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Luna Moth - a large green and pink moth - Actias luna - male

Luna Moth - a large green and pink moth - Actias luna - Male
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
April 1, 2006

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Luna Moth - a large green and pink moth - Actias luna - male Luna Moth, a large green moth - Actias luna - male Luna Moth - Actias luna - male

Luna Moth Outside my Bedroom Window
Unfortunately, I have no picture:(, but apparently one of these ethereally beautiful creatures' crysalis was outside my bedroom window and decided to transmorph last night/this morning-wow!!! I had never seen one before and was soo excited, I grabbed my 92-year-old next door neighbor and took her by the hand to show it to her...she's lived here in southwest Missouri all her life and had never seen one. hm!
Also, while we stood there in our amazement, puzzling just what it might be (me thinking it might be a swallowtail butterfly of some kind), another neighbor came by and said she saw ANOTHER ONE on the screen of one of our other neighbors just the other day >!!< I'm thinking it might be because we have a small brook running right by our front doors that they chose our site. I know butterflies love water-actually saw a {flock?} of monarchs-possibly as many as 50!- fluttering around the water last week.
In any case, what a wonderful way to start my day!!!

 
You are lucky
to see such a beautiful moth freshly emerged. I agree what a wonderful way to start the day.

Luna Moth
Sighted this on siding of buliding, Still there all day. doesn't seem to have tail. No tail visible. Dosen't move from it's perch. Took picture by cell phone from a distance of about 1/2 Ft. No camera available. Transfered to computer. Cell phones do not produce the best quality, but a decent picture just to have & Know you seen it! I did not know what it was till i checked comp., Thought it was a Butterfly. Took awhile to find & searched Wikipedia, Butterflys first, then Moths. Never seen one before & not quite sure what to make of it?

Hi Linda
yes, it is the same. The reason for the different antennas is because mine is male and yours is female. You should edit your post below to include a thumbnail of your image instead of a full size version. The way you do this is [thumb: 181607] with no space after the colon. The number 181607 is found on the top of the image you posted to bugguide. This way we take up less space on the bugguide server.

Nice moth!

 
Lunar Moth
THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE. I HAD NO IDEA HOW TO POST IT SMALL. ON MY MAIN PAGE IT WAS SMALL BUT THAT WAS AFTER I SENT YOU THE COMMENT ABOUT THE LUNAR MOTH I THINK, ANYWAY IT DID FINALLY SHOW UP AS A THUMBNAIL. I HAVE THREE MORE PICTURES OF THE SAME MOTH I WANT TO ADD TO MY PAGE AND IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW I GOT THE FIRST ONE ON HERE. I WILL GET IT THOUGH. AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THE RESPONSE AND FOR LETTING ME KNOW IT IS A FEMALE. I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS A VERY UNUSUAL INSECT. I DO NOW KNOW THAT IT IS IN THE LUNISTA SLEEP AID COMMERCIAL THOUGH... THANK YOU AGAIN, LINDA MOORE

Thank you
I just found one of these yesterday on a small tree beside my pourch. I have been looking for several hours and finally found your picture. I was beginning to think I would never find it so thank you so much. I have never seen anything like this and was so happy to know what it is and hope to see it again so I can take more pictures of it. The only difference is the one I have a picture of doesn't show the leafy looking things on it's head like in the third picture above. I am going to try to post a picture of it on my page so if you would look at it and assure me it is the same I would truly appreciate it. I am very certain it is though. Thank you again so much... Linda Moore

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This is one of several pictures I took....

how beautiful!
We have these in Indiana too, they're one of my favorites. What a beautiful photo!

Neat!
Nice photos! This is a male.

 
I agree
How lucky you are to see one of these.
Carla Finley
Venice, FL
http://community.webshots.com/user/CarlaFinley

 
beautiful!
I am dying to see a luna moth. You are blessed!

 
Thanks Angela
Moths can be spectacular, that's for sure.

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