Huge Green Moth!

Feb 1, 2005
SE Florida
Found this guy on my wood siding this morning. shot with D2X/60 Micro. Hit it with a -2 EV indirect flash from my SB800. I cut off the very top of his left tenacle thingie, and I think he's missing one of his tails!
Suggestions to improve it next time?

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Nikon D2X

Focal Length: 60mm

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Color Mode: Mode I (sRGB)

Long Exposure NR: Off

High ISO NR: Off

2005/05/26 06:57:27.0

Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

White Balance: Flash +1

Tone Comp.: Less Contrast


Compressed RAW (12-bit)

Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern

AF Mode: AF-S

Hue Adjustment: +3°

Image Size: Large (4288 x 2848)

1/60 sec - F/11

Flash Sync Mode: Front Curtain

Saturation: Normal

Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

Auto Flash Mode: Balanced i-TTL

Sharpening: Medium high

Lens: 60mm F/2.8 D

Sensitivity: ISO 200

Auto Flash Comp: -1.0 EV

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Jan 25, 2005
Nice shot Steve. Only thing that I would change would be to back up an inch or two so that his entire antenna is visible. 8)
Feb 9, 2005
Penryn Cornwall England
This is Actias luna. The American Moon Moth. Male. Tip for the future. They do not fly much in daylight. So you have all the time in the world to photographic from whatever angle you want. This one has definitely lost its left hand tail. The colour is very accurate.
The larvae feed on the foliage of walnut trees and they are very very easy to breed.
The Moon Moths of the world are truly beautiful and I have had great fun in the past raising a large number of them from India - America and Madagascar. However there is one that I have never ever seen alive and that is The Spanish Moon Moth. Graellsia isabellae. Now protected by law.

BW. Bob F.

Rob G.

Nice shot Steve.
What a strange creature it is :)

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