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Argema mittrei, male by J-Y-M Argema mittrei, male by J-Y-M
The wonderful Comet Moth (Argema mittrei, from Madagascar (male there).
(breeding specimen)

See the caterpillar here: [link]

and a close-up of its head here: [link]
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Soraheat Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, what your mean by "breeding specimen"? Are you crossed some butterflies, and making new species?

That is lovely picture Adorable Girl Anime Emoji (My kawaii plushie) [V6] 
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :-)
Breeding specimen means they have been reared from egg, or caterpillar to adult moth. It is sometimes possible to make those moths mate and get a new generation, but it is not so easy sometimes. It is possible with males and females of the same species, of course. Some breeders sometimes attempt hybridization between parent species but it is very difficult and as far I am concerned I do not do that.
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Soraheat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
U are welcome Love 

I see, thanks for your explanation. :happybounce: 
Its seems to be fun to watch their methamorposis
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It's really fascinating to watch the metamorphosis. :-)
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Vrinda-the-Wistful Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Too beautiful.  Words fail me.
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DaybreaksDawn Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Amazing!!! :O
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ZuzBla Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I took the liberty of using your excelent picture of this beauty as a color scheme for this [link] an thus featuring (uhm promoting, introducing *rubs head*) you in the description. I hope you dont mind :-)
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course I don't mind! Thank you for this and :clap: for your work. :-)
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ZuzBla Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome! and thanks for you appreciation^^
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kickingchildren Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
wow
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:icongothicjellybean:
GothicJellyBean Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010
Wooow! I wanna hold it!!!
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:-)
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OfGermanBlood Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009  Student Photographer
These are amazing creatures
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:iconzufalls-foto:
zufalls-foto Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful moth.
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, really fascinating. :-)
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zufalls-foto Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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Taitai03 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Student Photographer
Celui là est absolument sublime... Vu où?
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Chez moi, issu de cocons que j'avais achetés. Ce papillon incroyable est originaire de Madagascar. Il faut t'imaginer qu'il fait quasiment 20 cm d'envergure et presque 30 cm des antennes jusqu'au bout des "queues" des ailes. C'est vraiment une merveille de la nature. On peut en voir assez souvent dans les serres à papillons tropicaux.
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Taitai03 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Student Photographer
Wow, je te crois, en photos il a déjà l'air super grand, jsqu'à maintenant y en avait pas dans les serres que j'ai vues mais j'espère bien en trouver une!
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Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
you have been featured here:
[link]
If you dont like let me know
and I will remove asap.
Dont forget to look at the
other features too :)
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, thank you, that's an honour for me! :-)
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
its a pleasure :)
dont forget to look at the other features :)
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I had a look to all of them. :-)
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
hope you liked em :)
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, of course!
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
this is plain beautiful! I wish we would have such moth over here!
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it is an incredible creature. This moth lives in the wild only in some mountainous places of Madagascar. It is very scarce. But we can find in Europe some breeding specimen, that's what I had. To see this amazing moth emerging from its cocoon is really a wonderful spectacle! :-)
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Nameda Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
I can imagine that :D But I guess you need special
plants and stuff to be able to do that! My most beauty moth
I captured have been the white Ermine and a green moth
both in my gallery I think its moth amazing how beautiful
butterflies and moth are in some countries. Like the american
Lunar moth or the big blue metallic butterfly (allways forget
the name :XD: ) or yours!!
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, to breed that requires some care indeed. This particular species is quite difficult to breed. As far I'm concerned, I just bought the cocoons.
Nevertheless, I know some breeders who succeeded in rearing this moth from the egg to the adult. The caterpillars can feed on Eucalyptus gunnii or Rhus cotinus, which can be found rather easily in plant stores. But they eat a huge quantity of leaves! And they become really enormous before silking their cocoons. It's quite impressive.
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Nameda Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow sounds great, I just doubt that, as a private person
you get those cocoons through the customs over here laws
regarding that are pretty strict. and what do the moth eat?
honey?
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
No problems with the laws, don't worry. ;-)
The moths eat nothing. All the moths from family Saturnidae have no mouth. They live 10/15 days on the nutrient reserves accumulated by the caterpillar.
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Nameda Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
so next time you get some you have to send me 2 caterpillars :XD:
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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sixxynutter Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008
Its beautiful
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, this is a wonder of Nature.
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DaMADhattER Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great!
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:-)
Moreover it is one of the largest moths in the world! Over 20 cm wingspan...
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