Diamond-back Moth


Plutella xylostella – This small micro moth has been quite a regular visitor to the garden over the years. As can be seen, it has quite a distinctive pattern.


Diamond-back Moth Plutella


Diamond-back Moth Plutella


Diamond-back Moth Plutella


Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 15th July 2017
Place: Attracted to moth trap, rear garden, Staffordshire


25 thoughts on “Diamond-back Moth

  1. Pete, I have decided to purchase the Sigma 105mm macro lens this year, I will probably get the 1×4 converter as well. Have you any experience with converters? will they decrease sharpness? regards Brian.

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  2. Thanks for this insight Pete. The sigma 1×4 converter which fits between camera body and lens would increase the focal length of the 105 to 150 with the advantage of costing £200 less than the Sigma 150mm macro and weighing nearly half as much! I love what I have seen of the 105 but with butterflies I don’t want to get too close, sometimes you can’t. Obviously when I purchase the lens I will practice loads on easy subjects and not try and get that special one till I know it’s limits. Regards Brian.

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    • No problem, Brian. That 1×4 convertor sounds pretty cool and was one I was looking at last year but decided on the Raynox. It will be interesting to see what results you can get with it. I have the same problem with some butterflies and dragonflies, and sometimes rely on my 70-300mm telephoto for these, but it is not as a good as a dedicated macro. Best wishes, Pete

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      • Well Pete I took the plunge and purchased the Sigma 105 macro and Sigma 1.4x converter today (thanks to my Waitrose bonus) now roll on spring so I can put it in action! Not seen you on my site lately hope you are ok. Brian

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      • That’s fantastic Brian! I will look forward to seeing your photos when the weather permits and when you post! If the converter works well fr you I may be tempted to get one myself. I am good thanks. Just having a break from PC Land for a short while. Best wishes, Pete

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  3. Fascinating. There are so many small creatures to learn about. I’m getting hopeful that spring has remembered the UK after all…a patch of grass has escaped from the snow cover on my front lawn!

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  4. Wonderful shots-they are very clear and well executed! The subject is also very interesting. I’ve never seen a moth like that in real life!

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