Unexpected, But Welcome, Visitor
July 13, 2011
On a recent Saturday, just before the library opened, we noticed an unusual visitor expectantly waiting outside our doors (pictured above). Whether weary from a long travel or attempting to sleep in, the visitor stayed for some time, even after the front doors were opened. Uncertain of its identity, I was able to search our research databases on this quest. With a little effort and with the help of our link to Amazing Animals of the World, I learned our visitor was an imperial moth. Being nocturnal, it often flits about near overnight lights, and then hides during daylight to avoid predators. No doubt it sought our library as refuge, as many of us do.
North Oak Branch