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Antheraea frithi: my Gandalf moment

DwellerInDale
Rohan


Mar 2 2013, 4:21pm

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People have speculated on the species of Radagast's thrush, so I thought this anecdote would be appropriate. Tonight
on returning home from work, a security guard, knowing my interest in Lepidoptera, gave us a huge, beautiful
moth that he said was unable to fly- perhaps I wanted it for a collection. Since it was in perfect condition, I thought
it best to wait a bit; it might have just hatched and not yet be ready to fly. We left it in the car and went to dinner.
As we arrived back home he did indeed begin to fly, so I took him out, held him in my hand, and let him fly away
into the night. His species name is Antheraea frithi, and he looks just like Gandalf's moth in The Hobbit. I made a
composite photo:

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so have a look and judge for yourself.

No eagles have shown up as yet...

Don't mess with my favorite female elf.



GloryBox
Bree


Mar 2 2013, 6:34pm

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Thank you for letting him recover and go on his way! [In reply to] Can't Post

In whatever universe I'll bet Gandalf, Sir Ian, and JRRT tooSmile would be so pleased! What a beautiful species!

...one morning long ago in the quiet of the world, when there was less noise and more green... The Hobbit


SirDennisC
Half-elven


Mar 2 2013, 6:40pm

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How wonderful [In reply to] Can't Post

Do let us know if you spot any eagles Wink

Years ago, (before LOTR films), I would stop and pick up Monarchs who had taken a bump flying across the highway. I'd put them on the passenger seat to let them rest.

Sometimes they would recover after a while and begin flying around until I let them go (away from the road)... sometimes they would just pass quietly. Beautiful creatures.


DanielLB
Immortal


Mar 2 2013, 6:45pm

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You'll wish you hadn't let him go ... [In reply to] Can't Post

If you ever find yourself up a pine tree, surrounded by wargs! Wink

What a lovely species though - they look very similar. Is there anyway of telling between sexes?


Brethil
Half-elven


Mar 2 2013, 7:29pm

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Nicely done [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the pictures and the name! Way to build up your Moth Karma!


Ham_Sammy
Tol Eressea

Mar 2 2013, 8:40pm

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Loved it!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for taking that and sharing. That is awesome!

Thank you for your questions, now sod off and go do something useful -- Martin Freeman, Twitter t 3/1/13


Riven Delve
Grey Havens


Mar 2 2013, 9:46pm

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Thank you [In reply to] Can't Post

for sharing your Middle-earth moment--and the picture--with us! Smile


"I left the night, with its remote and singing stars, and came in, to the glow of the fire, and the chair where he had been sitting, and the unstrung harp." --The Last Enchantment


Aragalen the Green
Gondor


Mar 2 2013, 11:37pm

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That is very beautiful! [In reply to] Can't Post

And wonderful that the same kind of moth lives where you do!

'"Never laugh at live dragons, Bilbo you fool!" he said to himself, and it became a favourite saying of his later, and passed into a proverb.'


Glaurung63
Lorien

Mar 3 2013, 12:38am

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Awesome! [In reply to] Can't Post

At my friends cabin we hung a sheet with a light on it at night and tried to identify the hundred moths that landed on it!!


NottaSackville
Tol Eressea

Mar 3 2013, 3:46am

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Or when the eagles swoop down and grab you tomorrow without warning. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Happiness: money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important and so are friends, while envy is toxic -- and so is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude. - The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner as summarized by Lily Fairbairn. And a bit of the Hobbit reading thrown in never hurts. - NottaSackville


grammaboodawg
Immortal


Mar 3 2013, 6:04am

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Oh... I love it :) [In reply to] Can't Post

What a neat treat! Moments like that are so perfect. I"ve had a few of my own like that. You know those little moths that sometimes fly around in your house? I like to catch them in mid-flight like Gandalf... then I let them go outside ;)

The best one was outside the main entrance at the library where I work. This moth was sitting on the floor of the concrete entry. So I just put my hand down and slipped my fingers underneath its legs... and he hung on. He seemed quite content to just stay for a visit. I eventually walked over and left him in some bushes off to the side of the building.

I love moments like these :)



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RhodeCamelot
The Shire


Mar 3 2013, 6:14am

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Wow it's so pretty! (*__*) [In reply to] Can't Post

In general i really like how so much effort's been put in to the zoological accuracy (idk what to call it?) of the inhabitants of middle-earth; even the CGI creature-characters (aka most of them) look so real 'cause (a) Weta is awesome and the designers are geniuses (b) they look almost if not exactly like a species of animal/plant that exists/has existed. Smile

(PS: dayum, if the eagles don't show up after 5 minutes then i suppose they never will and you'll have to book a flight on AirNZ on yer own....they're a great airline though!)

#dftba

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elaen32
Gondor

Mar 3 2013, 8:48am

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That one is beautiful too Gramma! [In reply to] Can't Post

Do you know which type of moth it is? I always am astounded at the intricacy and detail of the design on moths and butterflies in particular. If a human submitted a "design" for a fictional moth with anything like this degree of detail, it would probably be dismissed as being "over the top" or "unrealistic", but Nature is even more so!

"Beneath the roof of sleeping leaves the dreams of trees unfold"


DwellerInDale
Rohan


Mar 3 2013, 9:43am

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Your moth's name [In reply to] Can't Post

That one is the Cecropia moth, Samia cecropia, the largest silk moth in North America. The moth I posted
is in the same family, Saturniidae, the silk moths. And yours is a "he" as well; you can tell it's a male by the
large feathery antennae. Nice picture!

Don't mess with my favorite female elf.



grammaboodawg
Immortal


Mar 3 2013, 2:21pm

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*geeky hand clapping* Thank you!! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

Samia cecropia? I'll call him SAM for short.. pardon the pun! AWESOME! *still giggling* I LOVE THIS! *high five*



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grammaboodawg
Immortal


Mar 3 2013, 3:08pm

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I completely agree with you [In reply to] Can't Post

about the beauty of moths and butterflies. They're surreal in their colour, beauty and detail. DwellerInDale tells us itís a Cecropia moth, or Samia cecropia, the largest silk moth in North America. I'm in Michigan and this is the 4th I've seen in the past 10 years.



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I'm SO HAPPY these new films take me back to that magical world!!



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DwellerInDale
Rohan


Mar 3 2013, 3:57pm

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Haha guys, that'll never happen, in fact I.. [In reply to] Can't Post

 ..wait.. what's that noise?? AAAAAARRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHH!

Don't mess with my favorite female elf.



Eowyn of Penns Woods
Valinor


Mar 4 2013, 1:00am

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Maybe you'll get lucky [In reply to] Can't Post

and stumble across a cocoon like I did about two years ago! I didn't degum and spin it up yet, though. I lost the only other one I'd found.

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NottaSackville
Tol Eressea

Mar 4 2013, 1:34pm

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We lose more good posters this way. // [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Happiness: money matters, but less than we think and not in the way that we think. Family is important and so are friends, while envy is toxic -- and so is excessive thinking. Beaches are optional. Trust is not. Neither is gratitude. - The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner as summarized by Lily Fairbairn. And a bit of the Hobbit reading thrown in never hurts. - NottaSackville


Loresilme
Valinor


Mar 4 2013, 1:44pm

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If they didn't exist already [In reply to] Can't Post

I've always felt that if we lived in a world where butterflies and moths had never existed, and an author wrote a sci-fi book about a world that had them, and tried to describe them, that no one would believe they could ever possibly exist. They'd say it wasn't physically possible.
Really ... wings that are thinner than paper, dusted with powder in patterns and colors?
Not to mention, the whole metamorphosis thing.

Surely they are a figment of someone's imagination Heart.


So, who knows DiD, perhaps those giant eagles are out there too Smile.

 
 

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