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Years ago with my 3 megapixel Canon, I photographed a startlingly beautiful â€œmicromothâ€, I had never seen. It flew low in the Spanish Needles (Bidens alba) seeking cover under leaves when not nectaring in the lower flowers. It is very shy and rarely seen.
I sent the photo to Dr. James Adams, Professor of Biology at Dalton State College in GA), who has a passion for lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) who graciously published it on his site.
Itâ€™s been a pretty good season here for butterflies and moths â€“ not great as in other years past, but good. I saw a Florella in the Spanish Needles outside my fence, and yesterday, took a walk with my camera, just in case.
I got lucky and it was a complete surprise. 10:30 a.m., in an overcast, slight breeze on the roadside, in a low growing patch of Spanish Needles which has been ruthlessly mowed (the reason they arenâ€™t high) by the county, I found some micromoths. Like their bigger cousins, they are mostly drab but then a Florella erupted in a burst of bright color. I watched and stalked and waited, and finally after a half hour, that one Florella became used to my presence and here is one of the best shots. And isnâ€™t it beautiful?
Also by May Lattanzio
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