Odds and ends.

A few days ago this iteration of the blog ticked over seven years on the WWW, and this post is number one thousand one hundred and fifty, a nice round figure. I suppose I should have something special to give it for its birthday, but it’ll have to make do with this modest offering.

A big Huntsman spider on the carport beam, nothing unusual in that but this one had an attractive pattern on its back.


Sometimes the full beauty of moths is only revealed when one sees the hind wings. With live moths that usually keep them hidden, a flight shot where the electronic flash freezes the movement is the only way. For example this Hippotion scrofa was settled on the sheet with its wings still fluttering and I caught it fairly well.

hippotion scrofa

The Mecynata moth often rests with its wings folded like a butterfly, this one kept them partially open for a while showing the hind wing colour.

chrysolarentia mecynata

The Mistletoe Moth is a day flying moth that likes to stoke up on nectar, I caught this one in the garden with the 200-500 zoom bird lens. This species can be mistaken for a butterfly.

comocrus behri

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