September 1, 2011 at 7:50 am (discovery, learning fun)

“Not quite birds, as they were not quite flowers, mysterious and fascinating as are all indeterminate creatures.”

 -Elizabeth Goudge
Look who came to visit us in our tiny little garden!
As you can tell from the antennae, this is not a butterfly, but a moth. A Polyphemus moth, to be exact. He was huge and beautiful and FUZZY!
We see them in our yard from time to time, I think they live high up in our oak trees and rarely come down to play. The girls were thrilled and fascinated by their discovery. T even came back later with a magnifying glass to study this gorgeous creature a bit more closely.
This type of moth can’t eat once it reaches adulthood, so only lives for a week or so past it’s caterpillar stage. The ones we’ve seen always stay put for hours on end, so I suspect they’ve reached the end of their lives. Sad, but fantastic for the small ones who so rarely get a chance to see fluttering creatures close enough to get a good look.
Not everyone was as happy about our visitor as T and J were, however. . . Ro wasn’t sure quite what to make of it!


  1. Kelli said,

    Love when insects and any other of God’s creatures give us the opportunity to view and learn. Thanks for the great lesson today.

  2. Ki said,

    Hahahahaha! That’s ’cause Ro is a good, smart baby. She understands self-preservation very well. Story of her life!

  3. Kendall said,

    Awesome!! That moth is huge…glad they got a chance to see it up close even if Ro was a bit…confused by it. 🙂

  4. Gabriel Beach said,

    She’s about to SCREAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Run! This one MIGHT not be fake!

  5. FooFoo said,

    Oh, the bewildered Ro . . .
    T seems to accept the fuzzy creature from the look on her face.

  6. Bryna Scoccimarro said,

    WOW! That is one BIG moth! I understand Ro’s trepidation… They kinda creep me out too. 😀

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