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    a beautiful "new born" moth

    This week I found this newly hatched cecropia moth on the post of my deck. He was pumping up and hardening his wings. Opening and closing them to test his new muscles. He stayed until dark before flying off.

    It is 4 inched across. I love the delicate colors -- the pale lavendar on the wing tips and the fuzzy rust of his head and legs.

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    Oh the wonders of God's creation. He is a beauty.

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    Nature can put together colors in a way that humans can not. The moth is beautiful.

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    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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    you are so lucky to have such a fabulous visitor. Beautiful. thanks for sharing
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    Amazing. What wonderful patterns on his body - those stripes and then those tiny little dots of color. He's beautiful.
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    Yes, they are beautiful...this year I watched at least 100 praying mantis babies hatch from an egg sac...very interesting!

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    Isn't it amazing to watch then getting ready to fly? It sure looks pretty with it's brand new wings.

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    nice job of photography to

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    Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing.

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    Such a beauty, thanks for sharing your pictures.

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    I wish I could -- I'm no good with art quilts. Traditional geometric blocks are my thing. If anyone would like more pix in order to create something, please ask. I took quite a few to make sure that I got some clear ones.

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    He is a beauty. Thanks for sharing.
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    We sure do enjoy the flutterbys around here. Husband started growing milkweed and I fell in love with the smell of the flowers. Monarchs like the milkweed. Have a lot of Butterfly bushes planted. Last year there were tons of flutterbys around them. Will be planting more for them when we decide what we need. Habitat is dwindling so people want to put in Butterfly gardens, they sure do appreciate it. All of them, Moths, butterflys,creepy crawlies. Not a spider person here, but try to leave them to their job. Just don't be in my airspace. Have transport systems in the house to help us move them to the outside when we come across one. Paper plate and plastic cup.
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    You're lucky to have been there at the right time to see this moth! I'm glad you took pictures and posted them for the rest of us to see. Thank you!

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    Lucky you! And lucky us! Thank so much for taking pictures and sharing. Nothing is better than nature!

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    I often get distracted by watching all the wonders that can be discovered in the garden. Too late to change now, I've been doing since I could toddle. Great pics....thanks for sharing.

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    no one puts on a better show than mother nature!!
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    Not a spider person here, but try to leave them to their job. Just don't be in my airspace. Have transport systems in the house to help us move them to the outside when we come across one. Paper plate and plastic cup.[/QUOTE]

    Nice photo and it would make a great art quilt. Someone on the QB recently showed a dragonfly that they had made. Loved it!

    JabezRose: I also don't kill the spiders I find in the house. I have a humane spider catcher. It's looks like a flashlight handle with a long tube on it and a cap on the end. It runs on batteries and sucks up the spider without harming it. You turn it on, suck the spider up, put the cap on the end, and then deposit the spider outside. I use it for bees and other flying things too. You need to get one of these as it is easier than the plate and cup method. lol

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    Me too. I spent one afternoon watching a monarch caterpillar wander from one milkweed to another -- wondering what he was looking for -- and in the end he was looking for a safe place to start his chrysalis.

    I love to see the big yellow and black garden spiders in the middle of their web. As kids we used to catch bugs to toss into the web just to see the spider run and then wrap the bug with big white webbing.

    My sons and I used to sprinkle crumbs to see how big a load an ant could carry . Surprising how much they can lift. Humans are wimps by comparison.
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    Quote Originally Posted by earthwalker View Post
    I often get distracted by watching all the wonders that can be discovered in the garden. Too late to change now, I've been doing since I could toddle. Great pics....thanks for sharing.

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