Some of you may have never heard of a luna moth, or maybe you have but you've never had the pleasure of seeing one in person. Either way I just had to share the pictures I took of a luna moth that visited us earlier this week.
A regular Monday morning on the way to the bus stop my eldest stops me and says, "MOM! look!" There on the road lay a majestic and vibrant green luna moth. A luna moth has a wingspan of up to 4.5 inches...so imagine it takes up the entire palm of your hand. The luna moth, only appearing at night as most moths do, is usually nestled somewhere safe during the day where it rests until the following evening. Seeing a luna moth is a true and honest treat. You feel privileged to have been in their presence.
Anywho! we scooped it gently into a pink pot and put it safely on the front porch where it stayed with us all day. I thought for sure it was dying... until around 4pm when upon giving it a little poke it trembled and suddenly and crazily took off straight into the air! the boys and I watched it, chased after it, blinded by the sun and only seeing it's silhouette... it left us over the tree tops and I was glad and comforted that it was ok. The boys were sad! they told me so, and said they were sad it had to leave us... after all we had tended to it's well being all day :)
The next day, another day out in the sunshine thinking nothing of our green traveler another shout came from the street, "mom! the moth!"... What I thought to myself? couldn't be... but sure enough there it was in the same exact spot we had found it the day before except this time it's wings were tattered, proof of a hard night. I knew it was the same one because upon inspection the day before I counted only 3 out of 4 legs... this one too was missing a leg, same one... it was our friendly visitor.
Again we scooped it up and placed it this time in one of our flower baskets, again with us all day it stayed. We checked on it... and this time I knew for sure it was passing away... and as of this evening the wee soul perished. I really couldn't believe how long it suffered and how long it held on. I couldn't help but somehow wonder if it returned for a reason or if it just happened by coincidence to return.
Luna moths are a symbol of re-birth, a continuing quest for knowledge, gift of intuition, and a heightened psychic perception. Hmmm... one can only wonder. Hope you enjoyed my photos, the green was so very vivid and as the poor thing lost it's life the bright green dulled to a light version of the bright self it was on the first day we crossed paths.