Rego Park, NY
Death Heads Moth Meets Silky Owl Butterfly On Orchid Flower
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This photograph I took in my photo studio. I purchased the orchid flower from my local florist, the Death Head's Moth and Silky Owl Butterfly from a site on the internet called "ButterflyUtopia,com, which sells a variety of both. This moth in the top left of the photo is known as the "Death Head's Moth" and to the right "The Silky owl butterfly"(taenaris catops). The Death Head's Moth made famous in the movie "Silence of the Lambs", starring Anthony Hopkins is a very unique, beautiful moth. It has a very unique "skull pattern" which can vary a bit. It also has a rich defined wings and a fat body that is simply gorgeous, sometimes with a hint of blue in it. It's origin can be found in South Africa and South East Asia sometimes migrating to the U.K.. It's wingspan can vary from 102mm to 135mm. This moth has an unusual feature that it has the ability to emit a load squeak if irritated. The sound is produced by expelling air from the pharynx, often accompanied by flashing of the brightly colored abdomen in a further attempt to deter predators. They also have been observed raiding Bee Hives of different species of Honey Bee for their honey. They can move about in hives without being disturbed because they minic the scent of the Bees, simply amazing! The Silky Owl Butterfly to it's right originates from Indonesia, New Guinea and the surrounding Islands.It is in the Nymphalidae family. Eye spots on the underside of butterflies are quite common, but the Taenaris butterflies have distinct and beautiful one's, there are thin purple/blue circles that can barely be seen in this photo. There wingspan can reach 75mm-95mm (3"to 31/4"). indeed a very unique and beautiful butterfly to admire.
February 7th, 2013
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