Silkworm Moth 2012
Generally ,with Macro i try to avoid posting something i´ve done before, however Silkworm Moth, is one of the most frequent search terms on this blog, it´s almost a daily occurrance, which i figure means there are enough people out there interested in this species of moth for me to make an exception, so here´s this years offering of said moth. Like last year these moths have been cultivated (if i can use that word) by my daughter. They are mature now and have laid their eggs for next year.
As i only have one macro lens (EF-S 60mm which does´nt fit my 5D), i´ve had to fall back on my trusty Canon 50D. I used my product photography lighting set up to light the subject.
In this image the moth is clinging to the cocoon it´s just emerged from, with the silk thread clearly visible at this magnification. The moth is about 2cm from the lens. I´m afraid i don´t know if this one´s a male or female. These moths are extremely easy to photograph as they hardly move but you need patience as they take about 6 weeks to grow to adult moths from the caterpillar.My daughter grows them in a shoe box and gives them fresh Mulberry leaves in the caterpillar stage until they weave their cocoons.
f/18| 3.2 sec |ISO 100|