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Luna moths are mostly active at night. They are one of the largest moths in NA, having a wingspan of up to four and one half inches. The caterpillar goes through 5 instar stages before pupation. They emerge from their cocoon only to mate, and usually do not live for more than a week.
He is gorgeous - the feathery feelers indicate it's a male. To me he looks like a miniature piece of silken tapestry with a trompe d'oeil design to fool any predators into thinking these are twigs with buds and leaves. Two eyespots on the long hindwings are not well seen on this photograph.
He stayed on the siding for the rest of the day, but was gone in the morning. I'll hope he'll make it and find a female to mate with.
Yes, and the Veery, it apparently was gathering nesting material. I used the wrong camera settings for the first photo:
But I got it right the second time around:
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Luna Moths are amazing. I've been fascinated by the idea of them since I was little, but only saw my first one a few weeks ago! I'm glad your moth wasn't too injured by that curious cat to fly away. Lovely shots!ReplyDelete
Fabulous shot of the Luna Moth. I haven't seen one in years, but they are astonishing to find.ReplyDelete
This moth is quite impressive! What a splendid beast and nice pictures you got!
Hi Hilke -- What a beautiful moth! Your photos look great -- that second one is exquisite.ReplyDelete