Luna Moth in Town of Maine

Rare Picture of a Luna Moth

From our front porch in the Town of Maine on Saturday 7 June 2008. Luna moths are one of the most unusual and beautiful of the North American moths known as Saturnidae. They are well known for their green-yellow colors and long tails,and although they are often seen in pictures, they are a real surprise when found in nature. Although they are common throughout the eastern U.S., their night flying habits and short life span as an adult moth, only about 1 week, combine to make them a rare find. The luna moth, with a wingspan of 4.5-5.0 inches, is one of the largest moths in North America and is very common in many of the eastern states from Maine all the way to Florida.

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jared says ... on Thursday, Apr 3 at 9:22 PM

We had one stay on the kitchen window for quit a while tonight. I have lived here in Crestview, FL all my life and this is the first one I have seen.

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Lynn Campbell says ... on Wednesday, Mar 26 at 2:10 PM

Found one today in Wachula Fl. Had to look it up as I had never seen one before ... so awesome

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Teresa says ... on Saturday, Aug 31 at 10:47 PM

I found a cocoon stuck to a deflated water tube over a month ago. I pulled it off and put it in a plastic critter box. We've all been waiting to see what would emerge. It turned out to be a female Luna Moth! What a beautiful surprise!

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Kandi says ... on Tuesday, Aug 27 at 9:48 AM

My 10yr old daughter found one (dead) near some generic shrubbery in our yard in Atlanta. It was still a thrill for all my children (6).

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Rann says ... on Monday, Aug 19 at 6:27 PM

Saw an odd bug on a stump in the back yard. Eventually the bright yellow wings unfolded and turned a pale green. the body reduced about half the size and it's now hanging on a branch waiting for dark. Beautiful luna moth.

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Lisa says ... on Saturday, Aug 17 at 8:23 AM

There is one on my screen door this morning in Cary, IL.

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Carol says ... on Friday, Aug 9 at 9:22 PM

Kalamazoo, Mi. Aug. 9, 2013 Found one this evening on a palm tree we have on our patio. Have been watching through the evening. Hope we see it fly off when it's dark enough. Beautiful!

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Carly C says ... on Friday, Aug 9 at 2:06 PM

I live in Clinton, NJ and my dog, Kaya, found a beautiful female Luna moth on our patio so I picked it up so Kaya wouldn't eat her. When she was on my hand she made a lil noise and her whole body vibrated I guess as a defense mechanism, very cool!

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Jan Rupert says ... on Thursday, Aug 8 at 2:28 PM

I meant to add we live in Charlotte N.C.

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Jan Rupert says ... on Thursday, Aug 8 at 2:25 PM

My dog and I found one in our yard after hearing a ruckus of birds in the bushes. Retrieved him to a safer spot and continue our walk. He was gone when we returned and hopefully flew away. I took pictures of our beautiful find and learning so much.

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Charlie says ... on Thursday, Aug 8 at 10:46 AM

Just observed one on my front brick wall in New Jersey. Absolutely beautiful.

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Diana says ... on Tuesday, Aug 6 at 9:47 AM

Found one clinging to my screen at camp in Central Maine Fourth of July week. Checked around and found three more smaller ones. Stayed all day. Next morning saw the largest one floating in the lake. Retrieved it and have it preserved.

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Donna says ... on Sunday, Aug 4 at 12:25 AM

We saw one camping last week at Flaming Gorge, Utah. Thought it was a bat. The camp host told us it was a Luna Moth. The color isn't right, the one we saw was brown and orange.

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Chase says ... on Thursday, Aug 1 at 6:52 PM

i saw one on the edge of our car-port and thought it was a leaf of some kind. i dont know if they are in east Tennessee often but my cousin saw one on her porch the day after i saw mine

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Nancy says ... on Monday, Jul 29 at 5:50 PM

I noticed something clinging to a blade of decorative grass in my rock garden and upon closer inspection, saw a luna moth. It was about 4.5" across and had beautiful tail tendrils. The markings were beautifully details, as if they were handpainted.

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Dan_0 says ... on Sunday, Jul 28 at 5:09 PM

Found one in Henry Illinois it was very cool looking

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BAM says ... on Saturday, Jul 20 at 9:11 PM

I guess we are lucky because we see several of them each year here in Vermont. We usually leave a light on outside at night and have many beautiful types of moths gather around.

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Kasey says ... on Friday, Jul 19 at 9:17 PM

Saw 3 of these beauties in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Never saw them at camp before. So delicate!

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Teri Watson says ... on Wednesday, Jul 17 at 5:29 PM

There is one on the brick of my house. It is so beautiful!! :) Kentucky

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Don S. says ... on Monday, Jun 17 at 10:58 PM

I have found one at work early in the morning in northern Alberta by Fort Mac .It was awesome. First time to see one have nice photos of it.

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A.Kachmarski - Regine.Saskatchewan, Canada - July 25th, 2012. says ... on Wednesday, Jul 25 at 8:08 PM

Found a luna moth caterpillar in the back yard.It stretches out to approx.4 inches.

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Sherry says ... on Monday, Jul 2 at 4:31 AM

I saw one tonight at 1:00 a.m. in my backyard!! My dog was chasing something fluttering on the ground. I quickly put the dog in the house & ran back out with my camera. It was breathtakingly beautiful! It stayed close, just gorgeous! Cornwall, PA

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Bonnets says ... on Monday, May 28 at 11:56 AM

Went outside to check on my flag , and there it was. Never saw one here before! Orange co. NY

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Tony says ... on Sunday, May 20 at 9:58 PM

May 20th, 2012 9:45 PM sitting our deck I saw a beautiful Luna Moth! 1st on on 24 years of living in Western Maine! Beautiful . . .

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Tommy Simna says ... on Thursday, May 17 at 1:05 AM

I just found one on my screen door about an hour ago and I was creeped out because the size of it. :)

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l says ... on Sunday, Apr 1 at 12:25 PM

i have 32 lunar moths on my house, in east tx in the woods

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connie allen says ... on Monday, Mar 26 at 11:26 PM

on monday march 26, 2012, on of these beautiful moths was found early morning resting on a table on my carport in western ky. . left at dark hope it returns.

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natasha says ... on Tuesday, Jun 28 at 2:12 PM

one has been hanging around my house for two weeks now. Between laying on the front lawn and hanging out by my door. They're so beautiful.

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LUNARBEAUTY says ... on Sunday, Jun 19 at 10:55 PM

one just landed on my deck..upstate nY

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Anonymous says ... on Wednesday, Jun 1 at 1:54 AM

One just landed on the door of my balcony. I'm in Northern IL!

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nscovington ga says ... on Monday, May 30 at 8:37 PM

we had one fly into the garage last night the kids were screaming and they let it in the house, boy ili hate to say the hubby killed it that thing huge i was even screaming and hiding but we took pictures and googled what it was.

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fernando& natalie says ... on Tuesday, Jul 27 at 6:20 PM

july 28 2010 we found an orange and brown luna moth

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Anonymous says ... on Monday, Jun 21 at 11:47 PM

We live in somerville,tn

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carrie & Wesley says ... on Monday, Jun 21 at 11:45 PM

I looked them up online & they only live for about 1week.I ahve a female.She is gorgeous. If you have the rare siting of the beautiful creture count yourself lucky.Enjoy the splendor

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carrie & Wesley says ... on Monday, Jun 21 at 11:44 PM

I went out side just like 2min ago I when I turned around there was a huge looked like butterfly.When I calle dmy honey out he said was a lunar moth & they are very rare to see.We took pictures of it.It is amazing. Never seen anythng so beautiful

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susan and ryan says ... on Monday, Apr 5 at 10:16 PM

we had one on our front porch tonight. in waynesboro miss. april 5,2010. one very pretty luna moth.

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christina says ... on Wednesday, Jul 29 at 4:02 PM

You don't sell wildlife and nature fool! Set it free! Let it live.

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Christina says ... on Wednesday, Jul 29 at 4:01 PM

There was one right outside my door and I freaked because I've never seen a moth that big before. Beautiful. Im so lucky to have seen one! Right outside my front door! :)

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diana says ... on Tuesday, Jul 28 at 6:00 PM

i have one on my front porch right now. it has a wing span of about 4 inches. illinois

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Amanda says ... on Tuesday, Jun 30 at 8:36 PM

yesterday i found a luna moth drowning in the pool at the place im staying we thought it was a baby bird so i ran down and took it out i named him poppy he was clinging to me and would not let go he was SO CUTE

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Sherrod says ... on Tuesday, Jun 2 at 8:31 PM

we have one are they worth anythinh Illionis

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dan in southeast PA says ... on Friday, Apr 24 at 6:56 PM

where are you that you're seeing them this time of year? I have some cocoons and I'm wondering when they'll emerge. Knowing what town you're in will help me figure out when they'll start flying around my area. Thanks!

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juan says ... on Monday, Apr 20 at 11:55 PM

i found one right now and it looks like a butterfly

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Sarah says ... on Thursday, Mar 19 at 8:02 PM

There is one of those on my porch right now . i have pictures :)

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haley denby says ... on Tuesday, Mar 3 at 4:08 PM

this weekend i saw 2 of these flying around by our pool and i thought they were fariys because they looked like it from a distance. we thought we discovered a new specize.they are really enteresting and really cool and also very funn to play with(:

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