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Old May 23, 2010, 6:52 AM   #1
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Walked out the front door this morning to find an interesting creature clinging to my window screen....a five inch luna moth.



I thought the front antennae were very unusual. This particular moth had its wings folded in such a way that the set of "eyes" on the underwings was not visible. However, there was plenty visible to gain the interest of one on the "other" side of the screen and window.



Shot with the K-7 with the Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 DiLD. Lighting was with the AF540FGZ, straight PTTL mode, O-ring circular flash diffuser, Manual Exposure ... 1/50 sec at f/10.0....ISO 500.

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Old May 23, 2010, 7:12 AM   #2
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What a beauty!

Love the first shot, the detail in the antennae and the texture of the fur is brilliant.
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Old May 23, 2010, 9:18 AM   #3
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They are such beautiful moths! The only moths I see around here are the boring brown/black ones that eat wool and are rather ugly. This one is wonderful and I love the shots.
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Hi Paul,

These are great!!!

The subject is outstanding, but I really love the cat looking at the moth through the screen in #2!!! What a great capture. One of those "wish I'd taken it" shots!

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Old May 23, 2010, 1:26 PM   #5
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LOL I didn't even notice the cat until you pointed it out!

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LOL! Must have driven the cat crazy!
Really nice shots Paul.
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Old May 23, 2010, 9:02 PM   #7
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Paul, that second shot is priceless. Is your cat that nearsighted, or is it trying to bite the moth through the screen?

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These are the antennae of the male - the branches bear sensors that detect the scent ectohormones (pheromones) emitted by the females, which helps them locate their females for mating. Females have smaller, thinner antennae.
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thats sure is one nice looking moth
i didnt see that cat at first either and had to back and look
i need to get this monitor at work lighter somehow
the cat adds an extra dimension to what is already a great photo
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Great looking moth and the cat shot is priceless - I think I would have spent a lot of shots trying to get the cat lit up too !
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Great job on capturing the color and detail of this lovely moth - and great capture of your cat "eyeing" the proceedings as well!
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