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Handmaiden Moth

Handmaiden Moth
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-09-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 40mm f/2.8 BG, Hoya 52mm Ultraviolet
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-09-30 6:55
Viewed: 553
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I was under the impression that my new lens Nikkor 40mm would not work with my old Nikon D200. To my pleasant surprise, it did! This picture was taken with this camera-lens combination.

Syntomoides imaon, the handmaiden moth, is a moth of subfamily Arctiinae, subfamily Ctenuchinae. The systematics of the subfamily is under revision. It was described by Pieter Cramer in 1780. It is well distributed in Sikkim, Khasi hills and throughout India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Hong Kong.


The moth has a wingspan of 34 mm. The frons and collar are yellow with the metathorax having a yellow streak. The first abdominal segment has a yellow band which is sometimes obsolescent. The forewing has large hyaline patches, one filling the cell, another filling nearly the whole interno-median interspace, one at junction of veins 2 and 3, two subapical, and two submarginal. In the form S. i. sargania, there is a long streak between veins 5 and 6. In others it is reduced to a spot or may be lacking entirely. The hindwing has a postbasal hyaline patch extending hardly (or not at all) beyond the cell. The tips of the antennae and proximal joints of the tarsi are white. The spots of the forewing vary considerably in size. The male individual is slender and long abdomen than female.


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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2018-09-30 12:52]

Hi Ram,
you must have quite a garden, what with the many insects you present. This great shot of a Syntomoides couple is no exception. There is a species of Syntomis in Europe and the Near East that resembles your animal a lot, but it is much smaller. Niiiice !
My best regards, Dietrich

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2018-10-01 13:42]

Beautiful couple of moth, great color and interesting species.
We do not have this especie here in Spain.
Thank you for sharing it in this good picture.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2018-10-02 4:21]

Hi Ram,not the best natural background but a very perfect macro about this pair of moth mating,interesting note about your way to take that...ehehe..and the result is excellent! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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