Well, today presented a perfect opportunity for a blog, so I couldn’t pass it up!
As I arrived at work, pulling into my normal parking spot, I immediately saw what I thought was a swallowtail butterfly. However, as I got out and inspected it further, I realized that it was not a butterfly at all. The reason I knew this right off the bat was due to the fuzzy antennae….butterflies don’t have fuzzy antennae!
So, I took some pictures and then opened up my old friend – Google – and typed in Yellow moth with tails and wala … this moth is called a Luna moth. It’s really too pretty to be a moth…but then as I started looking at the moths out there in the google world, there are a ton of absolutely beautiful moths!!
Anyway, I took some pictures and then tried to pick him up. I actually had him in my hands for a moment, but then he flew off into the woods…not such a graceful flier, but then most butterflies don’t fly that gracefully either. The Lunar moth seems to fly in circles, but he made it to the top of the tree despite his rather spiral ascent.
This is the caterpillar that the Luna moth comes from:
Enjoy the pics!! (The pictures below are not mine, I found them using my friend, Google) 🙂