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Updated on November 4, 2011

Photographing moths and butterflies

Photographing insect and animals never seemed like a good Idea to me, until I found a strange looking insect and then I became as crazy as I could about photographing butterflies and moths and all kinds of insects.People always think that months are dowdy creatures while their cousins the butterflies are beautiful creatures. I was surprised to find some beautiful moths too. Moths are quite hairy and have earth toned colors.Some 200,000 species ofmoths have been identified but scientist suspect there are at least four times more that number of spices existing today. Moths are night creatures but not all are. They have feather like antennae which I got to see only after I started taking macro pictures of moths. Though not all are beautiful some do look fascinating. Their earth tones are a great camouflage to save themselves from predators.


A stunning moth photo image

Look at this guy, isn't he a beauty? I found him in my basement near a tubelight . He didn't look like much from what I saw of him, but equipped with a camera and perched on a ladder he looked fabulous. I brought him home in a bag and let him fly around and settle on things before I could get a decent picture of him.The texture of his wings and the marking on them makes him look as beautiful as any other creature. Now I have great respect for a moth, I wanted to learn a few things about a moth which I can share with you here.

Hairy moth with a feather like antennae

Moths are hairy and have a huge number of scales that fall off when you touch them.This is not powder as we thought it was. Even without the scales a moth or a butterfly can fly, they may just seem a little colorless. They also have these feather like antennae which I got to see for myself only in my pictures.

Butterfly and moth fact - Butterflies and moths have an organ at the base of the antennae called Johnston's organ, this helps them maintain their sense of orientation and direction.


A small sized moth - brilliant in hue

This little guy here was not more than 15 mm if you measured his wingspan. I was not greatly interested, but took a shot anyway as he was around in our basement. I was in for a surprise, he looked like some fine tie-and-die design on Indian cotton fabric. Now I know where there inspiration came from, this little guy over here. Did you know that all moths do not eat cloth. Some can digest animal protein found in the wool, they adults lay their eggs on your woolens and it is the larvae that eats into your woolens. Some adult moths do not eat at all, they spend their adult life just reproducing. So don't blame the moth. The poor guy is framed on false charges.

The monk moth - I thought he looked like one

This rather fat moth had beautiful hairy body and wings, like the finest silk in fact I put him on some silky material to get the right effect. His wings four of them with a short tail like projection makes him one of a kind.The beautiful colors and design on his body could put any piece of silk to shame.I just couldn't get him to spread his wings, I can assure you that he was stunning.

I am fascinated by moths now, my repulsion is now replaced with admiration, because I see moths through my lens and see them for what they are, a beautiful piece of creation.

The little blue Indian butterfly

This little blue butterfly appears to be grayish and under the sun it dazzles.This photo image shows it to have some shining spots on its wings like some fine metallic powder sprinkled on its wings. This little butterfly is only about 15 mm wide, this little creature does not seem to sit even for a moment, I guess, I caught it in one of the rarest moments, I am glad that I did. What a beauty he is!

Did you know the study of butterflies and moths is called 'lepidoptery'?

I have beautiful pictures of butterflies with wings spread out, But I have never seen their eyes. Look at this one, the orchids on my window sill seem to invite them home. I got a good close up, rather frightful.

Butterfly friends

I had him around my little finger. Believe me this beauty sat on my hands for a long time. And did I enjoy him? you bet. I was so excited I walked all around the house with him trying to take pictures as best as I could. But it didn't last for long. He loved his freedom more than me. I still felt blessed.

A black and white butterfly on a zinnia. I guess I need more zinnia's in my garden to attract them. They seem to be fascinated by the flowers.

Butterfly perched on the ground

His feet planted on the ground this butterfly appears to enjoy being one with the earth. A strange place to see a butterfly in, but that is where he hoovered for long and I could get a shot at him.

I have not seen this beauty since I was a child. I was glad to see this neon butterfly. Small but beautiful. I hope this species survives and thrives in the wild so that in the net season I will have many more pictures of them.

Somehow photographing nature has made me appreciate her all the more. My passion for photography seems to be flourishing. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I loved taking them and presenting them for you here. Thanks for staying with me and enjoying the great Indian hike!!

Your comments are always welcome..

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    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you Simone...I so love photography because it connects me back to nature and makes me appreciate her all the more. I am so grateful that I joined Hubpages...this is truly the place to discover your talents... Thank you lady for this visit.. busy times ahead for you.. good luck!!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Wow, these are amazing photos, and they took no small amount of effort to take! I absolutely love them... and I have a greater respect for moths now, even if they *do* sometimes unpleasantly surprise me!

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Richardmohacsi, setting is important, but with insects and living moving creatures you cannot have too much control over the background.. I try to get the best of what I have.. thank you for the comment.

    • richardmohacsi profile image


      7 years ago from Florence

      Great first phto to introduce your topic. I like the kind of abstract background which brings out the subject.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      LOL that is a honor.. I wish I could be truly an insect whisperer !! I love nature for sure..and I am in awe of His creation as I stand in awe of Him. This is one thing that helps me to be grateful for everything around me. Thank you and God Bless!

    • frogyfish profile image


      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Or may we say 'insect whisperer'? You indeed have an evident love of nature and its beauty and that is a very special trait. Loved your pictures and descriptions.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Ruby, I would never more think of moths as dowdy creatures.. I am glad that you could see and enjoy them as well.. Thank you for the comment and the encouragement.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      They are so beautiful and you were able to capture that in your photography. Thank you for showing us the beauty up close..

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      TeriSilver, Thank you for letting me know, glad that you enjoyed it. :)

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Paradise, The butterfly remained with me for a good ten minutes before he flew away.. Maybe I have a that you say little son told me a few days ago.."mom you are a insect communicator" LOL I remember it now.. i just laughed it away then. To tell you the truth I just love to watch them and usually take them out of the house when I am done.. it is a lovely coexistence . We respect each others space. Thank you for your lovely comment :)

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Tim, Lol I hunt for the photograph..but you know something they seem to like me.. a couple of them came home in the last few days.. and it was fun walking around with the guy on my hands.. glad you enjoyed the hub.. and thank you for the kind words sir.

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      7 years ago

      very interesting article n beautiful pics

      God bless

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      Teri Silver 

      7 years ago from The Buckeye State

      Nice photos, interesting feature. Thanks for sharing it.

    • Paradise7 profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      So beautiful! I so surprised you could get the one moth to sit on your hand like that. Usually they fly humans. You must have a gift with living things.

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      My goodness, sofs. You have the nicest moths I've ever seen. Great shots really have the knack. You must have some calming effect on them to get them to stay still for a close-up.

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      @ Holdmycoffee, thanks for the visit and the comment.

      @ nkrohini , thank you, much appreciated.

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      Kavitha Rajeev Kumar 

      7 years ago from India

      Nice hub.

    • holdmycoffee profile image


      7 years ago

      Enjoyed your hub. Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos.


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