Now I’ve lived in Florida for oh 5 nearly 6 years now and have never come across such a gorgeous moth. This moth is 4.5 in width, quite large species. Here is my original photo taken this morning of this stunning moth. He/she is still sitting on the fence and quiet content. I had 4 dogs over playing and running back in forth, and children running around yelling. All the while it wasnt frighten off! We were able to touch it gently, open its wings, pet its head and belly and it seemed happy enough to indulge our curiosity. But something tells me this creature came for a reason, so of course i did my research and learned about the spirit animal Butterfly/Moth! It appears to be precisely on point too. So I returned and thanked the creature and offered my habititat on any occassion and welcomed its presence. Personally I hope it visits daily as it really brighten my day and reminded me life is fleeting and beauty even so small is worth stopping and taking notice.
For more educational information go here to learn more about these LUNA MOTHS.
Note I read this too:
About luna moth life cycle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atOSro3_W7c
also read an article that said this:
Relationship to Humans:
People rarely see Luna Moths, mostly because they fly late at night. It is a treat to see one, because they are very beautiful insects. Humans have caused Luna Moths to become endangered by pollution and loss of habitat. Luna Moth caterpillars do not do much damage to trees.
Guess we were really blessed to see one, sad thing …they only live 1 week!
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