Posted by : Ivy Hamilton dimanche 23 mars 2014

UltraMacro Carpet Moth

Larentiinae moths contain roughly 5,800 species and occur mostly in the temperate regions of the world. They are generally considered a subfamily of the geometer moth family (Geometridae) and divided into a few large or good-sized tribes, and numerous very small or even monotypic ones which might not always be valid. Well-known members are the "pug moths" of the Eupitheciini and the "carpets", mainly of the Cidariini and Xanthorhoini.

In English: "carpet moth" is just a label of a certain type of moth and this species actually has nothing to do with clothes and carpet eating moths whatsoever. Actually, it's not even the moths that eat carpets or clothes, by the time they've become a moth it's too late! It's the larva that does the eating (caterpillar). Adults just have sex and make babies and that's about it. Back to carpet moths, I personally think that of all the various moth types there are these bear quite a resemblance to butterflies, with their broad wingshape and their overall heart-ish resting state. They do tend to be small though, usually they're about 1-2cm long at most.

Last in the series of this small carpet moth, really a test of a possible solution of my 5x-10x issues. This is a stack of 250 images using Zerene Stacker, with further post processing using CS3, Topaz Detail and Noise Ninja. Diffuser was tissue paper and I used 2 flashes from the sides. What I did differently was rather than using a reversed 28mm Componon stretched out to the max length of my bellows, was put a Kenko 1.6 TC into the mix, which of course enlarged the image. Seems that this has generated something slightly better IQ than my last two, so I also went much lighter on the sharpening. Result!

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