butterfly you have photographed?
Seems like your place has an endless supply of the most attractive specimen..!
Great colours and fine details, well framed composition!
Pablo -

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-12-23 13:01]

Hello Jitti,
Very fantastic Shot and wonderful colours! Lovely composition and POV. TFS

Hello Jitti,
what a beautiful moth. Fantastic colours, lighting and great POV. Great sharpness, details and composition. Thank you for posting.

Hello Jitty, have a good holydays time!

Nice pic, really detailed.
(sorry for smiles over)

Hello Jitti,

A very nice capture! There's not much to add to the note by Peter Roos, I would only like to mention that it's a male, and the current subfamily is Desmobathrinae (within the tribe Desmobathrini).

Best regards,

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-23 14:17]

Hello Jitti

A beautiful shot of this moth.The DOF is very good and the details are razor sharp and well detailed.well composed.All the best for 2007.TFS


Bonjour Jetty
La prise est tres belle avec une jolie composition de ce beau papillon, très nette, très "pure".
les couleurs sont superbes.
bravo et merci du partage...JP
Passe de joyeuses fêtes

Wow, very beautiful moth Jitti, I like it.
Sharp & colorful, with your flash bringing out very nice detail. Well composed macro..Yep, it's a beauty! :)
Happy Holidays!

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-12-23 16:36]

Hello Jitti
What a curious and colourful moth. I had never seen the like of it, it seems like a whim of heaven. Very good job in sharpness, color and composition.
Have a nice festivity.
Best wishes

Hi Jitti
Beautiful colorful the one of this BF. Very nice capture with a good bottom and the use of the flash to heighten all the details. Greetings, and thank you very much for sharing this beauty.

  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-23 17:10]

Hello Jitti,
Very nice close up.POV,colors,contrast between BG and moth,clear details and composition are wonderful.Merry Christnas and Happy New Year!

Great looking moth Jitti
Well composed and the flash worked very well here, great sharpness from the S3.
Beautiful colour, but can't help with the ID.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-23 18:29]

Muy bella imagen JC con maravilloso punto de vista al igual que el colorido captado, gracias a la agudeza, la iluminación y el perfecto DOF.
Los tonos generados por el uso del flash brindan un efecto muy agradable a la escena.
El apropiado encuadre completa una hermosa presentación.
Mis mejores deseos para estas fiestas que se avecinan... Ricardo

Very beautiful image JC with wonderful point of view the same as the captured colors, due to the sharpness, the illumination and perfect DOF.
The tones generated by the use of the flash offer a very pleasant effect to the scene.
The appropriate framing completes a cute presentation.
My best wishes for these holidays that approach... Ricardo

FELIZ 2007!!!

Hi Jitti,
This is an amazing capture.
The colors are beatiful.
I like the background and point of view a lot.
Very well presented

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-24 4:07]
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Hi Jitti

What a beautiful and colourful 'moth' you show us. Actually, looking at the photo I am slightly confused. Isn't this really a butterfly? I ask this because of the antennae which look more like those of a butterfly than that of a moth.

Anyway it is just lovely. Stunning colours, good details, complimentary darkish BG, and good exposure control resulted in a very nice reproduction.

Good work my friend and TFS.

PS. Have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2007.

Hi Jitti,
Very interesting moth, unique yellow color.
Well focused, very nice details.
Darker BG makes it stands out even better.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-24 4:45]


What a splendid capture you have here!
The colors of this moth are simply fantastic! The pattern on its wings is most beautiful!
I really like it!
The use of flash here is very nice and the DOF is very goos,
A wonderful composition.

Bravo, TFS and Happy Holidays!

What a beautiful moth, JC! Its wings look like a yellow Indian silk sari with a light-blue border :-)! My imagination!
Lovely image with great POV, DOF and pleasant colours.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

couleurs et BG excellent
merci du partage

Marvelous moth, Jitti,
I love the glance on the wings and the beautiful colours, what a beauty.
Thanks so much and all the best for you.
Sabine - wishnugaruda

May I wish you a Happy New Year? I know your New-Years day is in April, I've been in Thailand at this time 2 yeas ago, it was great fun with all the water ;-)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-12-24 9:44]

wow amazing moth, stunning colours, great POV and sharp details



Hola Jitti,
Bellísima toma de gran nitidez y color.
Feliz navidad y un cordial saludo

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-12-25 15:38]

Hi Jitti,
What a beautiful moth you 'captured' here. Very sharp and fantastic colours. The little underexposure adds more contrast and punch to the colours [IMMO].
TFS and Happy Christmas

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2006-12-30 11:30]

Hi Jitti,
unusual butterfly, unknow species for me, good captured. Great quality of photo. I like it.
Happy New Year to You and your family!

Hello Jitti,
Nice job on this one! I very much like the gloomy mood and saturated colours of the moth. Nice details, POV and framing too.

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  • Isu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 313 W: 0 N: 21] (1663)
  • [2007-02-27 17:52]

Hola jitti coowanitwong, preciosa toma, nunca había visto un ejemplar asi, encuadre, presentación, composición y colores magníficos, enhorabuena por tu trabajo. Saludos Sira

Dear Jitti!
Probably this is my last comment of your pictures before my trip so I decided to find something from your earlier photos :)
Very nice composition with amazing moth species! Its colours are very beautiful, I have never seen any similar to this one :)
TFS and have a nice afternoon!

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