A challenge to understand what you are seeing…and a rare treat.

Insect moth opening wings

This is a moth that has just emerged from its pupa. It is drying its wings in the afternoon sun as the veins in its wings slowly fill up with fluid. The veins in the wings are not completely filled so the wings are an odd shape. It cannot fly yet. Eventually the veins will fill and stiffen to support the wing structure you expect to see on a moth, as long as a bright-eyed bird doesn’t spot it in its current immovable state.


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Carrie Staples

Author, illustrator of "The Yarn Animal Book", probably the only craft book with instructions for making such unique yarn animals as an orangutan, an ant eater, a llama and a star-nosed mole and "The Single Minded Prince, a fairy tale for all ages about a boy and a pirate captain who both misbehave. The books and a booklet series based on each different yarn craft topic covered in "The Yarn Animal Book" (pompoms and other really easy yarn crafts, knitting, crocheting, rya, needlepoint and embroidery), are available on Amazon and Kindle.

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