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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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Subject: Moth or what?
Location: Louisiana
March 16, 2017 7:38 pm
What is this?
Signature: Shawn Keith Hyde

Luna Moth

Dear Shawn,
The Luna Moth is arguably the loveliest North American moth.  Like other members of its family Saturniidae, adult Luna Moths do not eat.  They live long enough to mate and reproduce.

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Subject: Luna
Location: Juliette Ga
February 22, 2017 9:48 pm
Just wanted to post this for you all, such a beauty.
Signature: Trent

Male Luna Moth

Dear Trent,
Thanks so much for sending in your image.  We always thrill at our first Luna Moth posting each year and your image is especially lovely as the backlighting really enhances the translucent beauty of the wings.  The heavily feathered antennae indicates your individual is a male.  We hope he finds a mate to perpetuate the species.

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Subject: Giant Silkmoth
Location: captivity
January 8, 2017 10:03 am
I saw a FB Post saying you didn’t have a photo of the Giant Silkmoth. The drawing is so spot on, I don’t think you need one, but here it is – from the Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale, AZ
Signature: Ranger Dan

Madagascar Moon Moth

Dear Ranger Dan,
Thanks so much for sending in your gorgeous image of a Madagascar Moon Moth,
Argema mittrei, in captivity.

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