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Black and Red-bodied Wasp Moth

Black and Red-bodied Wasp Moth
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Copyright: Enio Branco (Brutamonte) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 18 W: 0 N: 92] (1202)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-07
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot W50
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-14 11:32
Viewed: 14678
Points: 17
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]
Amazing the colours of this single moth. Probably a Cosmosoma sp.

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Superclass Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Subclass Pterygota (Winged Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea
Family Arctiidae (Tiger Moths)
Subfamily Arctiinae (Tiger Moths)
Tribe Euchromiini
Genus Cosmosoma

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Hi Brutamonte, wonderful moth with splendid colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-14 12:52]

Hi Brutamonte,

A colorfull capture of this nice colored moth,however the compo is a bit soft on focus,as well it would be better imo if the picture was not that tightly cropped,anyway well done and tfs


Uma borboleta tão linda e diferente que nem nos sonhos mais loucos poderia ser imaginada.

Nice shot, it is a bit blurred though, but artisticly I like it. TFS

wonderful specimen
good capture
great colors

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  • Nilson Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 488 W: 0 N: 566] (4423)
  • [2007-04-16 17:36]

Uma boa foto pena que a parte da frente ficou desfocada não sei se foi a proposito mais para o meu gosto se ficasse nitida ficaria melhor, mais valeu por esta bela borboleta.

Really amazing moth. Of course it's from tropic reagion ;-)
Nice composed, very good colours but the sharpness is not perfect. Thanks for sharing


Olá Brutamonte,
Essa é uma das mariposa mais exóticas qua já vi.
Belas cores, a transparência das asas muito bem captada. Parabéns!!!
José Roberto Peruca

Hello Enio,

I hope you're still interested in more (hopefully) correct ID of this colourful moth. I've found similar in Hampson's Catalogue of the Lepidoptera Phalaenae in the British Museum (vol. 1, p. 340) and think it's Aethria haemorrhoidalis (Mesolasia haemorrhoidalis of Hampson). Please compare with:


Best regards,


Hi Enio,
Just discovered your photo of the Tiger Moth. It is VERY interesting.
By the way, your photo would be improved, if you had taken it slower and hereby achieved a greater depth of field...
I like the brilliant colours and contrast as well as the lay-out of your work.

Am I correct to assume, that the wings have "transparent windows"?
If this is the case - there is a similar moth here in South Africa, called Window-winged moth (Syntomus cerbera). I have a photo of Syntomus cerbera (Window-winged Moth)but the animal is dead. (Found it on the drive, the body a bit dried out, put it on a bit of paper to avoid it crumbling...)
In the 20 years - I have lived in this part of the world the only one I have seen - never a live one. This moth is special, because their wings have characteristic translucent patches, devoid of scales (hence the common name).
If you are interested, I could put it - for comparison and info - in the workshop of your photo. Just let me know, if you want to see it.
Enjoy the rest of your day,
Kind Regards

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