Monday, June 29, 2009

Modest Sphinx moth

Last week while kayaking in Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula, I found this large moth with a fur-like body floating in the St. Marys River. Nudging it with my paddle I discovered the moth was still alive so I scooped it up onto the bow of the kayak.

After returning to shore, I scrounged a piece of birch bark, set up the camera and tripod, and made this photo.

A week later, with a somewhat lengthy search on the different kinds of moths, I'm surprised at just how many species there actually are.

Image © 2009, Daniel Staudacher || Chippewa County, Michigan.

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