Okay, one question a person might ask me regarding photographing insects is, “Why moths?” Good question. I guess it comes down to:
- there are so many varieties; well over 11,000 have been identified in N. America
- identifying them can be an enjoyable challenge. Thanks, Moth Photographers Group and BugGuide
- they mostly hold still (and will sometimes allow handling), or are a fun exercise in patience and stealth
- they don’t sting, bite, or emit an odor (not a huge consideration, but still)
- there is a broad appeal — many are quite beautiful
Like I mentioned in my previous post, it became somewhat of a game at band camp to collect a moth in the early morning and “wear” it on my shirt. Eventually, it became a burden when some of the kids there began bringing them to me, but I had an opportunity to photograph a lot of those, too, if I wasn’t busy with other things, and could educate the kids about some of the ones of which I had previous knowledge.
Here are a few of the better photos from last week — hopefully I can add them (and the many others) to my insect website in the near future. Enjoy!
Pink-striped Oakworm Moth (Hodges 7723) Anisota virginiensis
Regal Moth, or Royal Walnut Moth (Hodges #7706) Citheronia regalis
Clymene Moth (Hodges #8107) Haploa clymene
Ash Sphinx Moth (Hodges 7783) Manduca jasminearum