Butterfly Wings

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How do you distinguish a moth from a butterfly? Keeping in mind that there are exceptions, below is a list of physical and behavioral differences.

  • Moths are nocturnal. Butterflies are out and about during the day.
  • When at rest, butterflies will fold their wings back. Moths flatten their wings against their bodies or spread them wide.
  • During pupal stage, a moth cocoon is made of silk. A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis, which is hard and smooth.
  • Butterfly antennae are smooth and have a ball at the tip. The moth has antennae that are feathery or like a comb.

For more information, see THIS PAGE from livescience.com.


Above is an Emperor Gum moth.


Photo of the Emperor Gum moth by Fir0002 at English Wikipedia – Adapted (background edited) from File:Polyphemus moth.jpg (Own work) (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=153565




The Shoe Doesn’t Always Fit

This week’s Envelope Art…


I drew a shoe on this envelope with something rather different in mind. (I got the design for this shoe from a coloring page.) After I drew the shoe, I changed my original idea. 

I went to Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and looked up the word “shoe” in the index. There were about a dozen quotes having to do with shoes. But I liked the very first one, by Publius Syrus. (Often spelled Publilius.)

By the way, do you own or have you ever browsed through Bartlett’s? This book “is an American reference work that is the longest-lived and most widely distributed collection of quotations. The book was first issued in 1855 and is currently in its eighteenth edition, published in 2012.” (Wikipedia, Bartlett’s). 

My husband gave me a copy of Bartlett’s for Valentine’s Day when we were dating. I think I may have hinted for it, having become rather fascinated with it at the time. It is fun to look through.

As for Publilius, he lived in last century B.C. Wikipedia reports that he was a Syrian who was brought as a slave to Italy, but by his wit and talent he won the favor of his master, who freed and educated him. Can’t say if that is fact or not, but it is interesting, for sure!


What do you love to eat most from your garden? For me, no question, it’s tomatoes!  I am thinking about that big slice of juicy red or yellow tomato on a slice of crispy toast with just a bit of mayo and a sprinkle of VegeSal!

Last week, I went to a gardening seminar that was presented by Bountiful Blessings Farm. There was an informative lecture, and we enjoyed some hands-on activities. From this seminar, one of the most important points I took away is the benefit of having our soil tested. This enables us to know exactly what nutrients to add to the soil so our plants will be happy and healthy.

I have also learned a lot from Mel Bartholomew’s Square Foot Gardening book. I do not follow his exact layout, but learned how close to place the plants together, and other great gardening instructions.

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