Jim des Riviéres was two years into photographing exotic butterflies, when he realized he ought to turn his attention to moths. Generally speaking, the moth is considered to be the butterfly’s homely cousin. “But the beauty of moths is really quite surprising,” he says.
Since 2002, des Riviéres has created breathtaking portraits of about 300 species of moths living in and around his home of Ottawa, Canada. His collection illustrates the great variety of moths, from the Lappet Moth to the Parthenice Tiger Moth to the One-Eyed Sphinx (yes, that is its actual name). Each of his large-format prints draws out an individual species’ intricate details—iridescent eyespots, fringed antennae and appaloosa
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All images by Jim des Riviéres