Another small moth - more shots

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Pizzazz
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Another small moth - more shots

Post by Pizzazz »

Hi Gang

I found this guy on the window sill to my shop. At first I thought it was alive
due to the way it was sitting, but discovered its true state when I went to
catch him in my specimen jar.

He must have passed during the night, as he was still very pliable.

I went to work, spreading the wings and doing some initial cleaning.
He firmed up within 24 hours.


Mike


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Post by leonardturner »

An excellent set of images. I'm particularly interested in the varying patches of pigmentation in the eye; I wonder what sort of function they would serve.

Leonard

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Post by rjlittlefield »

A good find, well documented!
leonardturner wrote:I'm particularly interested in the varying patches of pigmentation in the eye; I wonder what sort of function they would serve.
The pattern looks like a pretty typical artifact of the eye drying out and having its innards crack and separate.

In life the whole eye probably appeared uniform near-black.

Of course the pattern says something about the anatomy and the drying process, but I suspect it's about as relevant to vision as cracks in drying mud are to a functioning wetland.

--Rik

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Post by Pizzazz »

Leonard

I agree with Rik. Recall that I found this specimen and although still
pliable, the eyes had started to "turn".

In the past I have found that the eyes turn fast and you fight the clock on
getting a good shot.

I am in the process of shooting an Acrea Moth, and its eyes are jet black.
This specimen went down yesterday morning and I will post something
later today so you can compare.

Mike

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Post by Smokedaddy »

Fluffy little critter. Nice image set.

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