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Sunday, October 14, 2012

the miniscule and lovely...

I wanted to share with you this little beauty I found on my studio screen door...
It was about an inch long and I was so intrigued by it's wing pattern.
They almost looked filigree, as if they had been put together with tiny twigs.
The Latin name for it is Dragida Procinta or as us commoners
would call it, an olive green cutworm moth.
I found a picture of it's chrysalis. I know I've found these in the soil before and
always wondered what they would become...
They seem to be quite common from the east to the west but I don't think I've ever
really seen the moth this close...it was it's little face that caught my breath as well...
Sort of a mix of a wolf, owl and moth...
How fantastic is that?
For something so small, that lives for such a short time, it's immense beauty...
 ...once again I am mesmerized by the incredibility of the world of small.
 


6 comments:

Mary said...

The world of small is magnificent! And you've demonstrated it so beautifully here with your photos. I love this little guy, and thanks for giving me such a close up view! Great blessings from the Universe come with such keen observation of nature and all it offers. And you're right.. its face looks quite wolf-like. More animal than insect. Amazing! :) Thank you for this post. It's brightened a quite gray Pacific Northwest afternoon!

Mairéad said...

What an amazing creature - those wings are something else.

Valerie Brown said...

That is fantastic! I've seen the chrysalides in the soil too and wondered what they became. Now I'll keep an eye out for that moth.

Suz said...

I have seen those too and wondered about them..thnks
and I hope I see one
they are beautiful in a mothy way...that's a good thing for a moth....

Ciara said...

Wow, that is pretty incredible! I am a lover of moths, above all tiny creatures, and I've never seen anything like this before. Your description is perfect.

Thanks for sharing! xxx

farmlady said...

WOW! Kerry... it's wings and body do look like they are made of small twigs.
It's the beauty of this moth that makes me believe in a God... an intelligent universe.
"For something so small, that lives for such a short time, it's immense beauty..."
That face, that beautiful face.
Thank you for sharing this with us.