In late Spring and early Summer in Queensland Eastern Australia, the RSPCA and the various Wild Life people often receive calls from people who report seeing birds flying at night around street lights.
What they are seeing is the Giant Wood Moth that
has hatched from its pupae in eucalypt trees.
YES! They are so huge that they resemble a small bird.
Here is one in the palm of Rays hand.
The Giant Wood Moth is
the Worlds largest moth weighing in at 30 grams and with a wing span of
25 cms .(10 inches). The aborigines used to travel down the water
courses searching for these delicacies to cook and eat them.
They are also an enjoyable meal for the Black Cockatoos, who use their
strong bills to rip open tree bark, uncover and eat them. Between the Moth and the Cockatoo, the trees can be destroyed.
I have been told that the wood moth will eat a hole into a pineapple, then eat the whole inside of the fruit just leaving the shell remaining.
NEXT POST will be on our cockatoos.... we have many different varieties.
AND.... The Lord God made them all.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Queensland - GIANT WOOD MOTH
An Author since 2012 and retired Specialist Registered Nurse. I reside in sub-tropical Queensland, Australia, with my American husband Raymond and our two little dogs. Mille` (Toy Foxy), and Marley (Toy Poodle). Late in 2008 I began to explore and enjoy the realm of creative writing. This is something which has always been an interest yet until now,I haven't found time to indulge. God is the cornerstone of my home and heart. He is my life and my breath, for without Him I am nothing. My desire is to edify His existance in my daily walk through life. To inspire and encourage the broken hearted. And to assist in the knowledge that EVERYTHING has a reason and a purpose under the Heavens. We are reminded through our faith in Jesus that He will, "Turn our Mourning into Dancing and our Sorrow into Joy." Psalms 30:11. Having personally experienced tough times I know, there is truely no gain without pain. B.N (Aus) B.S.N (U.S.A) M.H.N, ProfC, Bible College Graduate. 1. South Western Sydney Area Health, 2. Queensland Health, 3. ROGERSVILLE, TENESSEE with Amedysis Home Health.