Female Indian Moon Moth (Actias selene, Saturniidae)
On this night out in the Pu’er hills with the MV light, I was visited by not one, but two, female Moon Moths simultaneously.
It was getting late and was starting to drizzle rain, so I had already packed up the camera and dismantled my sheet leaving the light on so I could see what I was doing.
Typical of the Saturniids, they are erratic flyers and crash and flap frantically where ever they land which is why it can be difficult to find a pristine specimen in the wild unless it has just emerged from pupation (or you raise them in captivity).
These moths are too big to photograph using my usual macro setup, so I had to unpack and disassemble my camera in the rain to get these shots.
by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China
See more Chinese moths on my Flickr site HERE…..
- Maker: Emanuel Pioté (Austrian, Vienna 1781–1865)
- Decorator: Jacob H. Köchert (Austrian, Vienna 1795–1868)
- Dated: circa 1825
- Culture: Austrian, Vienna
- Medium: steel, gold, enamel, agate, wood, leather
- Measurements: overall lenght 26 15/16 inches (68.5 cm)
- Inscription: (engraved on face of blade) Vivat / Carolus 6 / Imperator / et Rex Boh. / 1723 (with Austrian double-headed eagle crowned); (around upper rim of locket) Piote & Kochert / Jouilliers de la Cour / à Vienne
- Marking: Arms: (top of hilt) Hoyos Sprinzenstein; (on chape), Imperial arms of Austri
This richly decorated sword was made for one of the counts Hoyos-Sprinzenstein. His enameled coat of arms surmounts the lion-headed pommel. The scabbard locket is inscribed “Pioté et Köchert,” the leading Viennese jewelers of the nineteenth century.
Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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