08.12.2021 A handsome moth

I’ve been going to bed most nights between 8 and 8:30 so with it being summer and the sun setting around that same time I have not been able to photograph many night flying moths. I don’t set up a lit sheet or use black lights to attract them but if they come to our house with the back door open and the outside light on then I take advantage.  Bentley and I go out around 3 a.m. and it is quite dark them.  A few moths do alight on the house and one in particular caught my eye Wednesday morning.  But by the time I got the camera out it was gone.

Fast forward to this morning and after Bentley and I came in there was the same species, maybe the same individual, caught between  a window and screen.  I captured it on my hand and put it outside where it settled on our foundation and stayed long enough for me to make a few images. I was quite happy even with such an unnatural background.

Nais Tiger Moth- Apantesis nais. There is a very similar species A. phalerata-Harnessed Tiger Moth that is almost identical but there are a couple of things that differentiate them (such as hind wing that for this is yellow of which I saw a flash while it was on my hand) and I think my ID is accurate. But I am open to correction. Either way it’s a beauty of a moth. Yes…I do see the doggie on its shoulders.

Despite the dearth of insects I complain about, I am seeing something new and different every day.  Maybe if I keep complaining …

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 08.12.2021 A handsome moth

  1. Eliza Waters says:

    A beauty! I see a Game of Thrones fur mantle. 😉

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  2. That’s one handsome moth.

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  3. I agree with Eliza, a handsome robe for some nabob.

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  4. picpholio says:

    It’s realy a beauty, thank for the image and the info.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    It looks as though it’s wearing an ermine collar — quite the moth royalty, I’d say.

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    • Years ago I participated on a nature photography website, Naturescapes.Net, and posted a shot of a Rosy Maple Moth (second one down) with a much deeper colored collar than the one in the linked picture. One of the ladies said it looked like a blonde wearing a cape. I guess this one does too.


  6. Very nice Steve! Very interesting moth! Enjoyed seeing your image of the Nais Tiger Moth!

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    I think we may be alike in that we’d prefer to photograph natural subjects in more natural looking backgrounds, but are happy anytime we can photograph something interesting regardless of the background. And since we’re talking about backgrounds that are less natural looking, I might as well mention my first thoughts on viewing the moth are of a superhero wearing a fur-like cape/cloak. How unnatural is that? 🙂 Looks like Eliza had similar thoughts and I think I prefer her line views of it.

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    • I find insects beautiful enough that I am very happy to photograph one that I have not seen before on any surface. And the concrete does add some contrasting texture. Not a wall hanger but I’m happy with it. Thanks, Todd.


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