What do you see # 34- 15 June 2020 – The Moth Harvest

The nets had been cast and the people of the fungus waited patiently for the moths to arrive.
It was an annual event, the moth harvest. The catch would provide the community with enough protein to last them through the coming winter.
The sat in small huddles beneath the toadstools that littered the landscape. Some sat and twiddled their thumbs, one group had a serious card game in progress and another consisting of the elders retold stories of past harvests to anyone who was interested to listen.
Once the rumble of the approaching moths was heard, the tell-tale hum their wings made as they made their way towards the toadstools from which they drew the sustenance they needed, it became of matter of all hands on deck.
Stealth was needed, you couldn’t raise the nets too early or you’d spook the moths and they’d fly off, you had to wait until they had settled and then strike.
Once the nets were launched it was organised chaos. Shouting took over, orders were barked, and the strongest were employed to sedate the moths, as they were needed alive.
By the time order was restored they had secured a bag of moths, the writhing creatures resigned to their fate, the fungus people licked their lips in anticipation of the coming feast.
It was a triumphant return to their village, their women had the pots boiling, the herbs and mushrooms necessary to take away the astringent taste of the moths well prepared and ready to be shared along with the moths.
The end result was the drugged fungus people sleeping contentedly well into the next day.
Written for: https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/06/15/what-do-you-see-34-15-june-2020/
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11 Responses to What do you see # 34- 15 June 2020 – The Moth Harvest

  1. Those poor moths! Great take on the prompt, Michael.

  2. Sadje says:

    Aww, poor moths! A horrendous fate.
    You have a remarkable imagination Michael.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge.

  3. Oh, I liked this, but didn’t as the moths are so lovely in the picture! Shame they couldn’t ‘milk’ them instead.

  4. Contended sleep sounds good to me, however it’s acquired

  5. Chris Hall says:

    Brilliantly imagined, Michael.

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