Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Robin Moth

The Robin Moth is a Giant Silk Moth,
one of the largest in North America.
It has a wingspan of 4 1/2 - 6 inches.
 Bill recently rescued this magnificent giant 
moth from a truck stop fuel pump island, 
during one very cold night in Pennsylvania. 
 Bill took the moth into his truck, and 
kept him warm through the night.
They drove from Clearfield, Pennsylvania
to Scranton, Pennsylvania together.
 Once warm, the moth began to fly 
around inside the truck. 
Bill had to contain him until he 
could release him in the morning
By morning, it was warm enough outside to 
safely release the beautiful giant Robin Moth.
 Bill released him in a wooded field 
near the truck stop where he was staying.
 The Robin Moth naturally lives 
in woodlands and orchards, 
 preferring heavy foliage.
 Once common, their numbers are 
declining due to the use of pesticides.
Bill saved this one. Thanks, Bill!


~All Photos taken by Bill Morris~

32 comments:

  1. What an utter utter beauty!!! I've never seen any moth like it - what a sublime creature!

    Awwww thanks so much for saving and looking after this wonderful moth! Take care
    x

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    1. It is magnificent, isn't it? Thanks!

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  2. Well done to Bill! The moth is gorgeous, just stunning.

    Of course, Derry would just eat it, if he could get it!

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    1. Yes, Grizelda or Chloe would have "played" with it. Maggie probably would have been horrified!

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  3. Absolutely beautiful!! Thank you to Bill for rescuing him!

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    1. Thanks, Beth. Bill is just like that; one reason I love him!

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  4. I have seen many of these moths in my childhood ... the Cecropia, we called them. I hadn't ever heard them called a Robin Moth, but it fits as they are fat and sassy like the Robin. It is sad that they are disappearing. I think I have seen one in my adult life. Bill is awesome, gentle but strong ... a wonderful combination. Thank you, Bill, for saving this baby ...

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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    1. Cecropia is the family the Robin Moth belongs to. They used to be considered common, but sadly are not any longer. We have seen big moths, and colourful ones. This was a first!

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  5. Oh how sweet and your husband is. And what a beautiful creature:)

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    1. Bill is sweet. He couldn't leave such a beautiful creature to die in a puddle of fuel or be run over. He did what he does; he cares.

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    1. Thanks, Patty. Bill was so impressed with it, too.

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  7. Wow - that is a beautiful moth. So kind of Bill to rescue it and take it to a new home.

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    1. He was happy to be able to keep it in its region.

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  8. WOW! Awesome job by Bill! That moth is beautiful, and it was nice to learn a little bit about the species. :)

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    1. Thanks! We had never seen such an amazing moth!

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  9. It is beautiful! Thanks Bill for saving a anipal!

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  10. What a big moth. It looks like a moth that my son found on our picnic table when he was young. I'll have to check the old photos. I did not know the type of moth it was then.

    Thanks for sharing these photos. Good for Bill to save the moth from the cold.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. He said it was actually shivering and trembling, in the fuel island, in the middle of the night. He couldn't leave it!

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  11. That moth is incredible. Never seen one like it before. So good of Bill to save it. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette

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  12. It's beautiful too. So colorful.

    Bill did a good thing indeed.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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  13. And as the story goes... he made a big difference for one magnificent butterfly! I have never seen one of these, it's incredible! And who but your sweet Bill would take the time and care to rescue this beautiful creature and warm it in his truck, then finding a safe place to release it back to nature. This action speaks volumes about Bill's heart, I can see why you two are such a wonderful match! Please thank him for the wonderful photos and story, and for saving a precious life!

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  14. Ooops... it's a moth, not a butterfly! :-)

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  15. This is AMAZING. Lovely that your husband took the time to rescue and aid this beautiful creature.

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