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    monty

    Jan 2005
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    Very unusual find identified.

    I was out prospecting between thunderstorms yesterday and found this. Not what you would call a normal find but interesting to me non the less. Another of the advantages to getting out and metal detecting is being able to observe things you don't ordinarily pay attention to. It's called a Luna Moth and is of the silkworm variety. It's quite large, about the size of a post it note. Monty
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    "Is that a Geiger Counter?"

    Feb 2006
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Neat! Haven't seen one in years and years.
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  3. #3

    Apr 2005
    Ann Arbor Meechigan
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Wow, Luna's are very rare. I remember as a kid finding Secropia moths <im sure that is a brutal spelling, but another large moth> and maybe two Luna's in a childhood. For some reason they would be around after storms cleared. Very hard to find. Kind of the gold coin of moths. lol.

  4. #4

    Apr 2007
    North Carolina
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    I enjoyed looking at this beautiful moth.
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    May 2003
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    they are all over around here in Eastern Maryland. See them all the time when the weather warms up

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    MUD(S.W.A.T)

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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Those aren't moths those are Dragons, don't upset it or it will turn into a full size Dragon and eat you!!
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    Feb 2007
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    And now for something completely different...


    Very cool, Monty.

    It just proves Mother Nature is still the best artist.
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    BIG61AL

    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    I miss seeing Fire flies [we called them lightning bugs]. I used to see them on warm summer nights in New York by the thousands when I was a kid. Haven't lived in New York for 25 years. Does any body know if they are still in New York. I know there is not a single one here in Colorado.

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    "Is that a Geiger Counter?"

    Feb 2006
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Does any body know if they are still in New York.
    Oh yes. We have a field between the neighbor and our house that is brushy. The deer will come out to browse and when they're about done it's dark and the fireflies come out. Nothing like popping a wine cork and watching nothing for hours as the day fades.

    Nearest streetlight is about 6 miles away in the valley.
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    Feb 2006
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Very cool. I remember them, I used to find their wings on the ground...I had cats

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    Sep 2006
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Actually Double D, it's spelled Cecropia, so you weren't far off. Monty, what state are you in ?? Because this is REALLY early to see a Luna, it's actualy kinda spooky.

    For more great bug pictures go check out "whatsthatbug.com" really cool site, with some great photos.
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  12. #12
    gb
    Feb 2007
    UPSTATE NY, USA
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Wow thats great, I have never seen one of those my whole 34 years. Thanks a bunch, great find.

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    May 2005
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Monty,

    neat. Is it dead?

    have a good un............
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    May 2005
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Quote Originally Posted by gold fish
    Monty, what state are you in ?? Because this is REALLY early to see a Luna, it's actualy kinda spooky.
    He's in Oklahoma. I live in Arkansas and also saw a Luna moth about a week ago. In fact, it was just "unfurling" after eclosion (emerging from the cocoon) when I first saw it, but some hours later its wings were fully expanded and dried, as in the photo that Monty posted. Not long after that I noticed that it had flown away— hopefully under its own power, and not inside some sizable and very satisfied bird.


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    Jan 2007
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    Re: Very unusual find identified.

    Cool bug!

 

 
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