Moth Face

By: danitacahill

Jan 10 2012

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Category: insects, Macro, Nature, Photography


Focal Length:190mm
Shutter:1/0 sec

Does this moth have a cute, furry little face, or what?

This species of moth is pretty good-sized – maybe an inch-and-a-half long. For two weeks this past fall, there were several of these moths on our house each morning.

If you touch the body of these moths, they sort of puff up, arch their abdomens and fan out their wings. A defense mechanism, I suppose. The pair of underwings are beautifully colored, so touching them – at least for my youngest son and I (a fellow nature nut) – was fun, not scary.

I photographed one of the moths on our patio table. This is my favorite shot because it shows the face so well. Since I was a kid, I’ve thought moths had cute faces.

I still think so.

I’ll feature insect shots for the next couple of posts. I find them challenging to photograph. They usually move so quickly and try to dodge for cover when they see people approach.

Here’s a ladybug shot on my other blog, Miracahills. Cick here to see it. And for a nice shot of a box elder bug by Katie at Katie’s Camera Blog. Click here to see it.

Photo copyright Danita Cahill. All rights reserved.


8 comments on “Moth Face”

  1. First, I love this shot. I love insect shots that show us what their cute little bodies and faces look like. Great job! And thanks so much for putting a link to my cute little fellow today. The more i take photos of insects, etc. the more i just love them. Great photo and a great post! 🙂

  2. Katie, you’re welcome and thank you. ; )
    Yes, I am having a lot of fun taking macro shots of little things in nature, like the mushrooms that I posted recently, and now insects.

  3. My friend Barbara wrote on my facebook link: “Perfect focus, Danita. He is cute!”

    Thanks, my friend. I have to agree that he is a cute little rascal. And colorful!

  4. This is a great shot. A new perspective on moths. The colour combinations are splendid. I like orange contrasting with blue, and this limited palette being repeated on the moth’s wings. The moth seems to be staring right at me, only exaggerated by the shallow depth of field.

    • Thanks so much, Otto. I was thinking the same thing with the orange and blue – nearly complimentary colors or opposites on the color wheel. Appreciate your thoughtful comment.

  5. Wow – incredible detail!
    Nice work.

  6. Terry wrote on my Facebook link: “Ah, so cute!”

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