Since I’ve discovered iphoneography, I’ve also been discovering more beauty in our everyday surroundings. And after purchasing a Photojojo macro lens for my iPhone, I’ve also developed a fascination with and appreciation for moths. I never took much notice of moths until getting a close up view for some macro insect photography, inspired by what I’d been seeing at Instagram.
I had no idea moths were so butterfly-like, hairy to the point of fuzziness, and often with large, deep eyes. I used Hipstamatic to get this photo of one on my front door. If you’re interested, definitely check out NationalMothWeek.org for more info.
Could this Moth be Hemithea aestivaria?
If I had to guess, I’d say: Hemithea aestivaria, or the Common Emerald. If you have expertise in this field, please feel free to weigh in with a proper ID. More photos of this guy are at my Flickr photostream. Thanks!
What do you think? Ever discovered an interest in something after getting a closer look? Have you ever seen a particularly interesting moth? What are your favorite insects? Let us hear from you in the comments!
- Moth Drama: Transforming The Ordinary into Art (rsmithing.com)
- Mad About Moths: National Moth Week (National Geographic)
- Moths in the Night (waiyukkennedy.wordpress.com)
- National Moth Week (The Dragonfly Woman)
- Single Image Sundays: Moth At The Door (rsmithing.com)
- Nature: Beautiful Moths Are In Abundance (Houston Chronicle)
- Moths All Night (NC Museum of Natural Sciences)
- the other lepidopterans (rebeccainthewoods.wordpress.com)
- National Moth Week July 2012 (scientificamerican.com)
- The Moth (jrants2012.wordpress.com)
- National Moth Week July 23-29, 2012 (Bug Girl’s Blog)