Rabbit Moth

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I call this little fellow the "rabbit moth".

Obviously it has no relation to a rabbit except that when I photograph it in an upright position...

...its two feelers look like rabbit ears...

This is me drawing this bunny likeness out of the photograph, just because I saw it and I like it.

On some nights when we anchor up near the mainland shore of the remote Kimberley coast...

...thousands of insect are attracted to the powerful back deck light.

It's fascinating to gather some up with a fine insect net on different nights at different anchorages and see what is there.

the Kimberley coast has had so little...

...baseline scientific research...

...that you could conceivably be seeing 'undescribed species' in most of the locations we anchor at.

Sometimes it is only possible to get the photo you want by handling some of the smaller creatures that you come across.

Always think it through...

...before you start to photograph...

...creatures that you have to handle.

If you ever photograph insects like this rabbit moth, be aware that you can only handle them for a very short time, and very gently - for three reasons...

...if they fret and flap, they damage themselves...

...if they damage themselves - they don't photograph well...

...no photo is worth killing the subject for.

So it is in my interest and theirs to work out the photograph and set the camera and lense up prior to handling them...

...a good rule is to prepare first, handle minimally and shoot 3 or 4 shots and let fragile creatures go...

If anybody knows the common name or any scientific/taxonomic background of this beautiful moth - could you please put some information on this page with the form below?

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