Sunday, June 27, 2010
A "Zebra" saves the night!
Last night was the worst I've had since I started photographing moths with the black light at the beginning of this month. I had wasps, click beetles, stag beetles, fireflies, winged ants, and leafhoppers but very few moths. Most of those were micros or ones I already had. Those @%$*&! little brown May Beetles drove me crazy, one got behind my glasses lens, one got in my hair, then another crawled down the back of my shirt! :-0 To top it off, mosquitoes were biting my legs, so I was just about to call it quits around mid-night when I spied this gorgeous moth on my window frame! It was too high to use my tripod, so I had to stand on my step stool with one foot, the other foot was on the recycle bin, my knee was on the grill and I propped the camera on my arm to try to keep it steady to get the photo. In the meantime, I was getting assaulted by all kinds of insects flying flying around the porch light above my head. After several lousy shots, I decided to risk catching the moth in a jar and transferred it to the sheet. It stayed there for a short time and then flew to the post on the carport --- FINALLY, I was able to get a good photo!!!