8 Magnificent Moths of South Carolina

Illustration: Butterflies and Moths (1596–1610) by Anselmus Boëtius de Boodt

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.

Photo: Hopi Cylindrical Jar by Grace Chapella
(c) Adobe Gallery: Art of the Southwest Indian

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.

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad

Here are 8 Magnificent Moths of South Carolina

Anisota Moth (Orange-tipped oakworm moth)

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.


Clymene Moth

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.

Imperial Moth

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 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.

Leopard Moth

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.
Moths In Flight.

The Best Relaxing Place to Visit is Pretty Place in S.C.

Pretty Place. Photos by Debra Roinestad, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Pretty Place, the name that holds to its promise. The breathtaking views of the Southern Appalachian mountains at Pretty Place are stunning!  Many people have experienced a sense of solitude and comfort and leave refreshed after visiting this peaceful place. 

Southern Appalachian Mountains (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Diagram of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by Kurt Roinestad

The chapel was built in 1941 by Fred W. Symmes and is part of the YMCA Camp Greenville.

Outside: Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Sign at Entrance: Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Inside Pretty Place after descending the stairs (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Pretty Place Chapel
Autumn: Pretty Place Chapel

Even though it was a cloudy day when I visited, I left with a sense of wholeness. A word of caution, check their website due to its popularity, the chapel is closed to the public for weddings and private events, and days and times are subject to change at any time. So, make sure you have a backup plan if the chapel is booked with an event. 

Leaving Pretty Place (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Warm Wishes,

Debra Roinestad

Website for Pretty Place click here

Hawk on Trail Camera, S.C.

Hawk: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hi Friends,

It’s so rare to capture a hawk on a trail camera. We feel very lucky to have captured footage of this guy (on the right) that landed at the back of our cabin. I love the attitude and entitled stare at the camera. 🥰 To read more about hawks in South Carolina visit Wild Bird World.

Warm Wishes,

Debra & Kurt


Hawk: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Hawk, Birds of America (1827) by John James Audubon, etched by William Home Lizars.
Goshawk female (Accipiter gentilis) 1929, illustrated by the von Wright brothers.

Coyote Trail Camera Videos (One Cool Coyote)

Coyote: Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hey Everyone,

Here are videos of a cool coyote that showed up at the back of our cabin. This guy is fearless and hunting for prey. Coyotes don’t hibernate and remain active in the winter and throughout the year! To read more about coyotes visit Wildlife Boss.

Enjoy the videos!!

Debra & Kurt

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
One Cool Coyote, art by Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Fawn Trail Camera, S.C.

Fawn, Trail Camera (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
(c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Adorable fawns have been hanging around our backyard. We are happy to have captured this footage and excited to share this with you! 😀❤️👍 By the way, did you know that fawns are well camouflaged and have very little odor? This self-defense mechanism helps them hide from predators. Fawns instinctively lie motionless when approached by a predator. This behavioral adaptation has helped the white-tailed deer survive for ages.

For more information about fawns click here.

Enjoy the trail camera videos!

Kind Regards,

Debra & Kurt

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

All Trail Camera Videos (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Fawn: Vintage Illustration, Image In The Public Domain

“What do you call yourself?” the Fawn said at last. Such a soft sweet voice it had!
“I wish I knew!” thought poor Alice. She answered, rather sadly, “Nothing, just now.”
“Think again,” it said: “that won’t do.”
Alice thought, but nothing came of it. “Please, would you tell me what you call yourself?” she said timidly, “I think that might help a little.”
“I’ll tell you, if you’ll come a little further on,” the Fawn said. “I can’t remember here.”
So they walked on together through the wood, Alice with her arms clasped lovingly round the soft neck of the Fawn, till they came out into another open field, and here the Fawn gave a sudden bound into the air, and shook itself free from Alice’s arms. “I’m a Fawn!” it cried out in a voice of delight. “And dear me, you’re a human child!” A sudden look of alarm came into its beautiful brown eyes, and in another moment it had darted away at full speed.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass

Fawn: Vintage Illustration, Image In The Public Domain

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Photo Gallery: Table Rock Mountain, South Carolina

Table Rock Mountain is ever-changing. Here are some stunning views of the 350 million year old granite mountain that the Cherokee considered sacred.

Table Rock Mountain, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

“We cannot lower the mountain, therefore we must elevate ourselves”

Todd Skinner

More Information About Table Rock Mountain click here.

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad 🌿

Deer Trail Camera Videos, S.C.

Trail Camera: Deer (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hey Everyone!

Here are adorable deer videos from our trail cameras. I have been researching and finding many historical wildlife illustrations from the 1800’s. Hope you like. 🙂

Warm Regards,

Debra & Kurt Roinestad

P.S. Check-out our post on setting up the trail cameras here.

Trail Camera: Deer (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Trail Camera: Deer (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Trail Camera: Deer (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Trail Camera: Fawn (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

American Deer (Cervus Virginianus) from the viviparous quadrupeds of North America (1845) illustrated by John Woodhouse Audubon (1812-1862). Original from The New York Public Library.

Look at those eyes! Deer at Night (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Deer or Virginian Deer (Cervus Virginianus) from the viviparous quadrupeds of North America (1845) illustrated by John Woodhouse Audubon (1812-1862). Original from The New York Public Library.

Trail Camera Bear Videos, S.C.

Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Hey Friends! 

Some adorable black bears recently stopped by our cabin. We decided to keep our trail camera active for 3 months before changing the chip. And boy, did we capture some wildlife shenanigans! Kurt and I meticulously reviewed hours of trail camera footage and picked some of the best to share. Enjoy! 

Much Love,
Debra & Kurt Roinestad

P.S. Check out post from last year…Black Bears & Cub Visiting the Cabin. Click here

Our Favorite Bear Videos

Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Trail Camera, (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
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Raccoon Stealing Chips on My Front Porch

Raccoon with a bag of Lay’s Chips (c) Debra Roinestad, The Comfy Cabin, 2022

In the afternoon, I heard a loud clunk in the log cabin. I went downstairs to investigate and caught this little one stealing a bag of potato chips. Usually, I leave snacks out for the mailman and delivery folks. During the heist, I saw the raccoon with a bag of chips in her mouth. Also, she had ripped open a bag of Fritos. So, now I learned that Lays, Fritos, and Cheetos are the raccoons’ favorite snacks. Duly noted. 🥰 👍

Warm Regards,
Debra Roinestad 🌿

Raccoon Stealing Chips on My Front Porch, SC

The Adorable Thief (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Exhibit A: From the adorable thief (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

3 Reasons to Visit Caesars Head, S.C.

Photo by Debra Roinestad, Caesars Head Overlook (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Thirsty for some adventure? Then take the higher ground! Get your thrills quenched at Caesars Head State Park. Caesars Head is a mountain within Caesars Head State Park in northern Greenville County, South Carolina. The Summit has an elevation of 3,215 feet. The trail is well maintained and about 14 miles from Greenville S.C. 

Video: Caesars Head Overlook by Fradella Hikes

Caesars Head got its name because there are a series of steep steps that lead down a narrow passageway between two massive rocks.

Photo by Kurt Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022
Photo by Kurt Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Many have said that it is called Caesar’s head because the rocks resemble the profile of Julius Caesar. I agree…lol. 😅

Photo by Ilona Frey, Julius Caesar (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Here are 3 Reasons to Visit Caesars Head at Caesars Head State Park

Photo by Debra Roinestad, Caesars Head Overlook (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Easy Hiking 

Photo by Jon Flobrant

This is the perfect place for beginners and families. You can stop by the overlook to get fantastic views. Then if you are up for the challenge, there are moderate to strenuous hikes. The mountain bridge wilderness links to Caesars Head and Jones Gap State Parks.

Bird Watching

Photo by Richard Lee (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

From September through November thousands of migrating raptors soar upwards and hang around the rocky outcrop to conserve their energy as they migrate to their winter ranges.

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts!

Photo by Caley Dimmock (c) The Comfy Cabin, 2022

Due to the large volume of visitors arriving daily, the Visitors’ Center makes sure they have a very large stock of items for sale. So, before or after your hike, visit their lovely gift shop. They have jewelry, coffee mugs, books, hiking equipment, and T-shirts. They sell fun items for dogs too.

So, consider adding this exciting destination to the top of your list when visiting South Carolina.

They are open Monday-Friday, 9 am – 6 pm

Warm Wishes,
Debra Roinestad 🌿

Debra Roinestad (c) The Comfy Cabin

Address: 8155 Geer Hwy, Cleveland, SC 29635

Information:

➡️ South Carolina State Parks
https://southcarolinaparks.com/caesars-head

➡️ Map
https://mapcarta.com/21491718