These Macro Moths Will Stun You


If you've ever sat outside on a porch at night in the summer, you've no doubt seen moths come fluttering to the light.  Similar to, but not part of the butterfly family, there are thought to be over 250,000 different types of moths.  From a photography standpoint, moths can be one of the hardest insects to shoot because they are nocturnal.  Shooting time is very limited and either requires the use of a flash or very high ISO.  Because of shooting situations, it's not overly common to see high quality macro shots, so enjoy these macro moth photos.

Photo By Martin_Heigan

Moth, macro.

Photo By Teddy-rised

Happy Micro Moth Macro Monday

Photo By Stephen Begin

Photo By Max Kleinen

Photo By Tim Goedhart

Photo By Zdeněk Macháček

Photo By Richard.Fisher

Macro Moth~

Photo By Pomax


Photo By Atomicshark

Moth macro

Photo By blmurch

Moth Macro

Photo By FrAnthony

Moth Close-Up

Photo By Martin_Heigan

Moth macro

Photo By Tibchris

Sunset Moth Portrait

Photo By .Mushi_King

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Allthough I did not manage to capture stunning images like these, I was able to take some macro shots of the moth’s on my lavender after nightfall. The main challenge was auto-focus, which did not work being dark. The AF light only irritates the moths, so manual focus, fast responses and some luck are needed. I chose to use flash, because it was too dark to capture the always moving moths without it.

Wow some real great details – I have been doing some close ups of flowers recently but I have a problem with satisfactory dof. Any help appreciated.

Yeah, they’re not all moths. There are grey Hairstreak butterflies, skipper butterflies, snoutnose butterflies, and a couple species I can’t identify mixed in. You can tell by the antennae; Butterflies have smooth or striated antennae with a bulb at the end, Moths have feathery antennae.

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