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Luna Moth

Actias luna

Description:

The Luna Moth typically has a wingspan of 8–11.5 cm (3.1–4.5 in), rarely exceeding 17.78 cm (7.00 in) with long, tapering hindwings, which have eyespots on them in order to confuse potential predators.

Habitat:

Found on the side of a brick building at a gas station.

Notes:

Although rarely seen due to their very brief (1 week) adult lives, Luna Moths are considered common. As with all Saturniidae, the adults do not eat or have mouths.They emerge as adults solely to mate, and as such, only live approximately one week. They are more commonly seen at night.

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13 Comments

KarenL
KarenL a year ago

Congrats Lisa, your spotting is featured in the Project Noah blog! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/4542118...

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 2 years ago

Thanks everyone! I always love seeing these moths. They are so beautiful.

pmbagga
pmbagga 2 years ago

Wow ! wonderful spotting !

kozoga
kozoga 2 years ago

Great macro.

harsuame
harsuame 2 years ago

Sensacional:::.

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 2 years ago

What an amazing experience! Congrats on the amazing photograph!

Jeannette
Jeannette 2 years ago

Very beautiful :)

IsabellaFiers
IsabellaFiers 2 years ago

Wonderful capture Lisa !!

Smith'sZoo
Smith'sZoo 2 years ago

Amazing! such a special pic! Congrats!

LeanneGardner
LeanneGardner 2 years ago

Beautiful Lisa :)

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 2 years ago

Beautiful shot. Nice macro

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 2 years ago

Thanks Karen. I am afraid this dude was on his way out of this world. He would flap occassionally but was otherwise most cooperative.

KarenL
KarenL 2 years ago

Wow! Great shot Lisa!

Tennessee, USA

Lat: 35.95, Long: -87.33

Spotted on Jul 30, 2012
Submitted on Aug 1, 2012

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