This is my own and new TRIBUTE COVER of prequel series DARK CRYSTAL AGE OF RESISTANCE main theme composed by Daniel Pemberton. The series premiered last August but mylove for the original movie is from tender childhood. In fact… another Dark Crystal cover Pris? I’m not finished yet… This is my THIRD and a fourth (All Maudra Song) is in the making. Stay tuned!
This version was entirely performed and arranged by myself using
different folk instruments like bowed psaltery, dulcimer, hammered
dulcimer, piano, kalimba, small percussions and flutes among others. The
recording is also available at my patreon, where I’m posting this
candid tributes and covers.
I have always been a big fan of all Henson works from Dark Crystal to Fraggle Rock.
If you know Jim Henson’s Works (Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle
Rock, The Muppets, Sesame Street, The Storyteller and more) tell me
which one is your favourite.
If you haven’t watched this movie the Dark Crystal movie from 1982
(first movie with no human characters) directed by Jim Henson (hero of
my childhood) and Frank Oz, and for me the best fantasy movie ever made.
I grew up as a child collecting the figures and books, and I’ve crossed
several times paths with the team of artists that worked in the
original movie, but I was not not prepared for my favourite movie to be
back at the spotlight… so many things I can’t afford now LOL I won’t
be able to catch up with merchandising anymore 🙂
Back in the day it was a flop, it was a very expensive project that
faced for the first time how to create an entire world without the
computer graphics that exist today. The whole movie is an ode to
pupeteering and practical effects like no other. Water tanks with ink
were used for the skies, matte painting on glass for the landscapes, and
every single plant, animal, rock and detail was done to be a world out
of our own and still very “earthy”
This Cover is the main theme of the new series and my version
dedicated to all the team of artists that bring the world of Thra to
life and of course congratulations to Daniel Pemberton for creating
memorable new music for my all time favourite Universe. As a purist of
the original movie I was excited about the new series but also scared.
It satisfied my expectations and more 🙂 Even if I will be always a
devoted fan of the original movie, the new series expands the folklore
about a world I grew up to love as a child.
My previous Dark Crystal Cover was all outdoors in Nature, this one
is indoors at the studio, using purple leds, a smoke machine and props
to mimic the atmosphere inside the Skeksis castle. I choked a bit on so
much smoke but I think it looked rather magical at the end and very
fitting with the looks of the series.
I tried to mimic the Gefling Deet, she is a Grottan that lives in the
caves. She is very sweet and very connected to Earth and its creatures.
She often carries glowing lichens and moss and she is (spoiler)
affected by darkening. All the Darkening in the series is
represented by the “purple” hues of the once clear Crystal of Truth that
has been split and broken by the cruel Skeksis.
Above: The Dark Crystal is a tale balance between our light and
shadows. Astral creatures called the Urskeks are fragmented into evil
vicious Skeksis and Gentle but passive Mystics as the Crystal of Truth
was cracked and darkened. Nether one nor another are even or complete.
The whole arch in the series and later in the movie is to “HEAL” back
together what was broken
Above: Lore one of the “new characters” in the series but originally
envisioned by Jim Henson inspired by the Devon rocky landscapes. He (It)
makes a little cameo in my video.
Note. thank you very much to Héctor Corcín for rendering the 3d parts to composite in my video and for your help in the post-production of the video. Thanks for your partnership and help always.
Recording the audio
As you have read in one of my recent posts I injured my hand not long
ago and I’m not quite recovered… still I’m a stubborn determined
person so I managed to finish this. So for me there is even much more
effort than the one that is shown, and overcoming frustrations when I
couldn’t play as well as I wanted to. It’s not perfect but I think
that’s part of the charm too, that it is kind of rustic as the instruments that were used.
Above: Me playing “hammered dulcimer”. If you are familiar with my
discord server you may have seen me rehearsing this with my sprained
hand and a splint hahah 🙂
This instrument is also known as Santoos. Instead of being plucked the
strings are hit percussively with “hammers” in the shape of spoons hence
I also used my bowed psaltery (both plucked and bowed). This instrument has a very medieval-renaissance sound that was very fitting for the “vibe” I wanted to achieve.
As always I added some flutes. This was a challenge with my injured hand (I feel like a super-hero) but I managed 🙂
I also used small drums, gongs, bowls and shakers as percussion. Here
with a seed shaker. I like this one because I wanted to use very
“organic” and fantasy looking.
For the first time I included a kalimba or thumb piano. This was a recent gift from Héctor and this is the first time I feature it in a recording. (Yes Playing “thumb piano with a sprained thumb). Noone said I lack determination 🙂
I also used bowed glass, piano and other instruments that are not shown in the edit. Overall a bit painfulbut fun. Of course I took breaks but I feel very accomplished.
And of course even if the original theme by Daniel Pemberton has no vocals I had to include some choirs because that is my signature to it. It’s meant to be a candid tribute but also a personal reinterpretation.
Another world… Another time. Thra: A Wold created by Jim Henson and The Frouds
I have said it countless times… If there is someone I’ve always
admired is Jim Henson and his legacy. You may remember previous posts
with Dark Crystal and when I first started posting here a “Rainbow
My favourite film of all time is “The Dark Crystal” which is above all a
story about “balance” that provided a solid foundation of principles
So first of all Happy Birthday Jim Henson…today he would have
turned 83 years but he left us way to soon due to a pneumonia in 1990,
way too soon.
My previous two Dark of Crystal tributes
As The Dark Crystal was such an important inspiration for me as a
child I’ve recorded previously two other covers that I had shared
Gelfling Song sung by Kira in the original movie (1982) here performed by me with just voice, double Ocarina and ambient sounds I recorded myself along with Héctor.
Jen Play His Pipes
24th of September. Happy birthday Jim Henson (1936-1990)
Today is Jim Henson’s birthday… As you know yesterday I shared my
third “Dark Crystal” tribute but it’s only one of the many tributes to
his work I’ve done. I will be forever grateful for all the magic,
wisdom, lessons of kindness he taught me as a child through his work.
Jim Henson’s works are about a rare wisdom, call it naive sometimes, but with a message that runs deep to the soul,
to remind us there are things that matter, there are things we need to
care about. Be good and honest, and everything will be all right. And
all of this shaped me as a little child and made me become a better
person. I am not the only one, I know of many others who were listening
to these “lessons”.
Whats´s so amazing that keeps us stargazing…?
He said once… When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a
difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better
for having been there. ”― Jim Henson
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Indeed he did make the world better…
At least Mine…
Here another tribute to this wonderful genius and creator: A Rainbow
Connection originally sung by Kermit the Frog, a character he created
and interpreted until the day he died.
When he died all puppeteers gathered to sing “If just one person believes in you”
If you ever need motivation look for “Jim henson Memorial”
And when all those people
Believe in you
And strong enough
Believe in you
And long enough
It stands to reason
You yourself will start to see
What everybody sees in you
And maybe even you
Can believe in you, too
Some impressions of my recent trip to the sea and a moody poem inspired by the Ocean.
Return to the sea
I was born in an oceanic island, La Palma (Canary Islands) but I live now inland… Still I miss the ocean so much… It has taken me one year though to return to salty waters… The foam and spray helped me so much. This beach is Zumaia one of famous “Game of Thrones” locations. Sea water is warmer than the usual river ponds were I bathe now. As I explained some posts before this Summer has been a “challenge” for me and it’s been kind of a healing journey.
Amphitrite was the wife of Poseidon, Greek God of the seas… one of
the many Nereids (Ocean Nymphs). Are there legends of water spirits in
Venus, representation of “Womanhood” was also born from Sea foam
The first book I ever read was a compilation of Hans Christian Andersen tales including The Little Mermaid I always found tragic how she ended up becoming sea foam, but it was also a tale of transformation
I spent hours and hours last Tuesday… absolutely mesmerized as the
low tide grew back in and covered all the exposed Flysch (a special
geological formation). We stayed until sunset, when the seagulls joined
the moody skies to greet us.
The Sentinel (Poem)
So here I little poem I wrote
When the winding path leads my weary feet back to the shore
and the tidal waves are lifting as they make the oceans roar
as they lash against the rocks
and the seagulls are squalling over my head
against clouds moving swiftly
Then If you ask me to ride on the foamy edge
and get caught in the undertow
I will carry with me your unspoken vows
and dive to hide them deep
Finally here a mosaic of impressions of that day where you can
appreciate the amazing geological formations in the Guipuzcoan Coast
that lead down into the sea, formed through the erosive action of water
and movements of land over the course of 50 million years, in fact they
include fossil evidence of the massive extinction of the dinosaurs due
to a meteorite. These whimsical have always been of interest to
geologists on account of their fossil remains. The cliffs are
impressive and the Flysch is only exposed at low tide so you must plan
your visit accordingly not to be trapped by the tides. Overall an
The song has some fierce and ominous points but also airy ethereal hopeful soaring parts, It will be a bit different than my usual as it was also born from a time of “turmoil” but also taking action into that 🙂 You know… nothing is done until it’s done
Today 1st of September this new song premiers on all digital outlets (Spotify, Itunes, and more!) Please, share it and add it to your playlists. Please spread your word.
What is this song about? It may be different for everyone… Please do tell me what the words mean for you!
It could be of course a song against Global Warming and protection of our Mother Earth, but also it could be a song about our fears and anxieties and how we must control them and get untangled from all the doubts of “denial” in a broad way… Things that we should change and we leave for later until they take hold of us in a loom…
Let these words be your waking call..
Let’s unravel not to live in denial… What do you think it should be done before it’s too late? Tell me in the comments
Feel like your spirit grows stronger Though its challenge has only begun There’s anything it can’t conquer When the weights of the doubts are all gone And defiant it won’t weep in silence When it feels cause is fair to be won It’s standing firm in sheer defiance Because nothing is done until it’s done
We might be running out of time Because nothing is done until it’s done
Shadows may gather in darkness Neath the weight of impending gloom We can’t get rid of this madness Because we got tangled in its loom Are the circles becoming spirals? We’re the thread and the web’s been spun Let’s unravel not to live in denial Because nothing is done until it’s done
We might be running out of time Because nothing is done until it’s done We might be running out of time And the time has come around And nothing is done until it’s done
Let these words be your waking call (The stronger we push, the faster we fall) We might be running out of time Because nothing is done until it’s done Because nothing is done until it’s done Let these words be your waking call
We might be running out of time Nothing is done until it’s done
A tribute to THE DARK CRYSTAL: Gelfling Song (Voice, double Ocarina) and excited about Age of Resistance TV series.
The Dark Crystal (1982) is my favourite movie and soundtrack of all time. Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, this movie was pure magic! I am now a musician and I am forever grateful to the magic JIM HENSON created for the children of my generation. This is a fan tribute, a cover of cover of “Gelfling Song” from THE DARK CRYSTAL original movie score performed by myself singing and with a double Ocarina. We also recorded all the critters and audio sound FX ourselves. Recorded in Navarre, Summer 2019.
One of my biggest influences as an artist
As some of you know, I’m currently a fantasy artist, I compose music
and also do fantasy illustrations. One of my major influences was this
movie, when I was barely a child. For me it was always the most magical
movie, where there were no humans but just otherwordly amazing little
creatures. The music composed by Trevor Jones was a mix of folk and epic
symphonic soaring the motifs that were with me as I grew up. I had the
vinyl which remains for me “my desert island” album.
I grew up being a fan of all things Henson, from The Dark Crystal,
Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock, Storyteller, The Muppets… He infused my
childhood with magic and wisdom and a wish to be a better person, and a
creative one. Still among all his works, this was my favourite, because
the meaning is deep and rooted even deeper in my mind. We are light and
darkness, and we must seek BALANCE.
Learn to love your shadows
Above: Me with an “Skeksis” because they’re not all that bad you know
The movie involves a crystal cracking and two races appearing, cruel
Skeksis represents our sins and vices, gentle Mystics or UrRu represents
peacefulness and crafts but are also a bit alienated from the world.
The whole movie revolves about “healing” the Dark Crystal which results
in the need of “merging” them into a balanced Primeval Race again the
Of course I have some pieces of memorabilia :). Above me with Gelflings Jen and Kira dolls.
Among lots of memorabilia and merchandising hahah 🙂
I had a dog Fizzgig and a dog called Kira… that pretty sums it up 🙂
Netflix will release a prequel Series next 30th of August
I’m so excited!!!
Age of Resistance is a series based in this movie that will premiere
later this month. For me it’s exciting because many people from the new
generations will re-discover the magic of the old film. I have many
friends involved artistically in it including the Frouds who were the
original designers of the movie. I’ve had the honour to meet them as
guests of many conventions we’ve both attended and in fact I have
performed The Dark Crystal snippets for them when they attended some of
my concerts. They designed the puppets and overall look of the original
movie and they’re on board for the series so I trust it’s gonna be
Are you excited about the prequel series reboot? I hope many
rediscover the magic of the original movie too. If you haven’t watched
it I urged you to do and check the making of. It was an amazing effort
at the time it was made all with practical FX.
If you haven’t watched this movie I urge you to investigate about it,
overall as I mentioned earlier on it is a story of BALANCE.
The video is entirely filmed in Navarre (Spain) most of it barely some weeks ago 🙂
Most of the video was filmed in a very secret pond I often visit. It’s
hidden in the middle of the woods and despite what it looks deep enough
for a comforting swim. Additional scenes were filmed in other more
stagnant waters to mimic the original “swamp” vibe from the original
movie. We visited some more stagnant ponds and swamps for the matter for
some additional takes and sounds.
I tried to included close ups of different creatures, because even
if they are “earthy” if you look very closely some creatures look
otherwordly… you all reemember “Kokeneli” and that I had a pet isopod
Recording the audio
Above: Backing vocals by the creatures of the pond
All the Nature Sound FX were also recorded using a portable Zoom
microphone and that included general pond ambience, water gurgling,
frogs and crickets. We (@hedac
and I) layered all the sounds to create a “swamp” sonic soundscape
similar to the one featured in the original movie. It was one of the
funniest parts of the making of.
I tried to sing in a way my voice would recall a little bit to Kira’s intonation in the original.
In the original movie the song is performed by two Gelflings, Jen playing a double flute or “aulos” and Kira singing.
Above: Double Ocarina with my “yidneth” logo engraved
Cosplay : Recreating a Gelfling Look
I had previously recorded a cover from this very movie “Jen Play his
pipes” so this is my second tribute to this (my favourite) movie. This
time though I tried to evoke the looks.
The wings were a courtesy from my friends at El Costurero Real, they
are based on Cicada wings which are similar to the ones Gelfling girls
have. I also thank Folk Owl for the green capelet. The rest of the
look was layering greens and using and styling a wig with bangs and
Easter Eggs : Find “Fizzgig” and the “fufunchi”
As in almost every video I do there is a rat or “fufunchi” hidden.
Even if my “fufunchis” have been gone a while I still composite them
into the videos (so they’re still with me) and it has become kind of an
“Easter Egg”. Let’s see if someone can spot her. :). You can find a
ratty also in other videos like Flame, A Blooming Heart, Haunted,
Ethereal among others.
Dare to find Tuula in the video?
The second Easter Egg I’m gonna give it away, you can spot “Fizzgig” among the other creatures 🙂
I had already recorded another cover of The Dark Crystal some years ago (another theme though)
This is NOT the first but the second cover I do for this movie, many
years ago I had already covered “Jen Play his Pipes” also from the
original movie score, that time recorded live at the Bodmin Forests (UK)
Above: Older cover from another Dark Crystal theme “Jen Play his Pipes”
I know this last month I have not been much around but all August I’m
embarked on a self-care month. It has been pretty rough lately, mostly
struggling to sleep and low spirits, but thanks to whoever enquired,
I’ve not left, 🙂 even if I post little I try to check in and I take
FOREVER to make these but be sure you’ll be updated of my music releases
as always 🙂 I have started meditation and muscular relaxation and I’ll
do a workshop that takes the whole month, but starting to feel results.
Trying to get better in many different levels. 🙂 So a bit off the
loop but “not gone” 🙂 still thanks to whoever was concerned and reached
Earth is a “blue” planet because most of its surface (70%) is covered by Ocean. 97% of the water in our planet is stored in them. Water is life, or so they say. And it’s true Life was born here and is possible due to their existence. Topographically, we know more about the moon than we do about Earth, who knows what great wonders can the oceans still hold?
Today 5th of June is World Environment Day (WED) was first established by the United Nations in 1972 and celebrated since 1974 every year to create awareness and encourage people to take actions for the protection of our planet to reduce our carbon footprint and do something for our beloved planet. It’s a date that should be marked in the calendar but what it means should resonate the rest of the days of the year, every day.
Learning to be part of Nature
Every year World environment day chooses a main theme or topic to address. The fact that it focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern but that doesn’t mean we must ignore the others.
Last year the theme was “Beat Plastic Pollution” and I wrote in fact this other article
This year the theme ” Beat Air Pollution” and is the host country is China and all over the planet people do small celebrations and “acts”, they clean the beaches and forests or plant trees.
Some years ago I used to live in Barcelona, though cosmopolitan and full of opportunity the air was not that clean. I moved since to a very small but green mossy place, and yes there are things I miss from the big city adventure but I have these kind of places… They are usually massively covered by lichens which is a sign precisely that the air is clean. Did you know that lichens are “air pollution” bio-indicators?
This is my corner of the planet…
A fairy green kingdom I love to visit
The miracle of everflowing life under the early Summer green canopy
We must not take things for granted though… I’m fortunate to be able to inhale and breathe clean air, but not all are that lucky. My actions, your actions, they all count to address the current crises that the planet is enduring. Climate change is changing our home so drastically and so quickly we may reach a point of not return…
Nothing is done until is done
I’m writing a these days, the title is called “Nothing is done until is done”
I feel we might be running out of time.
What have you done for the planet today?
Small actions count… even if it’s humble creating awareness with this single post…
But now seriously even the decision to go somewhere on foot instead of taking the car… all small actions combined can make a big change. We rely on this planet for food, water and for a place to live in… You want to live in a clean house right? Earth is our only home and we have been as a species way too negligent so far.
I choose to change that… yes one single voice
What about yours? Do you join me in the effort? We can, all together.
I understand that there are things that are out of our hands, that there are politicians full of greed that will always prefer “bread for today despite starving tomorrow”, but still I believe there is still time to make a difference, each one of us.
And as soundtrack for this post, I reshare again though I’ve done before my song GROW filmed in these forests
Above: My song GROW, an ODE TO NATURE
I will conlude the SAME way I concluded last year this very same date
This is an excerpt I wrote last year:”We live in the most amazing planet… home of so much diversity and life… cradle of so much beauty. But most still ignore how alarmingly quick it is all degrading, species vanishing into the oblivion of extinction, animals cornered in small habitats and doomed to fade away, our climate severely altered by our own pollution. And we see it all happening in front of our eyes… until we reach those critics points where things cannot be undone. One species gone, wild fires gone crazy due to severe draughts, tropical storms flooding countries out of the blue…
But we always choose “convenience”, the short-term fix…
Nature and Life in our planet are certainly at stake, and so also our existence because we belong to Earth and so far this is our ONLY HOME.
Don’t think it is not worth to make a difference… you can!”
What you will do, for this planet, for the life it holds, for US, or even for yourself is up to you.
You are responsible too.
You can choose, I did, I will act!
And you can gift yourself and others the chance to live in a better and cleaner planet…
All Pictures copyrighted to Priscilla Hernandez (YIDNETH.COM) in collaboration with Héctor Corcín.
Concept and costumes by Priscilla Hernandez. Location: Urbasa Beechwoods (Navarra, Spain)Priscilla Hernandez singer-songwriter & illustrator http://yidneth.com
As we can know from old Nordic poems Edda, Idunn is a Goddess of the Norse Mythology, the keeper of apples and granter of eternal youthfulness. Apple trees were the symbol of rebirth and beauty. The Apple tree is scared in Norse mythology. Idunn is the goddess of Spring or rejuvenation and the wife of Bragi, who is the god of Poetry. With her apples, gods remain young and immortal.
In this old poem it says that the blood of Idunn was elven
This is the third “Incantation” wearing my iconic witch hat and playing flute outdoors. The melody was entirely improvised on the spot though this time this is a longer one and I added more instruments back home at the home studio. It was filmed early Spring, barely weeks ago in some lovely rapeseed fields. I always love to create this as some kind of meditation or as a way to make them longer songs later. This one is lighthearted and I think very catchy because it stuck in my head and I couldn’t take it out as simple as it is… You’re warned! LOL
But this one might well be included in my “Blooming series” that you are familiar with if you read my posts.
I improvised the flute melody in the spot but then I added additional vocals and instruments at the home studio. The first of incantations was entirely recorded outdoors but this one was an “hybrid” experiment. I struggled editing the video because I swear the melody (even if I prefer myself when exploring moodier sounds) is rather catchy after a few spins and it was impossible not to hum it afterwards. As I said you are warned.
Rapeseed fields (Brassica Napus) in full bloom, at moments I felt like going to Oz… 🙂
Brassica Napus (that belong to the crops is used to make Canola or Colza Oil. I very much prefer the wild flowers but there is an undeniable transient beauty in their full bloom fields.
What is happiness but a collection of moments? Something warm that put a smile on our face
The previous Incantations : Which one is your favourite so far?
They all have in common I’m wearing this witch hat (made by my friends from El Costurero Real
and that they are composed outdoors. First one “Over the clouds” was entirely composed and recorded at the spot.
So here are now the other two previous incantations for comparison and feel free also reply which one is your favourite so far :). Maybe I’ll do one by the sea, or next fall when leaves fall :). So far they are having a great “seasonal” thing going on 🙂
This is the third in a series of candid videos filmed outdoors in which the core of the melody is composed in situ
First Incantation: Over the Clouds
This one went viral on many accounts on facebook (sadly it was cropped off my credits) but silver lining has brought a lot of curious people who checked who was playing. It was the most spontaneous, now two years ago, entirely recorded on the spot the day before Christmas two days ago.
Second Incantation: On your Wings
The Ravens Incantation, filmed last February, last Snow of the year, we used portable zoom recorders and crow chants were recorded there too, that is why is also called “The Raven’s incantation”
So more to come, maybe by the water, or maybe by fallen leaves, who knows
Easter Egg : Find the hidden rat!
As I have mentioned before just like in most of my videos (I still am waiting for someone pointing out where it is in my previous and official recent single) there is a “rat” hidden in the video :)… just in case you want to give it a try 😉 as a little game.
So the challenge is up… can you find a rat in the video? 🙂 it’s there I assure you. 🙂
A dream come true… I am having a rare Spanish Luna Moth on my face, a
species I have wanted to see for a long time. It’s not bred but a wild
one as they live in my region. Picture was taken at midnight a few weeks
ago, so even if it is not the best due to light conditions, for me it’s
a very special one and I’m going to tell you a little bit
about this rare and beautiful species that almost look like out of the
pages of a fairytale. How did this happen? And some curiosities about
this “Ghost fairy”… keep on reading!
It is not secret for my readers here that I love moths, I even dress
often like one or they’re mentioned recurrently in the lyrics of my
moths. They also appear in many of my drawings…
I live now in Navarre, North of Spain, and here there is a
particular species, famous worldwide for its beauty but living only were
I live… sounds lucky, right? But I had not had the chance to see it
yet. That dreams recently came true 🙂
Here is a link to a little video on twitter of me painting moths,
moths and moths and going a bit nuts about them (by the way I must
rescue and finish that painting). I could not attach the video here but
you can see it in this link: https://twitter.com/i/status/903726971141537792
Above: me by Xorroxin Waterfall wearing my Spanish Luna Moth wings (made by my friends from El Costurero Real)
A very rare and beautiful Moth Species
The Spanish Moon Moon Graellsia Isabellae is a rare and
large moth Graellsia isabellae, the Spanish moon moth, is in the
silkmoth family Saturniidae. The genus only has this species. The moth
was first discovered by Mariano de la Paz Graëlls y de la Aguera in
There are not enough data yet to know how threatened the species may
be but it can only be found in some parts of Spain and France. Now
mostly in Spain and some areas in Switzerland. I happen to be lucky in
enough to live in a region where they can be found. They eat needles
from Pine trees and do you remember I often visit some deer to feed
them… they can be found in that forest precisely.
Above: Male Graellsia Isabellae on pine bark taken last 3rd of May 🙂
The adults are out April-June. Adults don’t eat, their only pupose
is to mate and lay eggs. A few weeks ago a conservationist group
organized an activity to spot Graellsias, and having tried on my own for
two years in a row without success, even knowing a particular grove
that is considered a reservoir of the species (just had seen them
fluttering quickly now and then) I decided to join and they set up a
white sheet and special lights (mercury lamps) in order to attract them
(and other moth friends).
##Attracting the moths with Mercury Vapur Lamps and Why do Moths fly to light?
Above: Setting up mercury vapour lamps which are the most used to
attract moths. Why are moths attracted to light is explained by their
sense of orientation. In a behavior called transverse orientation, some
insects navigate by flying at a constant angle relative to a distant
light source, such as the moon and some artificial lights confuses them
in their navigation messing their compass. It is very well known that
Moths have “Positive Phototaxis”, they move “towards” the light- Also
it’s thought them to have an “escape” mechanism as it’s likely less
dangerous to fly upwards (towards the light) in order to escape. It’s
also known that once there they come to the light tend to stay around
it because they become “blinded” by it. We play that in our advantage
as they perched on our white sheet.
But you know moths fly to light when they’re blind in delight (from my own song Nothing)
So we stood a few hours in the cold… We suspected not many moths
would come (and in fact there were some cute furry visitors but it
wasn’t a crowdy night. We shared some snacks and chatted with
the others while “Asociación Zerynthia” (the organizers) explained some
facts about moths in general and about the prejudices against them. But
were we meant to see the elusive species that night?
Most people were already giving up when suddenly a Graellsia
appeared, with its slow graceful flutter. It was a male. People cheered
and we all stood very quiet in order not to tread on it. Minutes later
another male followed. Once they landed and calmed down we observed and
took pictures, and finally with the supervision of the entomologists we
took these portraits of me with one on my face 🙂
Soooo cute and it felt ticklish!
A few more interesting facts
There is a clear dimorphism between male and female. The male have
feathery antennae and wing tails. Those antennae help the male to
“smell” in order to find a suitable female to mate.
So maybe we have that misconceptions of moths as discoloured
These are my own lyrics from my song “At the Dreams Door” but not
true at all 🙂 because, can’t they be more beautiful? Their wings look
almost like a stained glass, kind of translucent against the light.
Like stained glass
Will I emerge as butterfly into the vibrant daylight
or am I doom to be the moth as colourless as before
Or maybe you were never such colourless being, maybe you were the most precious of them all, if someone would look to under the light
I’m so thrilled that I’m repeating the experience again in a week fro now, hopefully bringing better light.