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Death's head Hawkmoth

Death's head Hawkmoth
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Copyright: nagaraj vn (nagraj) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-04-01
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Micro-Nikkor 105mm f.4
Exposure: f/11, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-04-03 6:32
Viewed: 1712
Points: 32
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I hope its ok to post this image..

Death's-head Hawkmoth
Acherontia lachesis, Fabricius, 1798.
Sphingidae family.
Hope the ID is correct if not please correct me.

I found this beautiful moth resting on my socks (washed and dried) at home and was surprised. Saw this early morning and it was there throughout the day and only after 10 pm in the evening it disappeared.

Here is some interesting facts from Wiki..
"Acherontia lachesis is a large (up to 13 cm wingspan) Sphingid moth found in India and much of the Oriental region, one of the three species of Death's-head Hawkmoth, also known as the Bee Robber. It is nocturnal, and very fond of honey; they can mimic the scent of honey bees so that they can enter a hive unharmed to get honey. Their tongue, which is stout and very strong, enables them to pierce the wax cells and suck the honey out. This species occurs throughout almost the entire Oriental region, from India, Pakistan and Nepal to the Philippines, and from southern Japan and the southern Russian Far East to Indonesia, where it attacks colonies of several different honey bee species. It has recently become established on the Hawaiian Islands."

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Funny location to find this otherwise very interesting Moth, VN. I had a similar experience when my grand kids found this very species in the kitchen and led me to it. I lifted it on to potted plant and then shot it there. I posted that picture on 27.9.2008.
The image is sharp with plenty details.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-04-03 6:50]

Hello Nagraj,
Original photo, a Death's-head Hawkmoth on your socks. Do you still wear them? :-)
Beautiful photo with excellent details in the markings of the wings. Nice natural colours.

Hello Sir,
A fantastic location he/she chose for hiding. I didn't see this before.
excellent detail and very perfect colour.
Thank you Sir for this nice picture.

Hello Nagraj,
Excellent sharp image,nicely captured its details.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-04-03 7:36]

Hi Nagaraj,a great surprise on your sock,a beautiful moth,very elegant and whit a magnificent wings design,great capture to see so well the details and the colors,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Nagraj

Amazing insect with its patterns, fine POV,
beautiful light, excellent focus, sharpness,
and details of the insect, TFS



Hi Nagaraj,
I like this moth. Excellent idea. Very good point of view. A lot of details.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Nagaraj, impressive macro of fantastic moth, fine details, splendid sharpnes and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Nagaraj
Interesting moth and nice photo with very good composition wonderful lighting and very good sharpness!

Hello Nagaraj
Interstinh species and lovely capture.Sharp and clear.Nicely composed and presented.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

Nice image with good clarity and beautiful colors.


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-04-04 6:55]

Hi Nagraj.v,
an interesting moth ....
Very good capture. Good details, well exposed and composed.
Best wishes,

hallo nagaraj
super good picture with nice details
i have found such moth in greece a very big one

thanks greeting lou

Look my new picture this fly is from the same Fam you have post 2 day,s ago

greeting lou

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-04-04 18:01]

Hello Nagaraj,
What a unique looking moth you have posted. It actually reminds me of Darth Vader form the Star Wars movie. Love the beautiful markings and super fine detail. Gret work!!

Bonjour Nagraj,
Publication pour le moins originale avec cette agréable image très finement détaillée.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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