up close with a luna moth

Luna Moth Rescue

We were at the camper during heavy thunderstorms in late May. The heavy rain filled the wells in the paddle boat with water. The morning after the storms I found a Luna moth floating in the water in one of the wells. Thinking it was dead, I carefully put my hand under it and scooped it out of the water to get a better look. Almost immediately the moth's legs began moving. I placed it in the grass and watched. At first the moth was too tired to even maintain a level stance. It just toppled head first in the grass. I helped it stay level in the grass until it was strong enough to stand level on its own. I then decided to try to get some close-up photos. As I was getting the close-up photos, the moth began rapidly walking toward the camera. It was encouraging that he was at that point strong enough to charge at the camera. I monitored the moth's progress until it flew away. The whole process from rescue from the water to flight took just under an hour.

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