04.27.2020 Macro Monday Old Favorite

This is not an uncommon sight with many similar images posted on the internet.  There has not been anything of note to my knowledge so far, not that I am an expert, as to why these White Slant-line moths-Tetracis cachexiata land and stay on Pink Lady’s Slippers-Cypripedium acaule.  They just seem to sit there in the early morning.  Obviously there must be an explanation in nature but Google searching hasn’t presented any evidence.

Aside from the mystery, this is a favorite image from 2010 before I was blogging so is making its debut here.

There are a good four weeks or so until either of these is liable to make an appearance here, but since these are reminiscing times I thought to share it. While usually I am not in a hurry for time to pass us by I think that, with both the oncoming flowering season and a hopeful diminishment of the virus plaguing us, we wouldn’t mind a jump ahead. We may never get back to “normal” but at least something approaching that would be welcome, eh?

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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37 Responses to 04.27.2020 Macro Monday Old Favorite

  1. What an excellent portrait. Happy 10th anniversary for the picture.

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  2. krikitarts says:

    I’m pretty sure you know that the pink lady’s slipper is the state flower of Minnesota, and they are very highly regarded by nearly all up there. We don’t see them every spring, but when we do, they are usually cause for a pause and a careful look.

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    • I think there is a lot of variation in their flowering. I’ve read that they can take a year off to recover from the energy drain of flowering but I seem to find the same ones in bloom year after year. Minnesota knows how to pick them.

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      • krikitarts says:

        Most unfortunately, there are still people who do, literally, like to pick them, although it’s against the law. Apparently, no matter how carefully one tries to transplant them from their preferred natural location, it nearly always fails and results in their demise. And no new ones grow back in the spot from which they were taken. Fortunately, those folks are in the vast minority.

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      • Same here. There are fungi and other organisms, a bacteria too, I think, that are required to be in the soil.Even from a proper nursery there can be trouble replanting them. So far, the places I go haven’t had any plant stealing and, hopefully, I didn’t just jinx that.

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  3. What can I say, Steve, that is one awesome photograph!

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    • Thanks, Pete. There are many similar on the web so it isn’t unique but it does contain a piece of me for the discovery and excitement I felt when I came upon the scene. A local friend saw this in her area several times last year (she has a wooded yard with many lady’s slippers) but so far it’s just the once for me.

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  4. Ms. Liz says:

    We’ve just gone down from Level 4 to L3. This morning I was able to pick up some takeaway date scones from our local cafe, such a treat after more than a month of them being closed 🙂 Anything a little more like “normal” is wonderful!

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    • I read yesterday that the virus is declared defeated there. Hopefully no one brings it back from elsewhere. Our numbers are still high but we hope for a leveling and then decrease. I am worried that all the demonstrations with little care for exposure will cause a second surge in places. Our locale is removed from the more densely populated areas where these demonstrations occur but, again, it only takes one or two people to spread it widely.
      I’ve been able to get the occasional treat but they are prepackaged in plastic bags and not always as fresh as could be..but under the circumstances still nice to be able to enjoy.

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      • Ms. Liz says:

        NZ is aiming for ‘elimination’ rather than ‘eradication’ and I’m not sure how this is being reported overseas. There were only 3 new cases in the last 24 hours. We aim to have the numbers as low as possible and jump on any nastiness that arises and ‘stamp it out’. It’ll require great vigilence until hopefully a vaccine is developed in 18 months time or so – being positive here.. fingers crossed!

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      • Well, if anyone can do it it’s you NZ folks. 🙂

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      • Ms. Liz says:

        We’ve been in single digits for new cases in each of the last 11 days and yesterday there was only two new cases in NZ. I think there’s a collective feeling of relief, you can almost feel it! But now we’ve gone down to Level 3 the trick is to stay alert and not get complacent – that’ll be tricky.

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  5. I don’t think the Lady’s Slipper needs any ornamentation, but the moth makes a very nice addition. it’s a great shot.

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  6. Very Nice Steve!! Beautiful Image!

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  7. eremophila says:

    I’d say that moth is as drawn to the beauty as we are.

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  8. Beautiful picture.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    You may not have published this before, but I do remember our conversation about the white slant-lined moth after I found the little moth asleep in a rain lily. That was on my first outing after my dental surgery, and I remember quite clearly it also was the day I decided to eliminate the prescription pain-killers.

    I have certain convictions about some of the pronouncements being made about life today and in the future, but I’ll spare you. Suffice it to say, life may be somewhat different in days and weeks to come, but I happen to agree with whoever first said it: the real question isn’t “is there life after death?” but “is there life before death?”

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    • shoreacres says:

      Here’s that post where we had our conversation about your moth.

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      • You have a much better memory than I which has been proven often enough for it to be a truth. The phrase white slant-line didn’t show up in a search on the blog which is why I shared it and I had no recollection of uploading it until you just mentioned it. But…I reprocessed it with newer tools, nothing major, so am glad it prompted that work.
        Btw, did you ever find an ID for the moth on your lily?

        I’d be very happy to hear your thoughts, Linda. I appreciate everyone’s take on not just this current situation but most others as well. I may not be the deepest thinker or writer of my thoughts but I do appreciate those attributes in others. If you do feel like sharing it but not in a public venue sending a message would be nice. I’d enjoy the conversation. Quite often it is easier for me to formulate my thoughts if someone else starts the ball rolling. 🙂

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  10. Todd Henson says:

    This really is a lovely image. And it’s always fun to view and ponder on some of the interesting behaviors of different species. I’ve never been a fan of the phrase “the new normal,” and yet, it may very well apply in this case. Only time will tell.

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    • Thanks, Todd. It can be argued that the new normal is a daily occurence. Every moment brings a change of some sort.
      There is always an answer for the behavior in nature’s subjects. As humans we are driven to understand although in nature it is of little consequence other than the survival of the species.I would like to understand these things better but at this point in my life look to the scientific community for the answers as there is just too much to learn having not established the groundwork.

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  11. Eliza Waters says:

    Lovely image! Both flower and moth are exquisite.

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  12. Dave Ply says:

    Lovely lady. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one, even in my Minnesota days.

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  13. Littlesundog says:

    I am a lover of moths and had never seen a white slant-line before. And no wonder, as it’s not found in my neck of the woods. I’ll enjoy your image – what a beauty – the lady’s slipper too!

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  14. bluebrightly says:

    Wow, it’s hard to believe that this is a common occurrence but I’ll take your word for it. The moth is so pristine, what a beauty. I doubt any of the images on the internet are as polished as this one. Yes, it would be nice to jump forward to better times that we hope are ahead, but for me, it would NOT be good to jump ahead in the season. There is so much happening right now, and there has been for over a month. Tomorrow I anticipate going to the state park for the first time in over a month. What will I find???

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    • Yup. When I first found this and posted it I expected shock and awe, not the Rumsfeld kind, from people only to find out that it is common and there were already many internet images. Thanks!
      I am eagerly awaiting the answer to that question, Lynn. 🙂

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