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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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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: Pulaski Twp Pa
June 1, 2014 6:56 pm
Hi..
This beauty was on my screen door in the morning 6/1/2014. We live in Western PA (Pulaski Twp). One of my friends told me it’s a luna moth. I have never seen anything like this before.
Signature: CeeJay

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear CeeJay,
Is there still a Flea Market in Pulaski on Thursday mornings?  You were correctly informed.  This is a male Luna Moth.  His feathery antennae help him to scent out the pheromones of a prospective mate withing at least a mile.  We believe it is that ability that has allowed the Luna Moth to survive habitat loss.  This guy may have difficulty flying to a mate he is able to sense because he appears to have lost a rear wing, perhaps to a bird that went for the fluttering tail.
  We are featuring your submission as our favorite images of a Luna Moth yet this year.  You should check out these images of mating Luna Moths from our archive.

Male Luna Moth

Male Luna Moth

Hi Daniel,
Yes the flea market is still held on Thursdays no too far from my home!  Sounds like you know the area well.  Thanks for the info on the Luna Moth.  I did some reading after seeing him and was actually sad to read of their short life span.  On the other hand I am happy that I had the opportunity to see him up close!  I will definitely check out the images at the link in your email.
Regards,
Cathy

Hi Cathy,
I grew up just the other side of the Ohio State Line and I spent much of the 1970s at the Pulaski Flea Market in the summer.

 

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Subject: Alien bug
Location: Rural Tennessee.
May 25, 2014 10:49 pm
Last night I went outside and this thing was flapping around about 10 feet in the air for a few minutes then it fell to the ground, I thought it was a bat at first. As I moved closer towards it it started flying towards me and I ran away.. And watched it from afar. It seemed like it had never flown before or had a hard time flying because the top wings flapped at a different time then the bottom ones. As you can imagine it would fly then fall, then fly and fall all over again. It was the size of my hand or bigger. Underneath the wings was a huge white bug with glowing eyes. I live on 10 acres of farmland so I tend a lot of strange bugs in outside but this by far is the strangest. Hopefully you can zoom in. I tried to pick the best ones to send. Thank you for your time.
Signature: Sincerely, Krista charnock

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Krista,
This is a male Luna Moth, one of the most spectacular and unforgettable North American moths.  Adults only live a few days, and they do not eat as adults, surviving on stored fat that accumulated as a caterpillar.  Since Luna Moths only live a few days, your observation that it just learned to fly is accurate.  Reports of sightings of Luna Moths to our site are down this year, so we are very happy to be able to post your image.

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Subject: Luna Moth
Location: Birmingham, Al
May 22, 2014 10:32 am
This Luna Moth was photographed by me in my garden last week. First sighted it around mid day, came back with Iphone a few hours later and it was still there. A friend of mine identified it for me this morning. I live in Birmingham, Alabama.
Signature: Wendy

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear Wendy,
Thanks for sending us your images.  Our reports and documentation of Luna Moth sightings are well below average this year, and we wonder if the harsh weather in the eastern portion of the country has resulted in pupae not surviving through the winter.  Perhaps the emergence has been delayed and we will get additional reports later this year.

 

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Subject: Camouflaged leaf butterfly
Location: Charlotte, NC
May 13, 2014 5:00 pm
I’m very curious as to the species of this outstanding specimen.
Signature: C Tubman

Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Dear C Tubman,
This gorgeous creature is a male Luna Moth, and your image is only the second we have received this year.  Typically, we begin receiving Luna Moth images in February from Texas and Florida, and as spring warmth moves north, we begin to get reports from higher latitudes.  By late May and early June, we hear of sightings in Maine and Canada.

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