Monday, May 5, 2008
Luna moth in repose
I went on a plant rescue in the woods today (more about that later), and a member of our party noticed this luna moth resting on a twig on the forest floor. I took a few profile shots but thought this overhead perspective was really bizarre (click on the image for a closer look). You can tell this luna is a male from its bushy antennae. The female's is more narrow and whiplike.
I have raised luna caterpillars on a diet of sweetgum leaves, then released the adults. But this is the first time I've seen a luna in the wild that was not in flight. Thanks, Pete, for spotting this fella!