Sunday, August 31, 2008

Night Visitor

It's 2:45 in the morning, and yes, I'm still up. So much for getting on a schedule! My husband is still up too. Not only that, he's doing laundry. 80 hours of the 80s is on VH1 Classic. This is how we spend our Saturday nights. We're getting old, yo.

He went out onto the patio to put the clothes in the dryer a little while ago. I heard him knocking on the french door, and when I looked, he was pointing at something near the ground. At first I thought maybe the dog was doing something, but the dog wasn't over there. Then I thought maybe she was outside, so I got up and walked over there. Nope, no dog. My husband is cracking up laughing because he knows I have no clue what he's trying to show me.

Then I saw it.

A freaking GINORMOUS moth, at least the size of the palm of my hand, was frantically trying to get into the apartment!!! BLAH! The door was shut, but not latched, a situation I quickly remedied because no way in HELL I was letting that behemoth (haha get it, beheMOTH) into the house. I stood there and watched it for a bit, safely, from the other side of the glass. That's when I realized, this moth had some pretty dang interesting colors on it for a moth. I had a lightbulb moment where it occured to me that it was frantic because it wanted to get to the light, so I turned off the kitchen light. It immediately settled down enough for me to get a good look at it.

That wasn't a moth.

It was a huge butterfly! Who ever saw a butterfly in the middle of the night? Not only that, but I've never in my life seen one with colors this pretty. Butterflies around here are either white, pale yellow, or black and orange. Obviously, he couldn't see me on the other side of the glass, because I was able to get right up close and see his eyes, and his little rolled up proboscis. He didn't seem to be going anywhere now that the light was off, so I cracked open the door and stuck the camera out there:

Isn't he pretty?

I turned on the patio light so that he would go up there, and my husband could come back inside. Once he was in, I turned off the patio light, so hopefully he found himself a nice place to sleep for the night.

And that is my randomness for the day.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Brandy said...

Awesome photo! It's VERY pretty and I don't think I've ever seen one like that either!

4:18 AM  
Blogger Samara Link said...

That is really pretty! It's fun when nature entertains. Good stuff.

2:09 PM  

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