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Subject: Green leaf colored and shaped ”Moth”
Location: Houston, TX
September 29, 2012 5:39 pm
I saw this ”Moth” clinging to the top of a chain linked fence at a place where I shop. I thought it was a green leaf, until it flapped it’s wings. The edges were browned and it had a long and wide greenish tail. It’s belly was white. I am familiar with a few moths, but have never seen one like this. Can you tell me what it was I had seen?
Signature: Very Curious in Houston

Luna Moth

Dear Very Curious in Houston,
This is a female Luna Moth.  Hopefully she has mated and can find a place to lay her eggs.

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Subject: Possible Luna Moth Sighting and Question
Location: Hocking HIlls, Ohio
June 25, 2012 10:48 pm
I am pretty sure that this is a luna moth, from looking at other posts on your site. My question is that I woke up in the morning to find this moth outside the cabin I was staying in. I also saw another one dead, with its wings dismantled and spread over the porch. An hour later, I returned outside and this moth (photographed when living) had died as well. I am wondering if there are any natural predators of this moth or if you have any other explanation? I was sad to see the deceased moth in such a state!
Thanks in advance.
Signature: E

Luna Moth

Dear E,
Your email brings up many good, thought-provoking questions.  Luna Moths are in the Giant Silkmoth family Saturniidae, and like other members of the family, Luna Moths do not feed as adults.  They only live a few days to a week (that is a very old Luna Moth) and the live to mate and reproduce.  Flying takes a considerable expenditure of energy, and since the adult moths don’t feed, they must survive off the body fat they store as caterpillars.  As such, the body of a Luna Moth contains considerable fat and other nutrients, and they are a desirable prey for many insectivores including birds, bats, raccoons and other creatures.  The disembodied wings you found were most likely the result of some food chain scenario, with the predator eating the body and leaving the not very nutritious wings as evidence.  The second Luna Moth, if it was intact, most likely died of natural causes.

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Subject: FIRST LUNA MOTH ENCOUNTER
Location: Haileybury, Ontario, Canada
June 1, 2012 9:29 am
I found this strange moth this morning on the 1st of June just outside our door. I absolutely had to take pictures! Having found your site it didn’t take very long to identify this very distinguished creature. What a gorgeous oddity!
Signature: Northern Ontarian

Luna Moth

Dear Northern Ontarian,
We are quite envious that you have had the good fortune to observe a Luna Moth in its natural state.  Perhaps our editorial staff will be lucky as we are headed to Northeast Ohio for a week and despite growing up there, we have never seen a living Luna Moth in the wild.  We also hope our visit will coincide with the annual appearance of Fireflies.

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Subject: What kind of bug is this
Location: Long Island New York
May 26, 2012 5:39 pm
can you tell me what kind of bug this is
Signature: From Tara

Luna Moth

Hi Tara,
This ethereal creature is a Luna Moth.  We hope it didn’t get run over when the car started.

Thank you! No it did not we shooed it away and it flew off. :)

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Subject: Luna Moth Siting, 19.May.2012
Location: Healey Lake, Mactier (Parry Sound), Ontario
May 23, 2012 8:35 am
Thanks to your website I was able to identify this Luna Moth – a beautiful little creature.
We found it on the side of our cottage in the morning around 8am. It stayed there until around noon or 1pm when the wall began to get bathed in (direct) sunlight.
Signature: Saul Family

Luna Moth

Dear Saul Family,
Thanks for sending us this lovely photo of a Luna Moth.  We have not received as many Luna Moth submissions this year as we have in past years and this is our most northern sighting thusfar this year.  We expect the earlier than normal warm weather this year caused an earlier emergence.

You’re welcome Daniel!
And thanks for your efforts in having and maintaining this website!
Stephan Saul

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Beautiful Luna Moth
Location: Boyce, Virginia
May 4, 2012 5:10 pm
I submitted a beetle for identification but I also wanted to share you my special visit from a Luna moth! I was honored it rested upon my hand for a moment after I saved it from a spider web. :)
Signature: Admin of Plants, Fungus & Bugs…Oh My!

Luna Moth

Dear Admin of Plants, …
The Luna Moth is surely the most distinctive of all North American Moths and many folks consider it to be the prettiest North American moth.  Though you deprived a spider of a healthy meal, we have to honor you with our Bug Humanitarian Award tag.

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