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emerging atlas moth

emerging atlas moth
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Copyright: Guru Pawan (gurupawan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 61 N: 442] (1755)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D 80, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gems from India [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-10 1:50
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After a very long break i am back here and here is my return back positing taken in indonesia

The Atlas Moth has the largest wing surface area of all moths, It is so named because its wing patterns resemble maps. The Atlas Moth's wings have triangular transparent "windows" whose purpose we don't know. The wing tips are hooked and some say resemble a snake's head complete with eye, to scare off predators.

Breeding: Female Atlas Moths attract males by secreting a pheromone through a gland at the end of the abdomen. The male Atlas Moths has huge long feathery antennae to track down the female by her pheromones. The females are much larger than the males and don't have feathery antennae.

Atlas Moth eggs are laid on the underside of a leaf. They hatch in 8-14 days depending on the temperature. The caterpillars are bluish green with large bumps on them, and covered with a fine white powder.

The caterpillars eat a wide variety of foodplants and may even wander from one to another. Their foodplants include the Jamaican Cherry Tree (Muntingia calabura), soursop, cinnamon, lime, pomelo, rambutan, guava, citrus fruits.

The Atlas Moth's pupae is encased in a silken cocoon. The pupal stage of the Atlas Moth lasts about 4 weeks.

Adult Atlas Moths don't eat at all throughout their adult life which lasts for about two weeks. An adult Atlast Moth doesn't even have a mouth and lives off fat reserves built up when it was a caterpillar. The adults quickly mate, lay eggs, and die shortly thereafter.

This pic was shot as the moth crawled out of its pupa and drying itself in sun. emerging pics comes next... happy weekend guys

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Great to see your new camera working, great picture buddy, welcome to the club of digital photography.
Amazing moth!!, great details
Goutham R

Amazing pic Pawan. I wish I could get to click these beautiful moths when the emerged from their pupa. Good work.

TFS, Kiran

Hello Guru,
Amazing butterfly captured here.
Rich in colors and details.
TFS and have a nice week end, you too.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-10 2:23]

Hello Guru,
Excellent capture of this beautiful moth.Exposure is spot on,details are crisp clear.POV,vivid colors,lighting,framing and composition are also wonderful.

Beautiful butterfly with nice colours and lots details.Well done. TFS

hi pawan.
lovely shot. well composed. good pov. nice dof. beautiful colours.

Hi Guru Pawan,
Good to see you back, now from Indonesia!
This is a fantastic capture with extraordinary sharpness, colours and details.
Well done and TFS.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-11-10 6:34]
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Hermosa macro Guru con intensos colores, buen foco y DOF que genera agudeza y desenfoque sobre el fondo.
Atención por el encuadre tan ajustado a la izquierda porque atenta con la estética de la composición.
Gracias y saludos... Ricardo

Beautiful macro Guru with intense colors, good focus and DOF that it generates sharpness and out of focus on the bottom.
Attention for the so adjusted framing to the left because it attempts with the aesthetics of the composition.
Thank you and greetings... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-10 6:50]

Hi Guru

This is indeed a very imrpessive one! I was very fortunate to have seen this animal in real life and i was very impressed by its size, so this picture is an excellent reminder! :)
The POV is great, the colors are very beautiful and well saturated and the details very nice.
Great DOF and composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-11-10 9:28]

Hello Guru
Wonderful picture of this astonishing moth. Congratulations, it's a good job, sharp and clear with a very nice DOF. TFS.
Best wishes

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-10 10:46]

Wow!Great colors and details.
Beautiful shot.Great job.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-11-10 11:39]

Hello Guru,
Brilliant shot of this fresh Atlas moth. It must be wonderful to see it in the wild! Excellent focus and fantastic colours. It really stands out from the background.
TFS, Ulla

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-11-10 12:29]

Hi Guru.
Beautiful macro with very intense colours.Very good POV,DOF,good blurry BG.
Beautiful view of splendid drawing on wings these moth.Great job.
Thanks and greetings.

Wonderful species wonderfully taken! i think no need to take this beauty's photo, it should be enough even only see it to me! But for sure if i see this one try to make shot of it:-) i see great use of flash here also!
Thank you Guru,

Hi Guru,
that's my dream - to see such an impressive moth with my own eyes - wonderful.
I love your sharp shot with the brilliant colours, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda


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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-11-10 16:58]

Hi Guru,
Really wonderful moth captured with excellent colors, details and pov.
TFS, José M.

Hi Guru,

Exellent shot of Atlas
Superb sharpness, details, colours, POV and DOF

TFS Thijs

Hello Guru,

Wow! What an amazing picture of a giant, nice and perfect butterfly. The color and the design of the wings are amazing! You were there at the good moment! Have you had to wait very long in order to see it emerging? The only nit is that IMHO, you cropped too much because the left wing is very near the frame but maybe this picture is a full framed picture? Great picture and TFS,


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  • budi (296)
  • [2006-11-10 22:43]

Cantik sekali bentangan sayap dan motif moth nya.
Pencahayaan dan DOF nya bagus.
Detail dan tajam.
Secara teknis tidak ada masalah (sempurna).
Informasinya juga jelas.


  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-11-11 5:15]
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Quel joli papillon ! Superbe macro d'une netteté impeccable et des couleurs superbes. Excellent !
Points ŕ venir demain

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-11 13:59]

Hello Guru , Fantastic shot the details and the colours are amezing tfs ,Good Weekend Teunie .

Hallo Pawan,
Amazing shot, great sharpness and neat blurry BG. Great DoF. Nice details. Very nicely done.

Ben Lakitan

Nicely done Guru.
You have excellent color, contrast, light, and detail..
Very well seen from the BG, with just enough DOF.
Perhaps a tiny bit tight left.
Have a Great Day!

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  • jojo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 8] (176)
  • [2006-11-12 15:05]

Splendide capture, belles couleurs , bons détails
bravo et merci


The colours are fantastic. Great image with a fine POV, DOF and clarity.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-11-13 9:38]

Hi Guru,
what a great shot to mark your return to TN, nice to have you back. Great shot, POV, colors and sharpness are excellent.

Muy buena la coleeción de mariposas que tienes. Esta es muy bonita.

Hi Guru,
Amazing butterfly captured here.
Rich in colors and details.

I must say that you are GURU (please do not take it otherwise).


Hi Guru,

This is an excelent photo. Almost perfect simatry and splendid collors.


WOW is right! Stunning detail and color. Moth pops off the page. I look forward to your return to Indonesia!


Hi Guru real nice pict of the great attacus very impressive species Good DOF and colours are perfect.TFS Alain

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