A black bear stopped by my front porch and took an empty bucket with her. It was 5:12 am and she was extremely hungry. The bear has been looking for food and became desperate and stole the bucket from my front porch. Fortunately, one of our neighbor’s grapevines has ripened and the bear has been enjoying the delicious muscat grapes. (Note: The trail camera time was set wrong on the trail cam it’s 5:12 am not 5:12 pm)
Bears enter hyperphagia and look for food up to 20 hours a day! They have definitely been more active in the back of the woods near our trail camera.
Our trail cam captured footage of this coyote searching for food at night and exploring the back of the woods. Coyotes first appeared in South Carolina 30 years ago and continue to expand in numbers. In Autumn young pups leave their mother and search for food and territory. Coyotes prey on small animals such as rodents and rabbits. Their diet usually consists of small insects, berries, and fruit. Read more about coyotes here. And here.
A misunderstood animal that is harmless and quite interesting is the opossum. Opossums are not aggressive and will run away if they encounter a threat or play dead. Opossums are resistant to venom and prey on snakes such as copperheads and rattlesnakes. They can benefit your garden by consuming small insects such as beetles, slugs, and snails that damage gardens.
September is a special time for black bears. The bears enter hyperphagia and look for food up to 20 hours a day! They have definitely been more active in the back of the woods near our trail camera. Read more about bears in September here.
Hope you have fun watching these trail camera videos.
Throughout time moths have been a symbol of rebirth and transformation. Although, some may have negative connotations with moths such as death and dying or simply having holes left inside your expensive sweaters. The moth is a reminder for us to lighten up and not to take life so seriously. The Hopi Tribe uses the moth as their power animal and displays this mystical insect in decorative pottery and dance costumes.
Since I moved to the woods in South Carolina, I have spent two years compiling photos of these magnificent moths that have briefly stopped by for a quick visit at my front door.
May the magic of the moth spark a light within you everywhere you go.
They are found in the woodland and love to eat oak leaves. Both males and females are bright orange with a white spot on both sides of their wings. The white spots remind me of the ‘evil eye’ that symbolizes protection.
The clymene moth is rare and is thought to be a spiritual sign of a ‘blessing’ for those who come across this beauty. They are known for their gorgeous markings of the cross on their wings that extend inwards.
A lovely combination of yellow and brown. Its main purpose is to reproduce. This beautiful moth has a lifespan of one week because it doesn’t eat.
More about the Imperial Moth.
Geometer moths are small to medium in size and have slender bodies. They are also known as the pepper and salt geometer or peppered moth because of the light and dark bands on their wings. The adult size range from small to medium.
Cossula Magnifica (Pecan Carpenterworm Moth)
When I saw this moth, I thought it was a piece of stick that got caught onto the front of the cabin after a rain storm. 😂 Their wingspan is 32-45mm and the markings have tiny black dashes with light grey wings. They eat wood and lay their eggs on the wood.
Azalea Sphinx (Sphinx Moth)
A very large moth with large chunky wings that can fly 12 mph. They are called sphinx moths because when resting their turtle-like heads retract and resemble the symbol of the sphinx. These moths need to raise their body temperature to 96 degrees F to fly.
Rosy Maple Moth
The rosy maple moth is known to be one of the most beautiful moths due to its vibrant pink and yellow colors. The females lay 10-30 eggs on the underside of the leaves. Their wingspan is 3.4-5.2 cm. These moths have thick and fuzzy bodies with long antennae that allow them to detect pheromones. Mating adults are looking for partners in the early summer through fall. In South Carolina, mating occurs in March-October.
I saw this one on my way to the local supermarket, Ingles. It was hiding on the white cement wall by the entrance. The leopard moth is recognized by its white wings and black spots. Their wingspan is 5.7-9.1 cm. The underside of the belly is a bright blue.
Here is a video displaying all the details of the leopard moth.
Kale chips are crispy and crunchy, with bursts of rich flavor that will leave a potato chip lover satisfied and craving more. It’s a great salty snack. This simple recipe is made with fresh kale, olive oil, and salt. After the kale chips have been baked, add parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
The trail camera has been extremely active capturing coyotes, squirrels, bears, ravens, turkeys, and deer as autumn is quickly approaching. It’s time to gather food and build a cozy home for all the wildlife in the woods. Hibernation for the bears is in October. The hummingbirds are getting to ready migrate soon for warmer weather as they gather around looking for nectar in the woods. The deer and coyotes do not hibernate and remain active throughout the year.