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"Camou" Moth

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Copyright: Foozi Saad (foozi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-300mm / F 4-5,6 G AF
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-03 5:41
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Oleander Hawk-moth Daphnis nerii

Edited Version after got the ID from Ivan & Bayram

Another moth that I seldom see. Usually I would see them in the morning. This is when they are abit dizzy,maybe due to light intensity.
this one flew right into my direction and rested on a bush nearby. It was early in the morning, so I used the flash.

The Oleander Hawk-moth Daphnis nerii (formerly Deilephila nerii) is a moth of the Sphingidae family.
Daphnis nerii is a large hawk-moth found in wide areas of Africa and Asia. It is a migratory species, flying to parts of eastern and southern Europe during the summer.
Feeding habits
The adults feed on nectar of a great variety of flowers. They have a preference for fragrant species like petunia, jasmine and honeysuckle. They are especially active in the twilight time, hovering over the flowers after sunset.

The caterpillars feed mainly on oleander (Nerium oleander) leaves, a highly toxic plant to which toxicity they are immune. They also may feed on most plants of the Apocynaceae family, as Tabernaemontana divaricata and Alstonia scholaris in India.

[edit] Life cycle
The new born caterpillars are pale blue. Their color changes to green as they grow. They have two spots resembling eyes on the forefront of their body.

The chrysalis is pale reddish or brownish-white and has a wax-like appearance. It lies direcly on the earth, under moss or dry leaves.

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Ciao Foozi, neighbour again, fantastic moth with splendid colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, superb macro, bravo, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hallo Foozi
What a striking moth! The colours, textures and patterns are stunning. What a beautiful puzzle this would make. The different colour segments fit each other like a hand fits a glove. It has a smooth velvet appearance, and is really soft on the eye. A lovely image, full of pizzazz and grace, presented in a most favourable manner. Thanks for sharing. Best regards. Anna

Although the flash is a very well done.
more specific and very clear.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-03 6:59]

Hello Foozi,
What a wonderful moth. The colours are very special. Excellent presentation in clear colours and very good sharpness. Good POV and composition.

hello Foozi
great picture with super colours
beautiful butterfly
greeting lou

Hi Foozi,

That the color of this moth. Excellent focus and great use of flash. Thanks for sharing, it's a pretty striking. Very interesting.!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-03 9:21]

Hello Foozi
Wonderful capture with interesting colors.

Hello Foozi,
a very beautiful macro shot of this splendid colourful moth, fine details, good exposure and colours well saturated, very well composed.
Best regards

Hi MF Foozi, an excellent capture of this beautiful moth species resembling the Oleander Hawkmoth (Daphnis nerii) in both pattern and colours. details, composition, colurs and POV are great as well as a proper flash mode.
TFS and cheers,

Hi Foozi,

what an beautiful moth are this.
Fine colours and great details.
Good pov and dof.


Ciao Foozi. Great colours today and great graphic effects. Perfect macro.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-06-03 16:29]

Hi Foozi,

Where do you find these magnificent moths? Another beauty with deep rich colors and fine details. The pose on the leaves are wonderful.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-06-03 17:01]

Hi Foozi,this moth is incredible!!! What a fantastic beauty! The colors are really a big fest for my eyes! This beauties have the home in your gallery,another fantastic capture,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-06-03 21:58]

Hi Foozi,
Another one of your exclusive moth images. Looks superb with such lovely saturated colours. Very neat and sharp image with perfect lighting. Kudos.

Hi Foozi,

Superb insect! Nice bright colours and very nice compostion. Well done!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-03 22:25]

Hello Foozi,
A fine full-frame macro of the Oleander Hawk-moth taken from a an ideal POV.
+: fine sharpness and detail.
-: a little over-saturated and tightly framed.
You are the first person I am trying a new method of critique on. I hope you approve1
best regards,

Another fantastic creature from Malaysia!
Just incredible shape and colour.

Hello Foozi !
Wow, what a moth ! I love those "camouflage" markings, and I also like how the flash has given intensity to his colors. He looks like some jewel, and he seems to be as soft as velvet. Amazing details, excellent composition and POV too. Very well done !

Hello Foozi
i like this colorful moth, her is very good camouflaged in this decor
the nice leafy BG makes a great composition of this image
great POV showing us his beautiful markings
Have a good night

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-05 5:10]

Hi Foozi.
It is clear that I have not met anything similar. Simply amazing moth and nice picture. Its pose and wingspread as well as your POV are very impressive and give nice idea about this wonderful insect. Details and colouration of the moth and picture are very good too. TFS and kind regards.

Hi Foozi,

The moth on the leave is impressive. The close-up point of view is showing with precision the details and colors of the insect. The leaves are framing well the moth. The surrounding light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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