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metallic blue - jasmine moth

metallic blue - jasmine moth
: Ersin UYANIK (eruyanik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 658 W: 23 N: 1216] (5046)
: Animals
: 2006-09-01
: Insects
: Canon Powershot A610
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/60
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
: , Workshop
: Butterflies and Moths of TURKIYE (TURKEY) III, Moths of Turkey [view contributor(s)]
: 2006-09-01 21:04
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Yesterday i bought a led headlight, then i used it on the night for shooting night photos.i took lots of in-flight shots also. This one is so beautiful moth that i never met until yesterday.

This is a Jasmine moth - palpita unionalis

On aperture priority mode; F7,1 - (1/60 chosen by the camera's program) with -2 exposure.

- Adult: moth triangular shape in repose. Colour usually very pale, whitish. Wings semi-transparent and satin-like. Fore wings have brown markings, with two black spots in the middle. Wingspan 30 mm.
- Egg: flattened oval, yellowish-white, finely reticulated. 1 mm long, 0.5 mm wide.
- Larva: pale yellow body at hatching, becoming an increasingly green. 3 pairs of small setae sited laterally on each segment. At full development, the caterpillar measures 18 to 20 mm long.
- pupa: brown, slightly roughened; 12 to 16 mm long, 3 to 4 mm wide.

- Host plants: olive, as well as jasmine (Jasminum), privet (Ligustrum), ash (Fraxinus), arbutus (Arbutus unedo).
- The first adults appear at the beginning of spring. They are active at night and mate from the second day. Pairing lasts 4 to 6 hours and may be repeated many times.
The egg-laying period spreads over 11 to 30 days, depending on the season. The female dies immediately afterwards.
- The female lays about 600 eggs, usually singly, on the upper or lower surface of foliage.
The egg hatches after 3 to 20 days, depending on the temperature, the lower threshold for development being 9C.
- Larval development lasts 18 to 25 days. The caterpillars feed on young foliage sited at the end of branches, at first scouring one surface, then cutting the lamina.
Before pupation, the caterpillar constructs a shelter by spinning several leaves together with silken threads.

Life Cycle
The species has 2 or 3 generations each year.
Winter is passed as larvae.

Under normal conditions, the caterpillars are not numerous, and the damage they cause is economically insignificant. However, in nurseries, they may prevent the healthy formation of plants.
First-instar larvae at first scour the parenchyma of the underside of leaves. When older, the caterpillars cause tears in the foliage and may destroy terminal buds.
Second-generation caterpillars attack developing olives, eating them sometimes down to the stone.

Common Names
DE: Jasminznsler ES: Pauillac verde del olivo FR: Pyrale du jasmin IT: Tignola dell'olivo PT: Pirale verde da oliveira GB: Jasmine moth

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To litoriachloris: slmeruyanik 1 09-02 15:07
To horia: welcome back!eruyanik 2 09-02 14:53
To markula: id!eruyanik 1 09-02 07:46
To petrudamsa: id!eruyanik 1 09-02 07:46

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Merhaba Ersin!
This thing is beautiful. Of course I wouldn't know what it could be, but the way it looks reminds me of some Christmas tree ornaments I remember vaguely to admire in my childhood. Congratulations,

Hello Ersin,

No ideea about the ID, but the colours, sharpness and overall feeling about this photo is great.

Cheers, Petru

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-09-02 0:03]

The metallic blue on this moth is indeed stunning, Ersin.
It seems that the LED headlight works out very well for these night shots. The POV is perfect and the details are exquisite.
TFS. : )

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1078 W: 292 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2006-09-02 4:56]

Hallo ersin,
super macro of this Microlepidoptera. You achieved a beautiful presentation of the reflections on the wings. Excellent sharpness and well composed.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-09-02 5:00]

What a beautiful moth - I have never seen one like this before. Very nice photo with the exposure, sharpness, and composition all great. Really good one. TFS

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2006-09-02 5:20]

Amazing how beautiful a moth can be.
Perfect shot.

Hi Ersin,
excellent details and a delightful richness of colours in this perfectly taken close-up of a very beautiful and unusual moth! Looks wonderful. Thank you!
Best regards,

Hi Ersin

A very beautiful metallic moth you have here!
Excellent sharpness, great colors and POV. Perhaps a bit too stong on the flash...i don't know if can turn it down from your camera, but it would be worth a try...just as an option and then you could compare what turned out with the normal one. Anyway, a very good shot!

BTW, i just came back from a trip where i had the chance to find some very nice and interesting snakes. I really thought about you and i'm sure you would have enjoyed being there with us :) But i haven't fergot my promise that if i'll come to Turkey, we'll definately go on a snake search :))

Bravo for the soho, my friend, and TFS

Hi Ersin,
This is a beautiful specimen you caught there! The details are great along with a good composition! TFS,

Harika bir yaratık bu Ersin. Tek kelimeyle bayıldım.

Ellerine sağlık...

Merhaba Ersin,
Sper bir kelebek makrosu.Her şeyi ile mkemmel olmuş.Tebrikler.Selamlar.Hilmi

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-09-02 17:13]

what a beautiful moth, ersin! :-)
amazing light-blue-metallic colors on the wings,
perfectly exposed and well composed.
beautiful job & take care, thorsten.

What a beautiful ghost you have well captured. It is very cute and colous are great. I think Horia made a wonderful workshop too, improves a lot. Geat details, my friend.

Great shot of this rare moth.
Very good colours, nice sharpness. Thanks


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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2006-10-20 10:11]

Hello Ersin,
What a beautiful moth and what a perfect shot!
I love it.

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