Silk Worm Moth Closeup
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A Silk Worm Moth. Hyalophora euryalus. You can tell this is a
female because of the fat, bulbous body. If you want to know more,
||When a huge moth appears at your window, be sure to have a camera ready. A
good technique for photographing an insect like this is to place it in the
refridgerator for a short time. First, you must catch the moth, and
Niner the Kitty had eyes for this
one. Fortunately, one swat was not enough to even damage the wings on this
beast. The moth will be very patient as it warms up. Unfortunately, this one
shivered for a few minutes and I felt sorry for it enough that I tried to warm
it up with the warm beam of a flashlight. Click here
for a larger version of this image.|
I tried to take pictures with a variety of backgrounds, but found that even
in a cold state, the moth has very effective claws on a terry cloth towel. The
moth ended up staying on the towel until it warmed up completely.
|This shows just how large the moth was. It looked like a large butterfly
at first, but the feathered antenna are present only on moths. This image is
underexposed, unfortunately most of my moth pictures were underexposed because I
put the flash into "test flash mode" to check for shadows and failed
to take it out of that mode for most of the pictures. This was a 540EZ flash
unit mounted on top of the camera, pointed down at it's -7 degree position and
set to a fairly wide angle because of the closeness of the subject. I should
have also used the ML-3 ring light, as there is too much shadow and you cannot
see the moth's body well.
||This is the only picture I have where you can see both wings from the top.
It's grainy and low in contrast but it's a tribute to my 10 bit scanner that you
can see any detail at all. It serves as a lesson: When one gets a chance at an
exciting subject for photography, one should not forget critical things like
exposure settings on the camera.|
||This picture shows the detail of the feathery antennae. The entire moth
was fuzzy. I adjusted the scanner to show more details in the shadowy areas,
thus the difference in the saturation of this image.
Click here for a larger version of this image.|
|Here's a closeup of the detail on the wing. After Niner had swatted the
moth to the ground, I rushed to pick it up before the cat did anything more.
The wings were so robust that they felt like they had bones in them!
All photos Copyright © by Adam Lane. All rights reserved.