Friday, July 27, 2007

You bunch of smart-asses.
I don't know whether to put words over here,

Or here,
or over here.

I guess I will try putting the pictures in the middle, and the text right-justified? Does that make everyone happy?

We found an Imperial Moth in the backyard this morning:
Imperial 1
It was looking pretty rough...It had quite a bit of wing gone.
Imperial fuzz
But how beautiful is that yellow and pink fuzz? Like a little cat with wings.
Imperial face
And a face that everyone should love.

The dope on Imperial Moths:

Family: Wild Silk Moths (Saturniidae) (Same family as Luna moths!)

Subfamily: Royal Moths (Citheroniinae)

Identification: Females are larger than males. Upperside is yellow with pinkish brown to purple-brown patches, bands, and cell spots, and tiny brown spots scattered overall. Males have larger patches on the forewings than females, except for some subspecies pini males which have reduced purple and are mostly yellow.

Life history: Adults emerge before sunrise and mate after midnight the next day. Females lay eggs at dusk singly or in groups of 2-5 on both surfaces of host plant leaves. The eggs hatch in about 2 weeks, and the caterpillars are solitary feeders. Pupation takes place in underground burrows.

Flight: One brood; in the north from June-August, in the south from April-October.

Wing span: 3 1/8 - 6 7/8 inches (8 - 17.4 cm).

Caterpillar hosts: Conifers and deciduous trees and shrubs including pine (Pinus), oak (Quercus), box elder (Acer negundo), maples (Acer), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), and sassafras (Sassafras albidum). Subspecies pini feeds only on conifers.

Adult food: Adults do not feed. (WOW! They don't EAT?)

Habitat: Deciduous and evergreen forests.

Range: Maine west to eastern Nebraska, south to the Florida Keys and central Texas. Subspecies pini occurs across the northern Great Lakes basin and the northern third of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

This explains why I found it under one of our maple trees. Maybe it just laid eggs.
I have finally figured out why I feel so drawn to butterflies and moths. Same as why I am drawn to birds: They are beautiful and they can fly.

Sad news:
Lollipop, our blue parakeet, was dead at the bottom of his cage yesterday. When I removed him from the fishtank the other day, I checked him out and he didn't have any wounds, and seemed fine. But I guess the stress of being knocked out of his cage was too much for him. Echo is lonely, so we are giving him extra attention.
Hopeful news:
I am going over to visit my bestest bud, Shannon, tomorrow. She moved into an apartment today and I want to go over and give the place my approval. She is getting divorced, and it sucks. But she has her family and friends, and of course the most kick-ass best friend anyone could ask for. That would be me, by the way.
And I am hoping to bring a little something back with me. I will post about it tomorrow.
Today's Will-Yum:
Lorelei's pre-start-of-school physical was today. We saw the new nurse-practitioner and even though she had a great way with kids, Lorelei was so in her A-game. She chatted, answered all the questions posed to her, agreed to all the poking and prodding, smiling no less. I just had to sit there and translate a few words for the CNP. Like when Lorelei said the name of her new goldfish, which has been expanded to :Lipstick Flower Zip-It.
Not to toot my own horn, but...BEEP BEEP. We have done something right with these kids. They are smart, funny, outgoing, interesting.


Liza Lee Miller said...

If we weren't smart asses, you might not think we loved you! :) Your children are amazing . . . as are mine. Here's to righteous, kick-ass parenting! Toot your own horn and toot it loud!

Chris said...

LOL Great post! We should all be proud of our children :-) They are amazing. When my eldest son had his preschool check he was asked if he could hop and he said yes. He was then asked if he would like to show how he could hop and he said no :-) Sorry about your sad news but enjoy your time with your friend and have a great weekend.

Lynne said...

Sorry about Lollipop, I'll bet Echo will be lonesome. Are you bringing a new critter home from your friend's place???
I think the older our kids get, the funnier they are.

mon@rch said...

Very cool moth for sure and hmm, where to put your text!! You make me laugh for sure!

Mary said...

From one smart ass to another,

I regret reading blogs and I missed this great one. Sorry about Lollipop. Moths are cool! Thanks for the ID of the pink and yellow one.

As Liza Lee said, Toot Your Horn, mother. You rock.