Friday, June 10, 2011

A bug by any other name

The first computer "bug" was a moth found gumming up the works in Harvard's Mark II computer in 1946. Eldon found this moth the other day and turned it over to our resident entomologist, Ann.
We didn't have much luck identifying it, so we turned to the web crowd to help. With in an hour, we learned that is was a Smerinthus cerisyi, or One-eyed Sphinx. It doesn't eat as an adult, but the caterpillar eat Aspen or Willow leaves. She is laying eggs, so we may try to raise some.


Sweet Polly Purebred said...

She's quite beautiful...even if I won't touch her.

Eldon and Janeil Olsen said...

Cool research.