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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: 2007-12-02
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix E5600
Exposure: f/5.7, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-02-13 4:29
Viewed: 3246
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note


Catocala is a genus of noctuid moths commonly known as Underwings. (A few closely related genera are sometimes called Underwings as well, but usually the term is synonymous with this genus.) Most species have brightly coloured underwings, orange, red, or white. The genus name is a combination of two Greek words, kato behind, and kalos beautiful. The bright hindwings are not visible at rest, being hidden by the dull forewings, but they help the moth avoid predators such as birds if they are disturbed during the day (Stevens 2005). The genus occurs in Eurasia and North America. Due to their variety of colors and species diversity, Underwings are popular with collectors of lepidoptera. Larvae (caterpillars) of most species feed on the foliage of trees and shrubs.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-02-13 4:59]

Hello Haraprasan
Beautiful and interesting capture, good details and light too. Well done.

  • Alutka Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 131 W: 43 N: 400] (1682)
  • [2009-02-13 5:26]

Namasté Haraprasan Nayak,
he, he excellent joke;-)two hearts...why black not red?
Excellent work, I congratulate..

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-02-13 5:29]

Hello Haraprasan,
A very fine macro of this beautiful Moth. Excellent sharp details and beautiful colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

And Happy Valentines Day to you as well sweetheart ;-}}
Beautiful moth!

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-02-13 6:10]

Hello Haraprasan,
Happy Valentine's Day to you too!
A fine macro of this beautiful Noctuid moth (wrong wing-shape for Catocala, even though the colours suggest it), a beautiful specimen taken with fine sharpness with its wings well displayed.
Thanks for sharing this beauty and enjoy your weekend!

Hello Haraprasan
Happy Valentines Day to you also! I imagine an orange heart in your butterfly!
All the best, Oana

hello Haraprasan
great colours
good charpness and details
greeting lou

hello Haraprasan

beautiful Nature Morte photography to celebrating Valentine's Day,
the insect doing the form of the heart of lovers,
beautiful colour tones, well i decide to give that green smiley,



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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-02-13 8:03]

Hello Haraprasan,
What a beautiful moth! And what an excellent shot!
Lovely colors and composition with a perfect sharpness and beautiful presentation. Excellent note too, Best regards Siggi

Hi Haraprasan, thanks for this splend gift for Valentine day, wonderful moth with fantastic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Olá Haraprasan

Ótima captura, cores e detalhes muito interessantes...ótima nitidez e boa luminosidade.

  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-02-13 11:35]

Hi Haraprasan . This is a beautiful Moth that you have dedicated ti us all on VALENTINE'S DAY . You have taken it with fine detail and colours.
well done TFS.

Hi Haraprasan
Very nice shot. Beautiful moth It is a member of subfamily Catocalinae but it is not Catocala I think that it is Eudocima but I am not sure about the species. It is probably a Fruit Sucking Moth Good sarp image with natural colors

beautiful capture with perfect sharp and clear details , wonderful colours and good DOF ,
great POV ,
well done !

  • Noisette Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1714 W: 4 N: 2351] (7821)
  • [2009-02-13 15:10]

Hello Haraprasan
You showing us here a very beautiful moth
the two black markings on the orange parts of the wings looks really like hearts, very well seen
great shot
happy valentine's day to you too

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-02-13 15:23]

Hi Haraprasan,

I am always amazed when I see a beautiful moth. This Catocala is so pretty with the beautiful colors and shapes. Colors, clarity and composition are all wonderful. A Happy Valentine's Day to you too.


Hello Haraprasan, very beautiful image of this moth and Happy Valentine's day to you too.
TFS and regards,

Hi My dear friend,
A wonderful moth macro with excellent details. I also wish you a Happy Valentine's Day!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-02-14 7:55]

Hello HP, Fantastic Image and what a colorful view. Simply amazing nature's beauty. Ganesh

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-02-15 7:37]

Hi Haraprasan.
You managed to catch an amazing moth. Its wonderful wingspread allows us to see all beauty of its colouration. You have produced extremely sharp image with excellent DOF and precise exposure. Even texture of the substrate is reflected superbly. Well done and TS. Nice gift for this day.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-02-15 7:52]

hello Haraprasan,
Most beautiful Noctuid-moth you show us here. In Europe we have related species, but not exctely the same ones, they don't have nice little hearts like this one!
Excellent sharpness too.
Best regards

Wow Haraprasan!
How can you say that no points for this photograph. I give you 10/10.
TFS & regards-Subhash

Hello Haraprassan,
strikingly elegant markings and delicious colours on this Noctuid moth, well presented by you in a precise documentation. Cannot resist to give well deserved points to this unique posting.
Thank you! With best regards,

Cataclysta is spot on with the genus.

This is Eudocima phalonia (= Othreis fullonia); a fruit piercing moth.

Noctuidae, Catocalinae.

cheers, Roger.

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