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Another luna wing

What monster is it that is tearing the wings off luna moths, hereabouts?

Anyway, this morning I set out to do some guardrail balancing--I figured 7:30 on a Sunday morning would mean no one was about, but maybe it's because it's the Fourth of July weekend, but there were too many cars. I only did a little balancing.

I kept walking, though, and found this luna wing.

another luna wing

I'm wearing a shirt with a pocket, so I put it in my pocket--and it turned out to be a passport to the land of black raspberries. So many, and I hadn't come with anything to put them in--so I folded a grape leaf in half and stitched it with some grass, and voila, a carrying pouch.

grape leaf pouch

Mmmm, berries.

black raspberries


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sartorias
Jul. 6th, 2014 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, that green, green land where you can ramble and it's always a little different!
asakiyume
Jul. 6th, 2014 02:17 pm (UTC)
Always a little different, though I'm struck, especially this year, by how, year after year, I post similar things . . . I worry I get boring, but I figure, it's the cycle of the seasons, and if I enjoy it anew each year, maybe other people do, too.
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queenoftheskies
Jul. 6th, 2014 03:31 pm (UTC)
Those berries are beautiful! Do you have chiggers in your blackberry bushes there? When I lived in Nashville, I loved to pick blackberries, but there were always chiggers, so we paid for it later. :)
asakiyume
Jul. 6th, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
Around here the blackberries won't ripen until August--these are black raspberries (what some people call black caps). There are also red raspberries ripening. But we don't (touch wood) seem to be plagued with chiggers either for the raspberries or the blackberries--lucky! My friend from Kansas was just here, and she was talking about chiggers too. They sound awful.
sovay
Jul. 6th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
I kept walking, though, and found this luna wing.

That's incredibly beautiful, but the idea of it being a controlled pattern is disturbing. I wonder what it's supposed to do.

Mmmm, berries.

Lovely summer cornucopia!
asakiyume
Jul. 6th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes! I have them growing in my yard, but I like *finding* them.

I found the last luna wing around the same place. I wonder if they fly into the lights over the supermarket parking lot and get electrocuted….
wuweibaby
Jul. 6th, 2014 05:42 pm (UTC)
mmm...berries
asakiyume
Jul. 6th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
wish I could share them through the internet in more than just image...
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nineweaving
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:14 pm (UTC)
So lovely. I grew up in countryside like this. I never saw a luna, though I did once find a newly-dead cecropia, laid out like Cleopatra on a telephone pole.

Nine
asakiyume
Jul. 6th, 2014 08:41 pm (UTC)
That is one beautiful moth.
oiktirmos
Jul. 6th, 2014 07:10 pm (UTC)
Anyway, this morning I set out to do some guardrail balancing--I figured 7:30 on a Sunday morning would mean no one was about
A ridiculously creative person.
Also, a neat introduction to a short story.

so I folded a grape leaf in half and stitched it with some grass, and voila, a carrying pouch.
Creative.
asakiyume
Jul. 6th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow is a weekday, but if I get up very early, I might catch the road (and guardrail) when no one's around.
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khiemtran
Jul. 6th, 2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
I like how the shape of the moth wing mirrors the folded grape leaf. Perhaps all their visitors bring home souvenirs wrapped like that?
asakiyume
Jul. 6th, 2014 08:50 pm (UTC)
I think definitely.
mnfaure
Jul. 6th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
With one wing, I can fly you halfway there
The blackberries aren't yet ripe here, but I've introduced my in-laws to the deliciousness of mulberries. They've lived with mulberry trees around them all their lives and never knew the berries were edible.

And your pouch idea? Pure genius!
asakiyume
Jul. 7th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: With one wing, I can fly you halfway there
What a huge good thing you did for your in-laws! Imagine not knowing about the deliciousness of mulberries--they've been missing out so long!
littlemoremasks
Jul. 7th, 2014 12:21 am (UTC)
Last night the boss found a lunar moth on her evening walk. She put it in the freezer (I think she's going to mount it) but it's always so amazing to see such a big beautiful thing.
asakiyume
Jul. 7th, 2014 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they are so *big* as well as beautiful.
amaebi
Jul. 7th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
Butterfly and moth bodies are not uncommonly eaten by cats, who engage in hunting ballet to catch them.
asakiyume
Jul. 7th, 2014 02:06 pm (UTC)
Cats do do some pretty amazing ballet when they're chasing moths and flies and things--yes, it could be that.
browngirl
Jul. 11th, 2014 05:58 am (UTC)
I have reread thiss post several times. It's so beautiful and full of wonder.
asakiyume
Jul. 15th, 2014 07:17 am (UTC)
((glad))

How are you doing these days? I have silently followed your recent posts. It sounds very, very tough :-(
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