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Luna Moth

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I'm taking a break from my National Moth Week spottings to celebrate my 4,000th spotting with my first spotting of a live Luna Moth! A family friend found this Luna Moth at my school, and brought it over to me. I was overjoyed! A recent study discovered Luna moths use their especially long tails to deflect bat echolocation. See the reference link to the right.

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Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Thank you so much, armadeus and Maria! Armadeus, it is a good thing they can deflect bat location because they are otherwise very weak fliers!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Great choice for spotting 4000, Jacob! Congratulations on a very nice spotting indeed!

armadeus.4 6 years ago

Congratulations on 4,000 spottings Jacob. This is a wonderful spotting to celebrate with! I did read about these moths deflecting bat echolocation only a day or two ago but a different link...fascinating stuff. Thank you for sharing :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Thank you very much venus, Reza, Joshua, and Hema!

Hema 6 years ago

great fact!!

JoshuaGSmith 6 years ago

Excellent! Keep em coming!

Here is to 40,000 more. Congratulations J !

CalebSteindel 6 years ago


Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 6 years ago

Sukanya, thank you so much! I was not surprised to hear about the math-bat interactions, as these moths are fairly weak fliers! Yes, Project Noah is still joining with National Moth Week for 2015. The dates this year are July 18-26 ( I'm still working on uploading my finds from last year so I can process the 2014 data.

Sergio, thank you very much for your kind words. To hear that my collection is "wonderful" from someone I consider to be one of the best spotters on Project Noah, I am overjoyed. I will continue to post, and thank you again for the encouragement!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Congratulations for your 4,000th spotting, Jacob. It is not just an amazing number, but a wonderful collection too. It's been great to follow your findings and your work in behalf of the Moth Week. I hope you keep posting all these wonders here. Great job, Jake! :-)

SukanyaDatta 6 years ago

Congratulations, and thank you for sharing...especially the info about confounding the bats. Good Luck with your Moth spotting PN joining last year?

Jacob Gorneau
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Spotted on Jun 21, 2014
Submitted on Feb 19, 2015

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