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A Reader's Digest Mistake?
From the back cover of the November 2000 issue
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The "ephemeral butterfly" is a less than ephemeral dried, pinned and Mounted Dead Moth, a Polyphemus Moth to be precise.

It appears that photographer Keith Carter pinned a dead Polyphemus to the toe of his boot and snapped this heart warming, if not fraudulent photo. 

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 I direct your attention to the back cover of your November edition.It appears that photographer Keith Carter pinned a dead Polyphemus MOTH to the toe of his boot and snapped this heart warming, if not fraudulent photo. MOTHS, unlike butterflies, fly at NIGHT. This particular moth will find it very hard going with the pin through its thorax.

An Ephemeral Butterfly?

Close Up of Butterfly?
Magnified (Y) Close Up of Butterfly?
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A Polyphemus Moth
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Magnified Close Up showing... Is that a Mounting PIN ?

 

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