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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Art of disguise - Part 7

The Cream-striped Owl Moth is sitting so still that it is easy to walk past and not notice.

42 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

You must have VERY sharp eyes but what a beautiful moth and it does look like an owl. Diane

Firefly said...

I would not have spotted that one either. I love the "eyes" on his back.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

A persons eyes become adjusted to picking these things up Diane. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Just some practice Jonker and then you will find them easily too. :)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: What a great eye you have, I didn't see anything until you went in closer.

blog with no name said...

Wow Joan, you sure have a knack for seeing the smallest things... great shot! Oh yes, I wanted to say that your profile pic is very nice, you have a really nice smile that brings on warm and fuzzy feelings... take care and maybe see you in person sometime!!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

The perfect disguise hey Tom? These insects are fantastic.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Mike but there is not much I do not see when I go out looking for bugs. :)

That is very sweet of you. Yes, I do hope you come over with Gaelyn the next time. I see you have changed your avatar too. What a cute picture. I do not have any of my childhood.

Andrea said...

Wonderful!!!
There is something similar in Italy too,but this one have a more interesting "design". :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Andrea. There are many kinds of owl moths here too but not all are as easy to find as this one was. :) I am sure yo have some of the same ones there too.

Craver Vii said...

Bashful, aren't they? And yet so pretty, when you look at them up close.

Speaking of looking at them up close, it is nice to see your smiling face as a profile pic. You have kindness behind your eyes. :-)

Jo said...

Wow Joan;) you do have sharp eyes. And I too, love that I can see you now. Good profile pic. I hope we can meet up sometime.

Krista said...

You never cease to amaze me! How did you see that little bugger? Very awesome - great photos and a lovely little fellow.

Leedra said...

Guess that is a survival technique.

Diane AZ said...

Fun how you let it come more into view with each picture. I love the "eyes."

Gaelyn said...

You are so good, and the moth magnificent. With those big eyes I'm surprised it didn't see you coming. ;-)
Thanks for sharing your beautiful face with everyone. Now for something a little more up to date maybe. Hugs girlfriend!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks for the kind words Craver. :) I thought it about time to make a change.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jo. Yes, I hope we can meet up too. You must let me know when you are going to be down south again.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

How wonderful to see you back Krista. I missed you!! :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Wonderful to hear from you too Leedra. Yes, such a perfect disguise will keep him quite safe.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Diane. That is what I call hiding in plain sight. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Gaelyn. This one was quite happy to sit there while I took the pictures.

That is about as up to date as you are going to get. You know me by now. :)

Hugs!!

Abraham Lincoln said...

It looks so much or reminds me so much of the Buckeye Butterfly with the big eyes.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Abe. I am sure you have a few species which is similar to this as they are found worl-wide.

Leeloo said...

O WOW, what a beautiful moth!!! I love the pattern and colours on those wings! Your last picture is really showing it :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Leeloo. Love your pretty avatar too even though he has such an "attitude". LOL!!

Zane said...

Reminds me of the 1st World War. Ok I am not that old and did not fight in the trenches. The airplanes were called tiger moths and had round insignias on the wings.

It is a wonderful series with a crafty subject. I love the eyes on the wings.

Mary said...

Great post, Joan--love the way you gradually reveal the moth. I was suspicious of the faint white "V" shape in the first photo, but only because you said that there was a moth hiding in the grass--no way I would have spotted it without knowing.

Thank you for your consistently delightful entries; it is such a treat to come to your blog. We have a decorated Christmas ornament made from a Monkey Orange--a gift from a relative who shops where they have crafts from around the world.

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Wow. the butterfly can really hide itself.

Rambling Woods said...

Wow..I had to look twice..You have a great eye Joan....Michelle

Mary said...

Whenever you announce "art of disguise" I start scanning the photo! I couldn't find it at all in the first photo. It is very pretty!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Now you know where the planes got their names from Zane. :) Thanks.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Mary. I am always amazed at how nature has made these creatures in order for them to survive.

That Christmas decoration sure has come a long way. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks for visiting and commenting Willie. The perfect disguise. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Michelle. Just practice and you will find them easily too. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! It is an interesting series Mary. Wish I was able to find more this past summer but we had too much rain to be able to get out there to look for them. :)

JM said...

Fantastic!

Becky and Gary said...

I certainly can see where the Owl moth gets it's name. I LOVE it!
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jose.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Becky. Some of our moths are more beautiful than the butterflies.

Anna said...

lol I had to think twice.
Have a good night my friend.
Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Anna. Sometimes these insects astound me when I find them as they are so well disguised right out in the open under my nose. :)

Hope you slept well too. :)