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.