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Virbia aurantiaca

Virbia aurantiaca
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
February 24, 2008

Virbia aurantiaca - Orange Holomelina - Hodges #8121
Moved from Virbia.

Moved to Holomelina level
Moved to Holomelina level

File re-edited to bring out t
File re-edited to bring out the color of underwing.

Please, please!
Do not re-edit your images unless absolutely necessary. Sometimes you lose a lot of detail and give them an unnatural cast. This is not an art show, we are trying to document the real thing and to stay as close to the original as possible.

If I remember correctly, it was better before. Now it looks too washed-out and distorted. Not really natural at all, like far to many of your over-processed images. You end up tweaking most of your images until they look like Monet-style watercolors or pastel chalk drawings, not nature photos. I assume that it doesn't look unnatural to you, but it does to most of us, and natural is sort of what we do here. You need to process your images to end up looking like the bug looked in real life.

Add the other one as a second image, and let me look at them both, side-by-side.

John- I do not have a prior v
John- I do not have a prior version of ths image

John- I was attracted to this
John- The first image can also now be seen.

I was attracted to this critter because of its underwings and was dissapointed when I could not reproduce them. Recently one of your peers pointed me to hue and saturation and I was able to bring out the underwings according to my memory.

As for editing, I have had a lot of encouraging cooks visit my kitchen instructing me on how to cook. All were not in agreement but all taught me how to use another function of my cooking process. I am now beginning to be able to bring the food to its indended flavor as I remember it.

I assume it is a different image that you started with, as the rotation is different? Anyway, I wasn't there so I can't say what this one looked like in real life, and I may not until someone IDs it (and maybe not even then if it is variable). Only you know if it was brown and red, or tan and orange. Maybe you just over brightened it. Notice how the wall has lost all of the detail and has become so bright that the glare is cutting one of the antenna in half. Sure the orange image needs work cleaning it up, but to me it looks a little too much was done in the red. The moth looks OK in the red one (if that is what it looked like), but the rest of the image is now so harsh it is hard to look at. Like the background changed from concrete to a flood light covered with bubblewrap. But I guess that is OK if it is the only way to make the moth look correct.

John- I took 4 identical pict
John- I took 4 identical pictures of this critter. I cannot tell the difference among them. In trying to to satisfy your requests, I uploaded one of the pictures. I could not tell which picture had been used before.

The "Identifier:" section on a file upload allows you to identify an image using either a special name of your chosing (your personal catalog system) or it is automatically filled in with the name of the jpg by BugGuide if left blank. You can see these identifiers at the upper right corner of an image when viewing every one of your images.

John- Thanks! Very useful inf
John- Thanks! Very useful information. I will look for it.

Not an expert
Looks like a Tiger Moth (Arctiidae), too me. Then I start to get unsure.
I kind of like Ruby Tiger Moth - Hodges#8156 (Phragmatobia fuliginosa), the best. But I wouldn't be suprised if someone said something in the 8120's.
Ooops, Ruby is the wrong range for you. It's a shame as I wasn't totally happy with the guess of Holomelina. Hmmmm?

John- Thanks! Hmmmm guess I w
John- Thanks! Hmmmm guess I will wait for additional information.
It sure looks like Holomelina laeta (Joyful Holomelina - Hodges#8114)
to me. In my picture the wings are more spread and shows the two dark marks whereas the one in the BG has less spread wings and the black marks do not show.

Not sure
I can't find anything that shows Joyful ever having spots on either wing.

John- Take at look Homomelina
John- Take at look Homomelina aurantiaca. It has the black marks in the orange area-
page 8121. See what you think.

Yes it does
So does 8120, 8123, 8125, and we're just guessing about Holomelina (or Homomelina).

John- I agree that 8120, lama
John- I agree that 8120, lamae, and 8120, aurantiaca are similar. However 8123 and 8125 are wrong colors. If this critter is not a Homomelina, have you an idea what it could be?

Not sure
If I knew what it is, I would have said so in my first comment. I'm not going to make something up. Try to wait patiently for an ID.

John- I have confidence in yo
John- I have confidence in you and know you would not make something up. I was only trying to help you ID the critter with additional information I thought might be useful.

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