Thursday, August 23, 2012

2012, Day 236 - Mosquito moth

This is an unusual looking guy and he was kind enough to enter my studio the other day although at first I mistook him for a mosquito closer investigation revealed his true nature.  This is actually a plume moth and they have multiple feather-like wings that are bound closely together when at rest.  Their larvae roll leaves around themselves before pupating and I have found a number of them on the apple tree in my backyard.  While many are considered pests because of the damage they do to flowering plant crops others are used to control invasive plant species.  My yard has relatively few flowering plants so I don't view these little monsters are a problem and will probably just let their babies grow into odd but beautiful adults.

Canon 1D X, Canon 100/f2.8L IS with 12.5mm and 25mm extension tubes
100mm, f16, 1/200 @ 200 ISO

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