Nature's Place

Moth To A Flame

She came attracted by the smell of fermenting fruit. Fruit surplus to my requirements, put to good use in the garden. Not unusual in Eden, the trouble free place natural a garden is.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

The skin of a pawpaw is tough, softened at the edge of collapse, as the fruit loses its firmness, radiating out from a point. So she can insert her 2 inch long proboscis deep inside, to the cool luscious heart of it.

For the nourishment that is her natural right, she may get giddy at first with delight, or flap with no intent, wings ablur. Going nowhere fast, not just outside, still and holding to the goodness inside.

She wasn’t giving up, this angel of night, attracted to the light of … well you know, the calling home. It’s the same light for us all, down into the blackness of night, inside.

Her matching colour and spots are no accident, everything fitting in a way the rational can’t divine. And the divine doesn’t surrender … in the end the rational must surrender to the divine.

Pawpaw staked in the garden for the little ones to party on, those about in the cold cold winter.

She was the first visitor, and came again nightly for a while, until her time was up.

Everything has it’s time, until its time is up.

Everything is right on time.

Or the timer is off.

© Mark BerkeryClick on those pictures for a closer lookand click again.



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  1. Ella Ames said, on 07/07/2020 at 10:22 am

    So awesome!! Love this!

  2. Beth Moorman said, on 01/07/2020 at 5:02 am


  3. Nil said, on 30/06/2020 at 4:36 am

    Fascinating… :-)

  4. slukwago said, on 29/06/2020 at 6:56 am

    These pictures and story are outstanding, as always, Mark. Truly. A delight during this time of pandemic

    • Mark said, on 30/06/2020 at 5:43 am

      Thanks Susan. Fortunately we don’t have to travel far to find them. The small garden houses many lively wonders.

  5. Lunar Euphoria said, on 28/06/2020 at 11:43 pm


  6. kopfundgestalt said, on 28/06/2020 at 8:45 pm

    amazing pics.
    I recently took pictures of a moth’s wedding, but I tink 100 times more bad.
    Especially the second pic is excellent!

    • Mark said, on 30/06/2020 at 5:38 am

      Thanks Gerhard. I think maybe ‘not as good’? :-)

  7. krikitarts said, on 28/06/2020 at 8:38 pm

    She’s quite lovely. Do you know her name?

    • Mark said, on 30/06/2020 at 5:35 am

      Indeed, no I don’t know the name but she’s big. 2 inch long body, 5 inch wide wing span. We get a few in the garden, that I know of. As they seem to be nocturnal more might just emerge and be on their way without anyone noticing.

  8. pflanzwas said, on 28/06/2020 at 7:06 am

    Wonderful pictures. A lucky moth to find this ripe fruit. I love these matching colors! As you write: a way the rational can’t divine. Fascinating how mother nature works so perfectly.

    • Mark said, on 28/06/2020 at 11:50 am

      It’s an indication of how reflective nature can be, to me. I often see human nature reflected so, even in particulars. It needs divining but some see it intuitively, easier done in the absence of thought.

      Thanks Almuth.

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