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Old 08-22-2012, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default This magnificent animal graced me with its presence in its final moments

Two days ago I was coming into my house and noticed this majestic fucking beast perched on the wall next to my front door. I was pretty surprised, as I've never seen bug quite like this one before... I took the picture below and wished him well in his travels.





The next morning, he had crawled down the wall and recessed himself into the corner. I was concerned, but decided to wait a bit and see if he hastened forth on his adventures. Later in the day he was still there, and I came to grips with the fact that this King of the Insects had expired on my doorstep

I collected his body and placed it in an airtight container. His wings were open when I placed him in there, but they closed over the night... insect rigor mortis I guess. Has anyone ever pinned and mounted a butterfly or moth? I feel like I shouldn't let this beautiful fellow march quietly into the night... he deserves to be remembered.

Also, I did a little bit of research, and it seems he was a very long way from home

Wikipedia – Oleander Hawk Moth


 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:33 AM   #2
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He could also be one of these, they are closely related and I can't tell the difference from the pictures

Wikipedia – Daphnis hypothous

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:33 AM   #3
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oh my god do people really talk like this out loud

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:35 AM   #4
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of course not, writing is totally different than speaking.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:35 AM   #5
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Do you know what an invasive species is?

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:36 AM   #6
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Pretty coll looking moth there rbg

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:42 AM   #7
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Do you know what an invasive species is?

Yes, but apparently you don't. It might be an introduced species but I can find nothing on the internet suggesting it is invasive.

What's That Bug – Oleander Hawk Moth

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This truly beautiful moth has an extensive range due to the use of its larval food plant, the Oleander, in landscaping. Bill Oehlke has the following information posted to his awesome website: “primarily associated with ‘the southern Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East to Afghanistan (Ebert, 1969). Along the Mediterranean, there is no clear distinction between resident and migrant populations. Permanent populations exist in suitable locations in Sicily, Crete and Cyprus; however, over a number of favourable years further colonies may be established in those islands and also in southern Italy and southern Greece, all of which die out during a hard winter.’ and ‘Extra-limital range. From Afghanistan eastward to south-east Asia and the Philippines; as a migrant, it penetrates northwards into central Europe and central southern Asia. In 1974, this species was recorded as having established itself in Hawaii.

I didn't think it flew across the fucking ocean, jesus christ.

Invasive is like the stink bug. It damages the ecosystems it enters. I've never in 23 years seen another moth like this. Pretty sure it's not common in the US.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:42 AM   #8
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well good, it's too bad they think it's okay to write like that.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:43 AM   #9
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IN ALL HIS TWENTY THREE SUBURBAN YEARS

how am i supposet aklsjadsf

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:43 AM   #10
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Give it time! And btw it is considered invasive in Hawaii. I don't know what state you are from though...

 
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I haven't seen one of these beautiful majestic creatures either so I guess they're not killing ash trees all over the nation

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:46 AM   #12
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Maryland. It's not common here. Trots, I don't know what kind of Texan wasteland you live in, but here in Maryland the suburbs of DC are only about 25 minutes from straight up farmland. I don't live inside. I have spent a good portion of my life in the bucolic countrysides of this land of little woods and rivers.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:47 AM   #13
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i just kind of picture you from some self contained gated community that has regular pesticide sprays, you know that listless, still, dull atmosphere that so often creates wonderful individuals of great repute

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:47 AM   #14
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Maryland is a really awful state

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:47 AM   #15
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Give it time! And btw it is considered invasive in Hawaii. I don't know what state you are from though...
also source please. I'm not saying I don't believe you, but I would like to learn about it

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:48 AM   #16
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i just kind of picture you from some self contained gated community that has regular pesticide sprays, you know that listless, still, dull atmosphere that so often creates wonderful individuals of great repute
haha, ok man. that couldn't be farther from what my home is like, but whatever

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untrue, Maryland is a beautiful place with more things to do than anyone could accomplish in a lifetime

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:48 AM   #17
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by the way farm land and open fields were within walking distance of myself because i live in a wasteland

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:49 AM   #18
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sometimes! there are cows! on a ranch in the middle of the city ! how about that !

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:50 AM   #19
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That thing is pretty great looking. How big would you say it is?

 
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and i say farm but i mean ranch because i live in a wasteland but you know splitting hurrs right

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:50 AM   #21
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you can't make some retarded assumption that I live in gated bourgeois land and not expect me to make the same sort of assumption back

edit: except I wasn't being serious, which make you stupider

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:51 AM   #22
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twenty five minutes !

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:52 AM   #23
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That thing is pretty great looking. How big would you say it is?
when its wings were open it was wider across than the palm of my hand. maybe 6 inch wingspan? I will measure it if I can get its wings open again

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:53 AM   #24
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I haven't seen one of these beautiful majestic creatures either so I guess they're not killing ash trees all over the nation
I'm sure if you saw one you would have to jump in the shower

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:57 AM   #25
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there aren't enough palms or faces in the world for this fucking thread.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:58 AM   #26
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I'd have to use pesticides thankfully my parents' property doesn't have any ash trees. They've got a poor old american elm tree with a bad case of dutch elm disease, an introduced disease from an introduced species. I mean when do you see elms?

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:59 AM   #27
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I POSTED SOMETHING PURE AND BEAUTIFUL AND YOU ALL ARE DESTROYING IT

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:00 AM   #28
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Have you ever seen an american chestnut tree, rbg? Man this moth is freaking me out.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:00 AM   #29
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BTW not an invasive species in MD. If you check out Hawaii on that population distribution map, you can see green indicates an established population of some sort. It's an uncommon bug here.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:02 AM   #30
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Oh redbreegull, you old blowhard!

 
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