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Geometer Moth

Macrohastina gemmifera (Moore, 1868)

Description:

Distance between the tips of the forewings: 36mm.

Habitat:

Mountainous jungles consisting manly of oak and chestnut trees. Seen are also hamlets of human settlement and their farming activities. Cold place. Altitude: 2,300m.

Notes:

NB: V-position of the wingspan is its natural pose, and not made to appear that way.

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32 Comments (1–25)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Thanks Zlatan! I am indeed happy to spot and share this beauty!

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic a year ago

Stunning moth, and congrats Doc!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Thanks Christine Y., maplemoth662, triggsturner and Antonio for the supportive words.

triggsturner
triggsturner a year ago

Congrats on your SOTD Dr. A stunning looking moth.

Another fantastic find Dr. congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing the amazing biodiversity off your area,great photos ,great work :-)

maplemoth662
maplemoth662 a year ago

A beautiful moth....

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Congratulations! This moth is incredible!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Thanks Sunny and LaurenZarate for the comments.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Thanks a lot Daniele and the ever encouraging Noah Team. I feel part of my purpose is served well if it has managed to make my friends happy.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate a year ago

Congratulations Dr. Sherpa, all your moths from Sikkim are breathtaking!

sunnyjosef
sunnyjosef a year ago

Congrats to you doc... Great find..

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Doc, this stunning geometer moth is our Spotting of the Day! You have certainly brought back visual treasures from your back-breaking trip: thank you!

"It dazzles with an intricate mix of colors and patterns! This geometrid moth (Macrohastina gemmifera) is our Spotting of the Day. There are only three species in the genus Macrohastina (Subfamily: Larentiinae; Tribe: Asthenini), all found in Asia. This moth was spotted by Dr. Namgyal T. Sherpa in a remote part of the state of Sikkim, India. Sikkim is considered an ecological hotspot of the lower Himalayas; its forested regions are home to a diverse fauna and flora across a range of altitudes and climates. Sikkim has a rich diversity of arthropods, with many to still be discovered. Dr. Namgyal T. Sherpa's collection on Project Noah includes a large number of unidentified moths. Check it out! https://buff.ly/2As5i0C
With thanks to Manoj Samuel Grg for help with identification".

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DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Dhanyabaad Bhai. Thanks.

Manoj Kumar Grg
Manoj Kumar Grg a year ago

फेसबुक बाट तपाईको messenger मा पठ्ठाई दिएको छु दाई..

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Will be grateful if you could pass me the link. Thanks.

Manoj Kumar Grg
Manoj Kumar Grg a year ago

दाईको यो फोटोग्राफी सुपर हिट भएको छ् फेसबुक ग्रुपमा..
१,३४५ लाईक र २९३ शेयर..

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Manoj Bhai I've done the edits. Thanks.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Thanks IrinaSh.
Thanks Daniele, I could almost see the relief in your eyes!

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Yes Jim, despite the back breaking trip to that corner of the world the bonus made us all happy. Thanks.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Thanks Manoj Bhai for the ID, ref and the comments.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

I'm so glad Manoj has an ID! Well done.

IrinaSh
IrinaSh a year ago

Great spotting!

Manoj Kumar Grg
Manoj Kumar Grg a year ago

Great find.. Congrats Dai.. 👍👍..
Entomologist-को सल्लाह मुताबिक looks like..
http://www.mothsofindia.org/#!/sp/356442...

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson a year ago

It almost looks like a painting. Gorgeous butterfly, and great spotting. This had to be worth the difficult trip.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Thanks The MnMs, Ava T-V, Manoj Bhai, Daniele, Antonio, Sergio, AlbertKang and DespinaTsafetopoulou for making it favourite.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
Spotted by
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa

Sikkim, India

Spotted on Oct 16, 2018
Submitted on Oct 19, 2018

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