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Luna Moth
I was so excited to see this beautiful moth on Manitoulin Island. As a child growing up, I used to raise (for lack of a better word) cecropia moths, much to my mother’s dismay since the caterpillars have voracious appetites and make short work of the tree they develop in. You can immagine my excitement when I saw this huge beauty just sitting on a door frame more than happy to pose for the camera. I have included a close-up of the head and shoulder area that nicely picks up the detail of the hairs and feathery antanae. I had never seen one of these before and later found out it was a Luna moth. I also found out that they are not common in Ontario. Fortunately for me, they are plentiful on Manitoulin Island, according to the locals. Hopefully they will continue to thrive on this Island for future generations to enjoy
Nadjia

Hi Nadjia,
Thanks for the touching letter.
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Luna Moth
My son took this picture of a Luna Moth while he was filling out his wings. It is special because of the detail and color of it’s furry body and legs. We have others and I can re-size it for your website, but thought you’d appreciate the full detail. Note also his antennae detail. Marc

Hi Marc,
Your Luna Moth headshot is a welcome addition to our site. It is a view that we have not yet seen.

Ghost Moth
Hello Bugman,
I wish I could say I was a bug girl, but I just can’t figure out what this peculiar bug is. I am assuming it is a moth, but am unsure of what type. We have seen a few of these in the past 2 years and a couple of “hummingbird moths”. The hummingbird moths tend to catch me off guard and I do scream quite loud (tend to be about three fourths (3/4) the size of a dollar bill.) I reside in Maryland ( Ellicott City area), and have been stumbling upon a lot of strange critters. I hope you can help, and if so I may have another picture to send you. It is of a black caterpillar with gray/white fur all over it. Reminds me a bit of a baby chimpanzees finger(s) with medium white hair all over it. We found about 200 + on our patio when we came home from work 4 days ago (28 July 05). I gathered them up in a few cans freaking out because they were trying to borrow in the ground and my dog’s fury bed. I have 3 caterpillars in a jar with dirt now. As soon as I put them in there they played possum for about a minute, and then immediately dug into the soil. One of them actually has his back facing one side of the jar. I see him wiggle around every once in a while. I will truly try and get a picture for you. I am very curious to see what they become. I have yet to find any info on the net that I feel is a definitive answer to what we were/are dealing with. All I can say is that the closest characteristics out there (personality and looks) is the Walnut Caterpillar. I am not sure if they would be in Maryland though. Hope you have some insight to my many curious questions, and I will keep you posted on my little science project in a jar. Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing from you soon,
Rhiannon

Hi Rhiannon,
Your mystery moth is a Luna Moth and it can currently be seen starring in a television commercial for a sleep aid called Lunesta. We look forward to hearing more about your caterpillars when they develop.