Subject: What’s my monster green kite
Location: Eastern PA, USA
July 12, 2013 5:29 pm
Please help me identify this most unusual bug which appeared on the meter of my house in eastern PA
Signature: Chris

Male Luna Moth

Male Luna Moth

Hi Chris,
Your colorful subject line caught our attention.  This is a male Luna Moth, and it is most likely a second generation that eclosed from a caterpillar that was produced by Luna Moths that emerged from their cocoons earlier this past spring.  Luna Moths do not feed as adults, and they only survive a few days, long enough to mate and lay eggs for a future generation. 

Location: Pennsylvania

4 Responses to Male Luna Moth

  1. Rich Carroll says:

    Today, April 27, 2014, at about 8 AM, on the Eastern Shore of MD., I observed a pair of these moths, side by side, on a support post for one of my trees. They were about 3′ off the ground I photographed them as best I could.

    Perhaps they were mating??? Are they rare in my area? Any other information??

    Regards, Rich

  2. Rich Carroll says:

    Today, April 27, 2014, at about 8 AM, on the Eastern Shore of MD., I observed a pair of these moths, side by side, on a support post for one of my trees. They were about 3′ off the ground I photographed them as best I could.

    Perhaps they were mating??? Are they rare in my area? Any other information??

    Regards, Rich

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