Luna Moth

by Hilary Halliwell July. 03, 2021 175 views

While swimming in our community pool, I found this beautiful creature floating in the water. It is a male Luna moth. I thought the chlorinated water had done him in, but I decided to take him home to photograph him. I gingerly carried him home and set him on a dark piece of fabric on my porch.

As I photographed him, his tiny legs moved and his antennae spread out. To my delight, he was still alive! But what to do? I feared he'd be easy prey in this weakened state, unable to fly with his wings still wet. I set him down on a plant and Googled Luna moths. The adults don't feed (they have no proboscis), so they only live for several days—just long enough to mate and begin their lifecycle again. I thought he would last maybe a day or so.

This morning, I noticed that he had flown to the roof of my porch. They are inactive during the day, so tonight, I try to will set him free. Perhaps he still has enough time to find a mate.

Luna moths are named for the half moon-shaped markings on their wings

Luna moths are named for the half moon-shaped markings on their wings

"Mr. Green Jeans" recuperating on a house plant

"Mr. Green Jeans" recuperating on a house plant

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Tsao T-F 2 months, 1 week ago

Such a beautiful creature. The gentleman's wings seemed intact. Hope everything is well for him.

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Hilary Halliwell Replied to Tsao T-F 2 months, 1 week ago

Thanks!

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Gethin Thomas 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful creature with other worldly colouring. Looks almost like the colours were inverted in software. Never seen one before. Well documented, and lets hope he fulfilled his lifelong or should that be lifeshort ambition.

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Hilary Halliwell Replied to Gethin Thomas 2 months, 1 week ago

I hope so too! I kept him long enough to let his wings dry and then sent him back out into the world.

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Gethin Thomas Replied to Hilary Halliwell 2 months, 1 week ago

That could be a poetic description of motherhood.grinning

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John Durham 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Beautiful!

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