They were there for the promise of light.
And they were easy to see, silhouetted against the door frame as they came, attracted by the porch light. Hovering, flitting, sweeping past you.
Finally settling, dark silhouettes against the side of the house.
They stayed for a while, in the circle of light, listening as you slurped your cherry snow cones down to the last drop. Counted the blinking fireflies in your jars before setting them free. Observed the bats emerge and take command of the skies overhead. Pleaded for permission to stay out...just 15 minutes more, pretty please with sugar on top? Bolted to play one last game of freeze tag in the darkening yard.
Oh, the stories they could tell.
---------------------------- And you thought no one was listening.
This little moth, of the family Arctiidae, called the Common Footman moth (Manulea lurideola) is a small textile sculpture, which can also be worn as a brooch, or simply displayed in your home.
The name comes from his apparent resemblance to the uniform of a footman. I added metallic gold threads to dress him up a bit.
Fashioned from fabrics cut from the pages of upholstery catalogs, embellished with metallic threads and embroidery floss antennae, backed with cotton.
Wingspan, 3.5" and 1.75" high (9 x 4.5 cm). As a brooch, he'll perch on your shoulder, alight on your scarf, settle on your sleeve. As a sculpture, he'll hang on the wall, rest on a shelf, table or windowsill, welcoming guests into your home!
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