Drasteria howlandii + Juniperus occidentalis

Drasteria howlandii + Juniperus occidentalis

105.00

This small moth lives in oregon’s high desert, thriving in the vast juniper forest. the sprawling forest is something of a conundrum, actually: the junipers, although native, have dominated the landscape, pushing out other plants and constantly enlarging their claimed territory. these gnarled trees consume large amounts of water, and are notorious for drying up springs that other plants and animals (including people) rely on. in the past, forest fires kept juniper in check, but our fire suppression strategies don’t allow for that cycle to run its course in the way it used to. so juniper is everywhere in some parts of oregon. it’s no good as a timber tree, so the population can’t be controlled that way. however, it does have one use: junipers make great fence posts. farmers are encouraged to build their fences out of juniper logs to help keep this gnarled and wild population in balance. through all that, though, this sometimes problematic tree still provides habitat and benefit to other species, like this wee moth.
 

7" hoop.
Cotton fabric.

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