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Waking up and stretching by Trish Meyer

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Photographed at my home in Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
It has been identified as Ophiusa tirhaca of the Noctuidae family.

This large pale orange coloured moth seemed to be just waking up and drying off it’s wings
after emerging from it’s cocoon on one of my Jade plants.

Mounted Print Only just awake

It slowly stretched out it’s wings and began to flutter them, building up speed and eventually taking flight.

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green, orange, plant, unknown, insect, moth, winged, jade, lepidoptera

I love the endless photographic opportunities provided by world around me, from the abundance of nature in my own backyard to historic and scenic worldwide destinations.
I am retired, beyond threescore years and ten.

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  • Jan  Tribe
    Jan Tribeover 4 years ago

    oh wow Trish!! what an amazing macro!! excellent!! you should put it in some macro groups…. wow!

  • Thanks so much Jan, for your in depth comments and for adding this shot to your favourites. Have submitted to some macro groups … awaiting approval :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • WayofWarriors
    WayofWarriorsover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting on this shot. Much appreciated. Trish.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Gabrielle  Hope
    Gabrielle Hopeover 4 years ago

    What big eyes he has! Wonderful capture Trish.

  • Thanks Gabrielle. Big eyes and big body, one of several large moths I have seen here, a similar size to the Hawk Moths. Thanks for the fave also :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 4 years ago

    Great macro Trish. I love the details. It reminds me of a bull about to charge.

  • Thanks Michael. I see what you mean … it was probably getting a bit tired of me chasing it around the plant as it was getting ready to fly :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

    Fantastic detail!

  • Thank you Gina.

    – Trish Meyer

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Stunning macro Trish just awesome !

  • Thanks so much Trudi for your lovely comments and for adding this to your favourites.

    – Trish Meyer

  • tkrosevear
    tkrosevearover 4 years ago

    Fantastic macro Trish ;) ♥

  • Thanks so much Tammy :)

    – Trish Meyer

  • Lilian Marshall
    Lilian Marshallover 4 years ago
    Stunning macro Trish So clear and sharp .Beautiful colour.
  • Thanks so much Lilian for your lovely comments and for adding this shot to your favourites.

    – Trish Meyer

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 4 years ago

    superb macro, trish! what a great capture!

  • Thanks so much Nadine. I spent about half an hour photographing it before it tired of me and flew out of “reach”.

    – Trish Meyer

  • Rosej
    Rosejover 4 years ago

    I am glad these are small – they would be really scary big wouldn’t these – with those eyes… Great capture.

  • Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting on this shot. Yes, they could be quite scary if they were bigger!

    – Trish Meyer

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