Surviving, colored design fading, a toothed brown carpet moth
(Xanthorhoe lacustrata) shows the beauty of its aging.

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It’s been two blooms since the milkweed received this plume moth.

Still uncertain about the species, I’ll venture narrowing it down to

Himmelman’s (Geina tenuidactylus) or Buck’s (Geina Bucksi) Plume Moth.

Based on illustrations in the Peterson Field Guide to Moths of Northeastern

North America (Beadle & Leckie, 2012)–and a hunch, I guess–my bet’s on Buck’s.

 

 

 

 

 

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Surprising relief —                                  each moth rising                                     before the mower.

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an earwig in its wisdom
wields its pincers toward
the folly of the world

 

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Have you seen the petition for saving 213 acres of mature forest in our neighboring watershed?  

Anyone can still read and sign the petition here

… and learn even more at Save Marple Greenspace.

 

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First observed on our North American continent in Nova Scotia in 1979, Europe’s large yellow underwing moth (Noctua pronuba) has sure come a long way to one day be roused from its cover of soft brown forewings and awkwardly rise in surprising orange flutter before an approaching mower here in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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