Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Rare Visitor

I have been offered rentals in scottsdale, where natural wonders of the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Asteroid craters, and the most diverse ecosystems in the world can be found.

I was then preoccupied thinking about a rare visitor that asked for a rental too. I explored further, but was so funny to find myself looking at a fake pair of eyes of this Oleander Hawk moth.

So different from most moths or butterflies, it was so cool while being annoyed continuously. I offered this critter a free stay with conditions: eat no grapes and leaves, spoil no flowers, shit no on fruits, and the list would continue.

It said nothing, but silence is consent, and maintained in a comfortable perching position. It should have sensed my good name in the kingdom of critters, a good old man who has license but never kill.

But I might be a fool again. It had actually fallen into sleep right from the beginning. I talked only to deaf ears, yet felt so high, that I used to do.

Anyway, welcome to my garden.

27 comments:

Bananazஇ said...

Awesome pixz. Lovely moth with those misleading eyes and nice pattern wings.

Naqvee said...

This is what I called perfect camouflage. Wonderful.
Love naqvee♥

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

I admired those photos very much. Before I did not know which is to call kupu-kupu or rama-rama.

Icy BC said...

I stare at it, and still can't tell if it is a real moth, or a dead leaf. It looks wonderful though, and your condition sounds good. I hope the moth listens to you.

TexWisGirl said...

it is a gorgeous find! beautiful colorations!

George said...

These are wonderful macros of the new visitor to your garden. You have good eyes to even see him, since he blends in so well with his surroundings.

Ginnymo said...

That is an awesome looking moth! I'm surprised you spotted him since he blends so well into the leaves. Amazing photos!!

Regina said...

Just classic.. another one of your best!
The first one looks like he could use a drink (lol)

Secondary Roads said...

You visitor looks very scary. Maybe birds will leave him alone.

Filip Demuinck said...

How do you find this? You must be looking for hours between the leaves.

Greetings,
Filip

Ruthi said...

that is one cool insect. amazing, it's like a piece of art. i am so amazed at what you see in your journeys.

Grass said...

This is an exotic species, you should offer free stay without condition...

betchai said...

your posts always bring me smiles and joy Rainfield, those pictures of the hawk moth are awesome, and if i too would be given by my landlord so many conditions, i probably would be silent too :)

Kirigalpoththa said...

I have seen this moth here as well. An alien like appearance in a camouflage kit. I'm sure he is a master of chasing potential predators away.

Bengbeng said...

I was fooled. It looks so real

Ann said...

so well camouflage, how did you spot it?

Amin said...

Wonderful photos!

Amin said...

Beautiful camouflage!

Arti said...

Gorgeous pics! And such wonderful words to complement them! I love your new visitor and I hope you both have a great time together :-)

Ratty said...

You have some great moth photos. I've never seen another one like it before. I'm glad I got to see this one.

One said...

This is the moth I am suppose to meet soon. My periwinkles are infested with the Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar. This moth looks very unique. Glad to see it here as I don't think I would be wandering with a torch light looking for it.

AVCr8teur said...

Perhaps you made too many demands and it pretended not to hear you and hoped you would go away. In its silent state, you were able to take some nice shots of it.

Sharkbytes (TM) said...

Amazing critter. Always something exciting to see.

Frieda said...

What an amazing animal. It looks fascinating!

eileeninmd said...

Wow, what a cool looking critter. A great camoflouge outfit. Wonderful photos, Rainfield!

RNSANE said...

Maybe you were singing a lullaby without knowing it, putting that creature to sleep!

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