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Geometrid Moth

Iotaphora iridicolor


Overall background is light green, with double shade orange wavy lines and orange brush smudges, with each side deep blue three curved short strokes and peripheral incomplete straight pen strokes. Wingspan: 55 mm.


Wall of a monastery surrounded by forests. Altitude about 3,100 m.


I spotted this very beautiful looking moth this morning at a popular Buddhist Chapel (Enchey Monastery), 3.00 km away from Gangtok. I was struck by the intricate patterns on its wings, almost like those on the walls of the monastery!

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40 Comments (1–25)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 9 years ago

Thanks Sergio, Nuwan, Dixie, Antonio, Viv, Wild Things, dotun55, Adarsha and Bhagya. Thanks also to all PN Rangers for the votes.

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 9 years ago

Congrats on this beauty.....

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

What an amazing moth! congratulations DrNamgyalT.Sherpa :)

dotun55 9 years ago

very pretty

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago


VivBraznell 9 years ago

A very worthy SOTD .. congratulations DrNamgyalT.Sherpa

Awesome capture DrNamgyalT.Sherpa,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Dixie 9 years ago

Beautiful! Congrats on SOTD!

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago


Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Congratulations Dr. Namgyal.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 9 years ago

Thanks Charlie for liking it.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 9 years ago

Thanks Viv, Leuba, Martin, Sukanya, Marta, Jae, Leana and Daniele for you good words. Thanks a lot!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 9 years ago

I'm at the 7th heaven, especially when the good news comes from nothing less than the PN creator himself. With each pat on the back my efforts to document nature will ever remain greater. Thanks Yasser.

DanielePralong 9 years ago

Congrats Dr. Sherpa! It's simply stunning.

Congratulations Dr. Namgyal on this beautiful moth spotting and SOTD!

Jae 9 years ago

Congratulations on the SOTD, DrNamgyal.

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Congratulations! very beautiful and unique moth!

SukanyaDatta 9 years ago


MartinL 9 years ago

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa, what a spectacular and extroverted moth you have found. Some images make the selection process for Yasser a very easy task. congratulations.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Just amazing. Well deserved SOTD - Congratulations and thanks for sharing this beauty Dr Sherpa.

VivBraznell 9 years ago

Congratulations Dr Namgyal on the SOTD. What a beauty! I would be inspired to paint these designs & colours ... Nature at its best!

Yasser 9 years ago

Congrats Dr.! This beauty of a moth has been chosen as Spotting of the Day! Thanks for sharing so many wonderful photos with us and we hope you enjoy this well deserved honor. Congrats again!

We also shared the news with our Facebook and Twitter fans.


DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 9 years ago

Thanks Paul for the comment.

Paul Davis
Paul Davis 9 years ago

Lovely find and image.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 9 years ago

Yes Mark, at first I thought it was a small painting on the wall, especially in a monastery!

Spotted by

Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Spotted on Nov 2, 2014
Submitted on Nov 2, 2014

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