I haven't been paying attention to the moths in quite awhile, in fact - it has been almost a year since I've mentioned a Front Door Light Moth - the last one was mentioned on 30 September 2007 to be precise.
Honestly, I don't remember what my habits were before the past year erupted into a race with my Mother's lung cancer. Everything routine in my life became somewhat scrambled - and now here I find myself, two months after her death, standing at my front door, staring at a moth I've only seen pictures of before, and wondering when looking at the moths before I left each morning stopped being routine. When did I stop swimming? And reading each evening? And wandering in the garden in the early morning (when the light was best) with my camera? My life now is a bit chaotic, unscheduled - definitely not routine. I haven't settled back into my life after last year - and I am unsure of what I will settle into in the future. Perhaps that is the joy of this life, yes?
But this moth stopped me cold. Instead of going to my car, I put my briefcase down and went back inside and got my camera. I snapped several images of this creature, and then I went inside to find out what it was - it's colors were so unique, it should be easy to identify.
It's a rosy maple moth - Dryocampa rubicunda. They like maples - but I also read somewhere that they like oak trees as well. They're considered common (you can see here where they've been recorded), although it was the first one that I've seen in my little one acre of land. In looking up some information on it, I came across two interesting sites: 'butterflies, moths and caterpillars' and 'Moths in a Connecticut Yard'. As an admirer of biological diversity for the simple sake of the diversity itself - I loved going through these sites and seeing what these people had observed and captured images of.
I need to get back to the observations I can make at my own front door light. I need to get back into the routine of paying attention, the routine of observing...thanks to the presence of a rather garish little moth creature that surprised me this morning.