Dustin, the Moth

A few weeks ago, R noticed something flying around in our lab – a bug. Of course, we don’t have bugs around here, so we found a jar and caught it. The bug was quickly determined to be a small moth, named Dustin, and put on display in the galley.

dustin the moth

Moths don’t eat lettuce, but we thought it was a nice aesthetic touch.

Apparently, Dustin had hatched out of some of the fresh food that was brought down on the last herc flight about a month previous. We fed him apple juice, put a little cover over his jar at nighttime, and generally enjoyed having a pet on station.

After a week or so, Dustin clearly wasn’t doing too well, moths don’t seem to live long after all, and we moved him into a hospice jar. Around the same time, I ended up with the sad task of making a coffin. Dustin is no longer with us.

dustins coffin

We haven’t quite got the plans firmed up yet, but there will be a funeral at S Pole, sometime in the next few days.

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4 Responses to Dustin, the Moth

  1. Jeremy says:

    fuggin hilarious

  2. kiell says:

    One year we had a ladybug that came down in a triwall of VMF cargo (and survived despite being left outside for longer than a ladybug should be able to live at the South Pole). I can’t remember what name we gave it but it lived out its days of glory in a jar the greenhouse, and then we disposed of it (in the proper waste category, of course). Ha.

    • ianrrees says:

      Cool! I imagine a cute ladybug would’ve had a bigger following than our little grey moth even with his effervescent personality.

      I enjoyed catching up on your blog – good memories from visiting Iceland a few years ago, thanks!

  3. glenn welden says:

    Thanks Ian! Not enough pets down south. I always thought having a station dog would be a great moral booster. Put a doggie door on the greenhouse and let him take care of business on a nice little patch of bemuda.

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