Some trouble with micro-moths…

Do you suffer from stroppy camera syndrome?  

This syndrome has many symptoms but probably the most terrifying is the undecided battery charge indicator.  It changes from red to amber and back to red with alarming regularity which seems to correlate with the quality of the photo you have in the viewfinder/screen increasing nervousness and hence the camera shake waiting for the dreaded “battery is low” message and the abrupt and non-negotiable shut down.

Other symptoms may appear, including the vanishing subject in which the beautiful butterfly that was on your screen when you push the button is inexplicably not in the resulting photo and I mean no trace not even a blurred tail nothing.  I’m sure the stroppy camera flashes a little light to scare them away or deliberately delays the taking of the photo to an unusual degree.

All this is on top of the perils of recalcitrant wildlife.

My particular fight at the moment is with moths as I am starting to disturb a good number of them as I walk through the reserve and I am only just figuring out how to get some kind of half decent photographs with my little compact camera.

I have come up with a basic rule that works for me:    Stop when the moth settles and try to get a shot from where you are no matter how awkward and far away the moth is because as soon as you move they will be off and they are not stupid as the more you disturb them the further away the will fly and chasing micro-moths around may cause much annoyance and frustration.

As I know nothing about moths it also helps to have an expert on hand to help identify the little “chaps” afterward although I am rapidly learning that in most cases this usually involves minute dissection and examination of genitalia so many of my photos will be forever labelled “Unknown Moth” which is annoying for me but no doubt a great relief to the moth.

I also recently learned that there are such things as macro-micro-moths that is micro-moths that are bigger than some macro-moths and vice versa there are micro-macro-moths that are smaller than some micro-moths it’s all very confusing.

Graham Watkeys - Taf Fechan Warden