Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's...

an  Atlas Moth.  I was first introduced to this species at The Butterfly Farm while vacationing in Aruba.

My daughter had suggested that I stop there on my way back to the hotel after my morning walk on the beach.  Although I'll admit that I hemmed and hawed initially, once I got to the farm, I was hooked.

Many of the butterflies and moths that they have there are imported from all over the globe.  This handsome fellow had just, as you can see, emerged from his cocoon.  See how the tips of his wings resemble the head of a snake?  Helps keep predators away.  Isn't he magnificent?

Each year when we're there, I walk my three miles early, then head over to The Butterfly Farm daily...yep each and every single day!  The employees all remember me from year to year and let me in even before they open.  I always learn or see something new and exciting!  It never ceases to amaze me. So, today I leave you with this message:  open your eyes to the beauty around us!

7 comments:

Suzanne said...

I have never seen one of those before--just beautiful!

Heligirl said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! I'm so jealous that you get an annual trip to Aruba. Nice. And it is so important to open our eyes to all the little things. Having little ones sure does remind me of that.

Suzanne said...

Yup, 350, sorry about that!

Anonymous said...

My eyes are open... thanks for your continuing insights into the miraculous.

Eugene

Lisa Ericson said...

I have added your blog to my Favorites! I'm really enjoying it and have learned so much about you after all this time. Just imagine. We were in such a formative stage in high school and it's just now that I feel ready to live life! I don't feel old, just a little debilitated physicaly .... I'd just like a little more time, I guess...and energy! Thank you for your wonderful site and all that you continue to share "JP!"

Felix said...

I think the head of a snake resembles this moth's wings. How clever for a snake to do that!

forestwalk/laura k said...

wow!!! great picture!! it's amazing all the beautiful & unusual...in nature!! :] love it!

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