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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: 2010-05-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-29 4:03
Viewed: 4096
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This picture was taken in hurry and with the wrong lens. I was doing some landscapes with my 18-200mm when this Moth suddenly landed on a broad vertical blade of grass in front of me. I took the shot, afraid it might fly away before I could change the lens. And it did.
I have rotated the image into a horizontal position because it looks better this way.

Handmaiden Moth

Amata cyssea moths are commonly known as Handmaiden moths that 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.

Source: Wikipedia


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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-06-29 4:17]

Hi Ram
A wonderful moth today from you!
Details and colors are perfect!
Great POV!

Hello Ram,
Certainly, you also have a moth in TN today! ... , good! ... this insect is beautiful and you was photographed in a very dynamic pose! ¿is moving, eh?. I like the composition, simple but efficient. This is a nice bug for TN, Ram friend!
TFS, Regards, Jesús

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-29 8:57]

Hi Ram,these insects have terribles metallic reflections of colors and you manage very well that.Excellent sharpness and nice composition too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-29 8:58]

Hello Ram.
Great looking moth - I have n't seen these before. Great composition and lovely colours. Nice POV.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ram, it's very difficult to take macro as well as you made to this moth, like our A. phegea, great capture with fine details, splendid sharpness, wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2010-06-29 12:39]

Hello Ram!

I know this story very well - in 99% of cases I've got wrong lens and try to take at least one poor picture for documentational purposes :-) But your picture isn't bad! It's good to be honest, with good colours, sharpness and focus. This moth looks beautifull.

Hello Ram
very beautiful Moth and captured so well, in a fine pose
the details are crisp clear sharp, wonderful composition too
yes, your are right, the horizontl position looks very good
have a good night

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-07-03 22:21]

Amazing how photos taken in a hurry can turn out so well!
This is a fine capture, Ram, and the features of this Handmaiden Moth are shown with excellent sharpness and colours against the clean contrasting BG to text-book quality.
A new one on me and thanks for sharing this!
With kind regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-07-04 3:44]

Hello Ram,
this is a very small moth and it is very difficult to shoot. I have seen many times and it always escape. You have shown the details and features so well. Very sharp indeed with good lighting. the blase of grass also add an effective scenery.
Well presented shot.


Hellow Ram,
Nice capture of this moth with widespread wings.Pinsharp image showing its unique wing and body patterns.Strongly contrasting against the greens of the leaf, well done.

hello Ram
this is a BEAUTY of a moth with great details and nice light
thanks greeting lou

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