Ctenucha Virginica Moth

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© Andrea Petersen
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Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt.....
Matthew 6: 19

Yesterday when shooting some pictures outside, I was surprised to see this moth waiting for me on our glassed front door:) I had never seen this species before and neither had my husband, in all of the years we've lived here, so...so did some research and finally found what kind it was...On one of my searches, I read that it is very difficult to photograph their body on camera as they like to close their wings..I found that to be true when I looked at some of the pictures that were shown on-line.

Fortunately, this one had its wings spread here and you can see the metallic blue-green body on my photograph. I think it may have been trying to cool off on the glass and was airing its body...

At first I had a difficult time manually focusing on macro as it is very tiny besides sitting on glass which was reflecting the greenery on the background. Thankfully, I had taped a note on lined paper beforehand , on the door not far from the moth, whereupon I focused on the paper and then located where the moth was in that general range area. Not easy, but the moth was cooperative and didn't move while I was trying to get it in focus and that helped immensely...It stayed long enough for me to shoot this picture and I also got one of it flying off the window where the body is also showing blue.

You can read more about this species of moth at the link provided:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ctenucha_virginica

10 responses

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (13 Jul 2012):

    What an amazing capture of this splendid little fellow.. beautifully done!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (13 Jul 2012):

    Amazing such a beautiful moth

  • JOE FAILK

    JOE FAILK gave props (13 Jul 2012):

    I checked out the link. Your photo is much better. I believe you can post your photo there.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (14 Jul 2012):

    Classic Lovely!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    Great entry, wonderful. love the narration Andrea!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (14 Jul 2012):

    I've never seen one like that, either! Very clever way to get this shot; I agree with Joe....they should have your photo as an example of the moth!!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (16 Jul 2012):

    oustanding !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (16 Jul 2012):

    I'm with Susan. I have never seen a moth this color either. Sooooooo pretty!

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (16 Jul 2012):

    Amazing capture!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (19 Jul 2012):

    A fantastic macro!!

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