© 2012 Danielle Gibbs
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!