Five Minutes with a ‘White Ermine’ Moth

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new meme called “regularrandom for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter.

Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object, and shoot for just five minutes.   You can move around the object or scene but try not to interfere with it. See what happens in that five minutes, what changes, how the light changes, what comes into the frame or leaves the frame, or what other parts of the object you can focus on or use to your advantage.

Found dead in my bedroom, this charming furry little moth looks as though he is wearing an ermine cloak. The name ‘White Ermine’ (Spilosoma lubricipeda) is most apt. I carried the little fellow to a lighter place where I could photograph him before taking him outside. Just look at those silken velvety wings with the fringed edges, that delightful furry head.

Do you think he used those comb-like antennae to brush his hair in the morning?  Amazing what details a macro lens can reveal.

Thanks to Ali at the Mindful Gardener for the ID of this moth. She also found a dead one this week and took photos of it. Please pop over to have a look as she turned her moth over and has views of the ‘undercarriage’.

All photos were taken using my Olympus OM-D E-10 camera and Macro 60mm lens.

If you would like to join in then please visit DJ’s site where you will find more information and ideas about the challenge.

Plant Portrait

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I often walk around my garden with my camera in one hand and secateurs in the other.  This little moth / butterfly was very busy swooping down on my hardy geraniums that I couldn’t get a clear shot. But I quite like the movement in this one and hope you do too.