Luna Moth

Luna Moth


Luna Moth

This guy is perched on a low plant in our front yard – it looks like his right wing is damaged. I thought about moving him to a tree branch, but I’d worry that he might make a nice snack for a bird or bat. I guess I’ll assume he knows what’s best and I’ll keep the cat indoors for the night.

Isn’t he gorgeous? Lunas are out mostly at night, so it’s unusual to get a good look at one.

Luna Moth


Luna Moth by Bob

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11 responses to “Luna Moth

  1. Completely unknown to me …..But fascinating and gorgeous!
    I can’t make out his size , Is he a kind of butterfly?

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    • Ann

      He’s huge. About 10 or 11 cm across. He’s a moth – he has feathery antennae you can see in the second photo. Butterflies usually have thin antennae that widen at the end into a club or ball shape.

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      • In my latitude , there are no moths this size and shape…..
        That’s why I didn’t recognize it , in spite of its name…..
        Sorry for my absentmindness!
        Thanks for your share!

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        • Ann

          When I saw my first one a few years ago, I thought it was some kind of swallowtail butterfly until I looked it up. That’s when I learned about looking at the antennae. I think we should lump them all together and just call them “leps” (for lepidoptera) and be done with it! 🙂

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  2. rather spectral looking and beautiful!!! She glows!

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  3. I guess we don’t have them where I live… What a beauty! Thank you for sharing!

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  4. this is, if not borderline, actual, phantasmical ~

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