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Female Io moth by J-Y-M Female Io moth by J-Y-M
Bred ex ova. (May 2007)
The male is quite different: [link]

The larva: young [link] and full grown [link]
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cautioncone16 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Moths scare the shit out of me :iconhideplz:

But why are they all so beautiful?? > <
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is the question... ;-)
But they are absolutely harmless.
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cautioncone16 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
It is indeed
Yeah, I know they are, but they look so creepy! I'll never hurt one though
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RuthMaryforever Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009
wow this is stunning :)
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, I agree, stunning creature indeed... :-)
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RuthMaryforever Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
^_^
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ogiedomane Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
this photo has been featured in "Backyard Beauties and Critters" in my journal thank you for lending your art to this project..

Luca :iconogiedomane:
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:iconcycoze:
cycoze Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.
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:iconj-y-m:
J-Y-M Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you. :-)
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cycoze Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome.
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greenbolpen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008
....

I'm actually speechless... hahaha

so beautiful!!! =D
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful creature, I agree ;-)
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Shuriken22 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008   Photographer
Cool photo. :)
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luandrei Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Student Photographer
Wow! That's a great shot! Waht a beautiful desing, congrats!
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :-)
The subject is highly photogenic ...
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luandrei Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Student Photographer
Indeed! I've never seen a moth like that before! One tends to subestimate moths... :P Incredible shot!
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I think you can find such moths in your country, maybe not this specific species but closely related ones. The genius Automeris is specific from North and central America. ;-)
But never touch their caterpillars, they are highly stinging! :-)
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luandrei Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Student Photographer
Oh! I may know of what are you talking about... the catterpillar are likes spiked and burn the skin at touch, or not?
You know alot, it's great to find someone who likes insects and knows so much about them :)
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, exactly. The caterpillars have stinging hairs and they can be very painful. [link]
Thank you! It is always a pleasure to share. And I love insects (particularly butterflies and moths) since I was a child... ;-)
You are very lucky: there are many beautiful butterflies and moths in your country, amongst the most wonderful species in the world!
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luandrei Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Student Photographer
That's very nice! Since lots of people don't like insects, it's very interesting to find someone who likes them and knows so much about them :)
Yes, this country has tons of marvelous insects, it's a ppleasure to admire nature's beautiful desings ^_^
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
People often don't like what they don't know! As far I am concerned, I love them, that's true, but I know only a very little about them. :-)
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SteelCowboy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional Photographer
Awesome! Perfect!
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :worship:
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The-Dude-L-Bug Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot!
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :-)
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In-the-picture Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad caught this at *Insect-Lovers-Club and a fave of course :bug:
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much :-) Glad you like it.
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LightConcorde Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hypnotizing O,o Gorgeous ^^
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shiiaru Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Wow, pretty :O is that a butterfly? no?
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
No it's an american moth. :-)
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shiiaru Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Ooh O.o I wish they had them here..
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting all the color variation on the forewing there. The female Io moths we raised were almost a uniform rust color.
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I suppose there are many subspecies. Unfortunately I don't remember the origin of the livestock...
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Fezzgator Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah yes, I apologize for forgetting that you would be importing it, I just took for granted that its a local here. But yes, its a shame you don't remeber as I am quite interesting to know where it came from.
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I have got the eggs from a German breeder... But I think the origin of the livestock was rather Central America, maybe Costa-Rica.
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dmfarble Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2008
its staring at me
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J-Y-M Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
:lol:
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