"Luna Moth": National Geographic Daily Dozen

May 20, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Luna Moth Makes National Geographic Society's Daily Dozen!

Luna Moth by Danielle Gibbs - National Geographic - Daily Dozen - May 14, 2012Luna Moth

© 2012 Danielle Gibbs

Featured as Editor's Choice on May 14, 2012 - Week 3

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I took this photo with my point and shoot camera, which is always on me.  I can't believe it made it to the Daily Dozen! This creature was hanging out on my garage door and it's appearance baffled me. Was it a butterfly? An insect? A moth? A crazy praying mantis with wings? I dropped my grocery bags and snapped a few shots, while being careful not to disturb it.  Surprisingly, it didn't even move.

I learned that it is a Luna Moth after posting it on Wunderground, which was later recorded as a confirmed sighting by the Butterflies and Moths Association of North America.  It's scientific name is Actias Lunas.  The moth only lives for about a week, and it's sole purpose is to mate.  Shortly after mating, they die.  Interestingly enough, they don't eat-- they don't even have mouths!

 

 

 

 



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