Friday, March 20, 2009

Moth or Butterfly???

Update: Thank you to The Simple Gatherer for letting me know it is a Luna moth. Here is more information about it. I knew someone out there would know!!

I think this is some kind of moth but I am not sure. It is on the back porch by the light (be sure to click on it to enlarge and see the detail and colors). It is about fist sized so quite large. Isn't it neat? Do any of you know what it is. Whatever it is, it is really pretty so it can hang out there as long as it likes. Have a great weekend!

42 comments:

Lisa said...

Cool!

I think he (she?) is a moth. We saw one like that somewhere and hubby said it was a moth.

You took a fantastic picture. :)

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Judi said...

Darlene
I haven't a clue what it is but I would guess its a moth. Its beautiful isn't it? Wow.
Your camera takes great shots because the colour is so good and its really so "lifelike"ingly clear..is that even a word...
Have a lovely weekend.
I don't think I'll be blogging much this weekend.
Judi

Julie said...

wow I would say a moth but not sure its color is great.
Have a great weekend
julie

Smilingsal said...

Ewww. I am so queasy about these things, that I cannot even look!

Joanna said...

I think it's a moth...We have had one, just one, since we have lived here, and Zack seems to say it's a moth, he said he saw them several times in Indiana. What a beautiful green color, huh?!

Have a great weekend!

thesimplegatherer said...

It's a Luna moth....great spring color.!!!

April said...

Wow...what in the world? I have never seen anything like that! What gorgeous coloring on it's wings! Wonder if you can "google" is somehow?

Stacey said...

Neato! I think it's a moth.

Laura said...

I've never seen anything like that - so cool! I love the two spots that look like eyes, and the two "leaves" coming out of the top!

"Hello... It's Me Again..." said...

What a unique moth!!! I've never seen one with this coloring. Just in time for St. Pat's.... green...

Have a great weekend!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

Someone beat me to it! LOL! Yes, these Luna moths are beautiful! We find them on the side of our house every morning. And they are huge!

Have a great weekend!

Marilyn said...

That is beautiful. Moth for sure. I have a degree in biology but have forgotten a bunch of that stuff. There are several ways to tell. Antennae are one way. Butterflies have thin ones. It sure is pretty. Love the color. Hope you enjoy the day.

Songbirdtiff said...

I haven't been fortunate enough to see one of these in real life. Last year, though, I had a moth make it's cocoon on a scrap piece of wood in the carport. That, of course, meant the scrap wood couldn't be moved until the moth emerged. After 8 years of marriage my husband has stopped rolling his eyes when I say things like "don't move that scrap wood until the moth is out of it's cocoon" and "don't kill it! I'll take it outside!" LOL

Caren said...

Beautiful! The only Luna Moth I've ever seen was in an Eric Carle book! She looks pretty similar. I'll have to remember to show The Son, he would love her.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Wow - that's impressive!

Carrie said...

Cool I will have to show Noah this he loves looking at things like that! Have a great weekend!

Aleta said...

How cool! I've never seen such a beautiful moth like that before! Thanks for sharing the picture!

HeathahLee said...

I've only seen one of these Luna Moths and it was gorgeous. I wish one would adopt my house!

Karen said...

I think I would be a little freaked out seeing that........pretty though:)

OKGardners said...

LUNA MOTH it is! I looked it up online. Explanation below:

It's actually a closeup of a Luna Moth, Actias luna. Found across eastern North America, the Luna Moth is in the Saturniidae, the family that includes Giant Silkworm Moths; these are large moths with wingspans of up to almost 6", but the 5" Luna Moth appears even larger, because of long tails on its hindwings.

Betty in Oklahoma

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Darlene,
Your blog is looking as cute as it can be! But I have to tell you I was in SHOCK and AWE when I came over her and there was nothing about Twilight on your post today???? Hello, you are as into this series as I am (well, maybe not, I AM on the 4th time reading the books) BUT you are one of the people who makes me feel normal about loving Twilight as much as I do at my age!!!! :)
My 18 year old daughter and I will be out at midnight grabbing our movie with the rest of the Twilighters!
Have a great weekend,
Robin

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Oh, we've had those befoe. Neat ones!
~Kim

Cheryl said...

How pretty! If all moths look like that I wouldn't mind them either.
Cheryl

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Darlene
I was interested to see your moth/butterfly. It's very unusual and looks like a nibbled leaf!
I have never seen anything quite like it.
Thanks for sharing it. I hope you manage to find out exactly what it is.
Have a great weekend.
Lindsay

Deb said...

What an amazing moth! And such a gorgeous green. It's sunny but not warm - still wearing winter coats and hats here :-)Happy 1st day of Spring Darlene. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Our Complete Family said...

Wow that is neat! I'll have to show Bryce tomorrow, he'll ooh and aah over it for sure!
Loved catching up on your posts hun. You are all set for spring!
Happy weekend ahead to you and your sweet family~ Les

rebel said...

It's a luna moth but it seems awfully early for them. When you see one there are more around. Aren't they pretty? Your moth will fly away at night time to mate. They don't live very long, just a few days I think. Oh and the adult moth has no mouth!
That's all I know.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

WOW! I DID click on the photo, like you said. What a beautiful creation.
I LOVED looking at all your darling Easter decorations! I'm so glad you took photos of them all.
And I also enjoyed reading about Lexi's birthday. She is such a cutie!! What a great age! And how precious that she wanted to plant her own flowers. Be sure to document the process for us.
Have a great weekend!

Michelle said...

great picture...I would guess some kid of moth too...much prettier than the plain gray ones!

Have a great weekend!!!

Michelle said...

Wow!! It's like the Ambien commercial! Beautiful. We had a visit from a strange moth last fall, not quite as beautiful, though.

nikkicrumpet said...

Very cool. I like creepy critters when they're pretty like that....now if it had been a grasshopper or a beetle...KILL IT!

Christina said...

The green is just very pretty. I like it as long as it stays on the back porch. ; )

Bo said...

Wow Darlene...I thought we grew things BIG here in Texas, but I've never seen one of those moths before...it is pretty though once you realize it won't hurt you...
;-) Bo

Ramona said...

Oh My Good Golly Darlene ~ That is soooo cool! Gorgeous color and so large...I think it is actually a bird!

Happy Saturday,
Ramona :)

Kitty Scraps said...

Miz Darlene,
I'm totally creeped out! Ewwww! LOL My skin is crawling just seeing your picture. I know how everyone loves butterflies and moths but I can't abide them. They totally just wig me out. I think it's some sort of childhood trauma involving a Monach butterfly but who knows... I just know I've felt this way my entire life! I don't like them. Sorry! I hope you don't hate me now cause I honestly can't do anything about it *smiles*

Life with Kaishon said...

I wouldn't have known either. It is so beautiful though. I love it! I wonder how long it will hang around!

Jessica said...

Pretty colors! I don't think I have ever seen one of those and if it is a moth I don't think I have seen one like it.

Katie said...

That is beautiful I'm glad you got a shot of it.

Ann On and On... said...

What a special treat from nature.

I really enjoy your blog, thanks for sharing.

Lorrie said...

Hi Darlene, I'm glad that the "mystery of the moth" has been solved. Warm weather hs finally returned here in NC and I'm enjoying it sooo much!

Jill said...

OMG! This is so crazy that you posted this. About two years ago almost he identicle MOTH was on the side of our house for 2 straight days. It was twice as big! I took a billion pics of it and asked everyone what it was and found out that it is a very rare Moth. I would send you the pic but the batch of pictures is stuck on my old computers hard drive and I need a professional to get them off of there for me. Major virus issues.
Anyway.. this thing.. finally came down one night and hit the ground and this weird black smokey stuff came out of it. When it jumped all over the ground like it was dieing it left a black powder substance all over the ground. Yup.. got it all on pics and I can't even show you.
If you have ever watched Silence of the Lambs when Clarice goes to visit the two scientists at their house, there is a moth like this in a cage...!
Okay.. long enough.. I'm outta here!