First weird happening . I am sure you have heard the phrase if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound ? Well Miggs last night proved that a part of a tree does make a sound if there is no one there to hear it . It was about 10 pm the windows were open , Papa and I were watching a movie , all of a sudden Miggs fly’s up runs to the sliding door and barks and stands there staring at something not sure what to make of it all . So I got up and went to see . Now I couldn’t quite see out there as the porch light was shining and it was dark past that so I got the flash light and combed the yard with it before I let her out just in case .
I saw this thing I could not make out what it was sitting just under our big tree near the bird feeder pole , first thing I thought of was a Racoon cause in the dark it was like a greyish colour , but it didn’t move so I thought it was a cat maybe laying there . I then made a few sounds to see if I could shoo it off but no luck . I then let Miggs out , now she is on an electric fence and cant go over to the feeder area so she just stood there and barked at it , by that time Papa came out and investigated it more and ya know what it was?
The knot had fallen off of our large old 150+ tree and rolled to it’s resting place !
Weird eh ? to think that both Miggs and myself thought that in the dark this was a critter , oh boy we both need our eyes checked lol !
This is where the knot was on the tree for many years before over 6 years at least since we have been here !
Then this morning as Miggs and I were on our way down the drive way to go for our walk I saw this strange butterfly on the road that I have never seen before so we went back and I got my camera and by then this creature had struggled to fly up to under our porch roof so I took a few photos and called Papa to come see this lovely strange yet beautiful creature .
It turns out it is not a butterfly at all it is actually a moth .
A LUNA MOTH
Wingspan: 12 cm, with 6 cm tails
Description: pale green, pink-edged wings with long tails, transparent spot on each wing, those on forewing joined by dark line to wing edge
Larva: up to 85 mm long; bright green with sparse hairs; each segment with widely-spaced reddish spots
Range: throughout south and central Ontario, north to nearly James Bay
Habitat: forested areas Larval food plants: birch preferred, but also walnut and several other species
Flight season: mid May to July
Overwintering stage: cocoon
True fact: Male giant silk moths like luna, polyphemus and cecropia have much larger antennae than their female counterparts. These are used to detect pheromones emitted by females; the males can track this seductive “perfume” over one kilometre to its source during breeding season. These moths are a rare sight .
Life span (1 week)
At first, the Luna moth’s wings are soft and crumpled. In 20 minutes, the wings are full size, and almost dry. But wait, the moth can’t fly yet! Once the moth’s wings are dry, it opens them and then rests until night time. Once it gets dark, the moth will fly away to find a mate. Luna moths only live for about 1 week.
So that was a rare treat for me to get photos of this moth and weird for the knot to fall off of our old tree something else I have never seen before , oh my what’s next I wonder rubbing hands here in excitement lol !
Papa has been busy building and painting bird houses this weekend so I will share some photos of the progress of that and the finish of them when all is put together .
Nature ceases to amaze me !
Until next time .