Saturday, July 7, 2007
Creatures of the Night, Brought to Light
This beast staked out the entrance to my house, unmoving for two days straight, calling out taunts like "Nevermore!" and "Catch up on your reading!" each time I entered.
By the time it left, there was a large pile of gnawed chipmunk bones beneath its cursèd perch.
If Pandas were evil moths of darkness instead of large, gassy ursids, this is what they'd look like.
Really hard to identify this crazy critter. My best guess is that it's a Twin-spotted Sphinx Moth (Smerinthus jamaicensis). Objections are welcome.
Though my first instinct was to befriend him as St. Francis would have, he was clearly unnerved by the fact that I got out of the car. His nervousness, however, did not cause him to retreat. Instead, he blew aggressively out of his nose and gave me the hairy eyeball, which he's doing here.
Now, I don't speak moose as fluently as some folks, but I understand that one.
The photo and diagrams, I think, are unobjectionably clear in proving the species of the animal in question.
Perhaps you've heard that Vermont is for lovers. I hope you now realize it is chock full of diabolical, creeping creatures of violence and despair. Tune in next week when I catch the yetis and the moths on film, battling for ultimate supremacy of this shadowy wasteland.