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Luna Moths

Luna Moths
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Copyright: Penny Ann (pennya) (46)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-09
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-10-09 11:53
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Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Male and Female Luna moths. (Actias luna)
Photographed at dusk.
Luna Moths are members of the Saturniidae family, also known as the "Giant Silkworm Moths."
Luna Moths are huge moths, with a wingspan of four and a half inches. They have a white body, pinkish legs, and huge pale green wings. The hindwings have eyespots and long tails.
They fly, only at night, in Spring and early Summer.
The female Luna Moth lays eggs on the bottom of Black Walnut leaves. She lays about 200 eggs in small groups.
You can tell a male from a female, because males have larger, bushier antennae

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Hi Penny,

First time I saw this beautiful moth created a great feast of colors. Shooting was also very successful. Thank you so much for sharing this visual beauty.

Best regards

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-10-09 12:04]
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Hi Penny,

A very beautiful picture. Beautiful colors and image playback. A fantastic catch. I have never seen such species so far.
Welcome to TN, reviews beautiful and many points I wish you.
Have a beautiful evening,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-10-09 13:15]
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Hello Penny,
Welcome to TN!
This is a fine capture of a male and female Luna moth, a species that was popular among those that bred silkmoths as a hobby when I was young.
The sharpness, use of flash and POV are great and so is the composition but maybe a bit more space at the sides would have been better, though that's a minor point as the shot shows these moths well and it is a fine contribution to TN.

great couple, TFS Ori

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  • jmirah Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
  • [2009-10-09 19:28]

Hi Penny
Beautiful capture of the Luna Moths...As a kid I remember them from East Texas but have never seen one on Galveston Island...Now I know why, they lay their eggs on the leaves of Black Walnut/Hickory Nut trees which abound in East Texas...TFS

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-10-09 19:52]
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Hi Penny,
A warm welcome to TN!
Wow, what a fantastic shot!
Double luck on catching this pair.
Great POV and sharp details.
Is the color difference due to gender?
Fascinating moths.
TFS. : )

A stunning photo. my best regards... ilker

I am still looking at the eye markings on wings. As if they are elephant's eyes.

Hi Penny

Welcome to TN. Excellent composition and exposure. Good sharpness and I love the colours.


Hello Penny,
Excellent capture, with this beautiful couple. Excellent colors and management of light. I agree with Peter (Argus) about the space on the left and right. Cheers,

Ciao Penny, fantastic couple of strange moth, I never see before, thanks, good natural colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • waisum (55)
  • [2009-10-10 8:46]

Hi Penny,
Beautifully coloured & patterned moths couple.

Hello Penny
What a beautiful Shot with a wonderful composition, this couple of Luna Moths are posed very nicely on this tree stem
the moths itself have wonderful shapes and colors
very great work

Hello Penny
Congratulation!! All is very good.. wonderfull and interensting moths.. I saw for the first time it..
Thanks for sharing
Best Regards

Nice catch, great color and sharpness!

Hi Penny,

Welcome to TN!

Wow! you have captured these Luna moths perfectly, i love your composition here, this is a lovely shot! :-)


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