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Carpet Moth | by Johan J.Ingles-Le Nobel
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Carpet Moth

A 3/4 head shot of a little carpet moth, shot to compare the performance of a componon 28 stretched out using bellows to about 8:1 against the 4x objective that I used on the previous shot. This is a stack of 250 shots using zerene stacker.

 

Carpet moths are very common and they're hard to ID: they look more like butterflies when they're resting and they're generally all brown. They're one of the first to appear in springtime so I expect to see many of them in the weeks ahead.

 

They're about 1/2 to 1/3 the size of your standard UK macro moth but it's still a specimen size that I'd like to be able to get good shots of. To me, the Componon slightly has the edge over the objective but that whole 5x-10x range is proving problematic for me. I do have a couple of 10x objectives but the field of view on APS-C is just too small so what I really need is something that's about 6x. Any suggestions?

    

PHOTO TIP: Moth eyes start to degenerate after a couple of days (they dry out), the white patches on the eyes is this. If you want to delay this, store them in a freezer

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Taken on March 1, 2012