I’m a reptile guy at heart but I am often shocked by the beauty of other creatures that live around me.
Each night before bed I take my dog outside. Providing light to my deck and back yard is a pair of 500 watt flood lights. And each night while my dog takes care of her business I sit and stare in complete wonder at the unbelievable array of insects that congregate around the light. On a very regular basis I see insects I have never seen before (and I have lived here in Virginia with this deck and this flood light for many, many years). Where have they been? How come I have never seen them before? Are they rare or just rare in my back yard? I don’t know a lot about insects but I am blown away by their diversity and beauty. They are often amazing and exquisite.
Every now and then I see insects that I never dreamed existed. Tonight, for the first time, I saw this rather large guy (girl?) floating about. He actually has four wings but every time he lands he folds them in and you can’t quite tell. I have no idea what he is called but I was awed. It’s stick of a body is about 3 inches long and the tips of its wings are straight out of a Monet painting. I spent a full 15 minutes trying to get a good photo of it before it flittered off into the darkness. Fantastic.
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