Elegantly Fascinating Looking Species of Moths from Ottawa

Canadian photographer Jim des Riviéres has created a collection of large-format prints displaying “the arresting beauty and surprising diversity of moths from the Ottawa region.” Having cataloged approximately 300 different species from the 2,000 specimens he caught, des Riviéres has grown to not only appreciate the beauty of these winged creatures through his art practice, but also learned more about them.

The photographer’s fascination with moths first discovered while he was two years into his photographic obsession with butterflies. Upon seeing insects as an equally beautiful species with a much larger population, he switched his focus. He says, “Many of our moths are bigger and more colorful than our butterflies.”

Traveling up to 50 miles out of urban Ottawa, armed with only a some supplies including a black fluorescent light to draw an attention of the moths, des Riviéres would play the expecting game to catch his fuzzy little multi-patterned subjects.

Great Tiger Moth (8166 - Arctia caja americana) wingspread 56 mm Collected by Jim des Rivieres, Camp Fortune, Quebec - Aug. 9, 2004 Scanned August 14, 2004 Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) - Noise Ninja 1.2 ?%

Great Tiger Moth (8166 – Arctia caja americana)
wingspread 56 mm
Collected by Jim des Rivieres, Camp Fortune, Quebec – Aug. 9, 2004 Scanned August 14, 2004
Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) – Noise Ninja 1.2 ?%

Wingspread 35 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on September 6, 2007.

Wingspread 35 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on September 6, 2007.

Wingspread 42mm. Collected July 12, 2011 at Wascana Park, Regina, SK

Wingspread 42mm. Collected July 12, 2011 at Wascana Park, Regina, SK

Wingspread 42 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on May 23, 2007.

Wingspread 42 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on May 23, 2007.

Wingspread 47 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on September 8, 2006.

Wingspread 47 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on September 8, 2006.

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Cecropia Moth (7767 - Hyalophora cecropia). Wingspread 138 mm. Collected at Crosby, Ontario on June 7, 2004. Scanned on Epson 4870 at 3600 dpi. Noise Ninja 305% r=1.2

Cecropia Moth (7767 – Hyalophora cecropia).
Wingspread 138 mm.
Collected at Crosby, Ontario on June 7, 2004.
Scanned on Epson 4870 at 3600 dpi.
Noise Ninja 305% r=1.2

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Imperial Moth (7704 - Eacles imperalis pini) Female. Wingspread 118 mm. Collected at Norway Lake, Onratio on July 15, 2002.

Imperial Moth (7704 – Eacles imperalis pini)
Female. Wingspread 118 mm. Collected at Norway Lake, Onratio on July 15, 2002.

The Beggar Moth (7440 - Eubaphe mendica) wingspread 23 mm Collected July 3, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec Scanned July 5, 2006 Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

The Beggar Moth (7440 – Eubaphe mendica)
wingspread 23 mm
Collected July 3, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec
Scanned July 5, 2006
Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref)
Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Comstock's Sallow Moth (10008 - Feralia comstocki) wingspread 37 mm Collected May 7, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec Scanned May 12, 2006 Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Comstock’s Sallow Moth (10008 – Feralia comstocki)
wingspread 37 mm
Collected May 7, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec
Scanned May 12, 2006
Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref)
Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Great Tiger Moth (8166 - Arctia caja americana) wingspread 69 mm Collected July 28, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec Scanned July 31, 2006 Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Great Tiger Moth (8166 – Arctia caja americana)
wingspread 69 mm
Collected July 28, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec
Scanned July 31, 2006
Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref)
Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Wingspread 42 mm. Collected July 30, 2011 at Chemainus, BC

Wingspread 42 mm. Collected July 30, 2011 at Chemainus, BC

Isabella Tiger Moth (8129 - Pyrrharctia isabella) wingspread 51 mm Collected by Jim des Rivieres, QUBS and Crosby, Ontario - June 7, 2004 Scanned June 13, 2004 Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi NoiseNinja 305% 1.2

Isabella Tiger Moth (8129 – Pyrrharctia isabella)
wingspread 51 mm
Collected by Jim des Rivieres, QUBS and Crosby, Ontario – June 7, 2004
Scanned June 13, 2004
Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi
NoiseNinja 305% 1.2

Once-Married Underwing Moth (8805 - Catocala unijuga) wingspread 83 mm Collected July 22, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec Scanned July 25, 2006 Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Once-Married Underwing Moth (8805 – Catocala unijuga)
wingspread 83 mm
Collected July 22, 2006 at Lac Bonin, Quebec
Scanned July 25, 2006
Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref)
Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Ferguson's Scallop Shell Moth (7292 - Rheumaptera prunivorata) wingspread 36 mm Collected by Jim des Rivieres, Norway Lake, Ontario - July 17, 2004 Scanned July 21, 2004 Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) - Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Ferguson’s Scallop Shell Moth (7292 – Rheumaptera prunivorata)
wingspread 36 mm
Collected by Jim des Rivieres, Norway Lake, Ontario – July 17, 2004 Scanned July 21, 2004
Epson 4870 at 4800 dpi (600dpi ref) – Noise Ninja 1.2 305%

Length 23 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on July 11, 2008.

Length 23 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on July 11, 2008.

Length 26 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on June 20, 2008.

Length 26 mm. Collected at Lac Bonin, Quebec on June 20, 2008.

H/T mymodernmet

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