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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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Subject: ID please
Location: Roanoke, VA
June 29, 2014 2:21 pm
Hi. This moth-butterfly alit on the siding of a house. Look familiar?
Signature: denis

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Denis,
The Luna Moth is unmistakable among North American insects, and it is the only member of its genus found in North America, though relatives that look similar are found in other parts of the world, including the Moon Moth of India and 
Actias rhodopneuma from Thailand.

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Subject: luna moth?
Location: Fredericton NB Canada
June 16, 2014 1:08 pm
Came across this big guy/gal while walking downtown today! Just wondering if it’s out of character for this species to be in the area?
Signature: buggin out

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Hi buggin out,
The less developed antennae indicate this is a female Luna Moth.  Luna Moths are native to the entire eastern portion of North America.

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Subject: Luna Moth in Vermont
Location: Windham, Vermont
June 25, 2014 7:23 am
I know it is a luna moth, but I have never seen one in Vermont! Sighted in Windham, VT on June 25th, 2014.
Signature: Sarah

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Hi Sarah,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a Luna Moth in Vermont.

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Subject: Glen Burnie
Location: Northern Virginia
June 15, 2014 7:06 pm
We saw this on our garage. We’ve never seen anything like it before
Signature: Bensons

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Bensons,
This male Luna Moth is arguably the most beautiful North American moth.  It is definitely the most unique North American Moth.  The feathery antennae indicate that this is a male Luna Moth.

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: 26 State St., Montpelier VT
June 8, 2014 5:26 am
I live in downtown Montpelier, VT. Returning from walking the dog at about 8 AM today (6/8/14), I found this guy resting on the sidewalk right in front of my door. At first I thought it was a leaf, but when I realized it was a moth I figured I had to move it before someone stepped on it (or my dog tried to eat it). After nudging it a bit, it flapped around for a few feet, but seemed to have trouble flying. It ended up in the well of tree planted in the sidewalk. I thought it might be injured. I gently nudged it a bit more, and it managed to get enough air to clumsily climb into the sky, and then it flapped off above the surrounding buildings. It was quite a sight!
Signature: Ryan Kriger

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Hi Ryan,
For your noble efforts regarding the safety of this male (feathery antennae) Luna Moth, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Since Luna Moths do not eat and only live a few days, we hope he successfully locates a mate so he can help perpetuate the species.

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