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luna moth
I live in Dutchess County, NY, and today I spotted my first Luna Moth (a male), hanging out on my screen door. I tried to relocate it to a nearby tree, but it wanted none of that. In fact, when I approached it with my camera, it got so scared it started shaking. Nonetheless, I managed a few pictures of it anyway, albeit with my cameraphone, and thought I’d share them with you since I just discovered your wonderful site. I should start one for birds, although it’d be far less challenging!
P.S. There are two images in this zip file: one is of the moth on the woodchips under the bush and the other is when it was on the concrete step in front of my door.

Hi Liz,
Thanks for the photo.

luna moth pic
love your website! I thought I would send you a picture of our lovely luna moth we found this morning hanging on the edge of a hosta leaf. The color of the moth and hosta matched so perfectly we wondered if it was more than coincidence that he chose to land there?
David & Patricia
Raleigh, NC

Hi David and Patricia,
I must say I feel a twinge of jealousy whenever we receive a new photo of a Luna Moth, and yours was the second today. The backlighting in your photo really reveals the delicate beauty of America’s most beautiful moth. Growing up in Ohio, I never ever saw a living one. Now that I am in California, there is no chance unless I happen to holiday back east when they are flying. Thank you for you kind words.

Large green moth in GA
This moth visited my back deck on a warm rainy night this June 11, 2005. One pair if "eyes" on the wings is clearly visible in the photo; there is another pair on the secondary wings, and you can just make them out through the top wings. There appears to be damage to the covered wings in the photo. Is this a type of Satellite Sphinx moth?
Mike Duffy

Hi Mike,
Your moth is a Luna Moth, perhaps the lovliest North American Moth.

I live in the Bay Area and saw this moth yesterday on the sidewalk. What type of moth is this? Is this moth rare?

Hi Derek,
This is a Polyphemus Moth, Antheraea polyphemus. It ranges throughout the U.S. and is not rare. Because of their large size, they always create a stir when seen for the first time.

not sure what kind of bug this is(pic enclosed)
I Live in Charlotte, NC and last night (5/09/05) my wife heard a thump outside our bedroom window, I looked and saw what appeared to be a bat, this was about 10"ish. This morning we noticed it was still out on the wall so I took some pictures. Enclosed find a picture, this was taken about twenty feet away from the insect. I asked a few people down here and no one knows what this bug is. It is freaken huge for a bug.
George Doscher

Hi George,
While 10 inches is a gross exageration, Luna Moths, what many consider the most beautiful native insect, can grow to almost 6 inches across. Thanks for the image. There is a new television commercial for a sleep aid that features the Luna Moth.

Thanks Dan,
Been looking it up now thru usgs web site, a friend called me and stated that he had one on his screen and it freaked him out….. as well…. I have been living here for like five years never seen them before…asked a few people here and no one knew what it was. By the by you have a cool web site…

I took some digital photos of a moth in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. I haven’t been able to find a picture on the internet that can tell me which moth it is. The blue beam in the picture is 4″ high by 1-5/8″ wide. That makes the moth about 2-1/4″ tall as it sit (which is about 4-1/2″ of wingspan). There are 4 eggs laid beside this moth, they are pretty close to the size of a BB. Please let me know if you can identify it. Thank you,
Nick Mankwald

Hi Nick
It looks to me like you have a female Columbia Silk Moth, Hyalophora columbia, a smaller and drabber relative of the Cecropia Moth. The Columbia Silk Moth is similar to the Cecropia, but lacking a red band in the hind wing. It is found in forested regions of Canada and New England.