Moths are so beautiful yet delicate. They really should not be handled as I did this one. If you must for whatever reason handle a moth put in your hand a cotton ball or something similar soaked in a solution of sugar-water 1-4 ratio and let the moth come to it. Just like a butterfly its wings should never be touched.
Oh and they pee just like any other creature, not something I ever really thought about.
I went outside later and found that it had a wound that looked as if a bird had tried to peck at it so I gently picked it up and laid it in the this potted plant where it would be safe to die in peace instead of being eaten alive. After awhile another moth just like it came in and rested beside it. It stayed there with it for most of the day as if it were trying to comfort a dying loved one. I don’t know enough about moths to know if that is indeed the case or not. I would sure like to think so. The injured moth appeared to stroke the other moth as if to say “thank you”. I noticed today that the non-injured one was gone. At the time I looked anyway. Maybe it is off getting food. In the photo the moth on the right is the non-injured one.
Such amazing beauty our Lord God created for us to enjoy. Praise Him all creatures great and small.
Check out Apronhead-Lilly to read of her lovely job as a foster mom to a baby hummingbird. http://apronhead.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/perhaps-the-end-of-the-story-at-least-my-part/
It is three webs connected to each other throughout two trees by very long spidery highway strings.
Direct Gardening is having a sale on Mosquito Shoo plants. It is a citronella type plant that is supposed to repel mosquitos. Now that the West Nile Virus is spreading I think it is something we should probably invest in. The Mosquito Shoo plant is a potted plant that can be grown outdoors during the summer and some of us probably have plenty more summer left to make it worth our while to buy a few.
Lemon Balm is also another plant that is supposed to ward off the evil buggars. Some people like to use garlic, as in eating it. Of course we know that would also ward off any potential mates for those who are looking and family and friends. Also planting Marigolds, Mint, Vanilla scented geraniums
Encouraging bats and dragonflies are also ways to win the war against mosquitoes although as many bats as there are where I live I am not convinced. All of my bats must be on a diet.
You can find more information from examiner.com
Oh and last but not least walk around dressed head to toe in white gauzy material, you won’t look stupid like that.
This beautiful specimen is a Hackberry Emperor, Asterocampa celtis.
All of this time I thought this was a moth but I discovered it is instead a butterfly. I found all of my information on the site, Butterflies and Moths of North America.
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Tagged Apaturinae, Asterocampa celtis, Beautiful, Butterfly, Hackberry Emperor, moth, Nature, North America, Nymphalidae, Wings
Hey Nancy I found a live one! They remind me of trolls and fairies all rolled into one.
I love cicadas. They have fairy like wings and big friendly eyes. So when I find them dead I keep for a little while. This one is displayed in a window and my daughter walked right up too it too look out and didn’t see it until she was almost touching it. I really wasn’t sure if I wanted to ride with her after that. She didn’t think it was too funny to discover a bug that close to her face. She screamed a real scream.