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Cecropia Moth

Hyalophora cecropia


This very large and beautiful moth was attracted to my porch light. I found several of them that weekend, but haven't seen one since. This one had lost a left antennae and taken some damage to the middle left leg, but seemed otherwise healthy.


Small clearing in a mostly deciduous woods.


The first photo is a macro of the moth's abdomen, and the second photo is a macro of the dark 'eye' at the tip of the fore-wing. The fourth picture was taken in the morning of the next day -- you can see that there are not so many hard shadows from the flash. It was taken within 12hrs or so, so I'm hoping it's okay to put it on the same spotting (missing antennae make it clear that it's the same subject).

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kittuandme 8 years ago

great spot, the first one really does looks like tiger..

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Great macro photography and great series. I thought the first pic was tiger fur :-)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Fabulous details. Thanks.

TKBotting 9 years ago

Thanks Christy! I took this shot with 300mm lens mounted on the bayonet mount, and a 135mm mounted backwards on the front of the 300mm. My 135mm is broken, and cannot focus, so do not expect to be able to use this setup. The much better kit is a bellows ($40.00 on e-Bay) with a 50mm prime mounted backwards (reverse mount is $10.00 on e-Bay, and the 50mm will be around $300.00 brand new regardless of brand). You will need have a flash mounted very close to the lens, and ideally very diffused. All told, about half the cost of a proper macro lens (if you're serious about photography you should have the 50mm and flash already anyway, so if you make your own diffuser, it's more like $50.00!!!!

ChristyHolland 9 years ago

I want your lens!! Great macros!!

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago


Wilsons 9 years ago

great photos!

TKBotting 9 years ago

Updated with picture of the under-wing.

Azura Firdaus W
Azura Firdaus W 9 years ago

wow that's beautiful Moth

NuwanChathuranga 9 years ago

great shots!

TKBotting 9 years ago

Thanks! I've retired this 2 lens kit in favour of a lighter one -- I think the belly may be the best shot I got before switching to a bellows.

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 9 years ago

Macro redefined!! Awesome!

CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Awesome TK!! Very beautiful!

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Ontario, Canada

Spotted on Jun 7, 2011
Submitted on Sep 16, 2012

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