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Subject: Flying bug looks like a leaf
Location: Petersburg, Virginia
May 23, 2015 10:20 pm
Hi I saw a large flying bug that looked kind of like a bat but it has green wings like a leaf and a long tail. I thought it was a bat when I saw it flying around my patio, but when it came close to the window I saw that it looked like a big leaf. I’m sorry the picture is so dark, it ws at night around 10pm. I’m in Petersburg Virginia.
Signature: Miss Vee

Maybe a Luna Moth

Maybe a Luna Moth

Dear Miss Vee,
As you have indicated, your image is dark, but it is also quite blurry and really not much help when it comes to identification, however your description indicates that you most likely saw a Luna Moth.

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Subject: My First Ever Luna Moon Moth. ( I think. )
Location: Canton GA
May 10, 2015 1:47 pm
This Mother’s Day morning I got up to get my first cup of coffee and it’s still dark out with the slightest light peaking through . We live in town but on top of a mountain that was partly destroyed by a storm . So there are only two houses at the bottom then drive up to the top and that’s us and we are surrounded by a forest it’s like you are teleported into a different world , cause you know that the closest store is only half mile away.
I am a smoker and normally smoke inside but I had been watching a friends kids for the weekend and I do not smoke sorry anyway I go out to smoke and as I light my cigarette a huge winged thing is slowly crawling up the wall to my French doors. I scream cause I am caught off guard. It stays that way from 545am until 500pm then it starts to shake or vibrate and then flies off. It was so beautiful it let me get as close as I wanted I did not touch it because I was afraid the oils or nicotine on my hands would hurt it. I was in awwww after took the pics and then even more when it took flight.n
Signature: Renee Duran

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Congratulations on your Luna Moth sighting Renee.  Your experience is enviable.

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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: spring TX
March 13, 2015 8:16 pm
This moth flow into my kitchen this evening and i was looking it up and your web sight showed up. 3/13/15 at 10:00pm
Signature: David liles

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear David,
Thanks for sending in the first Luna Moth sighting of 2015.  Normally we begin to receive reports in February, and we are curious why our first report arrived late this year.

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Subject: luna moth release
January 12, 2015 1:05 pm
Hello Mr. Daniel Marlos,
My sister, Louise  has been releasing Luna moths into the wild as part of an annual event called “A Midsummer Night’s Garden” at her greenhouse Auburn Pointe, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.   After only 3-4 years her neighbors started reporting Luna moth sightings on their screen windows.  My dad even spotted one at his house which is 20+ miles away.
The event is 2 weekends, check website, usually the last weekend in July/first weekend in August.  auburnpointegreenhouse.com.  Please join us for this spectacular event!
My sister, single-handedly is successfully reintroducing Luna moths into the wild with great success.  You could try this in your own backyard!
Signature: Anne Reiling

Mating Luna Moths (from our archives)

Mating Luna Moths (from our archives)

Dear Anne,
Thanks so much for relaying information about this wonderful program.  We are sure our readers will be very interested.  We removed your telephone number from the message you sent as a courtesy.  Please let us know if you want to be contacted by phone and we will include the telephone number.

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Subject: Butterfly and moth
Location: Mountain Home
January 10, 2015 3:38 am
Dear Bugman my friend sent these pics from Mountain Home, Arkansas they were on his woods and I am an Illustrator and want to make a wall hanging and also illustrate these species but want to be sure what they are called please and if there is a clearer image of the moth I could use. I am based in the UK so would need web based images if you have one. Thank you for your help.
Signature: Annie

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Annie,
We wish we knew what time of year these sightings occurred.  The Luna Moth is arguably the loveliest and most distinctive of the diverse North American moths.  Nothing from North America looks quite like the Luna Moth, though the Moon Moth from China is obviously closely related.  The Luna Moth ranges in Eastern North America from Northern Canada to Florida and west to Texas.  The butterflies are Greater Fritillaries known for silver spots on the undersides of the wings like in these Great Spangled Fritillaries.  What type of wall hanging are you making?  You may use images from our site for inspiration for illustrations provided they are sufficiently altered from the original photographic form.

Greater Fritillaries

Greater Fritillaries

Dear Daniel thank you for your reply but not sure if you are telling me the orange spotted butterfly is the greater spangled fritillary?? Thank you for giving me permission to use inspiration from your original images but I was going to use the original photographs which my friend took I just wanted to know the name of the orange butterfly I copied to you. The wall hanging will be illustrated, silk painted, felted, water-coloured and then embroidered and will be called ‘A Walk in the Wild Wood’ which will represent the wildlife in his woods on his property including flowers, birds, animals and trees.  If I were to use any images for inspiration they would be all of my own design using those methods and yours would only be visually used for colours and identification purposes as I have a BA Hons degree in Illustration of course I understand about changing the original and copyright.  Thank you very much for your help. Annie

Thanks for the clarification Annie.  By all means use images on our site for inspiration as the final wall hanging will be textile and not photographic.  The butterflies are Greater Fritillaries in the genus Speyeria, and we believe they are Great Spangled Fritillaries, Speyeria cybele, but this is a difficult genus for us to identify conclusively to the species level.

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Subject: Moth?
Location: Central FL
July 9, 2014 8:02 am
this is camped out on my patio in Central Florida. Not really sure what it is
Signature: Brent

Deformed Luna Moth Lays Eggs

Deformed Luna Moth Lays Eggs

Dear Brent,
This is a female Luna Moth and she has atrophied wings that for some reason did not develop normally.  Many people consider the Luna Moth to be the most beautiful North American moth.  Despite the failure of her wings to develop properly, she has laid eggs.  If she mated, the eggs will hatch, but if the caterpillars are unable to locate an appropriate food supply, they will surely perish.  The caterpillars of Luna Moths feed upon the leaves of “a variety of trees including white birch (Betula papyrifera), persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), hickories (Carya), walnuts (Juglans), pecans, and sumacs (Rhus)” according to BugGuide.

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