Thursday, April 28, 2016

Inspired by Reading: A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Well another month of Inspired by Reading has come and gone. I got this one on my Nook, but I didn't seem to want to read it. IDK why. Everyone said/says it's good and timeless and interesting. I was rushing to find some inspiration without reading the book (WHAT?!) and I found her NON fiction book online. Here's a link to it. I read about the Yellow Emperor because I did find out that one plays a part in the book. THEN I googled the Yellow Emperor and it is actually called Eacles imperialis. which is now known as the Yellow Imperial. Here is a fantastic photo I found of it to show its size and another to show the purple color!


I also NEEDED to know the differences between moths and butterflies, here's what I found...

  • Butterflies and moths BOTH belong to the order Lepidoptera some major differences are:
    • A butterfly’s antennae are club-shaped with a long shaft and a bulb at the end. A moth’s antennae are feathery or saw-edged.
    • Butterflies tend to fold their wings vertically up over their backs. Moths tend to hold their wings in a tent-like fashion that hides the abdomen
    • Moths have a frenulum, which is a wing-coupling device. Butterflies do not have frenulums.
    • Butterflies are primariy diurnal, flying in the daytime. Moths are generally nocturnal, flying at night.
    • A moth makes a cocoon, which is wrapped in a silk covering. A butterfly makes a chrysalis, which is hard, smooth and has no silk covering
  • There are exceptions to ALL these rules of course! Info courtesy of Library of Congress.

So here is my half finished Eacles imperialis!

Isn't she a beauty! I think I will make her antennae yellow instead of purple.
Then I will finish her wings with the same pattern. I will wear her as a pendant hung with some yellow or purple sari silk.

Take a look at our Facebook page for Inspired by Reading to see what everyone has accomplished and actually finished! I am betting there are a lot of moths!!



  1. You'll have to come back and show us the finished piece!

  2. I love this! Thanks for sharing the differences between butterflies and moths. I had been wondering that myself!

  3. What an amazing moth! So many wonderful and awe inspiring things to be found in nature. I love where you're going with your version of the moth! I'm really impressed by all the details... I hope you'll share the finished product with us.