Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Things With Wings

We are happy to say that the mosquitos have been few for us this summer.  It is unclear if we should clarify that to mean they just don’t seem interested in us or that some folks we’ve met are apparently very appetizing. 

Numbers of other winged things however are steadily increasing.  This is especially so in the moth department.

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In the moth world, not all things are as they appear…

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                    This rad looking Underwing is hiding something.

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           It may live in Idaho but it’s a Michigan fan!

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                  It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul.

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Death… Unfortunate for the moth, fortunate for the photographer’s close-up.

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                                    Deep-yellow Euchlaena

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                     This moth rocked some pretty decent camo.

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                           Is this a case of moth imitating bird?

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                                       Or bird imitating moth?

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When we spotted this one (not a moth, by the way), Nicole had Darlene keep a careful eye on it while she ran to the van to get the camera.  She did a great job.  It didn’t even move a muscle.  Needless to say discovering that it was nothing more than a shell gave a good laugh.

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Those last two were not attempts to sneak plants into the mix.

Let’s get a little closer…

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                               Winged Things

                       This sort of has that ‘Finding Nemo’ vibe.

                                             Not so much now.

Nicole was so intently looking at and photographing this next one that it caused a truck speeding down the road to throw it in reverse and come ask “What is it?”

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                                           Ichneumon Wasp

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And now for the Pièce de résistance.  Cruising down a new (to us) back-road to the library this morning, Nicole spotted something ‘flopping’ across the road.  Once tarantula and baby bird were no longer options the only thing remaining was BAT! 

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                                          A Silver-haired Bat!

It’s not often we get the opportunity to be this up close and personal with one of these amazing creatures.  Despite the fact that it was crawling / flopping along it moved rather quickly off the road and into the brush.  Cute little thing.  It’s little heart was beating so fast and it was shaking so we didn’t spend much time near it.  Still, what a special treat.

               The weather report said we would have thunderstorms today.

                                                Priest Lake says otherwise…