Focus-stacking #11: live giant silk moth

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27-image stack (about two minutes to sequence, plus a couple to set up the shot)

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Live polyphemus (giant silk) moth photographed posing perfectly still while laying this egg. According to an expert, the hairs on the egg came from the mother during laying.

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I found this fat mama laying her eggs on a brick plaza next to the Coliseum downtown. She laid a dozen on the way home. I put some of them (and her) near a sweet-gum tree in some nearby woods. I’m saving some to try to raise on sweet-gum leaves.

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4 Responses to “Focus-stacking #11: live giant silk moth”

  1. See comment on previous post. The shot that shows the moths defensive camoulage displaying the threatening eyes of a much larger creature is great. The Chinese consider these eggs good “Qi” (pronounced “Chee”) Place one egg in the north west corner of each closet.

  2. corndoggie Says:

    The eyespots and body look like a raccoon’s eyes and nose.

  3. jude3obscured Says:

    The ancient Furshlugginers consider these puffed styrofoam-like orange salt-delivery vehicles good Chee-tos.

  4. corndoggie Says:

    My ancestors introduced puffed styrofoam-like orange salt-delivery vehicles to the New World.

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