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Somebody Help?
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Copyright: Darren Melrose (Darren) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 0 N: 50] (245)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax *ist D, Tamron SP 90mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-07 4:18
Viewed: 4744
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sorry for being so dull about this, but I have no idea what type of moth this is. I did a google, but quite honestly I don't know the first place to start. I think it is a moth, but I don't know why I would think that as opposed to it being a butterfly. I would appreciate any information. I really did try to figure it out, but I don't have the first clue where to start.

It was a little guy, maybe 1.5-2 cm in total length. He/she was quite willing to let me get close enough with my camera that this is a full frame shot. Maybe it matters, but I am on the southern edge of Taipei, dunno how much mobility different species tend to have. Maybe it is contrary to the ethos of this site, I just don't know how to provide more information, but would love to learn more about this guy.

I shot this handheld, at close to 1:1 magnification, with my flash camera mounted and shooting through a diffuser. Normal post processing.

Added: Thanks for the suggestion, I did look on the net again and now I suspect this is indeed a type of skipper, Suastus gremius gremius(Fabricius). From what I have read, they are called phantom butterflies, because they are very active and therefore hard to capture. This guy certainly doesn't support that, but the photos seem very similar.

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-07 4:40]

A nice capture.
Very good detail and DoF,nice texture of the wings.
It looks like a species of Skipper butterfly,I posted a shot of one a while ago and thought it was a moth but someone here pointed out what it was.
A good shot,very well done.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-07 5:36]

The clubbed antennae tell you it's a butterfly, Andy's right it does look like what we would call a Skipper, might be a good place to start.

Nice picture, good detials.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-07 6:32]

Bonita composicion con un bella macro de este insecto, donde se aprecia en detalle los rasgos de las alas.
Agradable perspectiva, buenos tonos y encuadre.

Pretty composition with a beautiful macro of this insect, where it is appraised in detail the characteristics of the wings. Pleasant perspective, good tones and frame.

Darren, This a great macro that gives a good "slant" on things! ;-) Good detail & depth with the dark backdrop highlighting your subject very well..Very nice one!!

Hi Darren,
your butterfly is Borbo cinnara,
http://www.zlp.ks.edu.tw/nature/butterflies/but016.htm
do you think so ?

Very nice capture Darren. The details are sharp and the light play adds a nice effect. Great shot.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-07 12:52]

It's a very nice one Darren,
The macro is very nice, and the details are good, very nice job you did

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-07 14:26]

Hi Darren
Firstly, well done on this dull b'fly. Secondly, the attenae? of all b'flies end in a thickening, very much in evidence on your picture. Moths have different types of attenae, but only B'flies have these "drum-sticks" is the best way I can describe it.

Details!!!
nicely captured,again perfectlly use of DOF with reach the great result,nice colors,and I like the curved line of the edge of the leaf,very well composed,Darren.

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