Luna moths are members of the Saturniid family and one the largest moths in North America with a wingspan of up to four and a half inches. In my area the adults live only about a week and produce two generations a year. The first ones show up in April and May and in the case of this one it was April 25.
Here is a photo of the caterpillar that I took at Sleepy Creek WMA August 16, 2008. It is almost as pretty as the moth. Notice how it blends in with the background.
I felt really blessed to be visited by this delicate moth with its creamy green color and regal purple trim. The gold feathered crown adds to the splendor giving it an over all magical aura. It made me think of Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, who gently lands to offer advice to Dorothy. I imagine the Luna tapping’s its wand over our heads and reminding us, as Dorothy was, that we already have the answers we need – just follow our hearts and click our heels together.
This morning it was gone and I suspect if followed its own heart as it caught the scent of a mate and flew off.
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