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#1 Douglas729

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Posted 09 August 2014 - 11:29 AM

What are the chances that a rare Luna moth with a 4.5" wingspan would take refuge in my observatory on a cloudy rainy night?
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Luna moths are the largest moths in North America.They are streamlined and elegant with a beautiful lime green color. Despite inhabiting most of the northeastern the United States, the Luna moth is a rare sight because it favors densely wooded areas. Spotting these moths would require moonlight because they only take flight at night.
 
 

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#2 MHamburg

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Posted 12 August 2014 - 08:25 AM

Nice catch, Douglas!

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 08:33 PM

Tricky topic title!

 

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#4 kozmik frakture

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Posted 16 August 2014 - 09:32 PM

Great find.  Great photo of the moth.  Haven't seen a Luna few years, although so far this summer I've seen a couple of Imperials, couple of Ios, Virginia creeper sphinx & a Cecropia.

 

Here's a shot of the one of the Imperials, one of the Ios & a close up of the Imperial's compound eye & part of the proboscis. 

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#5 Christopher Erickson

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Posted 17 August 2014 - 04:44 PM

Once a year I have to deal with Harlequin Hawk Moths landing on my sky-pointing optics.

 

 

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