Saturday, May 23, 2009

Morning Visitor

I noticed the bright spot of color from my office window this morning.

It's always breath taking to see a Luna Moth (Actias luna) from the Saturniidae family. Especially up close. This is only the third I've seen in my lifetime. And the first time I've had a decent camera in hand.

Although common, they only live one week in this phase. They emerge just to mate, and don't eat or even have a mouth. As an artist I would never have thought to combine plum with lime, but it works very well. Isn't the striping on this male's eyespot and his brushy antennae just exquisite?


Dana and Daisy said...

I have never seen one in real life.

once there was this strange creature hanging high up on our patio near the ceiling. It was so large and creepy looking I thought it might be a bat.

Well, of course I could not resist, i got a broom and poked it with the handle. It flew away and was a HUGE moth! I mean mothimus giganticus!

I do not know what kind it was. But it was CREEPY looking!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Wow! What a beautiful moth. Great find.

Ed said...

WOW!!!! Very cool!!! I would love a chance to photograph one of those beautys...:-)

VioletSky said...

What a beautiful moth.

Simon said...

Thanks for dropping by, I was about to comment on your yellow challenge when I saw this and oh my that is awesome! What a moth!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Stunning..just awesome..great catch! :)

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