06.28.2022 Moths as art

I’ve been mentioning how beautiful moths are and this post compares three moths.  One is spectacular and the other two attractive in their own right.

Porcelain Gray-Protoboarmia porcelaria.  These have been fairly common in the yard over the years.

Variable Nigranum-Olethreutes nigranum. A first for me and I got just the one shot before it flew off.  I’ve seen images where the wings show stronger color and the pattern is more obvious but this one is slightly worn missing a few wing edge scales.

Pandora Sphinx-Eumorpha pandorus. This was a very exciting find. I’d never seen a Sphinx moth before, as with the Luna, and got a few shots with the phone before running in the house for the 7D Mark II.  It had become trapped inside our blueberry netting but I managed to gently capture it in my cupped hands and bring it out onto one of our old and larger blueberry bushes that we leave for the catbirds and others. It seems to be missing one leg. It appears to be freshly eclosed and undamaged so likely did not lose the leg to a predator.  What a beauty!

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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21 Responses to 06.28.2022 Moths as art

  1. Platypus Man says:

    Yes, moths are under-rated, perhaps because they are less obvious than butterflies, more difficult to spot by day and often tricky to identify. These three are stunners, each in their own separate way.

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  3. A few minutes ago, not long after getting out of bed, I remembered how people once thought it unlucky to light three cigarettes with the same match. For civilians that was a superstition, while soldiers in war had good reason not to keep a match burning—and therefore visible—long enough to light three cigarettes. Then I came here and looked at your post, where getting three good moth pictures made you lucky rather than unlucky.

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    • That’s what you wake up thinking about? It certainly is nice to have found these examples of moth beauty. But if three is bad luck at least these were seen on three separate days so that might mitigate the curse.

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  4. Todd Henson says:

    I’m right there with you in considering moths as beautiful subjects. And you’ve chosen a great collection here. I especially like the first and last. I don’t believe I’ve seen a Sphinx yet. One day, I hope. 🙂

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    • Thanks, Todd. In the past I’d space these out into three posts but I think folks find a collection more enjoyable so that’s how I grouped these three. And it does make the point about beauty.

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    Wow! Until I saw your photos, I did not recognize how beautiful moths are. Great job, Steve!

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  6. susurrus says:

    Great shots. The last one reminds me of 1970s wallpaper!

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  7. Gorgeous moth photographs.

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  8. Eliza Waters says:

    Works of art, for sure, Steve. Love that last one!

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  9. picpholio says:

    We don’t see them so often but beautiful they are !

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  10. Gorgeous Pandora Sphinx capture!

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  11. shoreacres says:

    The silky texture of the Sphinx moth is beautiful. It looks as though it’s been carefully arranged on leaves meant to highlight its form: a lucky coincidence, indeed. In a different way, the fringed edges of the plant pair nicely with the fringe on the Variable Nigranum. The first moth is pretty and the last is beautiful, but the Variable Nigranum is interesting.

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    • Well, not much of a coincidence as it turned out. When I rescued it from the netting I chose this spot to release it. It was my good fortune that it stayed there long enough for me to make a few images. There was a lot of luck in finding it though. Had I fastened down the netting sooner it would not have got caught in there and as it turned out no harm done.
      The Variable Nigranum was not interfered with as is generally the case. The patterning is a bit faded as I have seen other shots where it is more pronounced and vivid. The Porcelain Gray is an attractive moth but common here so I wasn’t quite as excited by it as the others.

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