Let me tell you a story about this courageous little male Anthela Ocellata that I released today…
Well, I took this little guy out to where I usually release my moths and took him over to the specific pot that I usually hide them in until it’s night where they come out and fly off.
There were a lot of skinks out today and one was in the pot so I decided that I would release him into a different part of the garden where I couldn’t see any skinks.
So he catches the breeze and very happily flies off and lands in the garden as he tried to figure out where to go next and it was a very beautiful goodbye… until a skink came racing out of nowhere and took him!!
So there I was, distraught and jaw-on-ground as I was trying to process that I may have just spent months… raising this moth from an egg… only to have accidentally fed him to a skink!! I was so terribly speechless and distraught!
My husband and mum came out and I, head in hands, told them what happened. “I was releasing him and a skink took off with him in his mouth!”
My husband saw some wings under the bush where the skink took my little moth and called for me to come over. The lizard had dropped the moth and run away! I picked up the poor little thing and found that he wasn’t even injured, just in shock!!
I took him over to a bush and put him within the bush, hidden from any predators and balanced a thick leaf over him to further hide him. He grabbed onto that bush and seemed to recover, despite still being in a bit of shock. I was so happy to see that he was okay, and tonight he should be able to venture out in search of a mate with no troubles (except the usual night predators).
And that’s the story of the little male Anthela Ocellata and the skink.