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July 30, 2014 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Luna Moth

Luna Moth

Almost wordless: I noticed this unusual looking large green moth hanging from the eaves over my front door. It later dropped down into the one of my flower pots. I turned to google for some answers and found that it is a Luna Moth. The eyespots on the wings are there to confuse potential preditors.

Luna Moth

Apparently this was a female. Yesterday I noticed it had laid eggs on the Begonia leaves. It was probably trying to get to the walnut tree overhead. Walnut is a host plant for the caterpillars. The moth only lives one week, enough time to mate and lay eggs, and then dies. I will try to bring a walnut branch to the eggs for food if they hatch. Yeah, I do stuff like that.

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  1. readerbuzz / Jul 30 2014 5:57 am

    One week! Carpe diem, indeed!

    Here’s my Wordless Wednesday!

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  2. Beth F / Jul 30 2014 5:57 am

    Great capture! I’m going to have to take a closer look at the area around the walnut tree.

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  3. Mary / Jul 30 2014 6:33 am

    Wow! Fabulous photos and info, Leslie. I love your photo posts.

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  4. carin / Jul 30 2014 6:45 am

    I tend to ignore moths. Silly me. This is beautiful. Thank you.

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  5. BermudaOnion / Jul 30 2014 6:57 am

    You are such a great citizen of the world. I wish more people were like you.

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  6. Beth Hoffman / Jul 30 2014 8:22 am

    I echo what Kathy said!

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  7. irene / Jul 30 2014 1:21 pm

    Everything has a purpose, thank you for helping Moth’s fulfill theirs.

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  8. Suko / Jul 30 2014 6:27 pm

    What beautiful pictures of the Luna Moth!

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  9. S Stull / Jul 30 2014 7:38 pm

    Wow! Awesome photos! I love luna moths.

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  10. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jul 31 2014 10:29 am

    What great coloring!

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  11. Sue / Aug 1 2014 12:06 pm

    She’s a beauty. I didn’t realize they had such a short lifespan. We have plenty of walnuts, but I’ve never seen the moth.

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    • Leslie / Aug 1 2014 12:26 pm

      I’ve had a walnut tree for 25 years and this was the first one I’ve seen. I brought walnut leaves to the eggs, but so far nothing. Google says 10 days until hatching. If they hatch, I’ll play surrogate and bring them leaves.

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  12. roth0003 / Aug 1 2014 4:00 pm

    It’s been years since I’ve seen a luna moth. Thanks for sharing that shot.
    Please share your photos at the new home for Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday) at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2014/07/warming-up-with-linky_29.html. I hope to see you each week!

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