Painted surprise

Boy Scouts have a motto that states: “Be Prepared”. This motto is a perfect one for the field photographer because one will never know what you may see if you really inspect the environment closely. This may change your photographic direction significantly.

Yesterday while on a wildflower trip to the Texas Hill Country near my Austin home, I stepped out of the vehicle prepared to make a wide angle landscape image of a display of wildflowers. However, I stopped to look at some Indian blanket flowers (Gaillardia pulchella) and spied this well-hidden moth  on one of the blossoms. Not to pass up the opportunity, I quickly switched to a macro lens and fill flash to capture the miniature surprise in front of me.

Painted schinia moth, (Schinia volupia). Nikon D2Xs, 200 mm F 4.0  Micro Nikkor, SB-800 flash, Gitzo tripod.

This Painted schinia moth has a wingspan of 20–22 mm and is found from Arizona to Texas, and north to Nebraska in open fields and meadows where the host and larval food plant Indian blanket (Gaillardia pulchella) thrives. It is often seen resting on the flower heads of the host plant, as above, and is attracted to lights.

Copyright © 2012 Brian Loflin. All rights reserved.


2 responses to “Painted surprise

  1. BreOfficialBlog

    Beautiful Photograph, the colors are very pretty = )

  2. Beautiful!
    Amazing how its colors match the flower!
    Have a great week-end!
    Lea’s Menagerie

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