Monday, May 14, 2007

Luna Moth

Last evening while we were walking I stopped by by neighbors house to chat for a few minutes. This Luna moth was on her front porch. I have seen these before but I have never noticed the markings on the wings. This is a very beautiful and unusual creature. Click to enlarge.

Here are some interesting facts about the luna moth. They only fly at night, hence the name luna which is Latin for moon. They don't eat, they don't even have a mouth or stomach. From cocoon to death they only live for about a week and their sole purpose is to reproduce.


Susan said...

That's quite a moth, Robin. Thanks for sharing the picture. And thanks for visiting South of the River on bloom day.

— Susan

Annie in Austin said...

We've had Sphinx moths, but I don't remember seeing a Luna moth... but maybe someday, Robin!
We seem to share a lot of the same butterfly plants, and maybe we also share some of the same butterflies.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Julia said...

That is so cool! I've always wanted to see a Luna Moth!