This piece of writing is a continuation of my previous blog about the Wee Alien. If you haven’t read the blog yet, here’s the link.

The wee alien that I have been keeping for awhile has decided to sleep. It changed its color from green to brown which made me more curious. Notice the web that he formed to protect him. Could this be a new spider mutation? The thingy alien kept on sleeping as if it’s dead. Someone recommended me to mist it to keep the moisture in the container but not too much. It moved a bit so I knew it’s not dead at all.  This is what it looked like while it’s in sleep mode.

At last after less than three weeks, the wee alien has finally emerged from its cocoon. The thingy that I thought to be a dragon was not a dragon nor a spider mutation but a species of a hawk moth! What?? How come it didn’t have wings like a hawk? Silly, silly me… I noticed its eyes are big which resemble of the mighty bird, though. Nevertheless, I named him… Rollo!

Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t disappointed with the outcome of this experiment, rather I was grateful for the successful raising of this insect. When I saw him alive, crawling and trying to hang on to the side of the container, the nerdy inside me was screaming like a baboon ha ha. Another science/hobby project fulfilled… Indeed!

Rollo has this colorful skin, a combination of green and brown. Such earthly shades which I haven’t seen before. I usually see single colored ones active mostly at night. Aside from that, there are white round moths here which are used to protect the clothes from moulds and odors. Do you use some, too?

Anyway, something is peculiar with Rollo’s look. When I placed him on my palm, I could imagine a wee jet. It would have been an awesometastic feeling to have such superpowers if that was a real jet on our palms, right? And what if there are ant-sized aliens on that jet? Oh C’mon, Robbie. Cool your jets! Enough with the alien stuff, OK? It’s time to move forward already!

The phrase to ‘cool your jets’ means to simply ‘calm down’, to chillax. So whenever you feel stressed and agitated why don’t you visit a nearest garden in your place and enjoy the nature’s beauty. And since we’re talking about moth, there is an idiom called ‘like moth to a flame’ which relates to people who are heavily attracted to someone or something. For example;

  • Eve’s charm and beauty is like moth to a flame. Wherever she goes a lot of men couldn’t resist courting her.
  • The berserker is like a moth to a flame. He skillfully slaughtered his enemies without hesitation, making him one of the best warriors in Iceland.

I confess the excitement that I felt raising Rollo was priceless. I treated him as if he was my real pet. It was quite tempting to keep him, but he absolutely belongs to nature. So after letting him crawl on my fingers for a couple of minutes, he began shivering and flipping his wings a bit, same as the jet’s engine starting to warm up. Then he flew so fast like a speeding bullet, but he landed on the ground so I had to pick him up. I made sure the cat didn’t see him while I waited for him to fly again.

After one hundred years, I mean a couple of minutes :p, he’s perfectly flown yards away from me. ‘Fly like a jet, Rollo! Maybe it’s better for you to be a jet-setter. I hope Mother Nature will take care of you and protect you from predators and moth hater humans.’ Furthermore, may he live longer than usual and keep making my tiny garden prolific. I couldn’t wait for another interesting project, though. I wish it would be the one that I’m longing for …to raise a dragon!

Thank you for reading and being a part of this journey!




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Comment by Robbie on August 15, 2018 at 14:26

Hello, Olga!

You're absolutely correct! Nature is breath-taking. Nice photos indeed! I would love to fly on a fighter jet someday! But I guess I have to be enlisted first as an air force pilot he he. The 'revenger' photo was timely. That's a new term for me though. By the way, I was able to watch the TV premiere of Thor Ragnarok on Fox Movies last weekend. 

It's true when we take care of someone or something even for a little while, we tend to get attached. I'm glad he's alive and free. Imagine my sad face when a project didn't turn out successfully. :) I think he's male because of the size of the moth's body. A female species is usually bigger. 

Many, many thanks for appreciating my blog! Wishing you an enjoyable week full!

See you around!


Comment by Roman on August 13, 2018 at 18:53


Well, that's not a bad idea!

Just imagine, "Harry Potter and Secret Plant!" :)

Well, not a lot, but more than before. And not novels.

I will improve my English a little later :D 

Thank you, Robbie!

Okay, let's see what adventures are awaiting for you to go through them in your garden! :D

Comment by Robbie on August 13, 2018 at 17:16

Howdy, Roman!

What a compliment! I'm quite pleased to read your comment. It's such music to my ears! Well, I like blogging because I can express myself freely and artistically. But I don't consider myself a professional yet. I still have so many things to improve on. But nothing is impossible, right. Who knows I might be the next Charles Dickens or J.K. Rowling. :)

One technique I find useful in writing is to include new words or phrases in my blog so they would retain in my memory. Another is I surround myself with English language materials to improve vocabulary. I'm sure you can relate because I have noticed a lot of improvement in the way you blog or comment here on MyEC. You must have been reading a lot lately?

By the way, don't get confused with moths on clothes. I was just relating to moth balls. Yes, the round one-inch moth ball that smells horrible yet effective. And you're right, it's totally weird if we find some real moths in our closet. Some people would freak out! You're also right, I'll miss Rollo but it's fine. Nature always provides something new and interesting to appreciate and share with others. 

A million thanks for taking the time reading this blog. Wishing you more fruitful years in learning English.



Comment by Robbie on August 12, 2018 at 12:58

Hello, Janet!

Thank you very much for your warm comment! I'm extremely grateful to read it and in a way motivates me to come back here often. I'm over the moon because you've enjoyed reading my blog. By the way, I like the way you use our idiom in your comment. Unfortunately, I haven't seen Rollo until now. Perhaps he's found a girlfriend and busy living a life he he.

Oh I wish he would come back with a dragon egg. That would make me the happiest person in the world. :) Thank goodness though he didn't turn out as alien.

Wishing your new week full of blessings and happiness!


Comment by Robbie on August 11, 2018 at 13:52

Hello, Adaline!

Thank you so much for the compliment! It's quite interesting to observe our gardens because every single day is an opportunity to discover new things. For instance, I get excited whenever I see new blooms in my plants usually a flower that I haven't seen before.

If I were given a chance to be a real scientist, I would prefer to be a botanist and a videographer for National Geographic. :)

Wishing you a fabulous new week!


Comment by Robbie on August 10, 2018 at 12:49

Hi, Onee-chan!

Thanks a lot for your comment! I'm gleeful because you found this blog useful. I miss those times that we could write colorful blogs and comments!

Have a fun-filled weekend ahead!


Comment by Robbie on August 10, 2018 at 12:39

Hi, Dara!

You're welcome! I'm doing good and I'm pleased to hear from you how informative my blog is. I agree, moths may have a very short lifespan yet they play important roles in our environment. 

Thank you very much for your comment, Sir! Have an exciting new week ahead!


Comment by O. M. on August 8, 2018 at 2:33

Hi, Robbie,

Please accept our thanks for sharing such a great adventure of the wee alien and congratulations on the success of your recent project on your new pet. You have described him with such love and even personalized him as if he were your own baby boy. Are you absolutely sure that it was he and not she? )))
And I have to say that from such a lovely greenish soft and cute baby there appeared kind of sharp and pretty strong wee-helicopter (I am not that strong in military planes, lol). I’d even say a great wee-warrior. Just look how he resembles military planes!

I guess now you have your own revenger to protect your garden from his less cute and kind mates.

It was just amazing to observe with you how marvelous the nature is. 

Comment by Roman on August 8, 2018 at 0:31

Hi, Robbie!

I can't stop wondering, how creative you describe the nature!

While reading your blogs I feel like I read a fairy tale :)

And I always find new words in your blogs!

Are you a writer?

I am glad to hear that wee alien have became Rollo safely! But why Rollo? :D 

And it really looks like a jet!

I have never seen moths like this.

And what do you mean by these words "Aside from that, there are white round moths here which are used to protect the clothes from moulds and odors." ? Do people use the moths to protect their clothes? I have never heard about it. It sounds weird for me. I know, that there are such white round balls' bags inside each box with shoes, those balls absorb the odors.

About that idiom "like moth to a flame", I have never heard it before, but we have some similar idioms in Ukrainian language, so I understand it's meaning.

Okay, it seems, you will miss Rollo :)

So I wish you to find an interesting guest again soon!

Thank you for keeping us up to date! :)

Have a wonderful midweek!

Comment by Janeth on August 7, 2018 at 21:36

Hi Robbie, thank you for letting us to know what happened with that "wee alien". First of all I am really happy that it was not a real alien and that you and our world are safe. I am impressed by the way you looked after "Rollo" and how you raised him. I am sure "mother Nature" is grateful for that. I would say that you are drawn to science and nature, like a moth to a flame. And finally I am sorry that your dream of bringing up a dragon did not come true yet! Who knows, maybe in the future Rollo come back to you bringing on his "jet wings" a small egg of dragon as a sign of gratefulness for your care and concern.

Thanks for writing this blog, I enjoyed reading it besides having fun and learning new useful expressions and words. Greetings to you and your family!! (and to Rollo if you see him again!)

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