Full Moon: Eye of the Moth

June 29, 2007

Agave parvifloraAgave parviflora seedpods

An echo from yesterday’s post – the triple-segmented seedpods of Agave parviflora, the smallest of all the agaves.  In the U.S., this variety is found only in the oak grasslands of the Atascosa/Pajarito mountains.  We explored a dirt road to the border today and saw several of them.  The miniature seedpods are the size of peas.

All life is dry and hushed, waiting for the rain.  These are the hottest days, with temperatures well over 100 during the day and very little relief at night, since the rocks and soil now hold weeks worth of heat.   I have called this the Rising Moth Moon, because when I lived in the east I associated the full moon closest to the Summer Solstice with the silvery eyes of the luna moth shimmering among the sparks of lightning bugs.  Here in the desert, we have many eyed silk moths, but the only moths of that green color are the tiny Nemoria oak moths.  They too have four “eyes” on their wings, though they are just tiny dots.  The moths flutter in the dust and smoke, attracted to the moonlight, waiting for lightning to split the white sphere apart and release the rain, before the empty husk cracks open on its own.

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