Much more interesting looking than the drab brown/grey moth it becomes.
Much less safe to pick up than the drab brown/grey moth it becomes.
Those rear spines can break off in your skin.
The spines and hairs contain toxins that can irritate the skin and can cause a rash.
I never try to pick up an insect I’m photographing. I’ll use a stick or a stiff leaf for that. One web site I visited quoted the maxim: “Look up before you pick up”. Sounds like good advice to me.
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