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Subject:  It’s a Luna
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodsfield Ohio
Date: 08/02/2021
Time: 12:44 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I already identified these two, but I wanted to share them as we recently purchased the property where I saw them.
How you want your letter signed:  Xero

Luna Moths

Dear Xero,
You are so fortunate to have purchased a property that is home to Luna Moths.  According to BugGuide:  “The caterpillars eat a variety of trees including white birch (
Betula papyrifera), persimmon (Diospyros virginiana), sweet gum (Liquidambar styraciflua), hickories (Carya), walnuts (Juglans), pecans, and sumacs (Rhus).”  We suspect one or more of those trees are growing on your property.  Daniel is in Ohio for two more weeks and he is hoping he will have the opportunity to finally witness a Luna Moth in the wild.  There is a persimmon tree on the property that was planted long after Daniel moved away in 1979, so perhaps this year he will get lucky,

Subject:  Luna Moth 2.0
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodsfield Ohio
Date: 08/04/2021
Time: 03:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this guy in my front yard today. Looks like he’s been through hell with the birds around here. He’s still a wonderful site to behold and I’m glad that the Luna’s around here have decided to shelter around my house.
(No i.d. Necessary reposted here to attach pic)
How you want your letter signed:  Xero

Luna Moth

Dear Xero,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a very tattered female Luna Moth.  Her narrow antennae indicate she is a female.  We hope she mated and laid at least some of her several hundred eggs.  Daniel is currently in Ohio and he hopes he has an opportunity to observe a Luna Moth in the wild, something he has never yet experienced. 

Subject:  Luna Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Flintstone, MD
Date: 06/02/2020
Time: 12:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I don’t need this identified but thought I would share! Found this gem last night attached to my screen door. I was amazed by it’s beauty. After looking online I figured out it is a Luna Moth. Woke up this morning and he was on the wooden door frame of my screen door so I got some better pics of it. The pics I took last night didn’t turn out very good so I was excited when I saw he was still here!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan

Luna Moth

Thanks Megan,
We love posting images of Luna Moths.

Subject:  Luna Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Wakefield Quebec
Date: 05/27/2020
Time: 10:38 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy was a pleasant surprise today to my 5 year old son/ant and bug collector
How you want your letter signed:  Gene

Luna Moth

Dear Gene,
We are so excited that your submission is our first Luna Moth posting of the year, though one can only guess how many Luna Moth submissions arrived between April 21 when Daniel last checked his emails and now.  Canadian sightings are occur around June, and our earliest sightings, sometimes as early as January or February, are generally from Texas and Florida.

Subject:  Luna Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  Pine Grove Mills, PA
Date: 07/09/2019
Time: 04:21 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi bugman.  On the side of mom’s house today July 9. 2019
How you want your letter signed:  CC

Luna Moth

Dear CC,
Thanks so much for sending in your image of a Luna Moth.  We never tire of posting beautiful images of this gorgeous moth.

Subject:  Luna Moth
Geographic location of the bug:  VERONA, PA
Date: 06/04/2019
Time: 01:19 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  My first Luna Moth sighting of the year! On the wall at work tonight!
How you want your letter signed:  Rhiannon

Luna Moth

Dear Rhiannon,
Thanks for your comment and your submission.  How marvelous that this was your first Luna Moth sighting of the year, indicating that you have had sightings in years past.  Many of our readers, even those who live within the range of the Luna Moth, are never fortunate enough to experience a sighting of this glorious insect.  Alas, the artificial light under which this image occurred has desaturated the lovely green color of the Luna Moth.