Handmaiden Moth, Kolkata, India by Amit Roy

The image shows a Handmaiden moth with its wings wide open. I was in Chintamani Kar bird sanctuary in the city of Kolkata when I spotted this moth on the ground sitting with its wings fully opened on a dried leaf on one side of the dirt road. The area was dark as very little sunlight could reach the ground. I lay down on the ground and took a closer look. I wanted to capture the grandeur of the patterns on the wings and in its body parts. There was a mild wind, so I held the leaf with my left hand and recorded the image. Green patches in urban areas play a vital role by providing habitat for a variety of life forms.

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