|Luna Moth on my doorstep|
Organic gardening is hard work, but the rewards are amazing. The wildlife I get to observe on a day-to-day basis is priceless to me. Take the photo above as an example. One evening in June, I opened my front door to go out and right there on my stoop was this incredible (and incredibly big) moth. The lime green color of the Luna moth is unmistakable. It can reach a wingspan of up to 4 to 5 inches! I took a few more pics because I'm bug crazy and find the feathery antennae on this male Luna super cool.
Okay, so in the last pic he was getting annoyed with me, but come on. He knows he's a looker. He also carries a lot of symbolism, which is why a Luna moth (aka giant silk moth) made appearances in the box office hit, The Hunger Games. Think of the character Katniss' journey...moths, along with butterflies, symbolize transformation of self, rebirth, renewal and new beginnings. This one appeared on my doorstep just a week or so after I got The Call ;). Coincidence? It's pretty rare to come face-to-face with a Luna moth because, not only are they nocturnal, they're also in this adult stage for about a week tops (these adults don't even eat...their sole purpose is to mate). They aren't endangered, but they have decreased in numbers in some areas due to the use of pesticides.
And Luna isn't the only beauty (in this case handsome) member of the Saturniidae family that has hung out at my place. Last year, I came upon these two clinging to the brick outside my garage door.
|A Rosy Maple Moth outside my garage|
|A Cecropia Moth outside my garage|
|An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on my butterfly bush|