luna moth – a lesson in impermanence


Disclaimer – this post is hardly food or farm related at all.

At two in the morning, Thom was getting back from filming our friends playing music and he found a beautiful luna moth clinging to our front door screen. It was luminescent in the moonlight, and impressive in size.

I’ve been worrying about it ever since. I got up a few times in the night to see if the moth was still there. It was. It is right now. When I woke up this morning I did a little research on Luna Moths. At first what I found made me sad.

Luna Moths in their adult form cannot eat. They do not have mouths.

Luna Moths in their adult form typically die in seven days or less. Their only job is to create more Luna Moths.

I tapped the screen this morning. Our Luna moth slowly stretched her wings. She’s a girl, girls have smaller antennae. She has no plans of moving, which I respect, she’s a night creature.

The Luna Moth is either just begun it’s seven days, and has picked our porch to wait for a mate, or has just ended her seven days and has picked our porch to die. There is really nothing we can do one way or another but leave her undisturbed.

She makes me think of a little Greek goddess. In the stories of the Greek gods they always have this incredible limitations. Like not being able to eat. Even more Grecian is the fact that when she was a caterpillar all she did was eat. Luna Caterpillar have an insatiable appetite.

Plus, she looks like a little deity.

She’s a beautiful reminder that time in this world is fleeting.

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