Welcome to the mon@rch nature blog and I hope you join us in some of our nature adventures through the Allegany State Park area!
I am a naturalist, field biologist and nature photographer from the Western New York area. I have started exploring nature writing through this blog and it truly has been fun sharing my numerous adventures with everyone. Thanks to the many other authors that help me with my post and they will be sharing some of their nature explorations.
I have always had a latent interest in birds and photography and have been lucky enough to find time to explore these interests over the last few years. I am very thankful to the Cattaraugus County Bird Club for getting me started, sharing their wealth of knowledge and for their wonderful programs. And many thanks to Tom for letting me share some of my adventures and photos on the Monarch Nature Blog.
Thank you for taking the time visiting and commenting on this blog.
Wow – I never knew a moth could have so much “fur”!
18 June 2008 at 6:20 pm
Fuzzy but really beautiful.
18 June 2008 at 6:51 pm
It looks like the costumes of musicals on Broadway. Feathers and all.
18 June 2008 at 8:36 pm
Oh my! How I remeber meeting a Luna while in Arizona this past winter! Beautiful!
thank you for your kind comment regarding my ~special delivery!
18 June 2008 at 8:41 pm
Beautiful. Love the closeup.
18 June 2008 at 9:59 pm
Now that’s one mammoth moth! 😉
18 June 2008 at 10:33 pm
WOW! I can’t get enough of that antenna! Is that what it is even, an antenna?
Anywho, luna moths remind me of delicate ballerinas! How beautiful.
18 June 2008 at 10:54 pm
I wanna see one!
I wanna see one!
18 June 2008 at 11:02 pm
wow! amazing image!
18 June 2008 at 11:15 pm
These are the most gorgeous creatures. I have only seen them a couple of times. Great pictures.
18 June 2008 at 11:40 pm
Incredible picture–who would have known that they were such fuzzy little creatures.
19 June 2008 at 5:14 am
WOW! Just look at those tentacles/antenna?! Wonderful macro Tom!
19 June 2008 at 6:58 am
@ Shelley – LOL, it scales do look like fur!
@ Sarah – thanks and very fuzzy!
@ Linda – sure does look like a costume, thanks
@ Naturegirl – they are such amazing moths, thanks and your welcome!
@ Liza – thanks
@ Amy – we do have bigger ones!
@ letspaintnature – it is an antenna and that’s exactly why I had to photograph it!
@ Lynne – I normally see one two a year!
@ BirdGirl – thanks
@ Lisa – thanks and glad you have seen them before!
@ Beth – thanks and they do have many scales!
@ Jayne – thanks and glad you enjoyed!
19 June 2008 at 7:18 am
Nice antenna. They are the biggest I have ever seen.
19 June 2008 at 8:56 am
That is one really cool moth! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one. Great closeup!!
19 June 2008 at 8:58 am
I have always wanted to see a Luna Moth. They are quite spectacular. You really got a fantastic photo here, tom.
19 June 2008 at 11:47 am
That’s a pretty amazing moth. Quite an interesting tail structure. You just have to wonder how THAT evolved!
P.S. Thank you so much for Stumbling my WW post this week.
19 June 2008 at 1:23 pm
I *love* luna moths! Look at those antennae!!
19 June 2008 at 8:52 pm
Cool shots of the male Luna. They’re beautiful.
20 June 2008 at 12:05 am
@ Science Guy – thanks and they are big!
@ Birdfreak – thanks and I should have taken a picture of the one we saw the other day (was in better shape)!
@ Robin – you know my first Luna Moth was seen in the plant section of KMart! LOL
@ Right Blue – thanks and in the leaves they must be hard to find! You were more than willing to stumble!
@ Pam – thanks
@ Marvin – thanks!
20 June 2008 at 6:56 am
Help! I have one living on my front porch. I have heard that it lays eggs in the brick (which I have) and it will destroy my brickwork. I have already seen a baby one, in addition to the full size one. I’ve also heard I cannot kill it, but I don’t know how to get it to go away and leave my house alone. And I have lots of pictures of it. It has been there for a week or two, at least. We never use the front door, so it took me awhile to notice it.
23 August 2010 at 7:18 am
Wonderful that you got to see one. They’re a joy to see. And a male, too. Nice pictures.
20 June 2008 at 8:58 am
Wonderful picture and a delight to see.
I am waiting for one to come to my gardens.
20 June 2008 at 9:52 am
I love the Luna moth and see them only a few times over the years. I will be looking for them!
20 June 2008 at 11:50 am
Wonderful shot you captured mon@rch!
Do you think it can pick up HD with those antennae?
And thanks for the birthday wishes!
20 June 2008 at 12:41 pm
That is a neat looking moth!-It looks like it has two ferns for antennas.
21 June 2008 at 8:35 pm
I’ve only seen one once. It’s been probably 18-20 years ago when I lived in North Carolina. Luckily I got a photo. http://picasaweb.google.com/davenc1977/OldPhotos/photo#5225481651650064018
21 July 2008 at 11:10 am
There is one of these on our back patio right now. It and a friend (one is missing an antenna, the other isn’t) have been hanging around for a few days. We live in Alabama bordering a swamp. I decided to find out what they are, and my google search for big green moth brought up your sight. Thanks for the ID!
24 March 2009 at 2:24 pm
I just saw 1 of these moths today (5/13) – VERY impressive looking. The wings actually look like they have eyes on them.
13 May 2009 at 3:12 pm
i never saw a moth like this before… and i saw it out in my backyard today! i was so glad to find it identified on your site. this moth is magnificent! great pics… going to try and snap a few good ones of my own! :~)
5 June 2009 at 5:39 pm
wow, its huge!! and its antennae are so fluffy! weird…
10 January 2010 at 12:40 am
I saw one of these on the wall at my apartment complex in Georgia the other day. It was beautiful. Thanks for helping with the ID
22 July 2010 at 4:16 pm
just found one of these today (05-25-2012) hanging on the brick of my garage just south of Ottawa, Ontario… it was a pretty cool sight
25 May 2012 at 11:32 pm
OMG!! I found one of those today in my kitchen. it scared the heck out of me.
30 January 2013 at 12:34 pm