Freshly Eclosed Luna Moth

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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