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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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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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