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Crimson Speckled Moth for *tanburi*

Crimson Speckled Moth for *tanburi*
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Copyright: Bayram Gocmen (boreocypriensis) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 974 W: 3 N: 3088] (10784)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-24
Categories: Nature
Camera: Olympus C-5060WZ
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Arthropods from the Middle East [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-20 19:35
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Utetheisa pulchella (Crimson Speckled Moth)[in Turk. Benekli Güzel, Benekli Gündüz Güvesi]

I would like to dedicate this Crimson Speckled posting to Selahattin ERİKÇİ (tanburi) for his kind interest my captures. Thank you Selahattin Bey!. Hoping you can like this!




Utetheisa is a genus of Arctiidae family. The family includes stoutly or slender built, brighthly coloured moths (Tiger moths, Ermine moths, Footmen, etc.), usually hairy and often poisonous. The bold colours, especially on hing wings, warn birds of the unpalatability of these moths, although forewings often have cryptic patterns. The larvae are very hairy – many are known as “woolly bears- and usually feed on docks, dandelions, and other low-growing plants. The caterpillars of Utetheisa species feed on Crotalaria (rattlebox), and hence the moth genus is often called rattlebox moths. Utetheisa species are usually bright and colorful.

Crimson Speckled is a spectacular day-flying moth -Wingspan 29-42 mm- It is active between April and October with 2 or 3 broods in its southern distribution. It occurs naturally in the Mediterranean and North Africa (including India), migrating to Central Europe each spring. It is also a sporadic visitor to UK, and most immigrants are presumed to have originated from southern parts. Moths may turn up at any time during the summer or autumn. It prefers open and scrubby habitats. Hairy larva is grayish with white lines and black warts, and an orange band on each segment. It feeds mainly on forget-me-nots and borage. I encountered the adults in large numbers on Dittrichia viscosa (in my shot) and Mediterranean Heliotropes (Heliotropium hirsutissimum) in feeding with nectar during the day time around Geçitköy Lakelet (Kyrenia).


Chinery, M. (1986). Collins Guide to the Insects of Britain and Western Europe, Collins, Glasgow, 320 pp.

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I love moth and you have capture beautiful one here, Bayram.. beautiful pattern and detail from the body of the moth.. simply gorgeous.. well taken and presented.. good job.. tfs..

regards, terry

Günaydın Bayram Hoca,
Çok zarifsiniz. Tarif edilmez değerdeki armağanından dolayı nasıl sevindiğimi anlatamam. Kadife dokusu ile çok güzel bir böcek türü. Farklı renkte özellikte kırmızının egemen olduğu çok benzeyen bir türünü biliyorum galiba.
Tekrar teşekkürlerimi sunuyorum
Selahattin E

Merhabalar Bayram Bey,
netlik ve detaylarıyla muhteşem bir çalışma,
özellikle renklere ve kanatların kadifemsi dokusuna bayıldım,
ellerinize ve emğinize sağlık,

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  • juyona Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2585 W: 1 N: 425] (10173)
  • [2008-11-20 23:26]

Hola amigo,
beautiful realization,
excellent macro and pov.
wonderful textures and lighting,

Merhaba Bayram Hocam
Selahattin Hocam için harika bir hediye
Hep kaçtıkları için tabi bu kelebeklerin bu kadar güzel renklerde ve desenlerde kanatları olduğunu göremiyorum
Sayenizde görüyoruz

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-11-21 2:13]

Merhaba Bayram bey,
bu kadar güzel bir güve görmemiştim.Sayenizde çok şey öğreniyoruz.Tebrik ve teşekkürler.Necla.

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-11-21 6:23]

Merhaba dear Bayram...
Kelebeğin bu halini hiç görmedim...
harika bir detay...güzel renk ve harika netlik...
emeğinize sağlık...selamlar

Merhaba bayram,

Excellent macro shot of this strange but beautiful animal.
Natural and beautiful colors and a very good background!
Congratulations and TFS.
Um grande abraço,

Merhaba Bayram, splendid moth with fantastic colors, great sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Merhaba Bayram hoca,
Çanlı renkleri ile kadife kanatlarını katlamış
bu sevimli kelebel hocamıza güzel bir armağan olmuş.
Eline sağlık. Selam,sevgiler.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Bayram,
This moth is shaped like bug (hemiptera). Superb captured of the moth grasping the flower. The speckles on the wings are quite defined and attractive. Well done and my best compliments...Danilo

Merhaba Hocam,
Tek kelime şle olağanüstü.İlkez gördüm bu kelebeği.Elinize sağlık.


Hello Bayram,

This photo is perfect , great colors Bg POV DOF excllent details great use of light dof well composed

Regards Siegfried

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 150 W: 0 N: 7] (44)
  • [2008-11-22 2:42]

Benekli güzeli canlı olarak gördüğüm için de şanslıyım. Gerçekten harika bir güve ve nefis bir makro Bayram hocam.
Elinize sağlık.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-23 8:45]

Hello Bayram, great subject and a very good macro! Perfect exposure and good sharpness, thanks!


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-01-28 4:13]

Merhaba Bayram,
beautiful and lively shot of this moth.
Well spotted coz it has colourful spots :)
Lovely shot.


Hi Bayram,

Marvellous capture. Wonderful colours, definition in all details. The blured and colored background is superb.
Warm regards,

Bonsoir mon ami Bayram,

Il est ravissant ce papillon avec ses ailes reposées.
Quelle macro, les détails sont merveilleux.
La texture est excellente.
Cette composition et les couleurs sont divines.
Compliments . Belle soirée.

Hi Bayram MCF
This is a stunning Crimson Speckled Moth you've captured here. Excellent detail and composition, a real beauty. I can't say we have anything similar here in Canada. Well done and great notes.
TFS Janice ; )

Hola Bayram
Preciosa foto de este insecto con las alas de colores que parece una obra de arte moderna por su dibujo , texturas muy reales , color y luz bien aplicadas , nitidez fantastica , gracias por compartir

Buen dia
un saludo

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