This morning while we were visiting in the clubroom and saying our good-byes, someone came in to tell us about a beautiful large moth on the side of the building. Of course I grabbed my camera and took some shots. Later, as a few of us were sitting on the porch, we discovered that the moth had moved to the white rock enclosure around the big tree in front of the porch. My photos were not very sharp because of the gusts of wind that blew the moth around a bit.
I sent an e-mail to LeAnn Sharp of Hill Country Nature Center with photos of the moth to see whether she could identify it. Happy day! She told me that it is a Cecropia Moth, which appears to be a female because of the larger, more rounded abdomen. She has some of these specimens in the Nature Center. She and her husband, Anthony, have taken over Nature Quest from Texas Hill Country River Region. I have always enjoyed the seminars and field trips at Nature Quest. (www.hillcountryadventures.com and www.texasnaturequest.com).
On the way home I stopped in Johnson City at the Dairy Queen for lunch and was back in my site at Pecan Grove by 1:30 or so.