Overcoming Bloglessness



I had just pushed the button for coffee when Mr. Raven came in the back door.

“There’s a shootable bug out there.”


“Left of the back door.  Go look.”   I didn’t have my glasses on yet, but I didn’t really need them.  When I saw the size of the “shootable bug”  I woke right the hell up.  Biggest damn moth I’ve ever seen.

“OMG! OMG! OMG!”  I scrambled back inside past my husband who flattened up against the wall, getting out of the way.  “Where’s my camera?”


I didn’t need to hurry.  The moth was too cold to fly.   With a fingertip, I gently opened it’s closed wings.


The nozzle is 3 7/8 inches long, so the wingspan must be nearly 5 inches.

I shot it up for a few minutes, but coffee can only wait so long, so I went back inside.   By the time I’d finished a cup, the sun had come over the mountain.

I coaxed the moth onto a stick and walked him into the sunshine.    His big body and legs are very furry.  It’s kind of creepy when you look too closely.  I’m glad to see it, but I wouldn’t want it walking on me.


The moth vibrated his wings for a few minutes; part of his warm up routine. Then he flew like a rock and dropped to the ground. His second attempt took him a few more feet and then, poof, he was gone. I didn’t even see which way he went.  Up, I suppose.


Do you know what kind of moth it is?  The closest thing in my little book is a polyphemus moth, but the color looks a bit different.

I sent his picture to http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/gallery for identification.  I should get an e-mail with the answer soon.


Daily Prompt via The Golden Hour. 6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?

Grandma always said, “The morning is the best part of the day”  and I whole-heartedly agree, especially on mornings like this.


Author: Susan B Raven

For many years I have suffered from debilitating bloglessness, only writing in my head, while everyone else posted and shared with ease. Previous attempts at recovery have failed, my secret journals edited to death, pages torn out, crumpled and trashed. I will not succumb to this embarassing condition. I will continue to struggle against the rampant backspacing and endless blank staring. I refuse to relapse into the void that is bloglessness. I can do it. I am doing it. I am Overcoming Bloglessness.

30 thoughts on “BeheMoth

  1. That is an amazing moth, and a super photograph.

  2. Spot on. Polyphemus it is.

  3. I thought it was a cecropia because of the spots on the wings and its size, but I could be wrong. I guess we will find out. Great photographs!

  4. Oh he’s way cool. I had to laugh at your whole scenario, that would happen here too.

  5. Lovely! We had a grub, or worm, or sea cucumber, or something crawl through our backyard a few weeks ago that looked like something from a brightly coloured porn film.

  6. It was probably trying to lay eggs on your house…I have several big moths doing the same on mine right now. I remember seeing your moth when I was a little girl in SD. Enjoyed your essay. http://judydykstrabrown.com/2015/06/25/re-tired/

    • Oh, they lay eggs on the house? Oops! I hope I didn’t ruin the plan.
      Seems like the eggs would fry in the hot afternoon sun.

      • They do on my house, which is concrete (stucco) on top of brick. I’ve also seen them lay them on windows and mirrors. I have all sorts of caterpillars on one of my bushes. I’m wondering what type of moth or butterfly they will becoome. Perhaps I’ll post a picture…There are smart bloggers out there who are experts on every subject possible, I’m sure.

  7. This is scientifically known as a Cool Moth. I’ve seen a couple of these. They are just cool moths! As are the huge, green luna-cool moth. I think the Latin is something like Coolus Mothimous.

    • One of the giant moths. We have the cecropia around here and every time one flies by, I think it’s a bat. They are also huge. Like the luna which is the giant green one.

      • I’d love to see a luna or cecropia.
        Cecropia is the largest in the US, up to 6″ wingspan. Both sightings are possible here, according to my little book. ><

        • They are not common here, but they aren’t rare, either. We had a luna on our kitchen screen last autumn. I thought he was dead, but morning came, the sun came out and he flew away. Not dead. Just cold.

          You don’t see these big guys very often because they are mostly active at night and avoid houses (mostly), but every once in a while they show up. They are really huge.

  8. It’s exquisite. Beautiful photos.

  9. Wow, very cool and awesome pics.

  10. It’s beautiful – when they’re that furry, they’re almost mammalian. You just want to stroke them.

    The most stunning I’ve seen here in the UK is an Elephant Hawkmoth – only 2 to 3 inches across, so much smaller than your chap, but all pink and brown which id pretty showy for a British insect. Most of ours are the shy, retiring type with muted colours – shrinking violet lepidoptera 🙂


  11. Wow. What awesome luck. I can never get any creature to stay still enough for me to come back with the camera. You even went in for the extra credit with the stick, lol. You did a great job.

  12. Nice pic. People here in Hawaii says that when you find a moth in your house, it’s a soul that is coming to visit you. Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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