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I found this beautiful creature yesterday

 
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Luna Moth.  I had never seen one before.

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Very cool moth Trace!   How large was it ?
 
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how gorgeous!!
when my kid was still smallish we found a luna caterpillar in the yard. I'm not squeamish about bugs but that thing scared me. It was easily the size of a hot dog- I found it because of the droppings, I seriously thought there was a rabbit in the yard, to give you an idea. It was impressive!
 
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It was the biggest moth I've ever seen, larger than the palm of my hand.  I would guess it was 4 or 5 inches long and across.
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:Luna Moth.  I had never seen one before.



I always had a bug collection growing up.  I think the luna moth I found in second grade was the beginning of my interest.
Beautiful creatures
 
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Wow, that looks like something from another planet.  

Beautiful.
 
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Beautiful.  And a variety of wild silkmoth.

I don't know luna moths well enough to know if it's a girl or a boy, but if it's a girl, you could keep it and the boy will come, then you can have lots of baby luna eggs.  
 
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Interesting fact:  after leaving the cocoon,  luna moths only live in this life stage for one week.   They also do not have a mouth, so they don't eat. Their sole purpose is to reproduce.
 
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r ranson wrote:Beautiful.  And a variety of wild silkmoth.

I don't know luna moths well enough to know if it's a girl or a boy, but if it's a girl, you could keep it and the boy will come, then you can have lots of baby luna eggs.  



That would be excellent.  I checked this morning and it was gone, so I hope it's off making new ones somewhere.
 
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Amazing!  You are so fortunate to get such a good look at it (and photo!)
 
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Ed Belote wrote:Their sole purpose is to reproduce.



And clearly, to make my day :)
 
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