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I was surprised and delighted to find this Luna Moth on my deck today. I haven’t seen one in about 15 years

 

The Luna Moth is a wild silk moth found only in North America, including Canada. It is a very large moth with a wingspan of 3 to 4.5” (80 to 115 mm). It is a nocturnal species and not often seen in the daytime. It prefers forested areas of walnut, hickory, sweet gum and Birch trees.

 

It’s natural enemies are owls and bats. These moths are becoming more and more scarce.

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At Stratford upon Avon Butterfly house

 

21 Symmetry

Let's just say they're huge. This one was sunning on this silt fence near Little River, North Georgia

 

Have a good Saturday night everyone - hope you can get out soon!

Luna moth . At first this one was on the tree , then it dropped down to the ground as I was trying to get an image

The Luna Moth is a lime-green, Nearctic Saturniid moth in the family Saturniidae, subfamily Saturniinae. It has a wingspan of up to 114 mm (4.5 in), making it one of the largest moths in North America. This male is captive bred and emerged on 22 April 2015.

 

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Found this luna-moth in the toilet at the police station in Tanoko

This spectacular moth is found in North America from east of the Great Plains in the United States to northern Mexico and from Saskatchewan eastward through central Quebec to Nova Scotia in Canada. There have been sightings as far south as central Florida.

 

Ex-pupa, emerged 08.08.2014. Captive bred.

 

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Harry spotted the first (and probably only) big Luna moth that we'll see this year. He was pruning the camellias - light was terrible. But it's always a special day when you see one & it let me get close. They can't eat so live only long enough to reproduce - and fly at night. We saw one flying through our yard in daytime once ... and it was jaw-dropping. If you ever seen a Luna moth fly in the daylight - you will believe in God.

 

>> our Georgia yard this past week

 

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This is the same big Luna I posted yesterday on my walking stick. These wings are probably 6 inches open like that. May appears to be the month for these magical tailed moths. North Georgia

 

Happy Moth Monday!

 

represents rebirth, renewal of body and spirit, even symbolize the soul itself

I was hiking the other day in Red River Gorge and I consumed part of my luck for the rest of the year because I saw a Luna Moth. They are not considered endangered as yet, however they are rare in some areas.

The adult lives only a week, which further reduces the chance of meeting one.

It was healthy and happy flying from tree to tree, I slowly approached it and, surprisinghly, it paused giving me the chance to take a few shots. The few moments made me forget that I was drained, close to the end of a hike which felt most like swiming uphil in 100 degF water.

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Luna Moth (Actias luna):

-Nearctic moth in the family Saturniidae, also known as giant silk moths

-Typical Wingspan 114 mm (4.5 in), can exceed 178 mm (7 in), one of the largest in North America

-One generation per year in Canada, two-three generation per year further south in US

-Elongated tail role is to scramble the echolocation detection used by bats, kind of like flares for military aircrafts :)

-Due to its beauty, the luna moth is not considered a pest, in fact, the use of pesticides, loss of habitat, and pollution are some of the reasons it is endangered. (the Spruce)

This is the first time I've ever spotted one of these beautiful creatures in the wild, it having just happened to have alit on a tree in the yard shortly after emerging from metamorphosis and still unable to fly freely.

 

Adult moths of these species live only about a week and do not eat but rather subsist entirely off fat stored while in their caterpillar stage.

 

It can be identified as a male by its large antennae.

 

Shot on Pentax K-1 with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f/2.8 macro.

7758 Actias Luna- Luna Moth

 

Suffolk County, NY

We returned to the White M hairstreak park and it had been mowed - removing every single privet blossom that the hairstreak loved. I was hoping for good dragonflies with no luck - but spotted this huge, fresh Luna moth in trouble at the edge of the woods. She had a red wasp attacking her - so I got her on my stick and my husband got rid of the wasp. She appeared to be injured and yet her legs were unbelievably strong - these big moths have legs and wings as strong as birds. We left her in a safer spot and hope she made it. I'll post a full shot on Monday.

 

>> Luna moth in North Georgia - yesterday

 

Ex-pupa, emerged 09.08.2014. Captive bred.

 

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Female Luna Moth Photographed with my Canon 100mm macro lens alive and healthy on Black Velvet, May 27th

A beautiful member of the giant silk moth family.

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This is the first time I've ever spotted one of these beautiful creatures in the wild, it having just happened to have alit on a tree in the yard shortly after emerging from metamorphosis and still unable to fly freely.

 

Adult moths of these species live only about a week and do not eat but rather subsist entirely off fat stored while in their caterpillar stage.

 

It can be identified as a male by its large antennae.

 

Shot on Pentax K-1 with SMC Pentax-FA 50mm f/2.8 macro.

Detail from a garden.

(Actias luna). Anderson County, Texas.

 

I still have plenty of West Texas photos to post, but I'm taking a short break to post a few recent images from my part of the state.

 

Caro spotted this beautiful male Luna Moth, our first of the season, on an outing to a spectacular rich forest near the western edge of the Pineywoods. It was the icing on the cake to an incredible day in the woods.

Found one morning in our yard.

 

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Have a nice Weekend!

 

It was a treat to find both a Luna moth and a Luna cat within minutes of each other!

Angelina County, Texas

A shame I didn't have my dslr!

Shot at the Vassar Ecological Preserve.

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