Hiding in Plain Sight

Angle Shades Moth

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“Meticulously, motionlessly, secretly, he wrought in time his lofty, invisible labyrinth.”

― Jorge Luis Borges

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Do you know why actors wear make up?

It is not a beautiful disguise,

designed to hide who they are,

to become someone else,

it is so that when they don’t wear any,

they can hide in plain sight.

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Of course that is not true.

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But what is true?

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The Angle Shades moth,

Phlogophora meticulosa,

would have you believe that it is a leaf,

a withered and browned leaf,

a part of the detritus of nature.

For this excellent pretense,

it is rewarded with protection from predators,

except of the human variety.

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If I was the sort of human who raked leaves into a pile,

to burn them,

this moth might have ended up in flames,

even though it is not the sort which is drawn to the light.

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“A highly distinctive and unusual moth…”

UK moths

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I did almost step on it,

but my eyes were scouring the ground,

and spotted its magnificently meticulous disguise,

before my feet ruined it.

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“In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings…”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Angle Shades Moth 2

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*for D is for Disguise.