Saturday, July 23, 2011

Surprise Reflections

Can you guess where I am seeing these reflections?

A view from a little further out ... I'm sure you can guess it's some kind of critter.

Sleeping on the tree ... Oh! It's nocturnal!

Did you guess it was a moth?
Antheraea polyphemus to be exact (don't be too impressed, it took me half an hour to find it online)!
What you can't tell from this shot is how huge this thing is ... the wingspan is about 6 inches (from the tip of my pinkie to the crease of my wrist)!!!

It's the biggest moth I've ever seen! It visited me on Thursday morning, spent the day on the tree, and was gone by Friday morning.

To see reflections from around the world, join us over at James' "Weekend Reflections"!


  1. Great shot but a very strange looking creature.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  2. Clytie, you captured just how amazing this moth is with those eyes on its wings. By your description it must look huge lying on that branch all day.


    Treasure sent!

  3. That is amazing! I could never guess that it was a moth!

  4. Amazing shot, you have a good lens to get that, and a very keen eye for details. I thought it is from a dog or a furry bigger animal, but a moth, very extraordinary. we also have those moths here we call Atlas moths. You should have seen their larvae, for me they are big and scary! Happy Sunday.

  5. Marvellous creature and beautiful shot !

  6. I had no idea it was a moth based on the first few photos! Nicely captured!

  7. Impressive close-up of the reflection. What a beautiful creature!

  8. Wow, great shot. I could never guess it was a moth.

  9. I thought it was the eye of some kind of animal. The first that came to mind was a horse, the second a dog, but it didn't look like either, I thought it was distored somehow. How cool!

  10. Sissy! Not only is this moth sensational--but your photos are stunning. I also thought, at first, it was the eye of a deer, or Gypsy or one of the cats...

    My word. These photos just fill my eyes to the BRIM.

  11. What beautiful photographs you have taken, well done.

    They are great.