I apologize in advance for the totally off-topic post but I am still really moved and excited by an even that happened at the end of last week.
So, I was surprised by an amazing guest on my front porch. I let the dogs out in the morning and followed them out the door. I turned around to come back inside and I screamed as I saw the biggest moth I’d seen in my entire life. On the ground right in front of the door (I have no idea how I hadn’t seen it when I walked out). I’m pretty phobic when it comes to insects and spiders… moths/butterflies are on the low end of the fear factor but size certainly effects how uncomfortable I am around the insect.
This moth had a wing span of 6 inches (a hair over this)… I kid you not, this moth was HUGE! He had these four beautiful faux eyes as a defense mechanism and these amazingly fluffy antennae. I took a bunch of quick snap shots (I was unsure if the moth would fly away) and found out (through an amateur entomologist friend) that this was a polyphemus moth. It’s not super rare but also not terribly common. Working through my fear I just marveled at this really beautiful creature–it both terrified me and fascinated me.
I feel really fortunate to have seen this amazing creature… he really was just absolutely gorgeous. His stunning markings and colorings made me brave and helped me get past my fear with him. These are not stellar photos but I hope you enjoy this amazing creature’s beauty as much as I did!!
I startled him enough accidentally at some point that he unsteadily flew away. He landed in the neighbor’s shrubbery, which I suspect is a nicer place to spend his last little while on earth. I really did feel so lucky to have seen such an amazing creature… it was really quite amazing and terrifying event (though, as I became wrapped up in his beauty, he became much less scary!)!