|Spotted on the Island
Moths, More Moths, and A Soon to be Moth!
One of the most spectacular things about living on the island is the large variety of wildlife--in the water, in the air, in the trees (and sadly, sometimes in my walls. Boo, mice).
This was the all-time winner of the creepy crawly contest. This fat guy morphs into a yellow and purple Imperial Moth. Really, it does. The picture doesn't convey how gigantic it is... and heavy. There are several varieties of Imperial Moths. More here: http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Eacles-imperialis
These amazing creatures are why I don't use any insecticides or mosquito fog in our yard. We sprayed our trees once, and there were dead moths everywhere the next morning. Dead birds the following day from eating the poisoned insects. I'll slather myself in Deep Woods Off and live with the bagworms in the trees and swarming mosquitos, thank you. I know, "preachy," but I can't help it. I love dem bugs.
Send me your pics!
Please send me some cool Exotic Isle wildlife photos you have for future newsletters. Am particularly interested in featuring the peacocks that were here fifteen or so years ago.