Friday, August 18, 2006

Daily Farm Photo: 8/18/06


A Most Extraordinary Hug

When I stepped out the front door this morning, I had a sudden urge to detour around to the garden before heading down to the barn. The morning light was beautiful, and I thought I might find a photo. Okay, busted. I was mainly going to see if anything in the garden had been ravaged during the night. I only gave the garden a cursory glance, though, because my attention was drawn to something much more interesting.

I have seen these beautiful Luna moths before, but never two at once--and never intertwined. They are large, with wings that span four inches across. They stayed like that for several minutes while I stared, fascinated. Four hours later, they were still there. I lightly tickled each one with a blade of grass, just enough to see if they were alive--yes. I suppose they may have been busy making more moths (I know nothing of moth mating habits). I do know that pressed together, holding tightly to each other's little legs, it was quite a romantic scene--and a glorious morning surprise.

I am thrilled the photos I took came out. Click here if you would like to see the rest of them.

A year of Daily Photos ago: Baaaaaa!

23 comments:

  1. Ain't so much a moth. It's a super-hero caterpiller in its bee-oo-ti-ful cape. Takes one to know one.

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  2. Didn't that creature destroy Tokyo a few years back? :)

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  3. Who does love a good Luna Moth, Only slightly less well know, but just as fun is the Royal Walnut Moth. Pictured here: http://bengarland.com/2005/pics/costarica/esl_moth01.jpg and here: http://www.whatsthatbug.com/saturnid_moths_2.html
    Thanks for sharing. I love the blog.

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  4. Very cool! You see the most amazing things on that farm of yours.

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  5. OMGosh they are beautiful!

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  6. that's a gorgeous photo. wow.

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  7. Beautiful. I've never seen those before.

    Pax. Kimberly

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  8. They look like they might be dancing a ballet together.

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  9. Heather will be hosting WCB #62 at http://azurelynns.blogspot.com/ if you have a kitty photo to share.

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  10. Beautiful photo! I first saw Lunas when I went downstairs one summer morning to see these enormous moths clinging to the screen door. The ones I saw were about 8 inches wide, so you can imagine my surprise!

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  11. Yikes!

    Heteroceran Pornography!

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  12. This is so beautiful. I hope you don't mind I snagged a copy for my desktop.

    Love it and the blog.

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  13. Oh, for heaven sakes...I have NEVER seen anything like that! Incredible.

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  14. did you ever read girl of the limberlost?

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  15. Girl of the Limberlost! I thought of that too ... Elnora, yes? The far reaches of norhern Michigan. Thanks for the reminder! Off to the library!

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  16. The dancing bug strikes! After dancing with the broom it is moth dancing. Great photo.

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  17. Oh wow, that's beautiful and such a cool photo!

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  18. four hours?? Okay I can dig that.
    Beautiful!

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  19. Gene Stratton Porter....she brings back such memories. After my mom passed away 7 years ago, I spent that summer just recovering from the "2 years from hell" Iwe had been thru. I read many of Porter's books...soothing, and healing. 'Girl of the Limberlost" is one of my favorites. And "The Harvester" is one of the sweetest, most romantic books I ever read. Brings back fond memories.

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  20. Extraordinary indeed! Beautiful photos. I've only seen Luna moths in magazine photos.

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  21. Obviously, "morning moths"

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  22. wow i've never seen them before
    great shot

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