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Mar 10, 2006 00:32 |  #1

My neighbour's daughter gave me this last night (she's the same one who gave me this rain spider). At this stage I wasn't sure if it was a moth or a butterfly. The diameter of the base of the jar is 10cm.

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IMAGE: https://images12.fotki.com/v1641/photos/6/3776416/14292471/Moth_5572-vi.jpg


I tipped it out of the jar into a pot plant on the verandah, hoping it would climb onto the plant. Instead it climbed out the pot and up the wall, and as soon as it stopped moving, the wings started growing.

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IMAGE: https://images15.fotki.com/v1626/photos/6/3776416/14292471/Moth_5573-vi.jpg


The following should be vertical/portait - I've not rotated it so you can see more detail.

19:04

IMAGE: https://images12.fotki.com/v1641/photos/6/3776416/14292471/Moth_5579-vi.jpg


Almost complete (should be vertical/portrait)

20:23

IMAGE: https://images15.fotki.com/v398/photos/6/3776416/14292471/Moth_5598-vi.jpg


A close-up of the pattern on the thorax.

20:56

IMAGE: https://images59.fotki.com/v1640/photos/6/3776416/14292471/Moth_5611-vi.jpg


The final shot before I went to bed (should be vertical/portrait). At this stage the body length was about 6cm.

21:12

IMAGE: https://images54.fotki.com/v1642/photos/6/3776416/14292471/Moth_5615-vi.jpg


This was one of the most rewarding series I've ever done. At midnight, it was still in the same position, but at 2am it was gone - hopefully through flying away and not into the belly of one of my cats.

There are more on Fotki (external link), and I'll be adding to them over the weekend. I took well over 50 shots.

I should add, all shots were at 1/125s @ F22. It was pretty dark and rather difficult to find the focus point even with a torch to light up the moth.

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Mar 10, 2006 01:38 |  #2

Wow... What a series. The timing for the progress is excellent! I didn't know they took so long :D


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Mar 10, 2006 01:43 |  #3

Superb series Al.the 3rd one is quality


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Mar 10, 2006 02:14 |  #4

Wonderful series Al- bet you got slightly excited watching it :)
The moth reminds me of what I think we used to call a deathhead moth- looks a bit like a skull on it's back.
Excellent- well taken.
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Mar 10, 2006 02:38 as a reply to  @ melvynyeo's post |  #5

melvynyeo wrote:
Wow... What a series. The timing for the progress is excellent! I didn't know they took so long :D

Thanks Melvyn! I think the smaller moths/butterflies get through this stage a whole lot quicker than these big guys.


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Mar 10, 2006 02:39 as a reply to  @ chemicalbro's post |  #6

chemicalbro wrote:
Superb series Al.the 3rd one is quality

Thanks Alan (the third is the only one that I did a bit of cropping on ;))


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Mar 10, 2006 02:54 as a reply to  @ LordV's post |  #7

LordV wrote:
Wonderful series Al- bet you got slightly excited watching it :)
The moth reminds me of what I think we used to call a deathhead moth- looks a bit like a skull on it's back.
Excellent- well taken.
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Thanks Brian. I think you've probably got the right one. I googled it and came up with a huge variety of different hits, most of which was to "Silence of the Lambs". I found this link:
http://tpittaway.tripo​d.com/sphinx/a_atr.htm (external link)
which has a very similar looking moth halfway down. I've actually taken pictures of caterpillars looking similar to those shown on that page. I knew they were hawkmoth caterpillars, but not which species.


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Nice series of shots, you don't see that every day :) :)

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Mar 10, 2006 03:51 as a reply to  @ dpastern's post |  #9

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Nice series of shots, you don't see that every day :) :)

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Thanks Dave! You're right this was a stroke of luck.


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Mar 10, 2006 05:06 as a reply to  @ BigAl-SA's post |  #10

An extremely well done series of shots, very sharp as well. Its fun using a torch to focus by, isnt it? You did a fantastic job on these.:D :D :D


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Mar 10, 2006 06:09 as a reply to  @ Bald Eagle's post |  #11

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An extremely well done series of shots, very sharp as well. Its fun using a torch to focus by, isnt it? You did a fantastic job on these.:D :D :D

Thanks v much BE. Fun you say? Jolly difficult I found, yet I only had one throw away where I missed the focus.


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Mar 10, 2006 09:02 |  #12

Great images, i thought also when i saw it that it was a Deaths Head Hawk Moth ...




  
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Great images, i thought also when i saw it that it was a Deaths Head Hawk Moth ...

Thanks Gordon. I actually found that the science museum close to where I work has a specimen in their collection, so I could have found the ID much easier than chasing through google :eek:


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Mar 11, 2006 00:56 |  #14

A great series of pics there, the 3rd pic is awesome


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Mar 11, 2006 01:08 |  #15

That's very cool!

Your neighbor sounds like a great kid!


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