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Old Nov 7, 2010, 12:40 PM   #1
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I captured this moth Friday and wanted to take some macros before letting it go so, I used my powers of hypnotism to put him to sleep and proceeded to shoot away. First, I positioned him, on his back...




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Then I flipped him over.



It looked like he had a little bald spot on the top of his head, I thought only humans had that problem.



After that last shot, he suddenly woke up and started crawling away and shaking his wings real fast. I managed to get this last shot just before he took off.



I did manage to re-capture him and will try to get some better shots later. I was still playing with different positions and combination.
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Old Nov 7, 2010, 12:57 PM   #2
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Nice macros...!

Now let the poor thing go...!
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Old Nov 7, 2010, 2:48 PM   #3
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Never heard about hypnotism with insects, maybe next time let it fly on the same spot so you can easily get some Moth in flight shots.

Great series
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I used my powers of hypnotism to put him to sleep

Your refirigerator? (Some people chill insects down before photographing them.)

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After that last shot, he suddenly woke up and started crawling away and shaking his wings real fast. I managed to get this last shot just before he took off.
Moths have to :warm up their engines" before they can fly, especially on cold mornings (or when otherwise chilled). Makes them more cooperative, and doesn't harm them (unless you freeze them, that is !

Cool moth (literally)
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Old Nov 7, 2010, 3:41 PM   #5
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Like the moth pictures, even if its a pretty unremarkable one (compared to some that Mole posts). I think my other half would have a heart attack if he were to find a moth or two in the fridge though.
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Old Nov 7, 2010, 8:35 PM   #6
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Nope, didn't put it in the fridge. I used a little tinny pocket watch.
Actually, I didn't do anything. When I took him out of the container he was in, I thought he was dead. He landed on his back when he fell out of the container and didn't move. I took about 6 photos then used a pencil to flip him over, took a couple more picks and he suddenly came to life and flew frantically around the room until I managed to re capture him.

BTW, Thanks for all the comments, guys.
Harriet, you're right, but... ya gotta play the hand you're dealt.
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Hay GW that moth doesn't have a bald spot, he is just a little moth eaten LOL.

Nice series and great macros.

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Hay GW that moth doesn't have a bald spot, he is just a little moth eaten LOL.
Lou
Lou... isn't time for your therapy session or something?
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I enjoyed this thread ... made me laugh.
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Thanks, Kev.
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