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White Witches and Blue Morphos

Common pollinators of Ohio

Before moving, I promised myself I'd attend at least two events per week to make turning our lives upside down for the sake of greater opportunities worthwhile. As it turns out, the trick is not putting two events I want to attend on my planner for every single day.

White witch moth

I haven't been posting about most of our eye-opening experiences here, but the Bio Bonanza at the library was photogenic enough that I thought I'd share even though it's not really homesteading related. Since the insect table was the least popular, I spent a lot of time learning about species like these White Witches, the biggest moths in the world!

Tropical butterflies

In case you're curious, White Witches aren't from around here, and neither are three of the four butterflies pictured above. (Bonus points if you can pick out the native species.) But the mixture of species illustrated an interesting point --- that narrow-winged butterflies and moths spend more energy flying but can fly faster, while butterflies shaped like the Blue Morpho on the right are slow but un-needy gliders.

Off to mark another half dozen potential events on my calendar. Happy belated Halloween!

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Well that's second on the left looks like a giant swallowtail but I can't tell from here if it is the local species or one of the 3 more southern species.
Comment by Anonymous Fri Nov 3 08:23:31 2017
You got that morpho right. <3
Comment by Maggie Sun Nov 5 18:47:24 2017

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