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Subject:  Deformed Luna Moth?
Geographic location of the bug:  High Springs, Fl.
Date: 09/21/2017
Time: 07:05 PM EDT
I’m still not sure what I was seeing here but it looks to me like a Luna moth that didn’t enclose completely. It was crawling but obviously couldn’t fly. It kept falling over weeds and flipping onto It’s back so I put it on my oak tree and it energetically crawled far up the trunk.
How you want your letter signed:  Elizabeth C.

Newly Eclosed Male Luna Moth

Dear Elizabeth,
This is a newly eclosed male Luna Moth, but we do not believe it is deformed.  Metamorphosis is a process that takes time.  After the adult Luna Moth emerges from the cocoon, it might take several hours for the wings to expand fully and harden.  We suspect your individual eventually flew away to mate.  Because of your kindness, you may have helped this guy survive, so we are tagging your submission with the Bug Humanitarian Award.

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Subject: Moth maybe?
Location: Texas
August 21, 2017 8:28 pm
Saw this side climbing on my porch
Signature: Mp

Newly Eclosed Luna Moth

Dear Mp,
This is a freshly eclosed Luna Moth, meaning it has just emerged from its pupal stage and its wings have not yet expanded in functional wings that allow adult Luna Moths to fly.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Williamsburg, virginia
August 7, 2017 4:30 pm
This bug is on my fence. Its about an 2 inches
Signature: Kim

Newly Eclosed Female Luna Moth

Dear Kim,
This is a newly eclosed female (indicated by the shape of the antennae) Luna Moth, and she probably emerged from a cocoon that was mixed up with the dried, fallen leaves barely visible beneath your fence.  If nothing goes awry, because newly metamorphosed insects are especially vulnerable to predators, her wings will enlarge and harden enabling her to fly.  She will release pheromones and attract a mate to help perpetuate the species.

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Subject: Luna moth?
Location: North carolina
June 6, 2017 9:29 am
Is this a Luna moth
Signature: Billie

Luna Moth

Dear Billie,
You are correct that this is a Luna Moth.

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Subject: Moth Maybe?
Location: South East. GA
April 20, 2017 9:08 pm
I keep seeing these around my house and I’m wondering could you please identify it?
Signature: Tim

Male Luna Moth

Dear Tim,
This is a somewhat tattered, but still very beautiful male Luna Moth.

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Subject: Luna moth
Location: Atlanta Georgia
April 3, 2017 12:09 pm
I live near Atlanta. This Luna Moth has been on my porch for two days. Considering how short his/her life cycle is, he needs to get busy. Can anyone tell,the sex from the picture?
Signature: Tom

Luna Moth

Dear Tom,
The most obvious way to tell a male Luna Moth from a female Luna Moth is the antennae, which are much more developed in the male so he can sense the female.  Female Luna Moths are quite heavy when filled with eggs, so they may not fly much until they have mated.  An unmated Luna Moth may wait for a mate.  A male Luna Moth might not waste energy flying until he senses a female.  Alas, for some reason, the antennae in your image are not obvious.  It appears they are larger, hence that of a male, but again, the detail is somewhat blurry, so we cannot be certain.

Luna Moth: Male or Female???

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