Photographing Butterflies

An Atlas Moth - One of the largest moths in the world. Is found in Asia and only lives five days or less.
United States
June 26, 2008 12:03am CST
Recently my wife and I visited the Tucson Botanical Gardens where one of the most fascinating exhibits was the Butterfly exhibit which was a large enclosure with hundreds of butterflies and flowers. It was quite an experience and I spent over an hour there taking pictures and watching the butterflies. I have attached a couple of my pictures here and have posted many more, including some video footage, on my blogs at and Have you visited exhibits like this and, if so, where and what were your impressions of the exhibit?
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
26 Jun 08
Your Photo was great. How do you get the moth to stay still that long? I would be interested in the type of camera you were using and the lighting conditions? I will have to put the Tucson Botanical Gardens on my list the next time we visit Tuscon.
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• United States
27 Jun 08
Thanks for the comment. As for my camera, it is a Canon PowerShot A570IS digital camera. A nice little compact digital camera. As for the Atlas moth, he had finished crawling out of his cacoon about an hour earlier and was probably tired. Also, the docent said that he was more of a night creature than a day one and that may have contributed to his sluggishness. As I said in my article, these moths have a maximum life span of no more than five days and have no mouth with which to eat. Basically all the moths do is mate and die. This one was probably resting up for a hot evening of chasing female Atlas moths - except that he was the only Atlas moth in the enclosure at that time. Oh well, such is life.