LIFE'S BETTER IN THE MOUNTAINS

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Special Morning Treat

We rarely see Luna Moths (Activas luna) around here so it was a special treat to find one hanging from our deck railing. These amazing adults have a very short life. They do not eat during their adult lives. They simply mate and start the new generation.


A true creature of the night
green, golden,
soft, velvety,
gracing my day
because the light lured her
from the night.
Raymond Foss

23 comments:

Cheryl said...

Stunningly beautiful, what a wonderful gift. Tku for sharing this rare sighting.....

Bird Girl said...

What a joy to see this marvelous creature hanging on your deck! I really like that little poem, as well!

Vicki Lane said...

What a beauty! I haven't seen one yet this year.

Karin said...

Wooooo, that's a fantastic shot! What an interesting moth and fact about the adult!

robin andrea said...

What a beautiful creature. How lucky to have it land right there for you.

kks said...

wow, what an awesome discovery...beautiful!
xoxo

merrilymarylee said...

I didn't know that about them, but I LOVE finding them. We had one one on our glass door once, so I was able to see both sides of it. They are so mysterious looking!

Busy Bee Suz said...

He is both beautiful and unusual. what a great capture!!!

troutbirder said...

I've never seen one. Wow!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Wow---what a beauty... You are lucky to have captured this picture... Congrats.
Hugs,
Betsy

KB said...

Wow, a true gift. Thanks for sharing the beautiful creature with us.

Barb said...

A fabulous photo - the moth reminds me of a kite.

Victoria said...

What a beautiful moth! I've never seen one out here, so maybe we don't have them. Thanks, Carolyn, for posting your wonderful photo of it.

Sam said...

Very pretty!

Sam

Leedra said...

Carolyn, this is the 2nd post about Luna Moth's I have seen in 2 days. Wonderful it is just the perfect time for them right now, since they don't live very long.

TSannie said...

So beautiful - words and that wonderful moth. It's been years since I've seen one in person.

Rudee said...

They're beautiful and so big. I'm always surprised by their size when I see them in Virginia. One of these days, I'm going to knit the luna moth shawl.

amarkonmywall said...

Oh, my. I need to find one of those 20 miles to the East. S'beautiful. Thanks for the note- I'm still temporarily housed at the kind neighbor's with plans to start areo bedding (sort of like skate boarding, but not really) end of next week. When I catch my breath I'll pop on over!

Rhonda said...

I love these moths, I did a post myself on them not too long ago. I refer them as Lime Sherbert..:) I had never seen them until moving to the TN mountains and the first one I ever saw scared me half to death..lol

caboval said...

WOW! How very interesting!!! And beautiful! Thank you! Hugs Joey and Kealani

NCmountainwoman said...

Thanks for commenting, everyone.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Wow, how beautiful!! I've never seen one, and wonder if they are native to Virginia--I'll have to look! I also love the verse you posted as well!

Twisted Fencepost said...

I used to see those quite often in WV, but I don't believe I've seen one since leaving there 20 years ago.