flight of a moth

4

For two weeks each year, the termite mounds on the Brazillian Cerrado light up the night. The source of these lights are not the termites, but headlight beetle larvae. The larvae live inside the outer part of mound, only emerging during the few weeks each year when male and female termites take flight. The glowing bodies of the larvae draws the termites like moths to a flame, allowing the larvae to grab and devour them. The larvae collects as many termites as they can and place them in their larder within the mound, which needs to last until the next flying season. This very limited availability of food means that it takes two years for the larvae to turn into adult beetles.

The Hunt (Episode 5: Nowhere To Hide, 2015)

Moth

Occasional by day,

Prevalent at night.

Or so it seems when clustered,

Amongst the garden fairy lights.

The beating downy body apt,

As death itself presents,

The worries flutter erratic,

At parish lantern’s tarnished answers.

The guileless Moths,

Nocturnal shaded monochrome,

Divagate swerving flight -

Just a smudge left as evidence,

The stark wrong and right,

Of very existence,

To the night.

- Lisa Lopresti 2016

2

Inadvertently had a bit of an “old and new” back to back set of favorites in my list of stuff to post. Oddly enough, they’re both from very similar parts of England!

Top photo: a DeHavilland Hornet Moth flying over the Shuttleworth Mansion at Old Warden. Photo by Geoff Collins.

Bottom photo: an F-15C Eagle flies over East Anglia, England, Aug. 27, 2015, during a flyover event at Royal Air Force Lakenheath. The F-15C, assigned to the 48th Fighter Wing, circulated until it flew in unison with the U.K. Avro Vulcan XH558 to mark the first and last time these aircraft will fly together. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Trevor T. McBride)