Cecropia Moth Encounter

Alien Nature

In late summer while walking our dogs, I spotted two Cecropia caterpillars feeding in a wild cherry tree. I knew this would be a once in a lifetime encounter, so I took clippings from the tree and brought the caterpillars home.

We watched these bizarre looking, three inch caterpillars feed for a few days before they started to weave silk cocoons. They over-wintered on our porch, and it was exciting to witness them when the moths finally emerged the following spring.

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Beautiful Transformation

The Cecropia Moth is the largest native moth of North America. Females can grow a wingspan of 160 mm or more. They are found as far west as the Rocky Mountains and north into the maritime provinces of Canada. Our moths were measured at 6-1/2 and 7 inches.

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You are not likely to see one in the wild, unless you’re in the forest at night. When adults emerge from their cocoon they pump fluid into their wings to extend them.

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The females are active at night, emitting pheromones which attracts males up to three miles away. The moths mate and the female spends the remainder of her life laying eggs. The males may mate several more times. Adult Cecropia moths do not have mouth parts, so they’re not able to eat. As a result, the lifespan of an adult Cecropia moth is about 7 to 10 days in the wild.

It was astonishing to witness the transformation of this beautiful giant moth, with a wingspan of 146 mm (5-3/4 inches). Setting it free, and watching it fly away was a wonderful experience I’ll never forget.

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Christina Rollo
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Art of Selling

Selling Art Online

Often times I don’t realize how much knowledge and experience I have acquired until I receive your questions and comments regarding nature, photography and the art of selling. Continue reading for answers to the most commonly asked questions I receive, and enjoy a few of my hummingbirds along the way.

Are you selling your photography?

Yes, I’ve been selling my photography for several years now. However, it hasn’t been an easy road. I’ve spent a great deal of time learning, editing, and marketing my work. In addition to many other activities such as social networks, exhibits, photo competitions, etc. All have helped me to present my work to the public and move my photography career forward. I try not to expect too much at one time. When I do a self comparison, it’s usually a comparison of where I was last year, not yesterday or last week.

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How much money do you make?

It varies from month to month. Of course sales are a great reward, but some weeks or months, there are no sales. For me, an off week is one of the most frustrating things about the art world. Art collectors do not purchase with regularity and seem to be fickle at times. So much of my time is invested in creating my photographs, it’s tempting to give up during these periods. A positive attitude is extremely important. You must believe in your self and the quality of your work, never stop learning. I always ask myself, what can I do better? I usually come up a long list of things, and begin working on them.

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Do you like Fine Art America?

Yes I like Fine Art America. Previous to my print on demand website I was printing, matting, and framing everything myself. I exhibited my work and attended art shows. Not only was this time consuming, but I was left with inventory which I couldn’t find time to sell. Fine Art America is one of the most professional art sites I’ve been involved with. I’ve learned a great deal from the wonderful community of artists who participate and sell their work there.

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The convenience of print on demand makes life easy. Collectors of my work have extensive choices for matting and framing through Fine Art America. I find the print quality to be exceptional, there are many papers and canvases to choose from, colors are long lasting and vibrant. Customer satisfaction is important, and Fine Art America offers a 30-day money back guarantee. They will contact artists if an image ordered doesn’t meet their standard for print quality. This provides me the reassurance I need that any order filled by them meets high quality standards.

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I want to sell my photos, what advice to you have for me?

Each person is different you have to fulfill your own needs. Figure out what you’re comfortable with, read, experiment. What works for one person may not work for another. Try many different things. Learn everything you can about your craft and make consistent efforts to improve, never give up. Accept the realities of the art world, there will be disappointments. Selling doesn’t come easy for everyone, it takes time for people to become familiar with your work. When people are not buying, it doesn’t mean they’ve lost interest, don’t get discouraged.

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When things go well, ride the wave! This will be one of the most difficult things you ever do, it’s a true test of perseverance. Very best wishes to all who embark on this journey!

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