by Carl Strang
Last week, Nikki Dahlin and I found a black plastic bag blown up against the base of a tree at Mayslake Forest Preserve. We were going to throw it away, but Nikki noticed something.
A dilemma. I decided to compromise, cutting away and properly disposing of the bulk of the bag, but returning the bit of plastic with the cocoon to the ground, as shown in the photo. Technically that makes me a litterbug, but I intend to return periodically to check, and will remove the plastic when the moth is out.
Can’t help but wonder how far that bag with its dormant passenger was blown through the air before landing at Mayslake, a preview of the moth’s flying days to come.