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Timandra comae (Schmidt, 1931)

Timandra comae (Schmidt, 1931)
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Copyright: Paulo Henrique Lopes Rodrigues (phlr) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 130 N: 882] (2821)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: FujiFilm FinePix 6900 Zoom, Fujinon 6x zoom, Digital
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/140 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Beautiful Moths, Bellas Polillas, Belles Mites... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-04-30 11:37
Viewed: 5060
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A very common moth in my region, Almaceda, a small village in Portugal.
It could reach a wingspan from 23 mm to 28 mm.
Is known as Blood-vein in english.
The adult rests with the wings held in such a position that the reddish cross-lines of the fore and hind wings form a continuous band. The fringes are also suffused with pink.
The Blood-vein in its typical coloring is not very difficult to identify. Depending on the light the basic color is a silvery white to a creamy white. There is a straight, dark red line running from the hook at the front wing to the edge of the hind wing. It seemingly runs through from front wint to hind wing. A smaller grey line runs below it, almost parallel, but more curved. Of all similar species it is the only one where the dark line starts in the tip of the wing. In fresh specimens the lower edges of the wings are also strikingly colored: reddish or pinkish. There is a second dark line, often less red running over the wing, starting somewhere half way the body. Between the two lines each wing shows one dark dot. In some specimens, especially older ones, the pink at the edges of the wings is gone and the color of the dark line is just a dull brown. The upper line has faded or become invisible and so have the dots. In these cases the grey paralel line is often faded as well, but still quite visible.
These moths are still easily identified by the straight line.
The caterpillars feed on low-growing plants such as dock (Rumex spp.).
As the Blood-vein is double-brooded, the eggs are deposited in spring (May and June) and in late summer August and September. They hatch in about 10 days. The caterpillar may reach a length of 23 mm. They are reddish brown, brownish or greyish with a few white lines on the sides and a dark pattern on the back. Looking up front they are similar to a cobra, because the body is swollen just behind the brown head.
Pupation takes place near the ground in plant debris. They may be found on quite a few host plants, especially knotgrass, dock and orache.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-04-30 11:39]
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Hola Paolo,
Preciosa mariposa bellamente presentada.
Gracias por compartir.
José M.

Impressive shot. Nice colors and details of this strange butterfly.

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  • sgo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 137 W: 32 N: 239] (718)
  • [2006-04-30 12:09]
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Hello Paolo and congratulations to a very good and illustrative picture of the Timandra comae from Geometridae/Sterrhinae moths.
Thank you very much!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-04-30 12:28]
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Hello Paulo !
Nice to see a new and beautiful picture made by you ! This moth has strange shape of wing, I never see before.
Congratulations my friend and thanks for sharing.

Moths are generally dull looking creatures; this one is not, Paulo. The rear portion of its wings is quite attractive.
Well seen and shot.

Nice to see you Paulo the master,
I like your shots because you know so much of them, the shot is nice, I think technical it can be done better, but it's enough for me Thank you.
gr. jaap

what an amazing moth.



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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-04-30 14:38]
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Hi Paulo
Good capture of this smallish yet very interesting and beautiful moth. It has a rather peculiar wing shape. Although you say it is common in your country I have never seen it before so thanks for introducing me to this species.
Your composition is great and the colours are lovely. I realise your limitation with the compact camera, but it would have been great for the DOF (and details) if you could have closed down on the aperture just a little (± f/3.5+). That would have given you less light to work with thus a slower shutter speed, but since this moth was probably sitting very still it would not have mattered too much. Else you could have made use of a fill-in flash. The BG is excellent.
Well done and TFS.

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2006-04-30 15:52]
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Hi Paulo,
Thanks for the excellent note.
The shot has a superb POV and good colours. Moth is well detailed and lighted

Hi Paulo,
Wonderful capture. Great contrast in the moth that resembles a dead leaf, and the lush green vegetation. Excellent composition and detail here. Very well shown. Great supportive notes.

Hi Paulo,
Very interesting moth very well captured with great colours and good details, thanks for the informative note.
Very well done!

Great shot.
I like the contrast with teh green leaves.

Hi Paolo,

Very good capture.
Good colours, sharp and details.
Good job.

TFS :-)

P.S Points tomorrow

Hi Paulo

Excellent capture, I never see this butterfly, thanks for the note

In a friendly way Christophe

Really nice picture. Good composition with green background.


..... espectacular!
Bonitas cores, composição, detalhes....
Tudo perfeito!
Thanks Ana:)

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  • pitai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 193 W: 15 N: 155] (1212)
  • [2006-05-03 19:30]
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Hello Paulo, I have to visit your region to find those marvelous moths and butterflies. I like the contrast that you have, the DOF is a bit soft, though. TFS. Gabriel

Hello Paulo,
A well seen moth that you have here. Great composition and point of view. Very interesting wing shape and the blood vein. TFS

Hi Paulo,
just discovered your very well presented and unusually beautiful Geometrid moth after several days of looking into TN rather infrequently, due to a very busy week. Surprisingly well fitting markings, marvellous colours and details in pleasantly soft light. Thank you for that pretty contribution!
Best regards,

Hi Paulo,

I have a question about a moth,you can see it in my last post..

Another excellent moth with great details and perfect sharpness.Aganist bad light conditions it is still looking great.TFS.

I'm waiting for your ID..

best regards,

It is a very interesting subject. I find this kind of moths fascinating, the shape, colours...
I will try to get some this summer, hope you help me with idents. It is a pity your macro is not working well, this one looks very detailed and note is so instructive!
Thanks my friend.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-05-23 16:18]
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Ola Paulo,
Excellent capture of this interesting looking moth my friend.
I like your pov,focus,colors,note,blurred bg,framing and lighting.TFS

excellent shot,nothing to tell
many compliments
G.Paolo regards

Nice shot Paulo,
Very nice color, detail, and light.
Beautiful :)

Hello Paulo,
Very nice shot! It's maybe a little unsharp, but everything else is very good here. I like the colours a lot.

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  • OzBY Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 183 W: 2 N: 351] (1355)
  • [2006-06-15 12:45]
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Great picture of thia moth. Great sharp picture with good color and BG.


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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-02 14:06]

Siempre difíciles de retratar y de exhibir, esta polilla se aprecia con belleza y nitidez.
Excelente macro con bellos contrastes de colores, con adecuado DOF y encuadre, además de un buen fondo difuso.
Gracias por compartirla... Ricardo

Always difficult to depict and of exhibiting, this moth you it appreciates with beauty and clarity.
Excellent macro with beautiful contrasts of colors, with adequate DOF and framing, besides a good diffuse bottom.
Thank you for sharing... Ricardo

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-03-29 22:38]

Hello Paolo

A very good photo of this moth.The composition is very good.Well composed with sharp details.The colours are well saturated.We have similar moths here im Ontario.TFS


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