At last, another luna moth

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Luna Moth

Margaret were walking over to our favorite pub about six weeks ago when we saw this little green guy hanging out on a post.

The last time I saw one of these, a luna moth, was in 2008! I wrote about it here, but in short, my sons and I were in Nashville, Indiana, an artist colony with lots of fun shopping. We found this one hanging out on concrete-block sign for the Methodist church.

Luna moth

It’s rare to see a luna moth. According to Wikipedia, “life stages are approximately 10 days as eggs, 6–7 weeks as larvae, 2-3 weeks as pupae, finishing with one week as winged adults appearing in late May or early June.” The date stamp on my recent photo says we spotted this one on June 15.

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11 responses to “At last, another luna moth”

  1. Khürt Williams Avatar

    I like the shape of the wings. One week seems very short compared to total of all the previous stages.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      IKR? Hardly seems just.

  2. DougD Avatar

    Wow, that’s an impressive moth! I have never seen one of those.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      There’s an incredibly short window every year where you might!

  3. Jane Herr Avatar
    Jane Herr

    I love the green of the moth against the red of the brick background, beautiful photo!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      That happenstance sure worked out, didn’t it.

  4. brandib1977 Avatar

    I did not know that about their lifespan. It seems I have been taking them for granted because I frequently see Luna Moths near my back door. Interesting!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You’re most fortunate!

      1. brandib1977 Avatar

        I certainly am! All kinds of moths gather in that area and they’re all so special.

  5. J P Avatar

    I once saw the most amazing large moth with wings of multiple shades of gray. It was quite awhile before I figured out that it was a great big paint chip that had fallen from my porch ceiling and got caught on the bricks on its way down.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar


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