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We visited the Kruger National Park last week. The day we arrived we found 3 different colored emperor moths at the cabin we stayed at. The adult emperor moth is a spectacular insect. Males have a complex pattern of grey, dark brown and orange markings on their upper forewings, with prominent eye spots, colored black and yellow resembling the eyes of an owl. There are similar eye spots on the upper hindwing, these set against an orange background. Females also have the eye spots but set against a background that is a combination of buff-grey and white patterns. Both sexes have long fur on the thorax. When fully-grown, the caterpillars are handsome creatures, green with black bands around each segment of their body. They are also covered with pinkish or orange lumps, from which grow tufts of black hairs.

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Title:Emperor moth
Username:Chris1970 Chris1970
Uploaded:22 Nov 2010 - 12:41 PM
Tags:General, Insects, Macro photography, Moths, Wildlife / nature
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 8146 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
22 Nov 2010 - 12:46 PM

What a stunning moth, Chris, and very well captured. Love the 'owl eyes', great for scaring off predators. Carol

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jeb2012
jeb2012  5 United Kingdom
22 Nov 2010 - 1:25 PM

Excellent capture

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22 Nov 2010 - 1:44 PM

Great capture, it looks like an aliens face.
Alf.

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Suehh
Suehh  739 forum posts England6 Constructive Critique Points
23 Nov 2010 - 2:53 PM

Wonderful looking moth - thanks for sharing that with us
Sue

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doolittle
doolittle  5 South Africa2 Constructive Critique Points
1 Dec 2010 - 12:45 PM

Upside down - good idea.

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