Luna, the beautiful, large moth is soft light green in color with intriguing round spots on its wings that resemble eyes or moons to scare predators away. Luna means moon. This moth is aptly named as it flies beneath the moon at night. Their long, tapered tails twist slightly at the ends.
It is a rare and spectacular occurrence to see a live Luna moth. I typically see one each summer. Here’s a nature journal entry I made fifteen years ago about a special summer encounter with lovely Luna.
“Floating on top of the water toward me was a luna moth. I scooped it up just before it made the turn in the creek to faster moving waters. The luna moth was alive so I took it back to my chair for a closer look. They are an exquisite creature; a unique and lovely work of art. Luna rode back to the house with me in the pick-up truck and rested motionless on a rock in the kitchen while I prepared supper. Around 6:30 pm, Luna began lightly fluttering her wings for the first time. She joined us on the table on the front porch while we ate dinner. She remained there after the table was cleared and even later while we sat on the porch swing. After reading about the luna moth I went back out on the porch, turned on the light, and found that Luna had gone. Somewhere in the darkness of the night, Luna was flying, yet my special encounter with lovely Luna was never forgotten.”
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