Emerging From The Cocoon

**Originally posted on June 9th, 2017; I moved the post date today in response to the Daily Prompt’s photo prompt,Β transformation. πŸ™‚

(Click the link to view all the photos – I may have gotten a little carried away. But only a little. πŸ˜‰ )

Following Him Beside Still Waters

On a Thursday night in May, God showed me one of His many miracles in His creation. He is so good.

I had the most exciting opportunity. About a month ago while raking leaves, I happened upon a cocoon attached to a leaf. I saved it and brought it home with me.

Fast forward a month. I rescued a beetle that was in my sink, and when I put it in a potted plant outside, I saw that the cocoon was missing. That was startling. I found it under the leaves of my potted plant and I picked it up – and it wiggled. o_O

If you look really close in these photos, you can see the legs and wing design through the transparent cocoon.

I didn’t expect to be present when this was happening, so the fact that God brought a beetle into my sink at the right time…

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Moth Mania

Over at Dutch Goes The Photo!, the photo prompt is “bug”. I couldn’t have asked for a better prompt. XD If it’s okay, I’m going to do multiple entries, because I have a a lot of bugs.

This whole post is dedicated to moths. πŸ˜€ I love moths. Sometimes I leave lights on at night just to attract them. This is a collection of some I captured last year and this year. The one with the cross design was identified by Jamie (thank you again!) as a clymene moth. πŸ™‚ The others I have no idea what they are, but I really like them. 😊

My favorite is probably the clymene moth, with the white and black speckled one (reminds me of a dalmatian!) being second favorite, and the yellow and pink one in third. πŸ™‚ However, I really love those big Luna moths (the green and yellow ones).

It amazes me that God didn’t stop at a few varieties of moth; He painted the wings of many different kinds and colors. So many!!! I love the variety! 😍 In many, I see that they are supposed to blend into tree trunks, but some have such color to them that I’d expect from a butterfly. I look forward to discovering more this year.Β  You should be able to click for a closer view. πŸ™‚

If you liked these, also check out Emerging From The Cocoon, where I was present when a large moth came out of its cocoon and dried out. πŸ˜‰

Special Delivery

It was just like any ordinary weekday. I went outside, did a few chores, and then went on to the mailbox to see if the mail delivery person left anything in there. Here is what I found:

Hopefully the mail delivery person didn’t leave that. 😜 Most people would have panicked; but if you’ve seen other blog posts of mine, you know that my reaction was to run back to the house and grab my camera. I wanted to get a shot of him with his legs not all squashed up like that, so like any normal person would do (πŸ˜‚), I found a stick and I poked him with it to make him move.

Ah, there we go. XD He was a very fast, spider. He almost rivaled a jumping spider. Even I jerked back when he moved at lightning speed, and I am not usually startled by spiders so much. But there was a split second when I thought he jumped on the small stick I was holding and was coming for my hand. πŸ˜…

And of course, I had to get a macro shot. The legs are really spiky like the stem of a rose. Really cool. I almost wanted to touch it to see if they are indeed spikes or if they are hairs. Almost. But I don’t think the spider would have appreciated that. πŸ˜‚ He looks so dangerous, but he probably isn’t. At least, hopefully he isn’t… especially since I was poking him with a stick… 😜


A couple of weeks later, I did the same routine and found this in the mailbox:

A moth! Isn’t that cool?

I wanted to see how close I could get before he flew away:

I didn’t want the mail delivery person to flip or accidentally hurt it, so at this point, I touched it so it would fly away. Here he is on the nearby tree he landed in:

He blends in fairly well, doesn’t he? And this concludes this episode of “Strange Things I’ve Found in the Mailbox.” Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s about time for the mail to be delivered; I think I’ll go check it… πŸ˜‰

Emerging From The Cocoon

On a Thursday night in May, God showed me one of His many miracles in His creation. He is so good.

I had the most exciting opportunity. About a month ago while raking leaves, I happened upon a cocoon attached to a leaf. I saved it and brought it home with me.

Fast forward a month. I rescued a beetle that was in my sink, and when I put it in a potted plant outside, I saw that the cocoon was missing. That was startling. I found it under the leaves of my potted plant and I picked it up – and it wiggled. o_O

If you look really close in these photos, you can see the legs and wing design through the transparent cocoon.

I didn’t expect to be present when this was happening, so the fact that God brought a beetle into my sink at the right time so that I’d go outside at the right time – just wow.

I got to see the whole process, which took about an hour and a half. I may have taken 120+ photos of the process. (That means that I did. XD )Β  And now, you all get to see the process too. πŸ˜€

The little guy didn’t like me showing the underside of him, so I had to hold him to get this shot. The cocoon at this point was flexible and tender, so I had to be careful in order to not hurt the little fellow.

I put the cocoon into a glass jar (because quite frankly, I didn’t know what was coming out of there and I was convinced that was a stinger on the end πŸ˜‚) to carry it to my baby peach tree and on the way, I heard a “CRACK.”

Sorry for the quality; the flash kind of wrecked it, but you can hopefully see it. It happened very quickly and I didn’t have time to get another shot off. He was very freaked out about being in a jar, so I hung him on my peach tree limb.

He seemed to be screaming, “HEEEEEEEEELP!!!” Poor thing. He eventually got a better grip on the leaf, after his legs dried out a bit.

Isn’t he something?! 😍

This is a head-on shot. He almost looks like a bird. XD

When I saw the underside, I was half convinced that it was a monarch butterfly.

But the top was all wrong. And then the wings started to unfold…

How cool is that? The colors were so vibrant.

And he had a very good grip. XD

Another head on shot. And then the wings unfolded more…

I like how the legs are a bit spiky and have little rings on them.

At this point, I seriously thought I was wrong and it was a Monarch butterfly after all.

The colors under the wings were right.

It’s hard to tell in these photos, but the wings weren’t straight as they appear. In the next one, it’s easier to see that.

And then all of the sudden, in one quick motion, its true nature was revealed…

It’s a moth. XD But for a while there, it had me fooled! A friend of mine identified it (and linked me to a website she found) as a Ilia Underwing Moth.

It was much bigger than the moths I usually see. (Sorry about the blur; I didn’t realize it needed to be retaken until it was too late to retake it. But at least the numbers on the tape measure are readable.)

And then he stretched his newly dried wings…

..flew onto my camera lens to say goodbye, and flew off into the night.


I learned so much from this experience. For one, we are moths and butterflies. When we shed the old man to put on the new (as spoken of by Paul in the fourth chapter of his letter to the Ephesians) and become a new creature (mentioned in second Corinthians chapter five), He no longer considers us the greedy, selfish caterpillar we once were; only that we went into the dark night of the cocoon, to emerge a beautiful creation in Christ. β™₯

Color Your World – Green Yellow

In response to the Color Your World – Green Yellow, here is a photo of a moth I took last year; spring green looks sort of yellowish on my screen, so hopefully this is close enough to count… XD (I changed my Gravatar image to it a few days ago, actually. I was the fuchsia hyacinth for so long that I don’t even know myself anymore… πŸ˜‚) I love how it has a light yellow background with a black cross design when the wings are folded. God loves showing us His creativity, that’s for sure; and at times, He even puts symbology in there to remind us what He has done for us! He never ceases to astonish.

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Captured Moments

For me, there is nothing quite like a hike in the woods to bring me closer to Jesus. Being surrounded by His creation makes my heart sing praises to Him. One of my favorite things to do is take photos of the beauty He made and share them with others. I’ve been sharing lots of wild flowers, which is one of my favorite things to photograph; but here are other captured moments from my hikes this year. πŸ™‚

This moth reminds me of the Cross so much for obvious reasons. I love how He uses His creatures to remind us of Him and what He has done for us!

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I love seeing wildlife; here are a few of my favorite sightings from this year so far:

This was the most shocking moment, I think:

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Yes, that is a snake (king snake, nonpoisonous) eating another snake (copperhead; poisonous).Β  o_O Because one was busy eating and the other was busy being eaten, they couldn’t bite me, so I felt okay with getting close enough to take the photo. It was really gross but interesting at the same time. It’s not every day that you happen upon a Nature episode in person like this. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm forced me inside, so I didn’t get to watch long.Β  πŸ˜›

Lastly, Arkansas had a lot of rain this summer, so it was an ideal time for getting mushroom photos: