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Plume Moth

Plume Moth
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Copyright: Haraprasan Nayak (haraprasan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1570 W: 101 N: 5421] (20403)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-02-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.9, 1/121 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-09 7:43
Viewed: 4033
Points: 50
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Plume Moth (Megalorrhipida leucodactylus)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Suborder: Ditrysia
Infraorder: Apoditrysia
Superfamily: Pterophoroidea
Family: Pterophoridae
Subfamily: Pterophorinae
Tribe: Platyptiliini
Genus: Megalorrhipida
Species: leucodactylus

The Pterophoridae or plume moths are a family of Lepidoptera with unusually modified wings. Though they belong to the Apoditrysia like the larger moths and the butterflies, unlike these they are tiny and were formerly included among the assemblage called "Microlepidoptera".

The forewings of plume moths usually consist of two curved spars with more or less bedraggled bristles trailing behind. This resembles the closely related Alucitidae (many-plumed moths) at first glance, but the lazzer have a greater number of symmetrical plumes. The hindwings are similarly constructed, but have three spars. A few genera have normal lepidopteran wings.

The usual resting posture is with the wings extended laterally and narrowly rolled up. Often they resemble a piece of dried grass, and may pass unnoticed by potential predators even when resting in exposed situations in daylight. Some species have larvae which are stem- or root-borers while others are leaf-browsers.

Economically important pterophorids include the Artichoke Plume Moth (Platyptilia carduidactyla), an Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus) pest in California, while the Geranium Plume Moth (Platyptilia pica)[1] and the Snapdragon Plume Moth (Stenoptilodes antirrhina) can cause damage to the ornamental plants Garden Geranium (Pelargonium x hortorum) and Common Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), respectively. Other plume moths have been used as biological control agents against invasive plant species – Lantanophaga pusillidactyla against the shrub verbena Lantana camara, and Oidaematophorus beneficus against Mistflower (Eupatorium riparium).

Source: Wikipedia and Bugguide

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Hi Haraprasan,
Superb sharpness, interesting POV and composition and lots of colour make this a very attractive piece of work.


Hello Haraprasan
a wonderful capture of this moth, POV, sharpness, expopsure and colours are very good, very nice composition with a ggod OOF BG.
Best regards

hello Haraprasan
beautiful composition
great colours
nice details
greeting lou

Ciao Haraprasan, superb macro of wonderful moth, unusual POV, splendid details and wonderful sharpness, great colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-09 9:35]

Hello Haraprasan,
What a strange moth. Excellent sharpness, beautiful natural colours and a very nice OOF BG and composition. Original POV.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-03-09 9:52]

Hello Hjaraprasan, another unusual species and its perfect close-up shot.
TFS and G's,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-09 10:47]

Hello Haraprasan,
Excellent sharp picture of this moth. Nice detail of the colour patterns. Good contrast against the background.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-09 12:09]

Hi Haraprasan,
Lovely close up.Well caught,framed and composed.Colors,POV,BG and visual impact are excellent.
Thanks for posting.

NAMASTAY, Haraprasan,
Where on earth do you go to find such "UNHEARD" of species?
You are truly AMAZING.
Besides, the photography is simply OUTSTANDING.
It was really wonderful to have met you.
Mario with the greatest respect for you & your talents.
P.S.Beautifully written notes too.

Hi Haraprasan,

nice close up from this insect.
Good of details, dof and pov.
Beautiful colours.


Ohhhh... a strange moth species MF. You captured it perfectly from behind showing its wing details.
TFS and cheers,

Excellent shot of this interesting moth Haraprasan.
TFS and regards,

Hello Haraprasan, great short of this moth with wonderful details.
TFS and regards,

hello Haraprasan

excellent photography of the Plume Moth,
shot with fine focus by his back, suoerb focus
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


Fascinante imagen Haraprasan y de gran dificultad técnica en esta clase de insectos que resolviste de manera efectiva. Preciso enfoque, buen fondo y colores fieles.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-03-09 19:00]

Hello Haraprasan,
What an unusual looking moth, I would have thought it was some type of mosquito. Very good detail and exposure with wonderful colors. Very informative notes!!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-03-09 22:20]

Hi Haraprasan.
Amazing symmetry of the shot created by you and fine moth. Its shapes are simply amazing and you managed to reflect them brilliantly. I also like great combination of crisp sharpness of the moth, light blurriness of the plant and flower and extreme smoothness of the BG. Well done and my kind wishes.

Hi Haraprasan!

Your picture of the Plume Moth is surprising as well as pleasant. It's surprising or rather amazing because of the position of the wings and the point of view you have chosen. This is unusual and therefore very interesting. The wings alignment justify the centered composition. I also appreciate your interesting notes.

Kind regards


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-03-10 4:50]

Hello Haraprasan,
A fine macro of a species of an interesting Plume Moth taken from a great dorsal POV on the flower with good sharpness.
You were resourceful to find the ID!
Thanks for sharing this,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-03-10 12:12]

Hi Hara,what a great pic!!! This simmetry is fantastic! Impressives details of the wings,surely one of the best moths never seen on TN,my best best best compliments,Luciano

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-10 18:15]

HP, Happy Holi and hopefuly I get to see some of these types in delhi. This is a very good capture and a brilliant POV. Ganesh

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-03-11 2:54]

It looks like a dancer on the flower.
Beautifully shot Haraprasan - very sharp, and it is quite amazing to see.

There is a spring feeling about this image HP! Almost a religious symbolic image as well..I think it is done by the Creator and captured by good eyes!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-13 5:00]

Hello Haraspasan,
Very fine picture of an interesting species. I like the point of view you have chosen, showeing well the specific wing-shape of these Lepidopterae. I especially like here the subtle colors of your shot.
Thanks a lot

hello Haraprasan!
moth that I caught last year, the particular shape.... here well captured with great details and focus

best sERGIO

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