National Moth Week 2018

If you’ve been following along on instagram, I’ve shared a few moth week posts and even got to spread the word outside of my typical range of followers with an illustration featured on drawing app Paper by fiftythree‘s page. Sometimes it’s just fun to geek out over something, you know? I love finding little niche interests to dive into, and while random knowledge about moths doesn’t necessarily serve a major purpose in my daily life, I think it makes life a little more full and interesting to learn about all that you can.

I think that’s part of why I dream of writing and illustrating children’s books. Kids are always so eager to learn about little things like bugs and such and I think sometimes we lose that wonder as adults. Bugs become just bugs. But there’s so much to learn about the simplest creatures. Like how the tails of luna moth wings confuse bat sonar in flight to allow them to avoid being eaten. And the reason moths leave “dust” behind is that their wings are covered in tiny scales which can be shed freely so that if they fly into a spider web, they don’t stick and can escape. That’s also the origin of the name for the order that encompasses butterflies and moths: Lepidoptera, from the Greek “lepido” (scale), and “ptera” (wings).

I don’t really want to go on here because just summarizing facts is no fun, haha. But I would love to give you a few links for further reading if you want some great moth resources to check out. 🙂

7 reasons moths are amazing

National Moth Week official page

LepSnap: Free, universal field guide for Lepidoptera

Facts about Lepidoptera

New children’s book about moths

“As an educator that’s what I was really all about, is to get people to see things that they don’t normally see, that have been there all the time. And you go, ‘Oh my god, how could I have overlooked that?’ […] That’s what it is really, a sense of awe and wonder”

Loved this other moth illustration shared by FiftyThree

Electron micrograph image of moth wing scales

So, since tomorrow is the last day of National Moth Week 2018, maybe go out “mothing” or just wink at the little guy you spot fluttering by your porch light, because moths are cool and you know what’s up. 😉 Peace out, moth week.

Renew

I have a chatty post today interspersed with a fun little gallery of creeping phlox photos for your enjoyment. (pics taken in May with my Fujifilm xt1, 18-55mm lens)

Welp, it’s official–I’ve renewed my domain here at lunamothlife for another year! Or rather, I let my hosting service auto-renew. The blog isn’t quite a year old yet, but it’s coming up quickly, and it’s crazy how fast that year went by. I remember setting it all up, unsure where this blog would take me in its first 52 weeks of existence and thinking it would be such a long time before I even had to think of renewing. Yet, here we are, seemingly just a few blinks from last July despite the fact that I know so, so much has happened in all those days since.

My blog has definitely seen very little growth as far as views and comments, but it has been immensely valuable to me for the reason I started it, which has very little to do with outside engagement anyway. Despite my wavering consistency, I have connected with a small community through my blog account on instagram, which has been nice for a start. Plus, I receive much more frequent batches of spam comments to delete, so that must mean I’m getting somewhere? 😉

I know my posting has slowed down a bit in the last few months, but believe me when I say I’m not going anywhere…I’m still just getting started and recently built up the itch to experiment more. I’ve been delving deep into “youtube university” this past year and I tend to only be able to consume so much of a certain creative medium before I want to try it myself. I don’t have any major intentions of starting a youtube channel as I’ve always preferred to be behind the camera rather than in front of it, but I have been realizing how satisfying video can be and I think it would be fun to try making a short film or two just to experiment with creative B-roll-type shots. I have a slight ulterior motive that filming little things I do throughout a day in creative ways might motivate me to be super organized and productive for a change, haha. Plus, it would serve as a fun dynamic visual journal entry to look back on…if a picture is worth a thousand words, video can finish the story.

Those are my little thought processes of the moment…now for an announcement: you may have never heard of this before (I hadn’t until last year when I was in the beginning stages of establishing this blog), but this upcoming week (July 21-29) is National Moth Week! Since this is Luna Moth Life and I always enjoy learning more about the science behind living things and our environment, I thought it would be a fun tradition to take advantage of, so I’m going to try to put together a few interesting posts celebrating our inspiring furry lepidopteran friends. Follow along here or on instagram next week for all the cool moth facts (and opinions probably, this is a blog, not an academic journal guys). Thanks for reading! 🙂