Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nighttime Beauties ~ Barred Owl

The more often nighttime stirring Barred Owls Strix varia, may have been howling and hooting as year-round residents on this Western Massachusetts hillside for more than 11,000 years . . .  

Dear Readers, if you would like to see more photos and continue reading the story about this Barred Owl encounter, please visit my main  wildlife and garden blog. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nighttime Beauties ~ A Living Cocoon Bouquet

Last September a fellow Lepidoptera enthusiast, Tor, had given me a remarkable gift. Several twigs with Cecropia Moth cocoons attached. When I placed the leaf coated, brown silky cocoons all together in a pewter pitcher, I had a uniquely created cocoon bouquet. Most bouquets quietly die over days or weeks but not this one.

A bouquet of Cecropia cocoons blossom and fly into the night sky. The full story is here.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Ephemeral Visitations from Ethereal Nighttime Beauties

We humans are creatures of habitual repetition and it is a reliable assumption that by nightfall most people are indoors with lights on and doors closed to the outside world. When we accidentally or purposefully leave our outside lights on, it is somewhat like fly fishing with the bright light being the lure. Many night beauties will be drawn to the light and will fall into a deep sleep making them vulnerable in the morning.

You can read the entire story here. After you read the story and see more photos I hope your connection to  nighttime beauties will happen often. 
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