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Handmaiden Moth

Handmaiden Moth
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma EX 105mm F2.8 DG Macro, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-27 7:14
Viewed: 2251
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Today I'm going to post another picture of a Handmaiden Moth native to India. I shot it last year at my native place in Himachal Pradesh.

Amata cyssea Moths, commonly known as Handmaiden Moths, are day-flying members of the Arctiidae or Tiger moth family and Subfamily Syntominae. They mimic wasps in their body and coloration. Even for a predator who does not get deterred by wasps, the occasional bright body colors usually advertise a bad taste, so Handmaidens flourish.

The genitalia are asymmetric in both sexes. In the male the tegumen has prominent lateral lobes. The valves have strong, curved, asymmetric processes from the base of the costa and are themselves asymmetric. The aedeagus vesica contains a row (or rows if it has more than one lobe) of small cornuti, some of which can become very long. In the female genitalia the ostium is set asymmetrically between the eighth and seventh tergites.


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Interesting moth and a nice composition as always.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-27 8:38]

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful moth! You took the macro from a very good POV in excellent sharpness and a nice DOF. Beautiful colours and a pleasing composition.

Hi Ram,
very nice photo of this species. Very goo point of view. Excellent details.
Have a nice Sunday,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-05-27 11:40]

Hi Ram,magnificent macro and beautiful specie,i like the wings position to see the transparencies,great details and colors too,Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

hello Ram
very good picture of this moth with good details and beautiful colours
thanks greeting lou

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-28 4:22]

Hello Ram,
Striking Moth with this interesting color-contrast and patterns of wings. We have some species of Sediidae which look a little bit resembling. The point of view was quite difficult, you did well.
Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2012-05-29 11:29]

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful Moth and a well-timed capture that shows details and the transparency of the wings very clearly. Lovely colours too against a light background.
Many thanksk and best regards, Ulla

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