Cinnabar moth – extreme macro

I have been waiting for an opportunity to photograph a butterfly or moth up close for a very long time. My patience has been paid off as I managed to find a Cinnabar moth. I am aware that the wings do have scales on it which are only visible in extreme macro. Hence I have been wanting to capture close-up images of these scales.

Equipment used:

Sony A6000, Leica Focotar-II 50mm F4.5 lens and JML 20x microscope objective, Macro bellows, Stackshot Pro. Multiple images taken and stacked in Helicon Focus.

First the full image of the Cinnabar moth.

Full image of Cinnabar moth
Full image of Cinnabar moth
100% crop
100% crop – you can start to see the scales of the wings
Macro of Cinnabar moth
Macro of Cinnabar moth
100% crop
100% crop – the scales are now more visible
Macro using JML 20x microscope objective
Macro using JML 20x microscope objective
100% crop
100% crop – extreme closeup of the scales

It is amazing what is present on the wings of these insects, which we do not see unless it is magnified many times. I do need stronger lighting to help capture sharper images, as I have had to use 0.5 seconds exposures for the JML microscope objective images, which makes motion blur likely to affect the sharpness of the final image.

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