Luna Eye by timerskine

Luna Eye

This morning we noticed Banjo, our terrier, giving a lot of attention to a specific area of our deck. We get inquisitive when he gets inquisitive (mainly because we want to prevent him from eating something he shouldn't or playing with something that does not want to be played with), so we checked and found a luna moth (Actias luna) on the deck.

Luna moths are huge, with a wingspan of 4.5" or more, but are surprisingly hard to notice. Their shape and color allows them to blend in with the foliage of the trees they prefer, especially the sweetgum tree. There are spots on their wings that mimic eyes to help ward off predators and the females have two sets of these eye spots.

This is a close-up of one of the lower eye spots on the girl on our deck. A full picture of her is on my Eclectica album (
wow, nice close up, so neat.
August 14th, 2020  
Look at that detail!
August 14th, 2020  
@dutchothotmailcom @danette She was a very good model...very patient with me fussing around her and held very still for me.
August 14th, 2020  
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