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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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What a beautiful creature, thank you for the pictures.

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Lovely blog thank you! I hope I get to see one, they are incredibly beautiful

Jess, that is certainly THE most beautiful moth I have ever seen💗…sadly I have never actually witnessed it myself. Love the facts and the legends so super interesting, thanks so much 🙏🏻💕

Jess, I loved the James Tyrell🤗

I love Luna moths as well. I find the remains of one about once every year or two, but when I see a live one, that’s when I get really excited. I think I’ve maybe only seen a live one a handful of times in my whole life. They’re so pretty and have so much symbolism attached to them.

Very interesting reading. For the last 4 years I have been working As a volunteer to protect the habitat of the Monarch butterfly

Wow Jess! What an incredibly beautiful creature, and a lovely post in it’s honor. Another lesson I take from your account is that the process of getting to the ultimate incarnation, the short life as a moth, then quick subsequent death is just as important, if not more so, than the incarnation itself. Beautiful post!

Such pretty pictures and a wonderful story. I would like to see such a moth one day.

Oh my , Jess! It’s such a beautiful surprise, I can imagine this gorgeous moth has symbolic meanings… i can’t stop looking at the pictures. Is is poisonous to birds and other predators? So sad it lives a week only. Hopefully there are enough moths as to perpetuate species …

Beautiful story of the luna moth Jess. It certainly is so spectacular and the colours are vibrant. The yellow eye with red and black on the wings makes it so special. Pity it lives only a few days. I tend to agree with Bronwyn that it signifies rebirth and new beginnings.

Thank you Jess for this heartfelt tribute after discovering the wings of the beautiful Lunar Moth. The colors and shape of its wings are unique in the insect world to say the least but now I understand how their colorful appearance is an exceptional camouflage tool. I appreciate the facts and legends illustrated in your blog and hope that one day you will see the magic for yourself, watching a lunar moth reach for the light.

I have never seen a Lunar Moth before, wow!
They are really beautiful.
Thank you for sharing this Field Guide Jess, today I learned something new.
The local people of the lowveld have so much cool things they believe in.
I hope it is the first of many Lunar moths you get to see!

I should hope to see one there one day!

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