Nature’s Gold

This is a tiny little micro moth which frequently visits my garden during the summer months. It is called the Golden Argent (Argyresthia goedartella), and it only has a forewing length of 6mm (quarter of an inch). It can be seen flying during the day as well as at night.

They can be fairly challenging to photo for their tiny wing scales are very reflective. And of course, they need to sit still for the duration of the photo shoot.

Double click on images to enlarge.

July 2017, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman


  1. And just how do you get them to sit still? An issue I have with some larger critters and have no answer myself. And a second question if I may. What lens and attachments, if any, do use use for this type of image. They are great, and clear.

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    1. Thank you very much, Ted πŸ™‚ Sometimes a few short minutes in the fridge helps cools them down enough to stop them intially flying off giving me a chance to get some shots in. I use a Sigma 105mm macro lens, and I sometimes add a Raynox DCR-250 convertor lens to the Sigma to get a little closer.

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    1. Thank you, Emma πŸ™‚ I have a fascination for moths with their diverse forms, colours and patterns. The grass moths are certainly an interesting group to study, and I get quite few of them visit me here throughout the season.

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