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Geometrid Moth

Iotaphora iridocolor


Width: 63mm.


Building in a sub-urb area, surrounded by lots of bamboos and forests. Cool to warm area. Altitude about 1,800m.


Similar moth was spotted some 3 years ago at a higher altitude. This beauty came to our house the other day, stayed for 3 days, shrank its body size quite a lot and ultimately flew away.

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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thank you robert emond, sunnyjosef and Neil Ross.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 2 years ago

Yes, congratulations, Dr. Great spotting, and this moth is exquisite.

sunnyjosef 2 years ago

Beautiful moth... Congrats Dr Sherpa..!!

robert emond
robert emond 2 years ago

Beautiful find! I could go on about the symmetry, geometry, and pastels. Congrats

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thanks Felix Flex and mapplemoth662.

maplemoth662 2 years ago

una polilla muy hermosa....

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 2 years ago

Beautiful spotting! Congrats.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thanks for your encouraging comments: Brian38, triggsturner, Maria dB, Mark Ridgway, AntonioGinjaGinja, Christine Y.!
And for the beautiful words by Scott Frazier!
Thank you every one!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Thanks Daniele and the PN Rangers on voting this beauty for the SOTW!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 years ago


Just beautiful Dr :-) congrats on the well deserved SOTW and thanks for sharing

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Congratulations Dr., your second encounter with this fabulous moth has this time earned you a Spotting of the Week:

A member of the Emerald Moths subfamily (Geometrinae), the stunning and aptly named Iotaphora iridocolor has been voted Spotting of the Week! This distinctively colored and patterned moth is distributed to the Himalayas and parts of China and southeast Asia. The genus Iotaphora counts only one other species, I. admirabilis, which is found in south-eastern Siberia, Korea and Taiwan. We'll borrow the words of Project Noah ranger Scott Frazier to summarize this week's vote: "I unreservedly looked only at this exquisite beauty before I leaped, for it was love at first sight! The astonishing perfection of nature — breathtaking subtle colors, form and detail".



Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 years ago

Fabulous moth. Interesting about the body shrinking.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

An exquisite beauty of subtle yet vibrant hues. It was love at first sight! The astonishing perfection of nature — breathtaking colors, form and detail.

Maria dB
Maria dB 2 years ago

What a stunning beautiful moth - thanks for sharing!

triggsturner 2 years ago

Oh wow! What a stunning moth. Congrats on your nomination too.

DanielePralong 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated Dr.!

Brian38 2 years ago

Extraordinary beauty! Great pic!

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Gangtok, Sikkim, India

Spotted on Apr 27, 2018
Submitted on Apr 29, 2018

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