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Cheetah moths ?

Cheetah moths ?
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Copyright: Gerhard Theron (gerhardt) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-16
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron AF70-300mm LD, Hoya skylight (1B)
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre
Date Submitted: 2004-10-18 4:54
Viewed: 4591
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Tiger Moth (Species Unknown)

Family: Arctiidae, I could not get close to ID this one besides ID the family. We have more than 300 species of Tiger moths in the region, my book shows only eight. The search on the net is made more difficult by the presence of the bi-plane also called a tiger moth.

The adults are small to medium in size, and many are spotted or striped in red, orange, black, and/or white. The stripes give rise to the name "Tiger Moths". Some often fold their wings closely along their bodies giving them a stiff appearance: hence their name "Footmen".

Tiger Moths are small to medium in size. Many have bright warning colour patterns, which are spotted in red, orange, black or white. Their stout abdomen usually striped with black and yellow-red colour. They are either distasteful or to predator or are mimic of distasteful species. Most Tiger Moths fly at night but some are day-fliers. They do not fly very fast.

Most Caterpillars of the ARCTIIDAE are covered in dense a dark hair, which gives them the name "Woolly Bears". The hairs can cause irritation in sensitive skin. The caterpillars are small to medium size. The caterpillars are usually active during the daytime. If disturbed, they will roll into a tight spiral. Most ARCTIIDAE caterpillars feed on herbaceous plants and easy to rear. Some are feed on mosses and algae, which they need more moisture environment. They pupate in a loosen silken cocoon made of their hairs and other plants materials.

I found these moths while shooting with Japie and Callie at De Wildt. I tried to align for a shot at a honey badger and pressed against the tree, coming to close for their comfort. Their camouflage worked perfectly until I got close, and they displayed these bright colours. It was ironic to find these moths with the yellow stripes and black spots amongst cats of the same colouring. I like them and hope you do too

PDP, AndyB, Callie, marhowie, Lourens, extramundi, miqra has marked this note useful
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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-18 8:31]

Fantastic note Gerhard. It's a very good capture in terms of the moment so well done there. I do think the focus is soft on the moths and not up to your usual standard. However, I understand this moments have to be snapped quickly so I am glad you posted this.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-18 8:55]

Lucky devil - next time you go and buy the cold drinks:) I read about them last night when trying to ID some other criters I took.

Nice shot supported by an excellent note.

Thanks for posting

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-10-18 13:17]

These are very unusual looking moths,I've not seen these before.
The camouflage is excellent,even at this distance.
A good capture and as always a great note too.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-18 14:04]

Very nice, Much better than mine, Like the sort of see=through wing texture.

Gerhard, This is a great find with a great moment captured. I agree with Pauls critique with regard to focus on this one. Were they moving or still for you? Maybe you could've jumped up your shutter-speed if hand-held? Just some thoughts..Great find!

Very interesting image, Gerhard. Very good note as usual.

Great and interesting note, and interesting document though the lack of quality.

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  • miqra Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 140 W: 3 N: 23] (151)
  • [2004-10-22 13:47]

I like, I like...good capture Gerhard, the colors are amazing!

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