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Moth or Butterfly [1/2]

There seems to be an overlap in the definitions of Butterflies and Moths. I have read that Moths tend to have more elaborate antennae, and tend to rest with their wings down.

 

On the basis of the second characteristic, I would regard this handsome fellow as a Moth.

 

In fact, as far as I can tell from looking a a number of sites on the internet, it may be a Moth of the Order Macroglassinae, and named Daphnis Hypothous.

 

P'Dom found it in the garden at lunch-time, and brought it back to the apartment to show me. After subjecting it the the enquiring eye of my colleague Canon for a few minutes, I returned it to the garden where it blended into the greenery with great ease.

 

Here is another view:

Moth or Butterfly [1/2]

There seems to be an overlap in the definitions of Butterflies and Moths. I have read that Moths tend to have more elaborate antennae, and tend to rest with their wings down.

 

On the basis of the second characteristic, I would regard this handsome fellow as a Moth.

 

In fact, as far as I can tell from looking a a number of sites on the internet, it may be a Moth of the Order Macroglassinae, and named Daphnis Hypothous.

 

P'Dom found it in the garden at lunch-time, and brought it back to the apartment to show me. After subjecting it the the enquiring eye of my colleague Canon for a few minutes, I returned it to the garden where it blended into the greenery with great ease.

 

Here is another view:

comments (20)

It looks to be in camouflage. Very cool 2nd shot.
Ray: Very stylish camouflage, isn't it.
A really fine picture, superb POV.
Ray: You are very kind, Graeme.
yeah i think its a moth too. Peobably the most beautiful moth ive seen. great shots
Ray: Thank you, Ti. There are hundreds of species of Moth in Thailand, and some of them are spectacular.
excellent shots as usual. thanks for sharing this distinction between moths and butterflies.
Ray: Thank you, Ayush.

As you can imagine, there is significant crossover in the definitions of moths and butterflies.
Your understanding of the difference has always been my understanding as well. These are amazing images of this beauty. He looks to be related to a guy who visited me last year...
http://elizabeth.shutterchance.com/blog.php?upload=1&itemRef=425370
Ray: I am beginning to realise that there are some spectacular moths in the world, Elizabeth...I always thought of them previously as drab cousins of the butterflies.
The antennae clue is a good and useful one Ray.

Let sleeping Moths sleep. It's a beauty Ray.

Many moths in Britain are beige and very dusty.
Ray: I'll show a bit more of this beauty tomorrow, Richard.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Jun 2012, 07:12
a fantastic design by Mother Nture - I love in particular the photo below! Daphnis Hypothous is a fine name - I would speak for a butterfly!
Ray: I'll show a couple of additional views of this beauty tomorrow, Philine.
Looks like a moth, a very handsome one too. I always think of moths as being nocturnal
Ray: I believe they are mainly nocturnal, Bill, but believe there are exceptions.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 21 Jun 2012, 07:51
Lovely pictures of what is almost certainly a Hawk Moth Ray: we have several sorts here in the UK including some that look a bit like this one
Ray: Thank you, Chris. Could be a Hawk Moth, but I am not convinced.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 21 Jun 2012, 08:14
This is very much like our Hawkmoths, Ray. (I believe that butterflies have clubbed antennae)
Ray: I do believe it is somewhat similar to your Hawk Moths, Lisl.
Wow, very nice macro-pictures!
Ray: I am delighted that you like them, Victoria. A couple more of this moth tomorrow.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 21 Jun 2012, 09:41
Looks like the experts have identified it. Whatever.. I like the head on approach here.
Ray: She did not seem in a hurry, Alan, so I tried a few different views. I'll show a couple more tomorrow.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 21 Jun 2012, 10:11
A moth perfectly camouflaged to where it landed.
Your macro shots are superb every time Ray.
Ray: You are very kind, Pedroeric.
I would guess moth too as it has thick antennae. I must say , I have never seen an insect dressed in army camouflage. Truly amazing. He may be attempting to snog with the fabric in the bottom shot as it looks very much like his species.
Ray: I wondered if She had snogging on her mind, Mary, and got all confused by this hand-woven silk cloth.
Head to tell what it is here, Ryan - could be an abstract painting !
Ray: Ground Control to Prof. Tom...you are breaking up...please repeat message...over!
Looks like the F117 stealth plane Ray!
Wonderful captures.
Ray: I thought it looked a bit like that, Richard.
Terrific pattern and colouration Ray, if these chaps had half a brain they would register rights for the use of their design.
Ray: I believe that is the problem, Chad...these chaps have a very small brain.
two wows for the Daphnis, beautiful camouflage
Ray: One wonders if it has been copied by a military costume manufacturer, Juan Carlos.
What ever it is a handsome looking creature Ray.
Ray: It certainly brought an admiring smile to my face, Brian.
  • Antoine
  • France
  • 21 Jun 2012, 22:31
Superbe photo and very nice macro. Excellent work. Amicably Antoine.
Ray: Thank you, Antoine. The moth deserves much credit.

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