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Probably the Worlds most beautiful hawkmoth.

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Bob the Spiderman, May 15, 2007.

  1. This is Daphnis nerii or the Oleander Hawkmoth. Not quite as rare as hen's teeth but not far off. :biggrin: :biggrin:

    These is the first ones I have had since 1983 and I was delighted to get them as pupae again from Germany on Friday 11th.May. Since then 6 have hatched. 5 males and 1 female with 4 more to come. :cool:  :cool: 

    I am also going to show you the pitfalls of trying to photograph this moth. Normally one tries to use bright sunlight so as to get a maximum depth of field and nice bright colours. WRONG WRONG WRONG.:eek:  :eek: 

    With this moth,you have to use spot metering over the white-pink and purple and then store that reading, rearrange the image in the viewfinder and take the picture in dull light or shadow. :confused:  :confused: 

    When I first had them in 1981 I was tearing my hair out, :Shocked: :rolleyes:  as every transparency came back from Kodak overexposed. It was not until 1982 that I got it right, and that was by accident. I took a picture on a dull day and eureka there it was in all its' glory.:biggrin: :biggrin:

    So let this was a lesson well learnt, as most photographs you see of this moth do not show you its' true colours and subtle shading of green that it uses to camouflage itself while at rest.

    This one is what you get when you get it wrong. It is a male, and you can tell this by virtue of the fact that it has 3 spots on the body. Females only have 2 spots. There are none are on the tip of the body. See image 3.


    The correct exposure of the same moth.


    This is a female taken this morning. No spot on tip of tail.


    Enjoy Bob F.
  2. Yvette


    Jan 3, 2007
    Oh Wow. Very pretty.
  3. What beautiful colors!!! The wings look velvety-soft, too! VERY nice photographs!
  4. Amazing detail. I cannot determine their size from the photo. How large are they?
  5. Splendid work Bob! One of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
  6. Also amazing at the significance of the correct exposure on this species.
  7. Actually they not that big. About 3.5 to 4 inches across the wings and 3.0 inches deep. 90-110mm X 75-80mm I normally find a reproduction ratio of 1:3 or 1:4 is correct.

    BW. Bob F.
  8. mdsign


    Jun 14, 2006
    I like the bug a lot but the composition could be better IMHO. Colors are very nice.

    cheers, Mark
  9. Nature's design is simply unsurpassable.
  10. Gr8Tr1x

    Gr8Tr1x Guest

    Dang! Thats awesome.
  11. fine show of workmanship there bob!
  12. Gale


    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Very useful information Bob
    Very beautiful Moth.
    Well done, pretty image
  13. Very nice. Never seen one like it.
  14. I do agree with your observation, but for the last 4 days it has been raining constantly and I am having to work with greenery brought in from the garden and placed in a valse on the kitchen work-top.. They say that tomorrow, Thursday, will be better, so hopefully I can get then down to some serious work on both sexes at decent shutter speeds.

    I am having to work at 1/15th to 1/40th at f 7 which is not very good!!:eek: 

    BW. Bob F.
  15. Yep, that´s extremely beautiful!!!
  16. what a beauty this moth is...
    and u hav aptly shown that right exposure can bring out correct colours.
    thnx for sharing all the info around the species too.

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