Not a leaf, a moth!

On a recent cool, crisp, morning at Middle Ridge Farm, we stepped out the door and headed to the barn.  A stiff breeze off the ridge caused me to snuggle into my sweater as it loosened the leaves of the Chinese Chestnut tree, a fluttering cascade of gold.

Mr. Garner stopped mid stride, “Look, that’s not a leaf, it’s a moth!  Where’s your phone?

While he kindly retrieved my camera-phone, I studied the beauty of a speckled golden-orange Ennmos magnaria (I looked it up) moth.  He or she was clinging, upside down to a concrete step, the early morning sun lending the already bright wings a glorious glow, perfectly impersonating an autumn leaf.

A few pictures:

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