Wildlife Photography | The Spicebush Silkmoth

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Early this spring, I spied a little something hanging from a small sapling near my chicken coop. It’s like an entomological Christmas, waiting for the unwrapping and reveal.

 

 

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And wait I did. For like over a month, which is an eternity in Kelley-land. But she finally made her debut. The spicebush moth, or Promethea made her entrance into the world and revealed herself. For some reason I always think its going to happen faster than it does. I always think they will drop out of the cocoon and flutter away in a magical instant, forgetting that there is much more prep work that goes into their transformation.

 

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And isn’t that how life works anyway? Nothing just happens all at once, in a magical moment. At least not for me. There is always prep and work involved in transformations, even in the insect world. She dropped out of her cocoon, then held on to it and flexed her wings for several hours. They have to spend that time pumping the hemolymph (insect blood) into their wings to help get the wings strong and fully extended. If they don’t take the time to prepare, they won’t be able to fly well at all.

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Patience and preparation…filed under “lessons learned from insects”.

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