The nesting box in my hens' house has a hinged, slanted roof which I raise to gather eggs. Every year towards the end of summer I begin to see moths 'sleeping' on the underside of the roof. By the time winter arrives there are usually about 25of them, apparently settled down to hibernate. They are various shades of beige, creme, buckskin, fawn, etc., about the size of a quarter (+/-), and they 'sleep', their wings spread wide and flattened, wingtip to wingtip, in pretty kaleidoscopic patterns. If I rouse one with a finger tip it will flutter (sleepily?) a few wing strokes, and settle back down. So, who are these guys? And what phase of life are they in? Will they make it through the coming summer, or are they just waiting for warmer weather to reproduce and die? Inquiring minds want to know. irene, outside of eatonville where the mason bee holes I drilled in the cedar fence posts last summer are still tightly sealed against the elements... irene bensinger Fibers on the Internet http://trilliumwoods.com/
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