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A long time ago, I was a child. (I started out as Cathy First from Colon, Mi.) For the past several years I’ve been an adult. A lot of things went on between those two stages of life; probably no more or no less than anyone elses. My husband and I moved to “da U .P” from southern Lower Michigan several years ago (yes we were trolls at one time). We owned and operated and operate Clementz’s Northcountry Campground and Cabins just north of Newberry, Michigan until May 2015. We have grown kids and grandkids (who all live downstate). My passion is life and all that Nature has to offer us and trying to photograph it in unique ways. Our intention in life is to see all that Nature has to offer us. We hope that you will be a part of our adventures as we cruise through our lives together. Come back often!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


You may have wondered what I’ve been up to lately….not a whole heck of nothing. The bad thing about doing nothing is you aren’t quite sure when you are done.

Dan and I have been “watching” a cocoon since last fall that was on one of our climbing rose bushes. I’d been watching it frequently lately in hopes of watching the moth emerge and being able to photograph it as it did. Of course, THAT didn’t happen.

Two days ago, I checked it in the morning and it looked the same. I told Dan that I thought maybe the cold weather had killed it off and it wasn’t going to emerge. About 3 hours later, Dan spotted it on the rose bush!

We’ve been watching it almost hourly making it’s way up the stems towards the top. And wouldn’t you know it, the moth emerged the other day when it was raining pitchforks and stagger babies (I have NO idea what a stagger baby is, but it is something my Grandma always use to say when it rained hard. I hope it isn’t an ethnic slur. And I haven’t been able to trace it down, so it could just be something Grandma made up??!!). The bush is somewhat sheltered by the overhang of the roof so he/she wasn’t getting too wet, but it wasn’t helping him/her dry out and spread the wings.

THAT was the photo I wanted; when if finally spread the wings. I checked it again around 9 p.m. last night and it was still where it had been the past 3 hours. We were concerned a bluebird would find it before it even got out of the rose bush. This morning it isn’t there so we are hopeful that the moth took flight and found safety again. But I thought I would share my photos with you. Yes, I am still hoping to get a better camera so they aren’t the greatest shots. (If you look closely at the bottom of the first photo, you will see the cocoon.)

Catch up with you all another time!


  1. Anonymous10:25 PM

    that is seriously the most gorgeous butterfly that i have ever seen!

    West Bremerton florist

  2. Thank you (not that I can take credit for his beauty!). I wanted so badly to be there when he spread his wings. WE thought all the time we were waiting for it to "hatch" that it was probably a luna (or is it lunar??) moth but it wasn't. Not sure what kind it is.

  3. Cathy,

    That is a Cecropia Moth, the largest in North America.

  4. Todd, thank you for that information. The cocoon had to have been at least 5 1/2 to 6" long. I hope she/he is still flying around some place and didn't become food for a blue bird!

  5. It appeared to be a male, he probably took off after "smelling" a female moth in the area. The female releases her scent so the males can find her.


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