General Boy Meets Moth

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  1. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    [​IMG]Boy Meets Moth[​IMG]
    [​IMG] A Moth-Appreciation Thread [​IMG]

    I've had a bit of an obsession with moths since I first spotted a Rosy Maple Moth (now my favorite moth) on my front door a couple years ago. Now I run for my camera whenever I spot a moth that catches my interest. Here I'll be sharing my curious encounters that I've been fortunate enough to capture on film. Feel free to share yours as well or share anything moth-related!

    Rosy Maple Moth
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    Five-Spotted Hawk Moth (before "pumping-up" its wings)
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    Pink-Striped Oakworm Moth
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    Blinded Sphinx Moth
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    Luna Moth
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    Polyphemus Moth
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    Zebra Conchylodes Moth
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    Clymene Moth (aka Crucifix Moth or Jesus Moth)
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    Hebrew Moth
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    Delicate Cycnia (aka Dogbane Tiger Moth)
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    Ailanthus Webworm Moth
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    Banded Tussock Moth (aka Pale Tiger Moth)
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    Deep-Yellow Euchlaena
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    Manto Tussock Moth
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    Stained Lophosis Moth (with uncharacteristic pink coloring)
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    Saddled Prominent
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    Arched Hooktip (aka Masked Birch Moth)
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    Grape Leaffolder
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    Banded Tiger Moth
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    Beautiful Wood Nymph
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    Fall Webworm Moth
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    Rough Prominent (aka White-Dotted Prominent or Tawny Prominent)
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    Wavy-Lined Emerald
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    Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth
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    Goldenrod Stowaway (aka Tickseed Moth)
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    Harnessed Tiger Moth
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    Parthenice Tiger Moth
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    Pale Beauty
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    Large Tolype Moth
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    Brown-Shaded Gray
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    Grapevine Epimenis
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    The Bad-Wing
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    White Slant-Line
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    Mournful Thyris
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  2. Trainer Josh Competitive TCG Player
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    Not a huge fan of moths myself, but these pictures are awesome! I'm curious if you have any funny/interesting stories, about moths flying away or forgetting your camera?
     
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  3. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    The only semi-funny story I can recall was when I was taking pictures of the Rosy Maple Moth. See the second pic? It was actually charging at me for disturbing it. (I only wanted to get a shot of its pretty face!) I think it was shortly after that that it flew away. I finally found another one for the first time in over a year this morning, but it didn't stick around nearly as long after waking up.

    And I rescued the Hebrew Moth from the dog's "water bowl of doom." The picture was taken after it had dried off a bit.

    I think the only moths I missed were a Hummingbird Moth in the garden and a somewhat large yellowish moth (possibly an Io Moth) that I didn't even notice until it flew away. There was also a Black-Waved Flannel Moth (aka Puss Moth) that I tried taking pictures of, but they all came out too blurry or overexposed to use.
     
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  4. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    Actually, there was another one that got away. I remember it having a striking orange body with small black dots down its back. I just saw one while looking through some pics and it was an Isabella Tiger Moth. I've seen the Banded Wooly Bear Caterpillars since I was a kid, but I think that was my first time seeing an adult. I'll definitely have to keep an eye out for another.
     
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  5. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    UPDATE: Added the Dogbane Tiger Moth and Ailanthus Webworm Moth
     
  6. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    UPDATE: Added the Banded Tussock Moth
     
  7. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    UPDATE: Added the Deep-Yellow Euchlaena and Manto Tussock Moth. I also added another Luna Moth photo.
     
  8. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    Added the following:
    • A small and unidentified pink and yellow moth (got any ideas?)
    • Saddled Prominent
    • Arched Hooktip
    • A moth of the Desmia genus (unsure of species, possibly a Grape Leaffolder)
    • Banded Tiger Moth (not to be confused with the Banded Tussock Moth)
    • Beautiful Wood Nymph
     
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  9. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    Added the Fall Webworm Moth (maybe my best moth photo yet). Here's a pic of their caterpillars (Fall Webworms) that I took a few days ago as well:

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  10. NinjaPenguin Always standing out from the crowd.
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    Wow, Neko. These pictures are beautiful. They are consistently well lit and in focus, and your Depth of Field is always just enough to show us the moth without moving our attention to the background. They're almost turning me into a moth enthusiast!
    May I ask how exactly you take these pictures? I would think that it's would be difficult to adjust my angle and settings for the perfect shot before the moth flies away.
     
  11. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    I usually use my camera's default Auto Mode (sometimes Scene Recognition) with Macro or Super Macro turned on and get as close as possible without zooming-in or using flash (when possible). I hold the shutter button halfway down, wait for the focus sound to beep, check the display (if I can see it) to make sure it focused on the right thing, then finish pushing the shutter button while trying to keep myself steady. I often take 10+ pictures of the same subject just to be safe. If needed, I use Photoshop to crop the photos and improve lighting, color balance, and sharpness.

    Most moths are pretty chill during the daytime and won't fly away unless you accidentally tap their wings or try to wake them up and even then some don't want to budge. Butterflies and dragonflies are a very different story, though. @[email protected]
     
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  12. flilix Aspiring Trainer
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    I once found an elephant hawk moth caterpillar in my garden. I was curious to see what it would look like as a month, so I put it in a cage with some ground (the caterpillars hibernate under the ground). In spring it came out of the ground, it was very beautiful. I didn't take any pictures though. :(

    This is a picture I found on Google:
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  13. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    UPDATE: Added the Rough Prominent

    I also spotted this the other day, which I have a strong hunch is the case of a Grass Bagworm:

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    EDIT: It may be a Mini Bagworm.

    Elephant Hawk Moths are gorgeous! It's so cool that you pupated one. I'd love to pupate a moth someday, but I'm not sure how feasible that would be with all these cats...!
     
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  14. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    Added another photo of the Blinded Sphinx Moth. Can you tell how they got the name?
     
  15. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    No more interesting adult moths, but here's a pretty cool caterpillar:

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    As a general rule of thumb, it's in your best interest not to handle furry caterpillars. Although not all of them sting, the Io Moth caterpillar is one example of why you should probably avoid them. This green caterpillar appears to be covered in soft moss, but its hairs are anything but pleasant to the touch. These spines contain a potent venom that can result in excruciating pain, sometimes requiring medical attention.

    Like all adult North American moths, the mature Io Moth is harmless (and quite pretty).
     
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  16. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    Where did all the adults go?

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    White-Marked Tussock Moth Caterpillar. Beware of the spines! Adults of this species aren't nearly as vibrant but, interestingly, females are flightless.

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    Here's a "stick caterpillar" that will eventually become a type of geometer moth:

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    Another moth better-known for its caterpillar, the American Dagger Moth (it's partially curled-up in the photo):

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  17. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    I wasn't able to get a great pic since it's dark out, but I spotted another adult moth that caught my fancy. It's a small moth, but the color and combed antennae are gorgeous. The Wavy-Lined Emerald has been added to the first post.

    Their larvae are pretty neat, too. I've not seen any myself, but I was researching them and found out that these crafty caterpillars attach bits of flowers and other plant material to their backs for camouflage. Pretty cool stuff. Check them out on Google.
     
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  18. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    The "Grass Bagworm" case from before looks like it may actually be a Mini Bagworm instead. I found a couple more of 'em today.

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    I also spotted what appear to be baby Milkweed Tussock Moth caterpillars munching-down.

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  19. GrandPanacea Thread Necromancer
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    Holy Toledo, these pictures are incredible!!

    I've only ever seen once fancy moth before. I was working at a convenience store/gas bar, on a night shift, and the coworker I took over from was still there, chatting with me. We saw a large fluttering motion by one of the windows, and I went to the door to peek out, because we thought it was a bat. It was actually a Luna Moth! It was perched on the brick wall, a couple of inches above the ground. It was so beautiful.
     
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  20. Nekoban Ryo Fake Card Artist, Moth Freak, Fossil/Shiny-Hunter
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    STORY TIME!

    I remember finding a big moth outside the grocery store when I was younger (it may have been a type of sphinx moth because I remember that its body reminded me of a plump worm). It was under a shopping cart and I was afraid it would get ran-over, so I decided to swoop in and save it. It wouldn't fly away, so I assumed it had been injured and decided to take it home with me. We stopped at a gas station on the way home and the moth started flapping its wings, so I rolled-down the window and it flew away. I felt that I had helped it recover, but now that I think back on it, it was probably just in a sleepy daze that whole time instead of injured. Anyway, I think I've had a bit of an affinity with moths since.

    Added the Small-Eyed Sphinx Moth to the first post. It's almost identical to the Blinded Sphinx, but bears a different pattern. Who knows, maybe it's the same kind I rescued as a kid?

    I also found another Mini Bagworm case (the longest I've found yet) and decided to combine all four of them into a single image. This makes me all the more eager to get a full-odds Shiny Mothim! *Continues headbutting the Burmy tree in HGSS* EDIT: Found a couple more Mini Bagworm cases and added them to my pic:

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    Glad you like 'em! I just wish more of them had nature in the background...

    I agree, Luna Moths are beautiful (not to mention huge and fluffy). <3
     
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