Friday, June 11, 2010

luna moth

As a moth gnaws a garment, so doth envy consume a man.
--St. John Chrysostom (347-407) Archbishop of Constantinople

The spectacular luna moth is said to be fairly common, but seldom seen. These beautiful and distinctive moths fly only at night in late spring and early summer, with their huge, green wings (3-4.5 inch spread). Male and female luna moths are nearly identical, with the males having larger, bushier antennae. Once they reach adulthood, they never eat -- they have no mouths! They live only a week, with their sole purpose to find a mate.

1 comment:

  1. I didn't realize that the luna moth was seldom seen. We have had one land on our back door the past 2 years and they are just so beautiful. I was able to get a couple of pictures of them. Hey, great picture and info here. Thanks.


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