The small cabin I live in on the shores of Lake Franklin Pierce shares the space it occupies with nature. Nature doesn’t seem to mind the small bit of wood and roof that sits in the middle of a heavily wooded lot near the water. Squirrels scamper across the deck looking for crumbs from dinner or lunch. Birds nest and bring up families under the deck or the eaves of the roof. Chipmunks, squirrels and aggressive blue jays expect part of whatever you are eating at any time. Deer will stop by to graze on a bush, and bears have been known to stand in the road to the cabin giving you a “Seriously, don’t even think about beeping” look. We are the strangers here, but nature tolerates us.
My first year at the cabin I was sitting in the only room (it’s a small cabin) and looked up to see what appeared to be a bat attacking the screen. Closer inspection showed it was not a bat but a BIG moth. “Mothera” was later identified as a Luna moth. Luna moths seem to be rare, and have a short life span, so I felt honored by the visit.
This year was a record year for the Luna moth “invasion”. “Mothera” and “Mr. Mothera” appeared at the screen door. They spent the entire day there. Nighttime had “Mothera’s cousin” and “Mothera’s other cousin” dancing at the bedroom window, and they also decided to stay there for the daylight hours. I hope this is good news for the Luna moth population. The most I have ever seen in previous years has been two.
‘Hey, lemme in, that light you have is sexy!’
If you ever get a chance to see a Luna moth, it’s very interesting. I have bats living here that are smaller. Or rather, there are bats that let me live here that are smaller.
- What a life: The Luna Moth (howardmeyerson.com)
- Luna Moths Are Made For Love (#191) (tincantraveler.com)
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- Garden Update ~ June 19th (mainedays.typepad.com)
- All Things Are Beautiful (russtfj.wordpress.com)