Luna Moth and the Cat

My work space is in the loft, next to a window–convenient for gazing and daydreaming.

Earlier this week, when I sat down to go to work, I realized that there was a luna moth clinging to the screen outside the window. Not often is there an opportunity to get a photo of the underside of anything, much less a moth, hence the photo below.

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Luna Moth clinging to the screen outside my office window.

The luna moth is a member of the family Saturniidae. Moths of this family do not eat nor do they have mouth parts. The live for approximately a week–just time enough to find a mate. Judging from the relatively large feathery antennae, this is probably a male. The female antennae tend to be visibly smaller.

The window is also a favorite hangout for our cat, Mitzi. It is also the most direct route to my desk for her. On her way, she discovered the moth and became totally focused on learning more.

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Mitzi the Cat also likes the window–but this day she was particularly curious about the moth.

Her curiosity drew her ever closer, and she got as close as the window and screen would allow. The moth remained still throughout the encounter, and Mitzi finally lost interest. Later, I opened the window, and discovered that one of the moth’s legs was caught on the screen. I released it and it flew off in search of a mate.

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It is time to get a closer look!

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – March 24, 2017

My responses to Cee’s “Which Way” Challenge for the week.

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Guess where this is?!

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New Orleans Streetcar along the Waterfront

NOLA’s streetcar system is absolutely the best way to get around for a tourist.

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Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop (Birds)

I am a little late to the challenge, but here are my entries for Atop – Birds.

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Cormorant, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Snail Kite, Everglades, Florida

Inspired by Cee’s Photography for this week.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge – March 10, 2017

In response to Cee’s “Which Way” challenge: It looks like there may be different opinions here to the question, “Which way?”

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US Navy Blue Angels Six-Ship Break

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters C or D

My submission to Cee’s Alphabet Challenge for Letters C and D.

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“C” for “Candles” with Starburst Filter

Experimenting with a Starburst filter.

Actually, “D” proved to be a challenge for me.

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“D” for “Duffy’s,” Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

How can you resist such advertising. Actually the food was quite good and the beer was cold. I’m going back tomorrow!

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge – Truss Bridge

The answers to Cee’s Which Way Challenge is, “Across the old truss bridge.”

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Truss Bridge in the Mountains of West Virginia

This bridge has spent many years providing a crossing point over the East Fork River near Durbin, West Virginia.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters A and B

Here are my entries for Cee’s “A and B” Challenge.

 

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“A” is for Anhinga

The Anhinga is also called the “snaked necked bird.” It is similar to the Cormorant. It is a diving bird. Its feathers do not have oil like a duck–its feathers do not shed water–and it has to sit out of the water with its wings spread to dry. They are common in Florida anywhere there is water.

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“B” is for Barn

Living in a rural area, there are plenty of barns around, Many of them old and in disrepair. This one will not last many more season if it is not repaired.

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