Everything seems to come and go in cycles in the Panama countryside. One week we’ll have an invasion of brown beetles the next week it’s house flies. The last couple of weeks we’ve had an invasion of moths. Some nights they have been so bad that if we’re outside we get beaned in the head by these little fliers.
The moths that we have here are all shapes and sizes. We have teeny tiny moths and moths that are as big as birds. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a moth and a butterfly. There are some really colorful moths and some pretty drab looking butterflies.
I’ve posted before about how fascinating the Hummingbird Moths are. They would be one of the great impersonators, even mimicking the sounds of the Hummingbirds in the garden.
We’ve had a huge moth land on the front porch as big as both my hands together that looked like it was imitating an owl with large eyes on its wings. And the other day what I thought was a feather floating about the yard turned out to be a little white moth.
When we were in Las Tablas yesterday we stopped for a few seconds to browse in one of the stores. As we were looking something large flew into the store frightening the store owner and her little girl behind the counter. At first we thought it was a bat; a bat flying around during the day? It was a large moth the same shape and size as a bat.
Moths are attracted to light. That’s one of the reasons that we have yellow lights in all our outdoor fixtures. They seem to reduce the mortality rate of some of the bugs, keeping most of them away. The moths are still attracted to the lights from inside. Another reason to be grateful for the screen doors in the early evening when dusk falls and I’m inside preparing supper. The trick is to let Dos Gatos in and close the door quickly so that none of the flying critters come in with them.
We’ve had a few papayas ripening lately. I’ve been leaving some of the really small ones for the birds and the insects to eat. I decided to put one on the back fence for the birds and yesterday during Happy Hour we looked over to see if anything had eaten it. I commented to SU that it looked like something was moving around it. When he looked through the scope he said; “Yep, there is something, you should go look.”
The invasion of the impersonators in the campo, ain’t it grand?
- Large Moths Need Better Hearing to Avoid Bats (entomologytoday.org)
- Hummingbird hawk-moths (insectphotos.wordpress.com)
- It’s big, it’s ugly and when it hits you, you’ll know about it – giant moths spotted in Northern Ireland (belfasttelegraph.co.uk)
- Hummingbird Moth (carolynmalone.wordpress.com)
- Moth Week is over. Now What? (lunameetcecropia.wordpress.com)